South Side Projections is a nonprofit organization that presents unique film screenings at locations across Chicago’s south side. At many screenings, we enlist scholars, activists, and filmmakers to lead discussions, understanding the films to be the beginning, not the end, of a conversation about how films engage with complex social and political issues. Other screenings are opportunities to present seldom-seen films of historical and artistic value.

South Side Projections and the DuSable Museum of African American History have partnered to present film screenings by and about African American women. The screenings take place at the DuSable the first Tuesday of every other month in 2017.

January 3, 2017 at 7pm

Zora Neale Hurston—pathbreaking novelist, pioneering anthropologist and one of the first black women to enter the American literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God)—established the African American vernacular as one of the most vital, inventive voices in American literature. Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun intersperses insights from leading scholars and rare footage of the rural South (some of it shot by Zora herself) with re-enactments of a revealing 1943 radio interview. This definitive film biography, eighteen years in the making, portrays Zora in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, and controversial but always fiercely original. (Sam Pollard, 2008, USA, 84 min., DVD)