The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
My America Too
- Sat, Feb 20th 12:00pm
"An intriguing mix of theater, film and activism." – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
Ten writers were commissioned, by Baltimore’s Center Stage Theatre, to create plays set around the kitchen table, inspired by recent events in communities like Sanford, FL; Cleveland, OH; Ferguson, MO; Staten Island, NY; Baltimore, MD; and Charleston, SC. Six of the plays were filmed as pieces of street theater, guerrilla-style, at pivotal locations across the country bringing into searing focus topics that face Chicago today. Playwrights include Chicago’s Lydia R. Diamond as well as Larissa FastHorse, Neil LaBute, Kenneth Lin, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, and Kwame Kwei-Armah and Hana Sharif.
Down Hear: The Films of Mike Henderson
1970-83, Mike Henderson, USA, ca. 75 min.
- Thu, Mar 31st 6:00pm
Best known as a painter and blues guitarist, San Francisco–based artist Mike Henderson produced a remarkable body of experimental and performance-driven films starting in the mid 1960s through the 1980s. Politically charged and often wickedly funny, Henderson’s productions range from improvisational compositions and absurd musings to powerful “talking blues films” about blackness and black experience. Henderson presents a program from across his two decades with the medium, including the hilarious and conceptually pointed DUFUS (1970/1973) and powerful DOWN HEAR (1972), which tells the history of slave shipping through a charged performance by Henderson and his brother Raymond. 16mm restored prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. (Amy Beste)