Our Annual Seasonal Potluck


November 20th, 2011

Please feel invited to our 4th annual seasonal potluck. Friendsgiving is when we all gather together, eat too much, and film the trailer for The NIGHTINGALE’s next season. On board this year is a trampoline, some slow motion 16mm, and some bright colors. Wear you fancy duds, cheer shorts, dangly earrings, and long hair. Please bring a dish to share. There will be vegan and omnivore main courses.

Just a few notes on our upcoming shoot/party.
1.There will be a specific shoot time. From 4pm-5pm we will be getting your pretty faces on film and there is quick bit of instruction and people ordering to do ahead of time so to make sure you are included please arrive no later than 4 pm!

2. It is going to look the best if you guys wear solid colors or patterns that are monochromatic enough to represent mainly a solid color. And we are hoping for a variety of colors- Bold, Bright, Try to avoid white or neutral tones. Some folks wearing black/gray will be okay but if you have the big colors wear em! And we have decided it is not as important to be fancy as it is to be colorful.

I am so grateful for all of you. This place is just a dark room without you guys. Thanks for supporting Chicago Cinema.

Filed under: film, FRIENDSGIVING


Featuring Daniel Tucker and Deborah Stratman Presented by HOMEROOM CHICAGO 


November 15th, 8:00 pm

Local artist and activist Daniel Tucker has teamed up with filmmaker Deborah Stratman to present a challenging program on the theme of “POWER: On and Off the Grid”. Its got some Foucault, some sound cannons, and some totally funny stuff too! In this day and age what else could you want. . .? This is the final YTA of the season, so don’t miss it!

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems – and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. Many of her films point to the relationships between physical environments and the very human struggles for power, ownership, mastery and control that are played out on the land. Most recently, they have questioned elemental historical narratives about freedom, expansion, security, and the regulation of space. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, the Pompidou, Hammer Museum and many international film festivals including Sundance, the Viennale, Ann Arbor and Rotterdam.

Daniel Tucker has worked as a cultural and political organizer in Chicago for over ten years, initiating a number of large-scale local projects and events. His particular focus has been on documenting social and cultural movements and the places from which they emerge. Most of his work exists in a blurry line between documentary, advocacy, journalism, curating and art-making and deals with themes of political imagination, localism, hidden history, economy and community. All of his projects utilize careful consideration of audience and distribution and involve significant research and relationship building to have effective and lasting impact.

The YTA consists of screening web-based video for a live and participating audience. Each YTA features 2 hosts that use YouTube to elaborate on a point of interest relevant to their artwork or creative practice. After the “talk” the assembly opens for dialog, giving audience members the opportunity to pull up videos in response or that are relevant to the topic. It’s halfway between an artist talk and film screening; yet goes beyond their conventions by channeling the social possibilities of the medium.

Filed under: film, new media, video

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