TALES OF THE FORGOTTEN FUTURE
A 12 Film Series Presented by
WHITE LIGHT CINEMA
December 18th, 2009
First Ever Chicago Screening of the Complete Series!
Unseen in Chicago in Any Form in over 18 Years!
After last December’s popular screening of Lewis Klahr’s PICTURE BOOKS FOR ADULTS and THE PHARAOH’S BELT, White Light Cinema is again presenting rarely shown early work by Klahr as a holiday treat.
Over the past thirty years, Los Angeles-based filmmaker has created a stunning body of work that easily places him at the forefront of avant-garde artists. Moving from the intimacy of his early Super-8 films to his current digital works (with a long sojourn in 16mm), Klahr has always taken advantage of the particular characteristics of his various media. This appreciation of the textures and looks of each format is not surprising, though-Klahr’s meticulously constructed films (his early found footage collage works and his more well known cut-out animation films) all benefit from his careful attention to small details. From the constant lookout for source material (old magazines, comic books, diverse other printed matter, photographs, and even occasional three-dimensional objects), the selection of those materials for a particular project, and the combinations and juxtapositions of those materials within a film, Klahr exhibits an unerring eye for the telling, resonant, and evocative.
Klahr’s films are works of mystery and wonder. More than any other filmmaker working today they are psychic excavations of our shared mid and late-twentieth century cultural memory.
TALES OF THE FORGOTTEN FUTURE
(1988-1991, 131 mins, total, Super-8mm on video)
Part 1: The Morning Films
LOST CAMEL INTENTIONS (1988, 10 mins)
FOR THE REST OF YOUR NATURAL LIFE (1988, 9 mins)
IN THE MONTH OF CRICKETS (1988, 14 mins)
Part 2: Five O’Clock Worlds
THE ORGAN MINDER’S GRONKEY (1990, 14 mins)
HI-FI CADETS (1989, 11 mins)
VERDANT SONAR (1989, 2 mins)
Part 3: Mood Opulence
CARTOON FAR (1990, 6 mins)
YESTERDAYS GLUE (1989, 14 mins)
ELEVATOR MUSIC (1991, 14 mins)
Part 4: Right Hand Shade
STATION DRAMA (1990, 14 mins)
UNTITLED (1991, 21 mins)
UNTITLED (1991, 4 mins)
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An evening of queer shorts
December 16th, 2009
A quarterly screening of queer short film and video work hosted for the first time at The Nightingale!
After nearly two years of continual success in Chicago, the screening will now be simultaneously held in Chicago and Brooklyn. Live-feed video connection between the two sites will provide the audiences the opportunity to connect with other queer short film appreciators 800 miles away.
All proceeds benefit current film projects of MamSir Productions, Moving Train Media and Actor Slash Model.
SONG FOR A CITY by Amy Kazymerchyk
575 CASTRO by Jenni Olsen
FIVE HAIKUS FOR THE NEW YORK SUBWAY by Zave Martohardjono
3 QUEER MICE by Global Action Project, Youth Making Media
GUESS I WON’T MAKE IT TO VEGAS by Sasha Wortzel
UNTITLED VIDEO by Lokchi Lam
BLACK BOTTLE by Sarah Hagey
DIRT AND DESIRE by Diane Busuttil
GANG GIRLS by Katrina del Mar
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Presented by UIC School of Art & Design’s program in Moving Image
Curated by Jodie Mack
December 9th, 2009
Please join us for a public presentation of new animations by motion graphics students from the UIC School of Art and Design’s program in Moving Image.
These nineteen students–once amateurs, now aficionados–have thoroughly explored the possibilities of the art of motion (pencils through pixels). Using things like stacks of cards, analog video quirks, decorative cake sugar, and complex digital software, the projects span flashing octagons, Kanye West scandals, and robot love stories. Please come and support these animators of the future!
Featuring works by: Michael Anderson, Evan Behmer, Claudia Bogdan, Christopher Bohlen, Devon Colwell, Tory Davidson-Bell, Arian Fajardo, Cara Frazin, Kristin Higgins, Diana Jurado, Elizabeth Kozikowski, Joseph Lim, Michael Morua, Monica Murillo, John Sano, Jason Sheridan, Dee Williams, Liuna Wu, and Tammy Yu.
BLINGEES! PRODUCTION ARTWORK!! VIDEO!!! 16MM!!!! MORE!!!!!
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With Mairead Case & Bryan Wendorf
Presented by HOMEROOM
December 8th, 2009
The YouTube Assembly is an attempt to capture the phenomenon of viral video in a live event. The event consists of screening web-based video for a live, participating audience. Like karaoke or a traditional performance open mic, the YouTube Assembly creates a situation in which people take turns entertaining each other, in this case, by sharing their favorite Youtube clips. In the spirit of the popular YouTube interface, audience members will be encouraged to comment on the videos they watch, except out loud and in real time with no anonymity.
Each screening will feature a pair of hosts from different artistic backgrounds that will share their YouTube video picks and help facilitate the evening’s open mic portion.
Mairead Case is Managing Editor at Literago.org. The former Managing Editor at Proximity and Books Editor at Venus Zine, she’s published fiction and criticism at places like featherproof, Pitchfork, Punk Planet, Village Voice Media, and Vice; started a writing program at an Indiana juvie; sold pumpkin pie wholesale; taught fangst lit to youth in libraries; and curated a radio show about dreams for Neighborhood Public Radio at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Bryan Wendorf is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Filed under: new media
A Seasonal Potluck Gathering and 2010 Trailer Shoot
November 22, 2009
Before the long winter seduces us into social hibernation, let us all gather together …
We cordially invited you to the second annual FRIENDSGIVING – a seasonal potluck gathering where we share a giant meal and film the 2010 Nightingale trailer.
There was a 25 pound turkey (Thanks Chloe!) and a plentiful potluck spread. We broke a lot of plates and committed several of our favorite faces to 16mm. Thanks to everyone- especially the quick-on-their feet crew, Lori, Warren, Jason, Jerzy, Buki, Jodie, Doug, Ed, and Reece. Thanks to James Bond and Chicago Filmmakers for loaning us stuff we needed and thanks to all of you for cleaning your plates (off the floor even) and acting up. We are so very lucky and very grateful.
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