Candyman (2021): Film Screening and Discussion

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Candyman (2021): Film Screening and Discussion

Join us for a screening of Nia DaCosta's Candyman & a panel with UIC professors Jane Rhodes and Cynthia Blair!

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Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S. Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60607

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In present day, many years after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.
- From the Internet Movie Database, “Candyman (2021)”

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will present a screening of Nia DaCosta’s 2021 film, Candyman, a direct sequel to the 1992 film of the same name. University of Illinois Chicago professors Jane Rhodes and Cynthia Blair will take part in a pre-film panel to talk about the important themes of racism, gentrification, and police brutality in the film.

Cynthia Blair is Associate Professor in UIC’s Department of Black Studies and the Department of History. She is also the Director of UIC's African American Cultural Center. She studies the intersection of race and sexuality in U.S. history, and race, gender and sexuality in American film and popular culture.

Jane Rhodes is trained as a mass media historian with a specialization in African American history and culture. She focuses on the study of race, gender, and mass media; the history of the black press; media and social movements; and African American women’s history. She is particularly interested in how aggrieved communities have used print culture, film, electronic media, music, and other expressive cultures as modes of resistance and empowerment. Her work also explores the gender politics of African American communities and the experiences of transnational black subjects.

PLEASE NOTE: Candyman is rated R and is intended for adult audiences. The film contains graphic violence and gore, depictions of body horror, depictions of racism, strong profanity, and suggestive themes. The film also contains sequences of flashing imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.