The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green
2015, Ronit Bezalel, USA, 56 min.
"Every Chicagoan should see this documentary." – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
THE SUNDAY JANUARY 31 SCREENING IS 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 by 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)
ALSO PLAYING: Bezalel’s acclaimed 1999 film VOICES OF CABRINI (33 min.)
The Cool World
1963, Shirley Clarke, USA, 105 min. With Rony Clanton, Carl Lee.
- Tue, Mar 22nd 6:00pm
"A truly unmissable, unforgettable experience." — Keith Hennessey Brown, Eye for Film
"A REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for a new era." — Cullen Gallagher, Hammer to Nail
Clarke’s second feature (following THE CONNECTION) was reputedly the first fiction feature to be shot entirely on location in Harlem, and it was way ahead of its time in its unsentimentalized and nonjudgmental view of ghetto life. A 14-year-old gang member needs fifty dollars so that he can buy a gun. Taking a cue from the excellent jazz score (Mel Waldron, Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, et al.), Clarke enhances the simple plotline with a wealth of improvisational energy and observational detail. 16mm. (MR)