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Our 2018 preservation project, AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2, will premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Friday, October 26th at 7:45pm!
It's that time of year again! Join CFA and the Chicago Film Society at the Chicago History Museum and bring your 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm films (or just come watch)!
CFA is thrilled to be presenting four screenings this fall as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art’s citywide Art Design Chicago initiative. 
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Films from CFA’s Mort and Millie Goldsholl Collection are the centerpiece of the exhibition “Up is Down: Mid-century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio.”
We’re thrilled to have made a new 2K scan of this rarely-seen 35mm print. Read more about the behind the scenes work done at CFA here!
Chicago Film Archives is a recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions!
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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’re thrilled to announce that we will be participating in the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Art Design Chicago initiative. We will be presenting a series of four screenings that reframe the history of cinema in Chicago through various lenses and modes of production… Read More