Black Cinema House

Outdoor 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:


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.


Acclaimed 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