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Author Archives: Brian Belak

Random Acts of Legacy

CFA’s Brian Belak will speak to director Ali Kazimi about the significance of home movies following this screening at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Lord Thing

CFA, Place Lab, and Black Cinema House present the film as part of the Moving Images, Making Cities Film Series

Martinis That Matter

Support your favorite Midwest film archive over chilled & fanciful martinis

Chicago Home Movie Day 2016

Local archivists inspect & project your celluloid home movies. Learn how to care for your films for years to come!

Preserving the Bill Stamets Collection

This past summer, CFA was lucky enough to have Shahed Dowlatshahi as an intern. Amongst other things, he did significant work processing the Bill Stamets Collection. Here is what Shahed had to say about what he found in Stamets’ films.   As an unobtrusive observer capturing life as it happened in the 1970s and 1980s, Bill Stamets shot thousands […]

Play/Back 2016

CFA’s Executive Director Nancy Watrous delivers a keynote address at this one-day symposium dedicated to preserving national audiovisual heritage, hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Movies Under the Stars: Beginnings…

in the third program of our outdoor summer film series with Black Cinema House, CFA presents three films depicting Africa affected by colonialism

Movies Under the Stars: Our Lives at Work

as part of an ongoing outdoor summer film series, CFA and Black Cinema House present a program that explores the intricacies of our working lives.

CFA Media Mixer 2016 (in review)

We had a lot of fun on June 9th at the 5th annual Media Mixer and are extremely thrilled with the videos produced by this year’s line-up! Thanks to all who came and participated, but if you couldn’t make it (or if you just want to watch them again), we now have two of the videos […]

Movies Under the Stars: Textured Lives

CFA revives a program focusing on African-American female writers in this outdoor screening at the Muffler Shop.


CFA’s annual video remix benefit is back again with an exciting lineup of artist collaborations

CFA Media Mixer 2015 (in review)

A couple of weeks ago we shared the video collaborations from 2014′s MEDIA MIXER event on the blog, and now we’re excited to bring you some of 2015′s videos, available to stream for the first time! Check ‘em out below and also see 2012, 2013, and 2014 for more MEDIA MIXER greatness. And don’t forget […]

Animated Folktale Films

South Side Projections presents this program of animated folktales using films from CFA

CFA Media Mixer 2014 (in review)

We’re getting so excited about the upcoming CFA MEDIA MIXER that we started looking back at past years’ projects and realized there are TWO years of amazing collaborations that we never assembled in one place to stream. In this post we’re proud to present the videos produced by our 2014 Media Mixer participants (you can view […]

CFA Out of the Office at Midwest Archives Conference & Nitrate Picture Show

Amy here. I have recently returned to the CFA office after attending the 2016 Midwest Archives Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Midwest Archives Conference, or MAC, is a regional professional association with over 800 individual and institutional members that represent all types of archives in the 13 heartland states and beyond. The association’s annual conference rotates its location […]