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.
Chi-chi: Tales from the Bass Line | February 9

Chi-chi: Tales from the Bass Line | February 9

Barrie Gavin’s compelling documentary portrait of Chi-chi Nwanoku, a world-renowned virtuoso of one of the most challenging musical instruments, the double bass. The effervescent and indomitable Chi-chi recounts the hurdles she faced growing up as a mixed-race child and scaling the musical establishment in Britain, interspersed with luscious performances of...
Tongues Untied | February 6

Tongues Untied | February 6

Marlon Riggs’ essay film Tongues United gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs’ autobiographical revelations. The...
Remembering Harold Washington | February 1

Remembering Harold Washington | February 1

In partnership with the South Side Projections, we’re proud to present a screening of films about Mayor Harold Washington. Following the film will be a wide-ranging discussion with some of the people who made the films and other people who worked to get Washington elected. In 1983, Harold Washington was elected...
Do the Right Thing | January 30

Do the Right Thing | January 30

Spike Lee’s powerful, gritty film set in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant community, reawakened the discussion of race in mainstream American cinema and opened the doors for many future black filmmakers. The movie follows the residents of the neighborhood on the hottest day of the year, as tensions rise around a white-owned...
The Long White Cloud | January 29

The Long White Cloud | January 29

Black Cinema House is proud to present internationally acclaimed American artist and father William Pope.L’s newest film “The Long White Cloud” (2014, High Definition Video, 37 minutes). ‘The Long White Cloud’ was commissioned by Te Tuhi Exhibition Space as a three-part project and was rehearsed, staged, filmed and installed in...
Rebuild Open House | January 25

Rebuild Open House | January 25

Join us for a Rebuild Open House across two sites: Dorchester Artist + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) | 1450 E. 70th St. Meet neighbors, artists, creatives and Rebuild Foundation staff Pick up program proposal applications and enjoy light refreshments Beginning at 6pm, participate in a music experience with Yaw Agyeman, “Sunday...
Coming to America | January 23

Coming to America | January 23

A wealthy and pampered African Prince comes to America in search of a bride. His destination, of course, is Queens in New York. Accompanied by his closest companion, the Prince quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies and more trouble than most. Keep an eye out for...
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Illusions and Your Children Come Back to You | January 16

Illusions and Your Children Come Back to You | January 16

The time is 1942, a year after Pearl Harbor; the place is National Studios, a fictitious Hollywood motion picture studio. Mignon Duprée, a Black woman studio executive who appears to be white and Ester Jeeter, an African American woman who is the singing voice for a white Hollywood star are forced to come to grips...
Killer of Sheep | January 9

Killer of Sheep | January 9

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 of a coffee cup...
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 Miller adapted for the screen...
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 and her work is held...
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...