A GEOGRAPHY OF ADDRESSES

Films by Josh Weissbach (in attendance!)

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Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm, $7-10 

The place where it happened, where it kept happening, where it only happened once. The walls are this tall and there are this many of them and there are this many doors and windows to exit and enter and stare out of. This is where it is on the map. These are the nearest streets and this is how you’d get from there to here. Here is where it happened next, where it kept happening, where it hasn’t happened yet. Sometimes there aren’t any doors or windows because there aren’t any walls. In describing the place, it becomes fixed as an image, as a string of words.

Examining both domestic and natural spaces, Weissbach seeks sites of trauma, vitality and memory. The specific becomes general and the general becomes specific. Psychological spaces take on architectural terms just as literal spaces begin to shape what happens inside of them.

Weissbach’s films are impeccably composed and paced, with an airiness that allows for both tension and relief. There is an inscrutable intensity to much of the work, using the same breath to express both data and drama, as Jack Webb says just the feelings.

The ghosts find doors in the walls, while the television is stuck on an unhaunted house.

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DRAGONSLAYER

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

Dragonslayer

Monday, October 20th at 7:00pm
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.


DRAGONSLAYER by Tristan Patterson
74 min // United States // 2011 // blu-ray & HD digital projection

An unbiased escape from the “norm of documentary film making,” Dragonslayer was the Grand Jury Prize Winner for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011 and the second feature film to be released theatrically by Drag City Records following Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers. An intimate vérité portrait of the life and times of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a 23-year-old skate legend from the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California, Dragonslayer takes the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of lost youth, broken homes and abandoned swimming pools, set to a soundtrack of bands from indie-rock labels Mexican Summer and Kemado Records-including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Jacuzzi Boys, Death, and Thee Oh Sees.

Tristan Patterson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He has written screenplays for Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers, and is currently writing American Cigarette for director Tony Scott and Fox 2000. He is attached to direct his own screenplay Electric Slide starring Ewan McGregor for Killer Films and Myriad Pictures. Dragonslayer is his first feature.

Trailer is here.

Preceded by
I TOUCHED HER LEGS by Eva Marie Rødbro
15 minutes // Denmark // 15 min // 2010

Post screening Q&A moderated by Nick Nummerdor

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52 AAFF 16mm TOUR PROGRAM

Program Director, David Dinnell in person!

Mike Stoltz - With Pluses and Minuses 2013

Friday, October 24th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental fest in the country and is the midwest’s most influential exhibitor of international artist made cinema. As any visit  to the festival demonstrates the org serves an enthusiastic local audience and attracts artists and programmers from far and wide. AAFF also supports the genre by presenting a touring program of festival works in the off-season. In October, Program Director, David Dinnell, brings the 52 AAFF 16mm Tour Program to Chicago. Presented entirely on 16 mm, this program features 14 new films from Denmark, Argentina, Canada, Germany, and the United States, including several of this year’s festival award winning pieces.

Program Details:
The Handeye (Bone Ghosts)
(Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy)
Berlin, Germany | 2012 | 7 min
In early 20th century Vienna Robert Musil invited Sigmund Freud to partake in, what he called, “a very special séance.” Seated at the table Musil revealed that they were going to summon the ghost of Franz Anton Mesmer, discoverer of animal magnetism and forefather of hypnosis. Musil told Freud about a series of dreams he had which involved a talking flea. Musil, who had secretly become a follower of the imaginationist school of animal magnetism wanted to question Mesmer as to the meaning of these dreams, in which said flea foretold of impending catastrophes all over Europe. It is said that Mesmer obligingly appeared and spoke in a repetitive and oblique manner. Mesmer’s words were transcribed by Freud in several scraps of paper and hidden sepa- rately in a series of objects that, owing to the vicissitudes of history, would end up in the collections of three Viennese museums. Legend has it that he who could piece together the text would find instructions for the assembly of a film. —AD & JM

With Pluses and Minuses (Mike Stoltz)
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | 5 min
“This morning the window blew its glass onto my face. Real morning with pluses and minuses (my symbols for truth).” A ground-less and boundless 16mm film in which a wall becomes a window to a swirling landscape. —MS

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YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

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Monday, November 17th at 7:00pm
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.


YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT: a hybrid documentary by Lynne Sachs
64 min // United States // 2013 // Chinese, English, & Spanish with English Subtitles // HD digital projection

Immigrant residents of a “shift-bed” apartment in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of the Chinese in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues, and theatrical movement pieces. Shot in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, cafés, and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, this provocative hybrid documentary addresses issues of privacy, intimacy, and urban life. Working from the idea that anytime someone is on camera they inadvertently engage in a performance, Sachs asked her subjects to become her collaborators, inviting them to participate in the construction of a film about their lives. In 2012, Lynne began a series of live film performances of Your Day is My Night in alternative theater spaces around New York City. She then completed the hour-long hybrid video which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in 2013 and screened at the Vancouver Film Fest, Union Docs, the New Orleans Film Fest and other venues in the US and abroad.

Lynne Sachs makes films, installations, performances, and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics, and layered sound design. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, she searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and every new project. Lynne also teaches experimental film and video at New York University and and The New School and lives in Brooklyn.

Trailer is here.



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