City of Tricks

A video screening and live reading
by Michael Paul Lopez

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 8 pm, $7-10

The video program will be accompanied by a LIVE READING of a collection of short fiction by the author himself!

Michael Paul Lopez is a Chicago-based video artist, illustrator, performer, and fiction writer. In 2013 he starred in the feature-length independent black comedy Crimes Against Humanity that has screened at festivals nationwide. His recent videos have screened at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center, the MCA, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. 1950s horror comics, true crime, and blockbuster movies inspire Lopez’s self-published collections of short illustrated stories. He writes with a rawness, humor, weirdness and singular voice of a simple outsider retelling the creepy lore of dark and twisted characters.

The Twin (2013) 10 mins

The Twin is an animated short of subtitled stills, inspired by 1950s horror comics, that depicts the origin and supernatural demise of a disabled police officer living in an aggressively cruel and mysterious world. The simple presentation of the dense narrative in a disjointed manner, coupled with the loose soundtrack, create a chilling tale that includes executions, transformations and betrayal.

The Cons’ Competition (2013) 13 mins

The Cons’ Competition depicts two caper stories progressing in unison through hand-drawn illustrations, titles, and sound. Dense illustrations portray a female grifter apprehended and roughed up by vengeful gangsters on a steamboat, while the titles tell of a scarred con artist searching for the rumored Cons’ Competition in a South American jungle. Presented in a simple, yet vividly colored and rhythmic manner, the two entwined narratives produce a tense, abstruse soundtrack, at times appropriate and anarchic in relation to the two plots.

Some Southern Country (2014) 30 mins

A 13-chapter video comic book, wherein a teenage boy experiences sexual adventures and overcomes obstacles of the heart atop a generic, racially ambiguous, American 80s world determined to perpetuate tribal war in a southern jungle. Green people blackmail, torture, spy, cry and trash their bedrooms in a private high school while a concurrent narrative in text details the sexploits of a privileged middleclass jerk overcoming his fear of love. These conflicting narratives are rendered together with gradual color changes, sound effects, synth and faux orchestral arrangements.



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WAYWARD FRONDS

Collaborative Performance by
Peter Burr & Fern Silva

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Friday, April 18th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

Peter Burr’s and Fern Silva’s explosive creative energies will expand the Nightingale’s usual cinema setup with a mixed media collaborative performance to be preceded by three recent video works by Burr.

PROGRAM DETAILS
WAYWARD FRONDS  Performance by Peter Burr and Fern Silva (2014)
A 3-part journey through simulated Earth. Fern Silva and Peter Burr merge their filmmaking practices in a performance involving 8mm film, video projection, and live performance.

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PLAYING HER PART

Short Films and Videos by Cauleen Smith
Artist in Person!

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Sunday, February 23rd at 7pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is thrilled to present this program of short works by Cauleen Smith, who will be present at a Q&A following the screening.

Cauleen Smith is a prolific interdisciplinary media artist whose projects vary from short moving image works to installations to flash mob musical interventions in public spaces. Her work has been featured in contexts like The Robert Flaherty Seminar (1992), microcinemas like Massart Film Society, museums such as Chicago’s MCA (2012), and included in major exhibitions like the Whitney Biennial (2008). This program focuses on her continued engagement in the short film and video formats that started early in her artistic career with the success of Chronicles of a Lying Spirit by Kelly Gabron. Her short films and videos stylistic range traces lines across the history of the moving image, centered around her voice and vision that often articulates and visualizes the African American experience at an intimate and thought provoking level.

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PDX –> CHI

Portland Experimental Film and Video Makers

PDX --> CHI

Sunday, February 16th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

Portland is coming to Chicago!

The Nightingale will be showing a full program of film, video, new media and sound works from Portland, Oregon artists!

Featuring works by:
Hannah Piper Burns, Nadia Buyse, Carl Diehl, Riley King , Karl Lind, Jesse Malmed, Matt McCormick, Pam Minty, Benjamin Popp, Kelly Rauer, Vanessa Renwick, Stephen Slappe, Erin Yanke, and more!!

Programmed by Emily Eddy and Julie Perini.



Filed under: animation, documentary, experimental, Uncategorized, video

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