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Help us celebrate another year of preserving Chicago’s rich history and culture on film with music, drink, tasty food from Shaw’s Crab House, and some twentieth century cinema, curated by Cauleen Smith!
Consider having your 16mm, Super 8mm, or 8mm family films digitized here at CFA. We consider our customers part of our preservation team!
Chicago-based filmmaker/artist/designer Larry Janiak's entire filmography is now publicly available (for the first time!) on our Larry Janiak finding aid.
2015 NFPF grant
the National Film Preservation Foundation has awarded CFA a grant to photo-chemically preserve three films about the shaping of Chicago's public education system
CFA is proud to announce the launch of its new Youtube Channel “Wresting From Chicago”, featuring 1950′s wrestling films from the Russ & Sylvia Davis Collection
Click on Explore Collections to search, browse and view our films.
The Film Group’s CICERO MARCH (1966) was added to the 2013 National Film Registry, an annual list of 25 films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant to our national heritage” by the Library of Congress.
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Chicago Film Archives is a regional film archive dedicated to identifying, collecting, preserving and providing access to films that represent the Midwest. Our purpose is to serve institutions and filmmakers of this region and elsewhere by establishing a repository for institutional and private film collections; serve a variety of cultural, academic and artistic communities by making the films available locally, nationally, and internationally for exhibition, research, and production; and serve our culture by restoring and preserving films that are rare or not in existence elsewhere.

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We received the film work of Chicago photographer Robert Stiegler earlier this year, and while we already put a few of his major titles streaming online, I wanted to put a brief spotlight on him and his work, which includes… Read More