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CFA + The Hideout: AMATEUR HOUR

Dates:

April 14, 2021

Hours:

8pm-9pm

Admissions:

$10

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.
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Uncovering New Stories Through the NEH CARES Grant

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In June 2020, CFA received generous support from a CARES grant, which was made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and designed to help us delve into our collections and make more stories and films accessible to the public. During this exceptionally difficult time (on so many levels), we were tasked with finding new ways to work with our collections amidst lockdowns, staggered schedules, and Zoom meet-ups due to COVID-19. The grant supported our ability to focus on the labor-intensive work of stabilizing, digitizing, and cataloguing portions of our large audiovisual collections, which contain precious footage documenting Midwestern culture and history. With help from the NEH, we were able to dedicate much-needed time to the William Franklin Grisham Collection, which documents the history of the early film industry in Chicago; the Frank Koza Collection of mid-century newsreels; the Tom Palazzolo Collection, which captures the outermost fringes of life in Chicago; and the Rhodes Patterson Collection of design, architecture and industry films. Read More »

CFA Receives Grant to Preserve 2 Films by Maurice Bailen

CFA is happy to announce that we have received a Preservation Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation for the photochemical preservation of two films from the Maurice Bailen Collection, The City (ca. 1961) and Confrontation (ca. 1968). Both films are original 16mm work prints, and no other copies are known to exist. Maurice Bailen (1902-1980) was a Chicago-based filmmaker who is well-regarded and yet his filmic output is largely underrepresented; he remains most known for his film The Great Depression (ca. 1934), made with the Chicago chapter of the Workers Film and Photo League. Bailen’s films were devoted to capturing pivotal social movements in American history through a uniquely experimental aesthetic that was part documentary, part satire and political commentary. To learn more about his films, please visit our finding aid here.

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Still from The City (ca. 1961)

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Still from Confrontation (ca. 1968)

Chicago Home Movie Day 2020

Dates:

Saturday, October 24, 2020; Saturday, October 31, 2020

Hours:

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Additional Information:

Two 2-hour programs airing on CAN-TV (ch. 21), and streaming on CFA's YouTube channel

This year, Chicago Film Archives presents CHICAGO HOME MOVIE DAY on CAN-TV and online. Read More »

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Dates:

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hours:

7 PM Central

Admissions:

FREE

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It is with great pride that the Chicago Film Archives joins forces with the UCLA Film and Television Archive in the presentation of The Murder of Fred Hampton.

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2020 Media Mixer – Experimental Sound Studios’ Quarantine Series

Dates:

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Hours:

7PM

Admissions:

Suggested Donation $15 - donate here

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On September 16th, CFA will live stream the premiere of three new Media Mixer pieces in collaboration with Experimental Sound StudiosQuarantine Series. More details will be posted soon!

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‘Lost’ Film From 1923 Uncovered in CFA Collection

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In late June 2020, while weathering the coronavirus pandemic, Chicago Film Archives’ staff rediscovered a 35mm domestic distribution print of ‘lost’ silent feature film, The First Degree, within our collections. Hiding in plain sight among agricultural and sponsored films that came out of Peoria, Illinois, was a Universal production that likely hadn’t been exhibited in 97 years. With only 25% of American silent feature films surviving, CFA is thrilled to have uncovered this little known feature, thereby widening our understanding of an important era in cinematic history.

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The Reflection in the Puddle is Mine: Sequesterfest Vol. 4

Dates:

Saturday, June 28, 2020

Hours:

7 PM

Admissions:

Donations welcome

Corbett vs. Dempsey joins forces with Chicago Film Archives in an Experimental Sound Studio Quarantine Concert Series.

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CFA Receives NEH CARES Relief Grant

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Chicago Film Archives is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a CARES grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award, in the amount of $54,743, will be used to uncover the Midwest histories hidden within four varied and distinctive collections in our care. According to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NEH received “more than 2300 eligible applications from cultural organizations, for projects between June and December, 2020. Approximately 14 percent of the applicants were funded.”

This support will allow CFA to focus on the labor-intensive task of stabilizing, cataloging and digitizing portions of four large audiovisual collections that document Midwestern culture and history: the Tom Palazzolo Collection which captures the outermost fringes of life in Chicago; the Frank Koza Collection of newsreels; the Rhodes Patterson Collection of design, architecture and industry films; and the William Franklin Grisham Collection, which documents early African-American filmmaking in Chicago and elsewhere. Read More »

ENGAGE!

One of the earliest collections that arrived at CFA’s door was from William Cottle and Mike Gray of The Film Group. The work of Don Klugman (Nightsong), JoAnn Elam (Everyday People) and DeWitt Beall (Lord Thing) followed closely behind. The appointed stewardship of these collections invigorated our own understanding of CFA’s mission to preserve, highlight, and amplify the voices and histories of traditionally marginalized groups, which are reflected in these films and many others that have followed since. We quickly came to understand that the subjects of these works can best represent themselves – that their voices need to be heard whenever possible. CFA remains committed to ensuring the continued accessibility of this vital archive, which sheds tremendous light on the recent protests against police brutality. Read More »

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON at the Berlin International Film Festival

Location:

Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany
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Dates:

FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Hours:

8:00 PM

CFA has commissioned a new 35mm print of The Film Group’s The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971), struck from UCLA’s photochemically-restored internegative of this feature-length documentary. This newly created print will screen for the first time as part of the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival – commonly known as the Berlinale.
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Saying goodbye to 2019 and hello to CFA’s new vault

It has been fifteen years since CFA acquired and moved the Chicago Public Library film collection to our current space at 329 W. 18th Street. Since then, we’ve taken in 154 additional collections (over 27,000 items) and have run out of space in the vault.

Much of 2019 was spent preparing a significantly larger space with a dedicated enhanced cooling system and mobile compact shelving which will more than double our storage capacity for these films and for future collections. The final installations are happening now! The room is chilled and heavy-duty steel shelving will soon ride on top of rolling carriages that glide on top of newly-installed steel rails. In early 2020, thousands of films will be carefully transferred from CFA’s original vault to their new safehouse. This space and new equipment will allow for the storage of present and future Midwestern films in a climate-controlled environment for decades to come!

Countless thanks to each of our friends at the DEW Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the MacArthur Foundation for making this new vault a reality!

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Revulsion in the Grocery Aisle: Explorations of Consumer Culture

Location:

5720 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago IL 60660
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Dates:

December 7, 2019

Hours:

7pm

Admissions:

Suggested donation, $8

The supermarket is arguably the most “American” of inventions. One would be hard-pressed to find a more succinct representation of consumerist culture run amok than in the aisles of a nutritional wasteland. Read More »

Light in Motion: The Influence of the New Bauhaus

Location:

77 E. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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Dates:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hours:

6PM

Light in Motion: The Influence of the New Bauhaus brings together highly personal and experimental films made by Chicago-based artists who worked for design studios in the mid-1950s onward. Read More »

Chicago Home Movie Day 2019

Location:

1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
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Dates:

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Hours:

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Admissions:

FREE (donations always welcome!)

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