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Block Cinema

Block Auditorium

Block Cinema is dedicated to encounter, exchange, and learning through the art of the moving image.

The Block Museum is home to one of the region’s most innovative cinemas. Through its quarterly screening series “Block Cinema,” the museum explores the global past and present, showcasing film and other time-based media across genres, from classic to experimental.

This free, in-house cinema is dedicated to providing Northwestern, the North Shore, and Chicago a quality venue for film and to highlighting the diversity of voices and practices in the media arts field. Post-screening discussions with a filmmaker or scholar, are a staple of the program, providing a unique opportunity for audiences to gain valuable context about the works and offering unique insights into the creative process. In keeping with the Museum’s commitment to presenting art across time, culture, and media, media art is a staple of the Block Museum’s exhibition program.

Always free and open to all

Upcoming Screenings

May257 PM

To Render the Infinite: Visual Genealogies of Black Kinship - with Kevin Jerome Everson, Paige Taul, & zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o'neal

An evening of screenings and conversation with artists Kevin Jerome Everson, Paige Taul, and zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal centered on capturing and cultivating generational and familial relationships in nonfiction and experimental film.
May267 PM

Teasers of Empire: 1930s Action-Adventure Trailers and the Spectacle of Imperialism

This program interweaves a selection of fifteen 35mm trailers from the Academy Film Archive with commentary by guest scholars to examine the connections between the Action-Adventure genre and the history of imperialism. 

May277 PM

THE ISLAND OF ST MATTHEWS (2013) with Kevin Jerome Everson

Renowned filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson appears in person to present the Chicagoland debut of his 2013 feature, THE ISLAND OF ST MATTHEWS, a portrait of collective memory, lost family artifacts, and the lived experience of ecological change. Preceded by shorts from the South Side Home Movie Project. Artist in person for Q&A.
Jun25:30 PM

Opening Night of Like Water Through Stone: Celebrating Hamid Naficy

Join us for the first night in celebration of Hamid Naficy’s contributions to Iranian film and diaspora studies, including a screening of "Mouth Harp in Minor Key: Hamid Naficy In/On Exile" (dir Maryam Sepehri) and a keynote address by Michael M.J. Fischer: “Unaccented Hamid Naficy: Cartoonist, Ethnographer, Social Historian of Film, Friend.”
Jun97 PM

Through the Looking Glass (Pt 1): NU MFA Doc Media Thesis Showcase

Join us for Part 1 of the NU MFA Doc Media Thesis Showcase with filmmakers Yanyi Xie, Nely Montina, Mbayi Aben, and Alicia Soller - followed by a conversation with the filmmakers!
Jun107 PM

Through the Looking Glass (Pt 2): NU MFA Doc Media Thesis Showcase

Join us for Part 2 of the NU MFA Doc Media Thesis Showcase with filmmakers Oluseyifunmi (Debs) Akinlade, Desiree Schippers, Guanyizhuo Yao, æryka hollis o’neil, and Lily Freeston -- followed by a conversation with the filmmakers!

Explore conversations and stories from past Block Cinema programs