Saturday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. | THE VOICE BENEATH THE SEA, a documentary about the laying of the first transatlantic telephone line. MCQ: A DIGEST, a “found footage” clip reel which condenses the John Wayne film McQ to 15 minutes and cuts between Technicolor and Eastman film stocks. Scenes from an underwater premiere of our favorite Don Knotts movie in WEEKEND AT WEEKI WACHEE. These delights and many more cartoons, trailers, and oddities await you in our Technicolor Shorts Showcase, which represents the strange and gooey fruits of 12 years of CFS film collecting. Program runs approximately 90 min.

TECHNICOLOR WEEKEND celebrates the longevity, beauty, and richness of the technicolor printing process. All presented on 35mm prints that were intended to last only through their initial runs, and have instead endured hundreds of projections, studio mergers, film exchange closures, and multiple private owners. These unlikely survivors offer us a view of what these films looked like before digital color correction and other modern restoration techniques, and are stunning examples of an incredibly complex industrial process that delighted millions. View full series.


Chicago Film Society makes rare and classic films available to local audiences in their original formson 35mm and 16mm motion picture film. Our screenings spotlight the restoration efforts of archives, studios, and private collectors, as well as the experience of seeing films projected in a theater with an audience. Through an array of program notes, extended blog entries, and introductory remarks before each screening, the Chicago Film Society endeavors to bring new notions of the cultural and material history of cinema to the public. The Chicago Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by Chicago projectionists in 2011.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email