A Benefit for Nate Cunningham


December 8th, 2012

The Nightingale is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of Eric Marciano’s THE AGE OF INSECTS as a benefit for Nate Cunningham, a local cinephile and employee of the Gene Siskel Film Center. Nate has suffered the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease for 11 years, but after many unsuccessful treatments has decided to go to India to undergo a new stem-cell transplantation procedure that has cured dozens of Lyme patients. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Nate’s medical expenses. So this is a chance to see a wild, rarely-screened artifact of the early-VHS era and at the same time support a fellow film-lover as he tries to regain his health.

Program Details:
THE AGE OF INSECTS by Eric Marciano (1990, 80 minutes)

THE AGE OF INSECTS was Eric Marciano’s first feature film. Influenced by B-movies and bad television shows from the ’50s and ’60s, this psycho-horror comedy centers on a mad doctor’s hallucinogenic treatments for juvenile delinquents involving hallucinogens, insect enzymes, and Billy Zane’s sister. Filmed in Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, Hi8, 3/4″ and Betacam between 1983 and 1990 in New York City, there is a definite feel of the East Village of the early ’80s, along with a timeless visual quality and sense of absolute bizarreness.

“Coupled with the extensive use of creepy-crawly insect footage and computerized sexual imagery, director Marciano’s darkly comic vision is sublime fun.”
— David E. Williams, Film Threat, April 1992

To contribute to Nate’s indiegogo campaign, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/nateschance

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Performance Video Documentation


Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

If you missed Out of Site 2012 – a series of unexpected encounters of public performances in Wicker Park- here is an opportunity to see what happened. Screening will be 12 short documentaries of the performances edited by Rosa Saunders.

Out of Site 2012 public performance series by ROOMS Gallery, Alexandria Eregbu, Mothergirl, Synapse Arts, City Souvenirs, Adam Rose, Detektiv Bureau, Diva Divo, Nadia Gomez Keiner, 3 Card Molly, Emmy Bean, Happy Collaborationists with Claire Ashley, EJ Hill, Erik Peterson, Jesus Mejia & Ruth and Shane Ward.

Out of Site 2012 was curated by Meg Duguid, Carron Little, Joseph Ravens and Tricia Van Eck.

For more info visit outofsitechicago.com


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Talk by Darja Filippova

Россия. Москва. 21 февраля. Участницы феминистской панк-группы Pussy Riot во время нелегального выступления в Храме Христа Спасителя. Фото ИТАР-ТАСС/ Митя Алешковский

Россия. Москва. 21 февраля. Участницы феминистской панк-группы Pussy Riot во время нелегального выступления в Храме Христа Спасителя. Фото ИТАР-ТАСС/ Митя Алешковский

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
December 1st, 2012

The detention and trial of the Russian performance art group Pussy Riot, following their punk-prayer in Church of Christ the Savior on February 21, 2012 in Moscow, caused an international sensation. The aim of the talk is to reveal some issues in translation and reception of Pussy Riot across the great divide of the former Iron Curtain and question the sources of the “mistranslations” embedded in the debate.

Darja Filippova is a graduate student in Visual&Critical Studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. As a Russian born in Estonia to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Dasha is interested in issues of cultural translation. She has a degree in East Asian Studies and Chinese, and has spent several years in Beijing, working as the executive editor of the first bi-lingual Chinese contemporary art magazine; CIGE Gallery Guide. This past summer she witnessed the conversation surrounding the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow, Russia, a city where she plans to move next year to work on starting an international art residency program. This year at SAIC, she is working on a philosophical novel that deals with the psychological displacement of immigration and identity translation across cultural borders.

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Our Annual Potluck and Trailer Shoot

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Please feel invited to our 5th annual seasonal potluck. Friendsgiving is when we all gather together, eat too much, and film the trailer for The NIGHTINGALE’s next season. This year we are going to channel a grade school class portrait. Please wear your ‘picture day’ best and come prepared to make some artistic decisions on the fly. Please also bring a dish to share. There will be vegan and omnivore main courses.

As always, thanks for supporting Chicago Cinema.


Filed under: FRIENDSGIVING, performance, video


Film and Soundscape by Tatsu Aoki
Chicago Premiere!

 November 16th, 2012

Program Details:
Puzzle I (2001), Puzzle II (2002) and Puzzle III (2003)(118 minutes, 16mm)
Live music and sound scape performed by Jonathan Chen, Jamie Kempkers, Guillermo Gregorio and Tatsu Aoki.

A day trip to Lincoln Park zoo turns in to a colorful journey of light and shadow. The world of abstraction and mesmerizing cinema – mechanical reality. Puzzle trilogy will invite you to an experience of traveling sprits and obscure moving images

Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music. Aoki was born in 1957 in Tokyo, Japan into an artisan family called TOYOAKI MOTO, traditionally categorized as OKIYA, meaning a booking and training agent for Geisha ladies in downtown Tokyo’s designated area. While the economy and social environment forced many of those traditional artisan family business to close down in the 60’s , Aoki was luckily able to receive some of the important essence of traditional Tokyo Geisha cultural training and studies at age 4, and became a part of the performing crew in early childhood. After his grandmother passed away, he had kept the Tokyo music training until early teen, and shifted his musical focus to American pop music and experimental music. Since his biological father was a movie producer at Shin Toho Studio, he had also began working in small gage films and started to produce experimental films. Aoki was active performer during the early 70’s in the mist of Tokyo Underground Arts movement. Became a member of Japanese Experimental Music ensemble, GINTENKAI presenting mixture of traditional music, new western music and experimental films. After coming to U.S. in 1977, Aoki studied experimental filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an adjunct full professor at the Film, Video and New Media Department, and teaches film production and history courses. During the late 80’s, Aoki has become a leading advocate for Chicago’s Asian American community and one of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians and filmmaker. He has produced over 30 experimental films.



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