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Block Cinema

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.

Current Series

The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors

The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors Presented by The First Nations Film and Video Festival

3/31/16 7PM FREE
Ernest 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.
The Exiles

The Inconvenient Indian: One Book One Northwestern

4/7-4/28/16 FREE

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.

Buen Dia, Ramón

Contemporary Migrations: Destination Europe

4/13-5/11/16 FREE

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.

In Jackson Heights

In Jackson Heights

4/18/16 3PM FREE
Master 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.
Catch My Soul

Catch My Soul

4/22/16 7PM FREE
A 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.
Festival of (In)appropriation

Festival of (In)appropriation Traveling Show # 8

4/29/16 7PM FREE
The 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.
Sonic Celluloid

Sonic Celluloid

5/6/16 8PM
Now 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.
Paul Sharits

A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s

In 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 FREE
More 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.
LISTEN, my heart, to the whispers of the world ...

LISTEN, my heart, to the whispers of the world ...

6/2/16 7PM FREE
LISTEN, my heart, to the whispers of the world is a collection of audio compositions reflecting on the soundscape of the Indian subcontinent.
Blade Runner

A&O Films Presents: Blade Runner

6/3/16 7PM FREE
Classic science fiction film set in a 2019 Los Angeles, Detective Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) searches for dangerous renegade android replicants (nearly indistinguishable from humans) who wish to prolong their lives.
The Dismantled Heart

MFA in Documentary Media Showcase

6/8-6/10/16 FREE
Discover the next generation of documentary filmmakers who tackle topics as diverse as heartbreak, family dynamics, and poetry.


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.