Three Short Films by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Director in Attendance!


 The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, October 23, 7 pm, $7-10


The ANDRE TRILOGY by James N. Kienitz Wilkins is a collapsing treatise on media format and reality as constructed by entertainment.  Special Features is an apparent interview with three highlights. Presented as if a lo­-fi fragment from an unnamed video production, an interviewee interacts with an interviewer, recounting a special experience at once unique and shared. In TESTER, a private eye guy recounts a tricky case, set against the unedited duration of a found BetaSP tape. B-­ROLL with Andre is an anonymous and mediated testimonial about one man’s dangerous dream. The three movies were produced in sequential video formats (BetaSP, MiniDV, HD) which correspond to the timeframes of each story (prequel, original, sequel). However, when the movies are screened together, they unfold in order of production (Special Features, TESTER, B­-ROLL with Andre). The trilogy engages unreliable narrators, obvious performance modes, and outdated media formats to keep the context of the pieces slippery. Taken together they provide the familiar and satisfying suspense of a detective story, leaning into the tricks of the mystery genre: the gumshoe voice-over, hidden identity, surveillance-style footage, and vocoder vocal disguise.  Ultimately, however, Wilkins keeps both the mystery genre and the ability to solve the work at bay, offering instead a shifty palette of  conceptual tricks to ponder over, where our own modes of viewership seem to be a substantial piece of the puzzle.


Program Details:
Special Features (12 min / MiniDV-to-HD / 2014)

TESTER (30 min / BetaSP-to-HD / 2015)

B-ROLL with Andre (19 min / HD / 2015)

Preceded by:
Self-Titled (Rough Cut) by Jesse Malmed (7 min / HD / 2015)


James N. Kienitz Wilkins is a filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn. He directed the experimental documentary feature, P ublic Hearing (2012), which premiered in the New:Vision competition at CPH:DOX 2012, and went on to festivals and venues worldwide, including MoMA PS1 (EXPO 1: NEW YORK). He is an NEA MacDowell Fellow and a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art. He is the 2016 recipient of the LICHTER Art Award from the LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International.

Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator living and working in Chicago. His work in moving images, performance, text and occasional objects has exhibited widely in museums, cinemas, galleries, bars and barns. He is the curator of the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, co-director of the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show, a programmer at the Nightingale Cinema, instigates Western Pole and curates exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. His writing has appeared on and in Bad at Sports, Cine-File, Incite Journal of Experimental Media, The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature, Temporary Art Review, Big Big Wednesday and YA5. A native of Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Programmed by Christy LeMaster

Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, found footage, narrative, performance, surveillance, Uncategorized, video


A Stop-Motion Animated Adventure
With Live Accompaniment
by Your Heart Breaks
Director, Clyde Petersen, in Attendance!

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm, $7 – 10


TORREY PINES is an autobiographical stop-motion animated feature movie directed by Clyde Petersen. This transgender coming-of-age tale takes place in southern California in the early 1990’s, a time when MTV shaped teenage minds and a generation of Nintendo loving nerds came to realize the world they were born into. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. Tortured by delusions of political conspiracies and struggling with a dysfunctional family, Petersen’s mom kidnaps twelve-year-old Petersen and takes them on a cross-country adventure that will alter their family forever.

TORREY PINES’s compelling visual style is mesmerizingly articulate, every  scene filled with jointed paper puppets and intricate cut-paper collage sets.  It is handmade, textured, and full of life. Every object in the film was individuals constructed and hand-painted. Without dialogue, TORREY PINES relies on its vibrant visual storytelling and original music to drive the plot.

“This film is for queer punks, trans youth, and people who struggle with mental health issues in their lives. It is for people who grew up without much money and used their imaginations to escape and find safe spaces. It is about being transgender before you could look that word up in the internet and find others like you.”- Clyde Petersen, Director

Clyde Petersen is a Seattle based artist working in film, animation, music, installation, and fabulous spectacle. He is member of the the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. He travels the world with his punk band, YOUR HEART BREAKS and hosts the internet film series, BOATING WITH CLYDE in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum.

Your Heart Breaks includes Clyde Petersen, Zach Burba, and Jacob Jaffe.

Programmed by Christy LeMaster

Filed under: animation, documentary, experimental, feminism, landscape, music, narrative, queer, Uncategorized


John Greyson’s URINAL
Presented by White Light Cinema


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, November 4th, 7 pm, $7-10

White Light Cinema is pleased to present Canadian filmmaker and artist John Greyson’s rarely seen 1988 classic of queer cinema, URINAL, which continues to be one of the most provocative and urgent works made during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Program Details:
URINAL (1988, 100 min, Blu-Ray Projection)
Directed by John Greyson

“An assortment of deceased great gay artists from history are mysteriously brought back from the dead and summoned to a Toronto garden to be given a special assignment: to investigate the causes, history and implications of public urinal arrests in Ontario. Over the course of seven evenings, Sergei Eisenstein, Frida Kahlo, Yukio Mishima, Langston Hughes, Frances Loring and Frances Wyle are presented with data relating to a number of gay-issues, including the history of public washroom sex and its policing. Greyson’s first feature, URINAL challenges conventions, drawing on techniques from video, documentary, narrative and experimental film to create a thought-provoking examination of the history and status of gays and lesbians in contemporary society. Winner of the Teddy award at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival.” (Canadian Film Institute)

John Greyson is a Toronto film/video artist whose shorts, features and installations include: Fig Trees (2009, Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin FIlm Festival; Best Canadian Feature, Inside Out Festival); Proteus (2003, Best Film, Diversity Award, Barcelona Film Festival; Best Actor, Sithenghi Film Festival); The Law of Enclosures (2000, Best Actor Genie); Lilies (1996 – Best Film Genie, Best Film at festivals in Montreal, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, San Francisco); Un©ut (1997, Honourable Mention, Berlin Film Festival); Zero Patience (1993 – Best Canadian Film, Sudbury Film Festival); The Making of Monsters (1991 – Best Canadian Short, Toronto Film Festival, Best Short Film Teddy – Berlin Film Festival); and Urinal (1988 – Best Feature Teddy, Berlin Film Festival). He co-edited Queer Looks, a critical anthology on gay/lesbian film & video (Routledge, 1993), is the author of Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993), and has published essays and artists pieces in Alphabet City, Public, FUSE, and twelve critical anthologies. An associate professor in film production at York University, he was awarded the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video, 2000, and the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007.” (Vtape)


Filed under: 16mm, experimental, film, queer, Uncategorized

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