Collaborative Performance by
Peter Burr & Fern Silva

Peter Burr

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.

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.


Filed under: animation, artist in attendance, experimental, new media, performance, video


Short Films and Videos by Cauleen Smith
Artist in Person!


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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Portland Experimental Film and Video Makers


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

Selections from LA GUARIMBA

An Outdoor Cinema Festival
from Amantea, Italy Visits Chicago
Fest Organizers in Person!

La Guarimba in Amantea, Italy

Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 pm, $5 

The Nightingale is delighted to host the kindred souls of La Guarimba International Film Festival,  a socio-cultural project in Amantea, a small town in the south of Italy. The festival was created by a group of artists from different cities all over the world who believe in the benefit of working together for others. In 2013, they cleaned and reopened the Arena Sicoli, an old outdoor movie theater with 900 seats, to show the official selections. La Guarimba International Film Festival was born to bring the cinema to the people and the people to the cinema, with the aim of giving back the magic of the cinematography to the town’s inhabitants, to spread the work of local and international filmmakers and also to foster the culture of Calabria.

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Harp and Silver

Friday, November 22nd at 8:00 pm, $7-10
Artists in Person!

This screening will showcase eleven of the films, and several readings from the Strange Attractors collection. Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, is an extraordinary 288 page, full color, book and 120 minute DVD encompassing art, writing and film.

Strange Attractors includes the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created remarkable explorations of possible extraterrestrial life forms and their multifarious sexual desires. A joint publication of Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors straddles the line between speculative scientific exploration and artistic imagination.

Program Notes:

Videos Part I
1) Kate Gilbert and Jenn Kolmel “Alien Sex Video”
2) Bum Lee “Recombination”
3) Torsten Zenas Burns and Darrin Martin “AnimatronLove”
4) Jacob Ciocci “Take Me”
5) Peggy Ahwesh “The Third Body”

Reading by Vanessa Roveto

Videos Part II
6) Amy Johnson “Sing Siren Song”
7) Mike Harringer and Joshua Thorson “Masturbation in Space”
8) Scott Andrew “Neraides Fall of Subterrestrial Hive”
9) Shana Moulton “Green Portal 43″
10) Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver “The Obligate Symbionts of Colubus Grand”
11) Michael Mallis and Mikey McParlane “Love Puddles”

Filed under: animation, artist in attendance, experimental

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