The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
The Murder of Fred Hampton
1971, Howard Alk, USA, 88 min.
- Sat, Oct 21st 3:30pm
- Wed, Oct 25th 7:45pm
"It’s the rare film that decades later can seem as timely as it was the day it came out. The searing documentary THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON is such a film." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
A compelling mixture of impassioned activism and lucid investigative reporting, this still-relevant documentary began as a portrait of Fred Hampton, the charismatic leader of the then-thriving Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party. The first half of the film depicts the Panthers' incendiary rhetoric and altruistic community programs, but the agenda changes when Hampton is killed in a police raid. While local media are parroting dubious official claims of self-defense, director Alk and his crew rush to the still blood-soaked crime scene, recording crucial evidence that points to a cold-blooded assassination. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation and The Packard Humanities Institute. Courtesy of Carol Gray, William Cottle and Chicago Film Archives. 35mm.
Preceded by THE JUNGLE (1967, Charlie “Brown” Davis, Jimmy “Country” Robinson, and David “Bat” Williams, USA, 22 min.), a depiction of Northern Philadelphia street life made by inner-city high-school students. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation. 35mm. (MR)
Sidemen: Long Road To Glory
2016, Scott D. Rosenbaum, USA, 81 min. With Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith, Hubert Sumlin.
"An exceptionally entertaining and captivating tribute to the men and their music." — Joe Leydon, Variety
"A loving tribute that never feels indulgently fannish...Very highly recommended." — Joe Bendel, j.b. spins
Three of the most influential musicians you probably never heard of are given their long-overdue due in this behind-the-headliners documentary in the spirit of 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and THE WRECKING CREW. Associated with such blues giants as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, pianist Perkins, drummer Smith, and guitar hero Sumlin were instrumental in bringing the Delta sound from the Deep South to Chicago, where it became the electrified blues and spawned the revolution known as rock 'n' roll. Rockers old and not-so-old, including Gregg Allman, Keith Richards, and Derek Trucks, testify to their importance, while the three bluesmen relate moving and funny stories of their hardscrabble upbringings, flush times, years in the wilderness, and late-career revival, including a 2011 Grammy for Smith and Perkins (the oldest person ever to win the award). Narrated by Marc Maron. DCP digital. (MR)