Frame of Reference: An Evening with Christopher Harris, Feb. 26

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Frame of Reference: An Evening with Christopher Harris, Feb. 26

Christopher Harris’s award-winning experimental films have explored post-industrial urban landscapes, black outlaws, the cosmic consequences of the sun’s collapse, a child’s nightlight, and a theme park performance of Christ’s Passion. This program of short works is a survey of Harris’s artistic output since he burst onto the experimental film scene...
Kartemquin Members' Work for Hire: The Q&A

Kartemquin Members’ Work for Hire: The Q&A

This is the transcript of a conversation between University of Chicago Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Judy Hoffman and Kartemquin Films Co-Founder Gordon Quinn following our April 24, 2015 screening “Kartemquin Members’ Work for Hire,” which was part of our “The Streets and the Classrooms: Educational and Industrial Films in an Era of Massive...
Kara Jefts and Harrison Sherrod Discuss Japanese Surrealism

Kara Jefts and Harrison Sherrod Discuss Japanese Surrealism

This is the transcript of a conversation between South Side Projections programmer Harrison Sherrod and School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate student Kara Jefts following our June 4, 2015 screening “Stop Making Nonsense: Japanese Surrealist Films, 1960-1964″ at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Thanks to Logan Bay for recording the audio, which was broadcast live...
October 30: Gel Set scores Epstein's "The Fall of the House of Usher"

October 30: Gel Set scores Epstein’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Jean Epstein’s surrealist masterpiece La Chute de la maison Usher (1928, ~60 min., DVD) is the greatest film version of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest story, The Fall of the House of Usher. We realize that’s saying a lot: Americans James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber made another avant garde classic in 1928, and Roger Corman’s...
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket + Conversation with Jimmy, November 20

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket + Conversation with Jimmy, November 20

As part of a nationwide celebration of what would have been James Baldwin’s 90th birthday, Black Cinema House, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, Oracle Productions, and South Side Projections present a screening of award-winning director Karen Thorsen’s documentary classic James Baldwin: The Price of the...
Carol Munday Lawrence's Animated Kwanzaa Films, December 5

Carol Munday Lawrence’s Animated Kwanzaa Films, December 5

Please note: This screening will start at 2pm, not 3pm as previously advertised. We apologize for any inconvenience. As part of the Logan Center’s Family Saturday in December, we’ll be showing pioneering African American filmmaker Carol Munday Lawrence‘s Nguzo Saba animated films. Produced between 1972 and 1981, these films illustrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa....
Don McIlvaine: Until the Walls Fall Down, Paint Them - December 11

Don McIlvaine: Until the Walls Fall Down, Paint Them – December 11

In celebration of Jane Addams Day in Illinois, Chicago Film Archives, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and South Side Projections present a celebration of the life and work of Chicago artist and filmmaker Don McIlvaine. Northwestern University art historian Rebecca Zorach will discuss McIlvaine’s paintings and murals, and then we’ll watch films from the Don...
September 13: Red Squads and Beyond, 1960s to the Present

September 13: Red Squads and Beyond, 1960s to the Present

South Side Projections and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts present a film screening and discussion of police and government surveillance from the 1960s to the present. During much of the twentieth century, large cities in the United States employed police intelligence units that monitored, harassed, and infiltrated political and social groups...
The Shepherd of the Night Flock (1975), August 12

The Shepherd of the Night Flock (1975), August 12

The Shepherd of the Night Flock (George C. Stoney, James Brown, Paul Barnes; 1975, 56 min., 16mm) is a documentary about Reverend John Garcia Gensel’s jazz ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan. Gensel had started the Jazz Vespers for those musicians of his growing night ministry who couldn’t make it to Sunday morning...
The Streets and the Classrooms: Educational and Industrial Films in an Era of Massive Social Change

The Streets and the Classrooms: Educational and Industrial Films in an Era of Massive Social Change

Throughout much of the twentieth century, millions of students learned about the world by watching educational films, and many workers learned their jobs by watching industrial films. These films are mostly forgotten today (or remembered for their unintentional comedic value), but looking at how they addressed important issues can tell us how and what students...
Stop Making Nonsense: Japanese Surrealist Films, 1960-1964

Stop Making Nonsense: Japanese Surrealist Films, 1960-1964

Tokyo in the early 1960s was a breeding ground for a new wave of Japanese avant-garde art. This program surveys the landscape of experimental cinema in Japan during this moment, including films that were made by members of the famous “Group of Three” and the Nihon University cinema club. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s Complexe (1964, 15 min.,...
"Prisoners: Rights and Wrongs" + 96 Acres project, June 17

“Prisoners: Rights and Wrongs” + 96 Acres project, June 17

Cook County Jail, the largest single-site jail in the United States, looms large in Chicago history. Occupying 96 acres of land in the west side neighborhood of Little Village, it employs more than 10,000 guards and civilians and admits nearly 100,000 inmates annually. Since a 2008 federal investigation found rampant abuses of inmates’ constitutional rights,...
Everything Must Come to Light: The Films of Mpumi Njinge, July 18

Everything Must Come to Light: The Films of Mpumi Njinge, July 18

South African clothing designer, actor, and filmmaker Mpumi Njinge completed just two films before his death of AIDS-related illness in 2002. Both films are informal documentaries exploring the lives of queer folk in the townships of South Africa. My Son the Bride (2002, 24 min.) documents what is thought to be the first same-sex marriage...