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Alternative Histories of Labor: "At the River I Stand," August 25

Alternative Histories of Labor: “At the River I Stand,” August 25

We kick off our Alternative Histories of Labor series with At the River I Stand, a 1993 film about the Memphis sanitation workers strike that Martin Luther King Jr. was supporting when he was assassinated. Huey Copeland of Northwestern University will introduce the film and lead a short discussion afterward.
James Van Der Zee and the Harlem Renaissance, September 14

James Van Der Zee and the Harlem Renaissance, September 14

Join South Side Projections and Blanc Gallery for a screening of two films about the Harlem Renaissance and photographer James Van Der Zee. Patric McCoy, the founder of Diasporal Rhythms, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterward.
The Cement Coffin: A Conversation with Geraldine Smith and Charles "Chick" Hoffman

The Cement Coffin: A Conversation with Geraldine Smith and Charles “Chick” Hoffman

The following conversation occurred after our April 27, 2016 screening of The Chair (1962) and The Last Request (2016) as part of the third annual (In)Justice for All Film Festival. The panelists were Geraldine Smith and Charles “Chick” Hoffman. Geraldine Smith is a former death row inmate who wrote two books and mentored young women...
Revolution on Film: The Q&As

Revolution on Film: The Q&As

In 2013 we curated four screenings to accompany AfriCOBRA in Chicago: Philosophy, an exhibition of art by the Chicago-based Black Arts Movement collective AfriCOBRA. Here are audio files and transcripts of the post-film conversations.
IFAFF: The Chair & The Last Request

IFAFF: The Chair & The Last Request

Two films about capital punishment, followed by a Q&A with death penalty attorney Charles "Chick" Hoffman and former death row inmate Geraldine Smith.
In My Father's House, May 5

In My Father’s House, May 5

In My Father’s House is an award-winning documentary following hip-hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith—co-writer of the 2015 Oscar winning song “Glory” from the motion picture Selma and 2005 Grammy winner for the song “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West—as he moves into his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side and hesitantly sets out to reconnect with...
Animated Folktale Films, May 21

Animated Folktale Films, May 21

Learn how the moon came to be in the sky, how the spirit of the sun came to the Pueblo people, how a brave boy solved the problem of a frightening dragon, and more in this fun, child-friendly selection of animated films based on folktales from around the world.
Dharma Vision: Toward a Buddhist Aesthetics of Film, June 30

Dharma Vision: Toward a Buddhist Aesthetics of Film, June 30

Dharma Vision offers a survey of Japanese, Korean, and American avant-garde/experimental films that transcends a superficial engagement with Buddhist concepts in an attempt to ask: what does a Buddhist aesthetics of film look like, and how might Buddhism help cinema come to terms with its death/rebirth?
Frame of Reference: An Evening with Christopher Harris

Frame of Reference: An Evening with Christopher Harris

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.
Kartemquin Members' Work for Hire: The Q&A

Kartemquin Members’ Work for Hire: The Q&A

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."
Kara Jefts and Harrison Sherrod Discuss Japanese Surrealism

Kara Jefts and Harrison Sherrod Discuss Japanese Surrealism

Transcript of a conversation between SSP 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."
Gel Set scores Epstein's "The Fall of the House of Usher"

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

Jean Epstein's surrealist masterpiece La Chute de la maison Usher, the greatest film version of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest story, paired with a new score composed and performed live by Gel Set, the one-person darkwave synth brainchild of Chicago-based musician Laura Callier.