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Author Archives: Brian Belak

Millie Goldsholl’s “Rebellion of the Flowers”

Millie Goldsholl’s Rebellion of the Flowers (1992) appears to be the last film she completed and one that she poured an incredible amount of creative passion and energy into. Completed three years before her husband’s death, the film is dedicated to “Morton Goldsholl and the Good People who resist the abuse of power in any […]

Categorizing JoAnn Elam’s Films

The following is adapted from a short presentation given by Brian Belak, Collections Manager for Chicago Film Archives, at the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, on December 1, 2017. The panel “Woman Behind the Camera: Uncovering An Overlooked Perspective” also featured archivists from Northeast Historic Film, the Lesbian Home […]

2007 Interview with Millie Goldsholl

On April 20, 2007, Chicago Film Archives Executive Director Nancy Watrous interviewed Millie Goldsholl, filmmaker and designer, at her home in Highland Park, Illinois. The following edited excerpts feature Millie describing her earliest work at the School of Design (now the IIT Institute of Design) in Chicago, where she studied under Hungarian-born artist László Moholy-Nagy. […]

Scanning JoAnn Elam’s “Filmabuse (Original)”

By Justin Dean and Brian Belak One of our missions for the Woman Behind the Camera project is to digitize and make accessible online the film work of JoAnn Elam, but as can be the case, that has sometimes turned out easier said than done. Recently, we found a curious reel labeled “Filmabuse (Original)” that […]

AMIA Conference 2017

Chicago Film Archives presents at the Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

JoAnn Elam’s Everyday People (1978-1990) at Chicago Film Archives

By Aurore Spiers, University of Chicago The JoAnn Elam Collection (1967-1990) at Chicago Film Archives (CFA) consists of approximately 735 film, video, audio elements and some paper material, which JoAnn Elam’s husband Joe Hendrix donated in 2011. In addition to Elam’s best known films, such as Rape (1975) and Lie Back and Enjoy It (1982), […]

The JoAnn Elam Collection at Chicago Film Archives

by Aurore Spiers, University of Chicago The JoAnn Elam Collection (1967-1990) at Chicago Film Archives (CFA) is one of the 58 archival projects receiving generous support from the Woman Behind the Camera. It consists of approximately 735 film, video, and audio elements and some paper material, which JoAnn Elam’s husband Joe Hendrix donated in 2011. Since […]

6th Annual CFA MEDIA MIXER FUNDRAISER

CFA’s annual video remix fundraiser is BACK for another year of new collaborations and works

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference – 2017

CFA’s Nancy Watrous joins archivists and scholars in a workshop on amateur films and the public at the SCMS Conference in Chicago.

Bobby Lee (1942-2017)

Our friend Bobby Lee passed away yesterday. Bob was a community organizer and a member of the Chicago Black Panthers. His home has been the 5th Ward in Houston over the past few decades, and he is indeed known as “Da Mayor” of the 5th Ward. Bobby Lee was one of those rare people who […]

CFA presents CHICAGO PUBLIC

Join CFA as we present the premier of three newly conserved films exploring alternative public education in the 1960s.

Collaborating with the Korean Film Archive

In September of last year CFA was approached by Eric Choi from the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) with a proposition: Eric works in the acquisitions department of KOFA and was inquiring about collaborating with CFA to make any Korea-related material held by CFA accessible to researchers in South Korea through KOFA. We said yes. KOFA, […]

MLK Day at Rebuild

Black Cinema House, CFA, and Media Burn Archive present a day of archival footage and remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his movement.

AMIA Conference 2016

CFA’s Nancy Watrous and Brian Belak head east to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference.

Día de los Muertos: The Dance of Life and Death

The Chicago Sinfonietta presents a live score to “Danse Macabre” in this two night event.