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  CFA is excited to bring The First Degree (1923) to the Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art on June 4 at 7:00 pm! Chicago experimental indie rock band Quasar Wut-Wut will appear in person to perform their original score.

TCM Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day With the Film Group

On January 17 starting at 7PM CT, Turner Classic Movies will broadcast eight films from CFA’s Film Group Collection, including feature films American Revolution 2 (1969) and The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971), to mark the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON Selected for the National Film Registry

  Chicago Film Archives is proud to announce that the National Film Preservation Board has selected The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) for the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. Launched in 1989 to showcase and promote the preservation of America’s film legacies, the National Film Preservation Board selects 25 films from a […]

A Look Back: Chicago Film Archives’ Media Mixer

In collaboration with Experimental Sound Studio, CFA is proud to highlight a few of our past Media Mixer pieces as part of their Quarantine Concerts series.

Gordon Parks Retrospective at the Black Harvest Film Festival

Chicago Film Archives is proud to support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Gordon Parks Retrospective as part of the 27th annual Black Harvest Film Festival.

“to render the infinite”: Film Screening and Conversation with zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal and Ayana Contrera

How can we begin to imagine Chicago’s future? Sometimes, turning to the past can provide a clue to the way forward. In collaboration with the Chicago Film Archives, visual artist zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal, and composer Ayana Contreras, Chicago Humanities Festival presents a new film meditating on what’s to come for our city.

The First Degree at UW Cinematheque

CFA is excited to bring The First Degree (1923) to the University of Wisconsin Cinematheque on October 24th at 2:00 PM.

Chicago Home Movie Day 2021

Once again, Chicago Film Archives and the Chicago Film Society join forces to present CHICAGO HOME MOVIE DAY at the Chicago History Museum.

From the Reels of the Chicago Film Archives @ Nightingale Cinema

The Nightingale is thrilled to re-open its doors with an exciting screening of reels from the Chicago Film Archives. Each member of the Nightingale Cinema Programming Collective has selected a film from CFA to screen at this event. Both an exciting collaboration with our beloved local film archive, as well as a celebration of our […]

The First Degree at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Chicago Film Archives is delighted to announce the world premiere of our new scan of  the recently rediscovered 1923 silent film The First Degree, on September 29 at 7PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

The World of Gordon Parks: Early Short Films

CFA partners with Anthology Film Archives and the Gordon Parks Foundation for a free streaming series, July 7-20!

CFA Receives NFPF Grant to Preserve Three 35mm Films

                        CFA is happy to to share that we have been awarded a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to photochemically preserve three 35mm nitrate films from our Charles E. Krosse Collection.


On May 12th, CFA teams up with The Hideout for a virtual screening of Tom Palazzolo’s 1982 film Caligari’s Cure followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.


On April 28th, CFA teams up with The Hideout for a virtual program of 1950s wrestling matches from our Russ and Sylvia Davis Collection.


Tired of over-polished, over-long, soulless Hollywood fare? Long for something shorter, stranger and with more midwestern accents? On April 14, CFA teams up with The Hideout for a virtual screening of amateur and student films from our collection.