SOUTH SIDE PROJECTIONS is a nonprofit organization that partners with cultural organizations on the south side to present screenings and discussions of rare and culturally significant films. Its founder, MICHAEL W. PHILLIPS JR., has been film programmer for the Bank of America Cinema and the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest). In its 2nd year at the Festival, the popular Reel Jazz will again present 30-minute programs of rare jazz short films from the 1930s through the recent past, shown on 16mm film. It will also feature a one hour rarely seen film, unavailable on DVD, that aired on CBS television in 1957.
Program 1, 1:15-1:45pm
“Boogie Woogie Dream” (13 min., 1944), featuring Lena Horne and Teddy Wilson
“Minnie the Moocher” (8 min., 1932), cartoon featuring Cab Calloway and Betty Boop
“Ain’t Misbehavin’” (3 min., 1941), featuring Fats Waller
“The Jumpin’ Jive” (10 min., 1943), from Stormy Weather, featuring Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers
Program 2, 2:15-2:45pm
“Symphony in Black” (9 min., 1935), featuring Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday
“Cut” (11 min., 1970s), featuring Billy Brimfield and Fred Anderson
“Jammin’ the Blues” (10 min., 1944), featuring Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, and more
Program 3, 3:15-4:15pm
“The Sound of Jazz (1957), an episode of the CBS series Seven Lively Arts Clueless New York Herald-Tribune media critic John Crosby provides comic relief between numbers by some of the greatest musicians ever caught on film: Lester Young, Count Basie, Pee Wee Russell, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Red Allen, Thelonious Monk, and more.