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Chicago’s Black Cinema House Presents Its First Summer “Movies Under Stars” Event This Friday

Chicago’s Black Cinema House Presents Its First Summer "Movies Under Stars" Event This Friday

public film screenings are popular in cities all across the country and since they’re
open to the public at large, it’s safe to say that the films that are picked for
screenings are, for the most part, established older classics, such as “Vertigo” or recent films that are suitable for the
entire family.

I can’t begin
to tell you how many times “Man of Steel,” “Despicable Me 2,” “The Lego Movie” and “The
Butler” are being screened all over Chicago in open public screenings
this summer.

But thank God
The Black Cinema House in Chicago
dares to do something different with their summer outdoor film program, which starts off this Friday, June 27 at 9PM, with a collection of films that are definitely outside the box.

They will be
screening three short 30 minute films, which all deal with legendary and groundbreaking black female writers.

The films to
be screened are:

BROOKS (1966).

Miss Brooks
reads from her verses and discusses her life and works. Photographic depictions
of the atmosphere and the environment in which her poetry takes place.


This film
presents Chicago born writer Lorraine Hansberry’s artistic growth and unique
vision expressed in her own words and in her own voice. It traces Ms.
Hansberry’s life from her childhood in Chicago to her premature death at the
age of 34, her student days at the University of Wisconsin, her work as a
fledgling journalist in New York’s Harlem, her life as a Greenwich Village
housewife, and her breakthrough as the first woman playwright to the produced
on Broadway.


novelist Toni Morrison explains the early impulses and obstacles she confronted
as a young writer. She reads excerpts
from “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon.”

Add to make
it even better, stating at 8PM will
be a potluck dinner for attendees: “Join us at potluck-style dinner before the
show. Bring a dish or two to share and visit with neighbors and friends while
we wait for the summer sun to set.” 

I would say that
beats any old screening of “The Butler” any day.

The screening
and dinner will take place at the back garden of the Archive House, located at  6916 S. Dorchester Ave; and as always, seating is free, but you must RSVP right HERE

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