For nearly forty years, the Gene Siskel Film Center has collaborated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism to provide a unique experience for Chicago filmgoers.
Each fall and spring, we present a themed Screening/Lecture series that is both a course taken for credit by enrolled SAIC students, and a weekly series of public screenings open to all ticket-buyers without need of enrollment or registration. A lecturer is chosen for each series from among the leading film scholars and critics in our region.
On each Tuesday during the series, that week's film is briefly introduced by the lecturer and then screened in its entirety. Following the screening, members of the public are welcome to stay for the lecture and participate in the discussion. The films usually have an additional screening, without the lecture and discussion, on Friday or Saturday.
Past topics of the Screening/Lecture series have included:
- The Western: How It Was Never One, taught by Jon Cates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War On Film, taught by Nora Annesley Taylor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation, taught by Donald Crafton of the University of Notre Dame University
- New Sensory Cinema, taught by Melika Bass, of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- No Borders: Contemporary Latin American Cinema, taught by Daniel R. Quiles of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- The Child in Cinema, taught by Pamela Robertson Wojcik of the University of Notre Dame
- Cities in Cinema, taught by artist and critic Fred Camper
- Instant Histories: New Documentary Forms In The Digital Age, taught by Daniel Eisenberg of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- The Unquiet American: Transgressive American Comedies (PDF), taught by critic and author Jonathan Rosenbaum
- The American New Wave, taught by Bruce Jenkins of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Public Enemies: The Gangster/Crime Film, taught by Laurence Knapp, author and professor at Oakton Community College
- Revolution In The Air: The Long Sixties, taught by Mary Patten of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- African American Auteurs, taught by Jacqueline Stewart of the University of Chicago
- Film Noir, taught by James Naremore of Indiana University
- German Cinema, taught by Scott Curtis of Northwestern University
- Horror Films, taught by Tom Gunning of the University of Chicago
Admission to all Lecture/Screening programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.