Happy Birthday to Us All!

Wednesday-Saturday, April 4th-7th, 2018

To celebrate being a part of Chicago’s film and video community for a decade, we are hosting a weekend of screenings and events at our beloved rough and ready cinema.

Wednesday, April 4
Suggested donation $7-10

Organized as a highly personal account of learning by doing, AUTODIDECALOGUE mines the Nightingale’s awkward and ambitious exhibition history for highlights, funny stories, and lessons learned. Programmed in concert with the release of a Nightingale 10! zine by Founding Director, Christy LeMaster, this screening features work from 2008-2018 by a variety of artists.

Thursday, April 5
Suggested donation $7-10

In its decade of existence, it has been said more than once that The Nightingale has been able to do a lot with very little. With thousands of eyes served over the past decade, the vibe around here has been ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ — suffice to say, we don’t scrimp. This birthday screening celebrates Chicago’s micro-budgeted and macro-hearted apartment cinema and considers how we measure up, pound for pound, with work from artists riffing on indexes, marking time, and units of measure.

Working Program, more titles to be added soon!

 SNL “Bureau of Weights and Measures” Cold Open, Season 8 (1982, 1 minute, dub)

 Anne McGuire, Joe Dimaggio 123 (1991, 11 minutes, digital)

 Amir George, Moments of Intention (2016, 7 minutes, digital)

 Susan Mogul, Dressing Up (1973, 7 minutes, digital)

 Eric Fleischauer, Going Through (2010, 5 minutes, digital)


Friday, April 6
Presented by Live to Tape Artist Television Festival & ACRE TV
Suggested donation $7-10

 A televisual and multimodal fundraiser for the Nightingale Cinema. Join us irl or url or both for a cavalcade of performances and videos teasing out meaning and monies. Digging into the form and fun, this function features raffles, give-aways, ample opportunities to give to the endlessly vital microcinema right at the beating beautiful heart of Chicago screen culture. Bring your big bucks and best buds as MCs Hammer, Escher and Donald guide you through contemporary and historical tele-works, open the space for this place and goof for good. 


Saturday, April 7
1 – 5PM

On April 7, the second ever Chicago Home Video Day will be held at the Nightingale Cinema. This free event will show off the riches to be found in home video collections across Chicago, as audience members will each be invited to bring a home tape of their own to be projected for all. In addition to this pot-luck of material, rare treats from Video Data Bank, Media Burn Archive and other local collections will be screened, demonstrating the exciting diversity of images which can still be found on this dying medium.

Home Video Day is a new spin on Home Movie Day, an international annual event since 2003 that has focused on older and less common celluloid home movies– 8mm, 16mm, and Super-8. “Home movies are an important cultural document of everyone’s lives, everyone’s past,”said Anne Wells, former collections manager for the Chicago Film Archives.

The rules are simple – bring your VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Hi-8, Video 8 or Mini-DV cassette to the team of inspectors, who will make whatever repairs are necessary to ensure the tape is playable. Contributors can choose to cue up the tape to begin at a particular point or simply let it play out at random. Each submission will receive 5 minutes of screening time, and patrons will have time to introduce their tape beforehand if they wish, or to narrate along with the action on screen.



Culling contributions by regional microcinema siblings from all over the midwest, this screening is a report from beyond Chicago and a celebration of similar efforts to create an artist-driven presentation network. Co-programmers include Mothlight Microcinema in Detroit, the Mini Microcinema in Cincinnati, Microlights in Milwaukee, Cellular Cinema in Minneapolis, and HEADROOM in Iowa City.



Channels: A Quarterly Film Series, curated by Erin Nixon & Josh Mabe, presents avant-garde, experimental, expanded cinema, performance, experimental narrative, documentary, and video and new media art at venues throughout Chicago.

To start our microcinema sleepover, Channels will present a new dreamy cinema performance by Madison Brookshire and films and videos by Chloe Reyes, Terra Long, Kera MacKenzie, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, and more!

Afterwards feel free to settle in for a BYOB (bring your own bedding) all-night movie-watching slumber party featuring deep cuts from the Nightingale archive and fueled by delicious snacks.

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