Black Cinema House hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about people of the African diaspora, and offers video classes to neighborhood youth, teaching the next generation to make their own films and tell their own stories.
The Cool World | December 11

The Cool World | December 11

Shirley Clarke, 1963, 125 min. Shirley Clarke’s groundbreaking films, The Connection (1961), The Cool World (1964), and Portrait of Jason (1967) are New York time capsules that seem as radical today as when they first appeared. The first fiction film to be shot entirely on location in Harlem, The Cool World was based on a novel by Warren...
An Evening with Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu | November 14

An Evening with Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu | November 14

An Evening with Experimental Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu in dialogue with  Prof. Terri Francis, Indiana University Akosua Adoma Owusu is an American experimental filmmaker of Ghanaian descent who earned her MFA at California Institute of the Arts. Owusu is listed in HuffPost’s Top 30 Black Contemporary Artists under 40 to Know...
Lord Thing | November 2

Lord Thing | November 2

DeWitt Beall, 1970, 52 min.  Produced at the height of the black power movement in the early ‘70s, this film is an insider history into the genesis and transformation of the Conservative Vice Lords gang.  Partially shaped and told by by CVL members who also appear in the film, LORD...
KINOSONIK #2 | December 7

KINOSONIK #2 | December 7

Featuring live sound scores by Olivia Block and Tomeka Reid. In collaboration with Chicago Film Archives and Experimental Sound Studio,  Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House presents KINOSONIK,  a pilot project of live music/sound performances with cinema. Two pairs of collaborating sound/music artists, selected by ESS, will each spend 4 to 6 weeks studying and working with...
KINOSONIK #1 | November 16

KINOSONIK #1 | November 16

Featuring live sound scores by Joseph Clayton Mills and Marvin Tate. In collaboration with Chicago Film Archives and Experimental Sound Studio,  Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House presents KINOSONIK,  a pilot project of live music/sound performances with cinema. Two pairs of collaborating sound/music artists, selected by ESS, will each spend 4 to 6...
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Putney Swope | October 26

Putney Swope | October 26

  Robert Downey Sr., 1969, 85 min. After several years working along the margins of the underground film scene in New York, director Robert Downey broke through to wider recognition with the arthouse hit Putney Swope, a wildly irreverent satire of race and advertising in America. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) is the token African-American executive...
Dick Fontaine Jazz Shorts | September 27

Dick Fontaine Jazz Shorts | September 27

  Black Cinema House  is proud to present a special screening for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, featuring 3 short films by acclaimed British documentary filmmaker Dick Fontaine. 2:00pm | Who’s Crazy? (1966, 27 min.) A meditation on freedom of expression with three avant-garde musicians, under the leadership of Ornette Coleman, as they make music...
Car Wash | October 5

Car Wash | October 5

Michael Schultz, 1976, 97 min.  Michael Schultz directed this kinetic, hyperventilating comedy (scripted by Joel Schumacher) concerning the crazed events that go on within a single 10-hour period at a Los Angeles car wash. The cast of colorful car-wash employees includes Lonnie (Ivan Dixon), an ex-con; Duane (Bill Duke), a militant black activist; and Lindy...
Movies Under the Stars: Possessed | September 7

Movies Under the Stars: Possessed | September 7

****New Date! This event has been rescheduled from August 29th.**** Chicago Film Archives and the Black Cinema House complete this summer series with two films that explore and express the transcendent nature of dance.  Doug Crutchfield never doubts the source of his inspiration to dance in the film DANCING PROPHET.  And DANCE BLACK AMERICA recalls...
Vanishing Pearls | August 3

Vanishing Pearls | August 3

Nailah Jefferson, 2014, 91 min.  Vanishing Pearls is the story of paradise lost – an ongoing, environmental David and Goliath struggle between multinational oil and gas company BP plc (Beyond Petroleum) and a 300 person, Louisiana Gulf community dependant on oyster fishing. The battlefield is the Gulf coast of Louisiana, and the opening salvo was...
Movies Under the Stars: The Poetry of the Ringside Warrior | July 18

Movies Under the Stars: The Poetry of the Ringside Warrior | July 18

Once again, Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives are partnering to present a series of outdoor screenings this summer in the Archive House’s back garden. Come early for a potluck-style dinner starting at 8:30pm! This second program of our summer film series looks at two poetic and provocative ringside warriors.  Both Jack Johnson, the first...
Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives | June 27

Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives | June 27

Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives Once again, Rebuild Foundation and Chicago Film Archives are partnering to present a series of outdoor screenings this summer in the Archive House’s back garden. Come early for a potluck-style dinner starting at 8:00pm! This first program of our summer film series looks at how the spoken and written...
Killer of Sheep | July 6

Killer of Sheep | July 6

Charles Burnett, 1977, 80 min. Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth...
Purple Rain | June 15

Purple Rain | June 15

Albert Magnoli, 1984, 111 min. Prince stars in this semi-autobiographical film about beating adversity and finding his funky, unique musical voice. Growing up in a dysfunctional Minneapolis home, young Prince must overcome his family struggles and a musical and romantic rival to pursue his two loves: a lovely young singer, and rock and roll. Gorgeously...
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise | June 1

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise | June 1

Robert Mugge, 1980, 60 min. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra’s birth on May 22, 1914, Black Cinema House presents Robert Mugge’s iconic portrait of Sun Ra and his Arkestra in a brand-new Blu-Ray projection. With Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, Mugge takes on a key figure in avant-garde jazz during the...