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Salute to Old Friends: Agnes de Mille (1956)

CFA preserves Morrison-Shearer dance films

Salute to Old Friends: Agnes de Mille (1956)CFA is extremely happy to announce that we are the recipients of a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to photochemically preserve eight solo dances from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation collection. These dances were created and performed by choreographer/dancer Sybil Shearer and filmed by her artistic partner, photographer Helen Morrison. These films transcend a mere recording of choreography and performance: they present an elevation and synthesis of each woman’s artistic gift, born out of a strong and confident mutual devotion. CFA believes that their collaborative efforts have produced works that are unique among the genre of dance films. Learn more about the Morrison-Shearer Collection and view the solo dances here.

Murder of Fred Hampton

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON Selected for the National Film Registry

Murder of Fred Hampton

 

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 pool of thousands of titles submitted by the public each year. The chosen films represent works of enduring importance to the American people, and are selected for their cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. Read More »

CFA named “Best Film History Organization”

The A Side cover of this week’s Chicago Reader by Paul Higgins and Paul Octavious.

As many of you Chicagolandians already know, each year the Chicago Reader dedicates one of its publications to the “Best of Chicago” list. The list consists of both “Critics’ Picks” and “Readers’ Poll,” or categories voted on by readers of the alternative weekly newspaper. The Critics’ Picks range from wildly specific categories such as “Best Library Mascot” to “Best Fluorescent Dining Experience,” while the Readers’ Poll sticks to the basics – “Best Movie Theater,” “Best Fancy Restaurant,” “Best View of the City,” etc. And guess what!? We made it into this year’s #bestofchi as Critics’ Pick “Best Film History Organization.”  Many thanks to Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones for the fine words and recognition!

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CFA preserves Morrison-Shearer dance films

Salute to Old Friends: Agnes de Mille (1956)CFA is extremely happy to announce that we are the recipients of a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to photochemically preserve eight solo dances from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation collection. These dances were created and performed by choreographer/dancer Sybil Shearer and filmed by her artistic partner, photographer Helen Morrison. These films transcend a mere recording of choreography and performance: they present an elevation and synthesis of each woman’s artistic gift, born out of a strong and confident mutual devotion. CFA believes that their collaborative efforts have produced works that are unique among the genre of dance films. Learn more about the Morrison-Shearer Collection and view the solo dances here.

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON Selected for the National Film Registry

Murder of Fred Hampton

 

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 pool of thousands of titles submitted by the public each year. The chosen films represent works of enduring importance to the American people, and are selected for their cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance. Read More »

CFA named “Best Film History Organization”

The A Side cover of this week’s Chicago Reader by Paul Higgins and Paul Octavious.

As many of you Chicagolandians already know, each year the Chicago Reader dedicates one of its publications to the “Best of Chicago” list. The list consists of both “Critics’ Picks” and “Readers’ Poll,” or categories voted on by readers of the alternative weekly newspaper. The Critics’ Picks range from wildly specific categories such as “Best Library Mascot” to “Best Fluorescent Dining Experience,” while the Readers’ Poll sticks to the basics – “Best Movie Theater,” “Best Fancy Restaurant,” “Best View of the City,” etc. And guess what!? We made it into this year’s #bestofchi as Critics’ Pick “Best Film History Organization.”  Many thanks to Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones for the fine words and recognition!