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LORD THING restoration premiere (SOLD OUT!)

he Vice Lords. The film was made by Northwestern Grad student, Robert Ford, over the course of seven months and is constructed from a series of audio interviews with the teenage Vice Lord gang members as they reflect on their lives, daily struggles, and the law of the streets. Filmed at the corner of Lake Street and Homan Avenue on Chicago’s West Side, THE CORNER captures the raw energy and grit of the urban city and those who call this street co…

Roommate + CFA Films !

Evolution of Landscapes (Bert Van Bork, 1986, 16mm.) On June 2nd, Chicago’s Roommate (led by singer/songwriter and video artist Kent Lambert) commences their Hideout residency by playing along (in ambient duo formation) to 16mm films from our vault. Evolution of Landscapes (Bert Van Bork, 1986, 16mm., 19 min.) Cities: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, 1984, 16mm., 5.5 min.) Monuments to Erosion (Bert Van Bork, 1974,…

2019 Benefit with Tom Palazzolo & Rick Kogan

…6:45pm   Reception– Cocktails and raffle purchases 6:45pm - 7:30pm   Buffet Dinner 7:30pm – 9:00pm   Program with host Rick Kogan and filmmaker Tom Palazzolo, screening of a new film by Tom Palazzolo, raffle drawing and live auction Tickets: $175 or $300 a couple Dress: Business Casual For tickets contact: 312-243-1808 or info@chicagofilmarchives.org. This benefit will raise much needed funding to help run Chicago’s only independent regiona…

Harold & Margaret

… the piano. Saga of the First and Last Dir. Margaret Conneely, 1954, 4 min., Color, 16mm A boy and his first cigarette. Wonderful detail from the era. All Aboard Dir. Alfred J. Goulding, 1917, 9 min., B&W, 16mm, Silent w/ live accomp. Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard and Bebe Daniels in a pre-domestic full tilt romp towards Bermuda. Harold finds his sea legs, but they’re cut out from under him just as quickly. Mister E Dir. Margaret Conneely,…

CFA CRASHERS: Lavon Pettis

rts. I appreciate being able to look as someone’s situation from an abstract perception of painting, performance, poetry, film or theater. The arts like everything else is rooted in politics. The politics of art impact how we live, learn, and our resources, and sometimes determines the fruits of our labor as communities and neighbors. After weeks of consulting with Anne about the footage available at CFA, I finally narrowed down films I believe w…

VANISHING NEIGHBORHOODS (returns!)

…ival documents of the city’s past appearance, and also reminders of what’s at stake in contemporary efforts to preserve Chicago’s historic neighborhoods. All films will be presented in their original format – 16mm. A Place to Live depicts the large-scale slum clearance undertaken in the 1960s as a necessary and welcome part of the city’s development. Kali Nihta, Socrates takes the opposite view, dramatizing the human cost of the 1960s destruction…

JoAnn Elam Collection Update (part 2)

…Ann and her colleagues faced with the administration and the union. This Mead notebook isn’t the first behind-the-scenes look into the project we’ve come across. Other notebooks, papers and approximately 250 film, video and audio elements associated with the film already reside here at CFA. Combined with this new acquisition, these materials provide an unparalleled level of access to her creative process, political and artistic ideas,…

Giving Thanks

7. A portion of the inspected 16mm films in CFA’s Ruth Page Collection Combined, the NEA & Donnelley grants will help fund the digitization of over 900 unique moving image and audio items, including 16mm films, rare video formats (including 2″!), Betacam SP tapes and a handful of 1/4″ audio reels. This Donnelley Foundation grant also allows CFA to strengthen our digital storage and digitization workflows, making it easier fo…

CFA Media Mixer 2016 (in review)

We had a lot of fun on June 9th at the 5th annual Media Mixer and are extremely thrilled with the videos produced by this year’s line-up! Thanks to all who came and participated, but if you couldn’t make it (or if you just want to watch them again), we now have two of the videos available to stream below. And if you’re new to the Media Mixer in general, the premise of the annual event is simple: three filmmakers, paired with th…

Wayne Boyer and Larry Janiak: CAMERA AND LINE

Adams Film, Larry Janiak, 1963 We’re super excited to team up with Conversations at the Edge (CATE) this fall to screen select works by Chicago filmmakers, Wayne Boyer & Larry Janiak. CATE is a weekly series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by some of the most compelling media artists of yesterday and today. CATE is organized by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Film, Video, and New Media in…

RUN OF LIFE: The Otolith Group

ociation with LUX Preceded by BABBIT RESERVE MINING BLAST by Jack Behrend Courtesy of Chicago Film Archives With minimalist synth improvisation by Nick Broste, Kent Lambert, and Seth Vanek Program Details THE RADIANT(2012, HD video, 64 min) Commissioned as part of dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, The Radiant explores the aftermath of March 11, 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed many thousands and caused the partial meltdown o…

Robert & Theresa Davis Collection Update

…FFECT! Although the films have been inventoried, neither they nor the paper materials have been processed. Liz’s visit greatly helped to shine a light on what we have on our hands, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Updates on the Robert & Theresa Davis Collection, including digitized film transfers, biographical information on Bob & Terry, and more on the travelogue genre, will be appearing in the weeks to come. …

Midwest Stories

…s page provides a detailed look at each of the four programs in the series and the unique context brought to each by the scholars who introduced the screenings. The programs (in their entirety) are embedded below as streaming video files. The New World: Industrial, Corporate and Sponsored Films Creative Broadcast: Communication, Commercials and Advertising Form and Function: The Legacy of the Institute of Design Personal Legacies: Materiality a…

Logan Square Home Movie Day (with films by JoAnn Elam!)

…ion to generation, but lack the projection equipment to view them properly and safely. That’s where Home Movie Day comes in: you bring the films, and we inspect them, project them, and offer tips on storage, preservation, and video transfer–all free of charge. And best of all, you get to watch them with an enthusiastic audience, equally hungry for local history. HOME MOVIE DAY FAQ: What film formats can I bring to Home Movie Day? This time around…

Maggie And The Somersaulter-Moats and Somersaulter Finding Aid

…n digitized) Subject headings One of the most important steps in populating a work record is “tagging” works and collections with subject headings (under “Cataloging Description and Notes”). Subject headings enable people to search for films by subject matter (“Domestic life”, “Industry”, “Lake Michigan”), genre, and form, and is a powerful tool for researchers. CFA uses two subject indices in its work records: a controlled vocabulary tailored t…