Best Itinerant Programming

Chicago Film Archives

Critics' Picks

Some programming organizations make you eager to know what they'll show next; the nonprofit Chicago Film Archives makes you just as eager to know where they'll show next. In the last several months CFA has presented films (often on celluloid) all over town, from Comfort Station in Logan Square to Black Cinema House in South Shore to Constellation in Roscoe Village to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Streeterville. That the organization strives to cover so much ground is in keeping with its mission of promoting the history of the whole Chicago area, which makes it a valuable educational resource as well as a cinematic one. This has been a big year for CFA: not only did it celebrate its tenth anniversary in May, it also brought Chicago-centric programs to the University of Glasgow and the EYE Film Institute in the Netherlands.