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"I Be Done Been Was Is," March 7

“I Be Done Been Was Is,” March 7

Tuesday, March 7, 7pm DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E. 56th Place Debra J. Robinson’s 1984 documentary I Be Done Been Was Is profiles four hard-working and hilarious black women comedians—Alice Arthur, Rhonda Hansome, Jane Galvin-Lewis, and Marsha Warfield—following them on the road and backstage as they ply their craft in an industry...
An Interview with Nick Macdonald

An Interview with Nick Macdonald

In 2014, while researching the 1971 Attica prison uprising in preparation for a screening of Cinda Firestone’s documentary Attica, I came across a filmmaker named Nick Macdonald, who in 1975 had made a short film called Still Attica Remains. I couldn’t find much info on him, so my interest grew. I learned what the films...
Carol Munday Lawrence's Animated Kwanzaa Films, Dec. 3

Carol Munday Lawrence’s Animated Kwanzaa Films, Dec. 3

Our popular program of animated films about Kwanzaa returns to the Logan Center's Family Saturday for December.
Nothing Is Too Small for a Revolution: Anarchist Films by Nick Macdonald, Dec. 2

Nothing Is Too Small for a Revolution: Anarchist Films by Nick Macdonald, Dec. 2

South Side Projections, the Logan Center for the Arts, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival present the Chicago premiere of 1970s anarchist films by Nick Macdonald, with a post-screening conversation between Macdonald and Jonathan Rosenbaum.
"Big Fun in the Big Town" + Chicago Hip-Hop Pioneers, Dec. 1

“Big Fun in the Big Town” + Chicago Hip-Hop Pioneers, Dec. 1

In 1986, a Dutch TV crew documented the New York hip-scene, capturing LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Biz Markie, and others. Followed by a panel discussion about Chicago's hip-hop scene featuring Ang13, Risky Bizness, and Amina Norman-Hawkins.
"Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun," Jan. 3

“Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun,” Jan. 3

SSP and the DuSable Museum team up to present the definitive film about African American writer Zora Neale Hurston as part of their yearlong partnership to show films by and about African American women.
"Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property," Jan. 5

“Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” Jan. 5

Nat Turner's slave rebellion is a watershed event in America's long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. Charles Burnett’s Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property tells the story of that violent confrontation and of the ways that story has been continuously re-told during the years since 1831.
Jean Renoir's "La grande illusion" with Nick Macdonald, Dec. 1

Jean Renoir’s “La grande illusion” with Nick Macdonald, Dec. 1

Nick Macdonald, author of In Search of La grande illusion, introduces a screening of Jean Renoir's 1937 antiwar classic.
Alternative Histories of Labor Film Series

Alternative Histories of Labor Film Series

Drawing energy from the wave of attention to labor issues prompted by the spread of “right to work” laws and the Fight for Fifteen movement (among others), this series aims to expand on the dominant narrative of labor movements as mostly white and mostly male. These six film screenings and discussions highlight the contributions of...
Bill Morrison's "The Great Flood," October 12

Bill Morrison’s “The Great Flood,” October 12

South Side Projections and Blanc Gallery present a special screening of Bill Morrison's The Great Flood in conjunction with an exhibition of work by artist David Geary that chronicles the experiences of African Americans’ migration from the south to Chicago.
Alternative Histories of Labor: "El Teatro Campesino," Oct. 19

Alternative Histories of Labor: “El Teatro Campesino,” Oct. 19

Alternative Histories of Labor continues with El Teatro Campesino, a 1970 film about the theater troupe of the United Farm Workers. Martin Unzueta of Chicago Community and Workers’ Rights, Marcopolo Soto of Aguijón Theater and Contratiempo, and Jacqueline Lazú of DePaul University will lead a discussion after the screening. Where: La Catrina Cafe, 1011 W....
Alternative Histories of Labor: "HSA Strike '75" and "I Am Somebody," Sep. 26

Alternative Histories of Labor: “HSA Strike ’75” and “I Am Somebody,” Sep. 26

Alternative Histories of Labor continues with a double feature of films about strikes in healthcare settings. HSA Strike ’75, is a 1976 film about a strike for better patient care at Cook County Hospital. I Am Somebody is a 1970 film about a strike among poorly paid black female hospital workers in South Carolina. Panelists...