Block Cinema screens classic and contemporary films and is dedicated to providing the Northwestern campus, the North Shore and Chicago with a quality venue for cinema. Block Cinema is sponsored in part by a generous gift from James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati.
The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors Presented by The First Nations Film and Video Festival
3/31/16 7PM FREEErnest M. Whiteman III, the Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. has curated this program of short films as a celebration of the important and underrepresented work of Native American female directors.
Film series that is meant to compliment and converse with One Book One Northwestern’s 2015-16 choice Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian. Meant to challenge audience’s perspectives on Native American bodies on screen, these three films are presented from the perspective of Native people in the Americas: contemporary USA in The Exiles and Navajo Talking Picture, and 11th century Canada in Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.
Featuring multiple languages and using both narrative and quasi-documentary styles, Mediterranea, Buen día, Ramón, and Welcome, follow migrants as they move through numerous countries, facing multiple linguistic and cultural challenges. Collectively the films bring to the fore questions of who is a migrant, who is a refugee and what are our responsibilities as we learn about the underlying persecution, torture and violence that prompted their journeys to Europe.
4/18/16 3PM FREEMaster documentarian, Frederick Wiseman's most recent film trains his lens on the extraordinary diversity found in the titular Queens, New York, neighborhood. Wiseman will be participating in a discussion after the film.
4/22/16 7PM FREEA rock opera adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, set in a hippie commune, featuring an unusual cast of musicians from the 1970s including Richie Havens and Tony Joe White. This film was presumed lost for years. We will be screening a new restoration scan of the original negative.
4/29/16 7PM FREEThe Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. From Afro-Futurist fantasias and forensic historical revisions of the McCarthy hearings to South Pole conquests and love letters to Britney Spears, this 8th edition of the Festival promises an astonishing kaleidoscope of aesthetic methods, philosophical positions, and political impulses.
5/6/16 8PMNow in its fourteenth year, Sonic Celluloid is a special event that features musicians performing live with their own original compositions or improvised scores to films or videos of their choosing.
5/12-5/27/16In conjunction with the Block Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition A Feast of Astonishments, Block Cinema highlights Charlotte Moorman’s critical role in promoting and championing nontraditional media. This series includes programs focused on the intersection of experimental production and new video technologies, an eclectic sampling of rare works drawn from Moorman’s avant-garde festivals, and a brand new work whose formal play and intelligent inquiry is in keeping with the spirit of Moorman’s relentless boundary pushing.
5/19/16 6PM FREEMore than 100 of Iran’s leading actresses (along with French actress Juliette Binoche) are filmed in isolation or small groups and apparently engrossed in watching a film based on a famous medieval Persian poem. All is not what it seems, though: the women are not watching a film, their responses are directed by filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, off-camera. A quietly powerful and mesmerizing contemplation on truth and illusion.
6/3/16 7PM FREEClassic science fiction film set in the noir-ish Los Angeles of 2019, Detective Rick Deckard searches for dangerous renegade replicants (extremely detailed androids) who wish to prolong their life.
6/8-6/10/16 7PM FREEDiscover the next generation of documentary filmmakers who tackle topics as diverse as heartbreak, family dynamics, and poetry. Northwestern University’s new MFA in Documentary Media program is proud to present these thesis films by its first cohort of graduates.
Unless otherwise noted:
- $4.00 for Northwestern University faculty, staff and students with valid WildCARD; students from other schools with valid college/university ID; seniors 60 and older
- $6.00 for the general public
- $20.00 for a quarterly pass
Doors open thirty minutes prior to showtime. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to purchase your tickets.
Block Cinema films are screened in the Block Museum’s Pick-Laudati Auditorium. See Directions and Parking for information on how to get to the Musuem. Parking is free in the lot south of the Block after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.