Claudia Cassidy Theater Screenings

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

Free Admission

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Accessibility services will include American Sign Language Interpretation, Open Captioning and Audio Descriptions.


Summer Screenings Program Schedule:

Presented in partnership with Cinema/Chicago,
A free, 18-week international film series

Wednesdays, July 13–September 21, 2022, Screenings begin at 6:30pm CT

  • July 13: Small Country: An African Childhood/Petit pays (France)
  • July 20: Memories of My Father/El olvido que seremos (Colombia)
  • July 27: The Legend of Molly Johnson (Australia)
  • August 3: Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands (United States)
  • August 10: The Book of Fish/Jasan-eobo (South Korea).
  • August 17: Poupelle of Chimney Town/Entotsu machi no Puperu (Japan)
  • August 24: Let It Be Morning/Vayehi Boker (Israel)
  • August 31: I Don’t Wanna Dance (The Netherlands)
  • September 7: Chen Uen (Taiwan)
  • September 14: ear for eye (United Kingdom)
  • September 21: My Father Marianne/Min pappa Marianne (Sweden)

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Other Screenings at the Claudia Cassidy Theater:

Short Films: Dancing with Disability: Short Films & Inclusive Movement Workshop

Saturday, July 23, 2022, 1-5pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Floor North) and Studio Theater (1st Floor North)
Presented in partnership with ReinventAbility, celebrating the City’s “Year of Chicago Dance

Dancing with Disability

Film Schedule:

  • JMAXX (13 minutes) - Captioned
  • Ripped (8 minutes) - Captioned
  • Am I My Pain (4 minutes) - Captioned
  • Counter Balance (7 minutes) - Captioned
  • Street Staged (2:23 minutes) - No Dialogue / Uncaptioned
  • Papillon (2:30 minutes) - No Dialogue / Uncaptioned
  • From The Blood (3 minutes) - No Dialogue / Uncaptioned


Event Schedule:

  • 1pm - Doors open
  • 1:30pm - Welcome, introduction
  • 1:45pm - Breathing and stretching exercises
  • 2-3pm - Short film screenings with dance breaks (rhythm exercises and learn a "dance phrase")
  • 3-3:30pm - Move to studio theater on 1st floor for Q&A / meet and greet (water and snacks will be provided)
  • 3:30-4pm - Seated dance workshop (chairs will be available in studio theater)
  • 4:15-4:50pm - Replay short films


For the Left Hand (Directed by Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn)

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 6:30pm  /  View Trailer
Presented in partnership with the Grant Park Music Festival & Kartemquin Films

When aspiring Chicago pianist Norman Malone was just 10-years-old, his father violently attacked him with a hammer, leaving the young virtuoso paralyzed on his right side. But Malone never gave up his passion for music, and, for decades, he pursued a mastery of the piano using only his left hand. Venerable Chicago filmmakers and Festival veterans Quinn (’63 Boycott) and Simmer (As Goes Janesville) recount Malone’s remarkable and inspiring story and chronicle his preparations to publicly perform for the first time—at age 78—Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Featuring special piano performance by Norman Malone. Panel Q&A to follow screening.


Live at Mister Kelly's (Directed by Theodore Bogosian)

Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 6:30pm  /  View Trailer
Presented in partnership with the Chicago Jazz Festival

The legendary Mister Kelly’s, once called a “supernova in the local and national night life firmament,” illuminated Chicago's legendary Rush Street, and the entire country, by launching talents including Barbra Streisand, Herbie Hancock, Bette Midler, and Richard Pryor. Its visionary owners George and Oscar Marienthal smashed color and gender barriers to put fresh, irreverent voices in the spotlight and transform entertainment in the 50s, 60s, and ’70s. Now, with the club long gone, and its star talent reaching its golden years, George’s son David and acclaimed director/screenwriter Ted Bogosian go on a quest to collect the memories of the club before they are lost.

Program opens with special jazz quintet performance featuring Charles Heath (drums), Henry Johnson (guitar), Jeremiah Hunt (bass), Paul Mutzabaugh (piano), and Alysha Monique (vocals). Panel Q&A to follow screening.


Autumn Moon Festival & Opening Day of Asian Pop-up Cinema Film Festival

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10am-5pm
Presented in partnership with the Asian Pop-up Cinema Film Festival



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