"Vacation Spot" is curated by Janelle Vaughn Dowell
Scheduled every Friday, between 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
at Gallery Guichard (Parking Lot) located at 436 East 47th Street, Chicago IL 60653
"Vacation Spot" reflects a series of films and original video projections produced by Janelle Dowell that show the significance of African Americans resort communities. Several films produced by Oscar Micheaux (who was inspired to produce films after frequently visiting Idleswild, Michigan) reflect an honest portrayal of black life on the silver screen in the early 20th Century.
Micheaux, from Chicago stockyards to the silver screen, in his heyday was the most high-profile of the filmmakers who created “race” films with black casts for black audiences. Among his more significant productions were “Within Our Gates” (1920), which the documentary describes as “an unflinching account of the contemporary Negro experience,” complete with depictions of lynching’s and alcohol abuse, and “Body and Soul” (1925), in which the great singer Paul Robeson portrays a sinister preacher. Most of Micheaux’s productions are now lost or exist only in fragments.
Come out and enjoy this stimulating drive-in series and galley projection experience.
Silent Films- Turn on your radio, and enjoy
October 4, 2014
Within Our Gates (1920)
October 11, 2014
Pictorial View of Idlewild Michigan (1927)
Produced by Chicago Daily News
October 18, 2014
Body and Soul (1947)
October 31, 2014