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Northeastern partners with THE Chicago Film Society

Film Screenings at Northeastern Illinois University
Presented by the Chicago Film Society
Sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre

The Chicago Film Society makes rare and classic films available to local audiences in their original forms—on 35mm and 16mm motion picture film. The screenings spotlight the restoration efforts of archives, studios and private collectors, as well as the experience of seeing films projected in a theater with an audience. The screenings will be integrated into Northeastern’s film studies courses, which serve more than 200 students each semester. 

Spring 2017 Schedule

All screenings are held in Northeastern's Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., located in the E Building at 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago. Highlights include a film with the late Debbie Reynolds, a rare early part-talkie Frank Capra film introduced by Nancy McVittie, a wacky Jerry Lewis comedy, a film partially directed by Nicholas Ray before he was fired from the production, and several other classics and oddities. 

Tickets are $2 with a NEIU ID and $5 for the general public, and can be purchased at the door. 

For more detailed descriptions visit Chicago Film Society 

Wednesday, January 11: Nightmare Alley 
Directed by Edmund Goulding • 1947 • 35mm from Criterion Pictures, USA
Tyrone Power rips off Zorro's mask to provide "spiritual comfort, whatever the cost" to North Shore dupes in this crackling noir classic. 

Wednesday, January 18: Hollywood Shuffle
Directed by Robert Townsend • 1987 • 35mm from Park Circus
Hilarious satire of Hollywood's type-casting of African American actors, produced independently and financed using Townsend's credit cards. 

Wednesday, January 25: Wind Across the Everglades 
Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1958 • 35mm from Warner Bros.
Southern gothic at its most delirious, full of fever, drunken madness, and death by any one of the region’s plethora of toxic flora and fauna. Starring Burl Ives and a young Christopher Plummer

Wednesday, February 1: Night on Earth
Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1991 • 35mm from Janus Films
Relive early '90s chic with Jarmusch's multi-faceted taxi cab anthology film. Winona forever!

Wednesday, February 8: The Errand Boy
Directed by Jerry Lewis • 1961 • 35mm from NWCFS Collections, permission Jerry Lewis
An uproarious game of inside baseball from Hollywood's most irreverent quadruple threat, actor-director-producer-writer Jerry Lewis. "An obfuscation of the English language and the rules of comedy" -- Julian Antos

Wednesday, February 15: Puzzle of a Downfall Child
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg • 1970 • 35mm from Universal
The criminally overlooked feature debut of Jerry Schatzberg (Panic in Needle ParkScarecrow), a fractured character study of icy fashion model Faye Dunaway. Not available on home video in America.

Tuesday, February 21: Law and Order
Directed by Edward L. Cahn • 1932 • 35mm from Universal
The Wyatt Earp legend, retold by actor Walter Huston and writer John Huston. The leading edge of Edward L. Cahn revisionism! Not available on home video.

Wednesday, March 1: What’s the Matter With Helen?
Directed by Curtis Harrington • 1971 • 35mm from Park Circus
R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds, beleaguered dance studio proprietress and Shelley Winters wrangler, who shines in this essential entry in the hag horror cycle. 

Wednesday, March 8: The Younger Generation
Directed by Frank Capra • 1929 • 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory
This part-silent/part-talkie melodrama finds young Capra exploring intergenerational conflict among New York's Jewish junk peddlers. Not available on home video. Introduced by Nancy McVittie, Instructor in the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre at NEIU, and co-author of Fade to Gray: Aging in American Cinema.

Tuesday, April 18: Who Killed Teddy Bear?
Directed by Joseph Cates • 1965 • 35mm from Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
The cosmic suffering of Sal Mineo continues in this under-seen independent exploitation film.
Not available on home video.

Chicago Film Society
(Additional screenings to be held at The Music Box Theatre and the Logan Center for the Arts)

New this semester, Northeastern's Department of Communication, Media and Theatre will offer CMTM 390: A Cinematheque class where students earn 1 credit at the 300-level for attending five select screenings and doing online activities related to film production, distribution, exhibition, and criticism as well as the importance of film archives and preservation.  Register Here

Directions and Transportation

Event Parking

Free street parking is available along Bryn Mawr Ave, west of Central Park. Patrons may also park in any designated NEIU parking lot by purchasing a parking pass. We recommend the Parking Garage, a short walk from Building E. You may also park in Lot D or Lot F.

There are several options for purchasing a single-use NEIU parking pass:

Purchase a $5 pass from the kiosk at the Parking Garage entrance. (Cash only) Purchase a $5 pass at the Parking Office, on the first floor of the Parking Garage. Purchase a $5 virtual permit with your smart phone: or download the mobile app Passport Parking

Getting Here with the CTA

Our screenings are also accessible via CTA.

From the Brown Line (Kimball station), one can either walk or take the #82 Kimball-Homan bus to Catalpa and walk the remaining short distance to Building E. ​From the Blue Line (Jefferson Park station), take the #92 Foster bus to Central Park and walk the remaining short distance to Building E.


For cyclists, a Divvy station is located on the eastern edge of campus at St. Louis and Balmoral. View a map of Divvy station locations.


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