Claudia Cassidy Theater Screenings

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

September 7, 14, 21, Screenings begin at 6:30pm

September 10, 10am-5pm

September 17, 12-5pm & September 18, 11am-9pm

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.


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

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

Join Asian Pop-up Cinema for the start of their 15th season with a double-matinee of Chinese cinema! Starting at 11am, discover THE MAGICAL CRAFTSMANSHIP OF SUZHOU followed by the U.S. premiere of I AM WHAT I AM at 2pm.

THE MAGICAL CRAFTSMANSHIP OF SUZHOU highlights twelve artisan specialists living in the folk craft-centric city of Suzhou and explores their plight of aging, evolving, and finding apprentices for traditional folk crafts not necessarily attractive as work to younger generations.

I AM WHAT I AM follows Gyun, a weak, meek teenager whose parents are off to the city to work as construction workers. When a beautiful lion dance promoter hands him a lion head as a gift, Gyun is inspired to take up lion dancing.


Celluloid Now
Celluloid Now

Celluloid Now

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 12noon-5pm
Sunday, September 18, 2022, 11am-9pm
Presented in partnership with the Chicago Film Society

A weekend of screenings, workshops, and other events showcasing the work of analog filmmakers and artists, alongside archival rediscoveries and restorations.

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Opening Night of the Various Artists Independent Film FestivalVAIFF, Various Artists Independent Film Festival

Friday, October 7, 2022, 6-9pm
Presented in partnership with the Various Artists Independent Film Festival

VAiFF kicks off their 2022 festival with live jazz music and spoken word performance from the Hip Hop ensemble Kuumba Lynx. They will premiere the 2021 VAiFF Production Grant Winner, Cesar Ramirez's film "IndiviDUALITY". Featuring special guest, Carl Jones (actor, writer, showrunner, and director known for The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, The Last O.G.) who will make a special announcement for independent filmmakers.


Mother's Heart
Thavary Meas Bong

Classic Cambodian Film Screenings

Sunday, October 30, 2022, 10am-5pm
Presented in partnership with the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial

Join us for a double feature screening of two classic prewar films: Mother's Heart and Thavary Meas Bong. Screening for the first time in Chicago, these films are a celebration of early Cambodian filmmakers' ingenuity, craftsmanship, and talents. These early filmmakers' aim was to make films that Cambodian audiences would be proud to watch but never did they imagine anything beyond the regional screening. As with many Asian Americans, especially Southeast Asian communities, there are many stigmas attached to their parents' generation of war and related trauma. These films highlight a positive cultural production of their own heritage.


DOC ChicagoDoc Chicago 2022

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 10am-5pm
Presented in partnership with Percolator Films

The DOC CHICAGO mini-conference brings regional documentary filmmakers together to exchange ideas, learn, and connect. From panels to film screenings and community conversations, DOC CHICAGO offers a gathering place for documentary filmmakers to gain new insights and strengthen our connections across the region.


Opening Night of Shortcut 100 Film FestivalShortcut 100

Friday, November 11, 2022, 6-9pm
Presented in partnership with Nebula Creatives

The Shortcut 100 International Film Festival is an annual showcase dedicated to promoting the best in independent short film from emerging filmmakers. For the same amount of time as an average feature film (around 100 minutes) audiences get access to the up-and-coming voices and artistic visions of independent cinema from around the world.