The Lost Films of Weng Weng
Screening and Book Launch
Co-presented by the Chicago Cinema Society
Director and Author, Andrew Leavold
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM, $7-10
A former cult video store manager turned guerrilla film-maker and B film detective goes looking for the two-foot-nine James Bond of the Philippines.
Screening -an exclusive 90 minute compilation called THE LOST FILMS OF WENG WENG – three of Weng Weng’s Tagalog language films edited down to their essentials and subtitled into English – all seen for the very first time outside the Philippines! You get the gold from – Stariray (Dolphy’s 1981 gay disco actioner, in which a gruff-voiced Weng Weng as Chief of Operations teaches him kung fu); Da Best In Da West (another Weng Weng western also from 1981, this time as Dolphy’s deputy Bronson!); and Legs…Katawan…Babae! (stars Hagibis, the Filipino Village People, in a delirious disco kung fu spy musical WESTERN [!!!] in which Weng Weng makes a cameo in the final blazing line-dancing number).
Andrew Leavold owned and managed Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a film-maker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema. His writing has been published globally in mainstream magazines, academic journals and underground cinema fanzines, for the last two decades. This is his first book. (more…)
Producer Dan Schoenbrun, in person
Sunday, October 22 at 6 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is proud to present THE EYESLICER, an independent variety TV series co-created by Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell. The show is a smorgasbord of boundary-pushing short-form work from the festival circuit and beyond, featuring 50+ short film favorites and newly commissioned and created works, combined into hour-long, themed mix tape episodes.
To celebrate the release of the ten-episode, ten-hour first season, co-creator Dan Schoenbrun is touring the country this Fall with “The Eyeslicer Roadshow”, a one-night-only live event featuring robot Q&As, communal milk and cookies, and an episode presented in special ‘Smell-O-Vision’.
The Eyeslicer premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It has been hailed as “one of the craziest TV shows you’ll ever see” (Indiewire) and “an insane variety show puree” (Entertainment Weekly). The show features work by David Lowery, Amy Seimetz, the Zellner Brothers, Shaka King, Calvin Reeder, Lauren Wolkstein, Yen Tan, Harrison Atkins, Zia Anger, Frances Bodomo, Nathan Silver, Brian Lonano, Borscht, Celia Rowlson Hall, Patrick Bresnan + Ivete Lucas, Ornana, Leah Shore, Jennifer Reeder, and many, many more.
Program Details: The Eyeslicer
Directed by Various.
(2017. USA, 118 min.)
Showing Up for Racial Justice-Chicago Chapter
A World Without Police,
Part 2: Alternatives to Calling the Police
Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30-8:00 PM, Free
How do I begin building a world without police? How do I enact abolition in a world that still relies on policing? This workshop is designed to answer these questions. Together, we’ll examine when and why we think we should call the police and build a database of alternatives.
This is the second of our three-part, “A World Without Police” Series. It is designed to 1) explain why Chicago needs police abolition, 2) introduce Chicagoans to what police abolition looks like in practice (both systemically and individually) and 3) help Chicagoans participate in abolitionist campaigns. Participants will brainstorm about how they can participate in building a world without police right now. Participants do NOT have to attend Part 1 to attend this workshop, but should be familiar with abolition as a concept. We also strongly encourage participants to attend Part Three: “Moving to Action,” where they can learn more about abolitionist campaigns for systemic change.
Part One: History of Policing – October 11
Part Two: Alternatives to Calling the Police – October 25
Part Three: Moving to Action, FOP Contract – November 8
-Venue is accessible via the Blue Line, the Milwaukee, Division, & Ashland Buses and there is on-street parking.
– There is a ramp available (upon request) to provide access over the one step into the building.
– The location has one gender-inclusive bathroom, but that bathroom is not ADA compliant.
Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum
New Feature Narrative
Director, Madsen Minax, in Person!
Friday, October 27 at 8 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is delighted to welcome back Madsen Minax for the Chicago premiere of Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum. The movie, Minax’s first feature narrative, follows the strange happenings of two middle school lunch ladies, an androgynous student, a lesbian hospice provider, a grieving ministry worker, a mystical mortician, and an astrologer/life coach/phone sex operator. Through a series of collective dreams an otherworldly being invades the characters’ dream spaces, revealing an alternate realm of wanton, subconscious desires. Amid the post-industrial decay of the American south, interconnected relationships unfold in unusual and fantastical landscapes as television monitors, radio frequencies, orifices and dreams all become portals to access this alternate dimension of carnality and desire.
Kairos Dirt & the Errant Vacuum (2017, HD video, 90 min.)
Directed by Madsen Minax
Madsen Minax comes from a family of sawmill workers in rural Northern Michigan. After having lived in Chicago, Houston and Memphis, he now lives in Vermont, where he teaches video art. Madsen’s works in film, video, sound and music reflect interests in the occult, strange desires, and notions of belonging and becoming. Hiz projects are informed by hiz many years of participating in queer subcultural communities including those of sex work and BDSM. Madsen toured the United States as part of the music performance duet Actor Slash Model from 2006-2012, co-founded the Threat Level Queer Shorts bi-monthly screening series that ran from 2008-2010, and performed with The Homoticons from 2009-2011. Hiz works have screened and exhibited at the Lincoln Center (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The British Film Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and REDCAT, Los Angeles. Festival screenings include Outfest, Newfest, Frameline, BFI Flare and the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, to name a few, with awards earned from Reeling LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent, Transcreen Amsterdam and others. Additionally, Madsen’s film Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance aired on PBS (2013) and FreeSpeech TV (2012). It is now widely available through Fandor, Amazon, iTunes and the like.
blue fish Japanese Environmental
Documentary Film Festival
Sundays between October 1 – November 19:
Sunday, November 5 at 6:30 pm: UNCANNY TERRAIN by Chicago-based filmmakers Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski (with post-screening talk) Sunday, November 19 at 7 pm: THE OCEAN’S BLESSING (Masayuki Tōjō)
The earth is breathing; so are humans. This fall, between October 1 and November 19, the Nightingale Cinema presents Japanese environmental documentaries to reflect upon humans’ relationship with nature. The films introduce the lives of people such as fishermen and farmers of Iwai-shima island who have been protesting against and stopping the construction of a nuclear power plant since 1982, as well as organic farmers in Fukushima who have been going through the aftermath of the 2012 nuclear power plant accident. This festival will expand the knowledge of Chicago’s urban audiences about global environmental issues and synchronize contemporary concerns about the planet through the lens of the not-so-Far East. (more…)