The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
2015, Stanley Nelson, USA, 116 min.
- Fri, Dec 4th 2:00pm
- Fri, Dec 4th 6:00pm
- Fri, Dec 4th 8:15pm
- Sat, Dec 5th 3:00pm
- Sat, Dec 5th 5:15pm
- Sat, Dec 5th 8:00pm
- Sun, Dec 6th 3:00pm
- Sun, Dec 6th 5:15pm
- Mon, Dec 7th 6:00pm
- Mon, Dec 7th 8:15pm
- Tue, Dec 8th 6:00pm
- Tue, Dec 8th 8:15pm
- Wed, Dec 9th 6:00pm
- Wed, Dec 9th 8:15pm
- Thu, Dec 10th 6:00pm
- Thu, Dec 10th 8:15pm
"Dense, comprehensive, yet brisk and vital... It’s superb filmmaking with a sure sense of its subject." – Ray Pride, Newcity
“Nelson enthusiastically conjures a sense of what it felt like to be a Panther and to be a young black person inspired by them” — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"We had a swagger," recalls a former member of the most confrontational and controversial political organization of its era. Founded in Oakland in 1966 in response to police harassment, the Panthers openly carried weapons, dressed sharply in black berets and leather jackets, implemented important social initiatives such as the Free Breakfast for School Children program, and boasted a majority of women members. Using rare footage unadulterated by the mainstream media and candid interviews culled from all sides of the struggle, celebrated documentarian Nelson (JONESTOWN, FREEDOM SUMMER) makes the first film to cover the Panthers’ whole story, from their heady beginnings to their downfall from internal dissension and FBI subversion. DCP digital. (MR)
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green
2015, Ronit Bezalel, USA, ca. 70 min.
"Every Chicagoan should see this documentary." – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
The Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19 showings are now SOLD OUT!
The filmmakers call it “Chicago’s most hotly contested 70 acres of land.” With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster. Beginning in 1995, it was demolished, bit and bit, then repackaged as a “mixed income” development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away. Bezalel, who first covered the subject in her celebrated 1999 short VOICES OF CABRINI, spent fifteen years on this eye-opening follow-up, which uses personal stories, expert commentary, and informative history to celebrate the spirit of a unique community and to mourn its betrayal and destruction. DCP digital. (MR)