SUGGESTIVE GESTURES

David Finkelstein in person!
Shorts by Thorne Brandt and Jesse Malmed!

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Monday, October 27th at 7:00 pm, $7-10

A poet’s journey though corridors of liquid geometry where words float and echoes are visual; where portals open onto morphing gardens with unlimited horizons.

—Mike Kuchar

The Nightingale is proud to host the Chicago premiere of David Finkelstein’s debut feature, Suggestive Gestures. An oneiric, surprising odyssey through seductive, hyperreal and overwhelming spaces that float somewhere between the screen and your body. Piloted by expansive and elastic improvisation, the work unfolds into continually unpredictable and astonishing new territories.

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INSIGHT: CATHOLIC TV…

Insight: Catholic Television
from The Twilight Zone
Archival Program by
Jeff Martin & Mark Quigley

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

UCLA Film & Television Archivist Mark Quigley and Archivist Jeff Martin bring another rare and insightful TV program to The Nightingale!

Created, produced, and hosted by Paulist priest Father Ellwood E. Kieser, the landmark anthology television series “Insight” debuted in the 1960-61 season and aired nationally in syndication for well over two decades. Top Hollywood artists such as Rod Serling, Ida Lupino, Bob Newhart, Patty Duke, William Peter Blatty, Michael Crichton and Martin Sheen contributed their talents to the series, drawn by the show’s reputation for stretching the creative boundaries of television. With a “Twilight Zone”-esque tone, “Insight” (produced on 2″ videotape) received critical acclaim and won numerous Emmy Awards for addressing difficult social issues and humanist themes, often with black humor or stark realism. But like many non-network television programs of the time, “Insight,” is no longer broadcast and has faded from memory, a relic of another time. This screening will be a rare opportunity to experience truly genre-defying television. 

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YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

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Monday, November 17th at 7:00pm
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.


YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT: a hybrid documentary by Lynne Sachs
64 min // United States // 2013 // Chinese, English, & Spanish with English Subtitles // HD digital projection

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ANTHROMENTARIES, THREE

Recent works and words
by Steve Wetzel (in attendance!)

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Saturday, October 18th at 7:00 pm, $7-10 

The Nightingale is ecstatic to bring Steve Wetzel, his words and works back to Chicago. Like the people and places that populate tonight’s program, Wetzel work is unassuming, quotidian and idiosyncratic—uniquely itself and comfortable in its oddness. Taking the world and the millions of ways a life can be lived as sources, Wetzel’s crafts portraits of minor league hockey players, tick racers, inventors and laid-off fishermen, to name a few. There’s a Midwesternness, polite but peculiar, that permeates this work. In addition to his anthromentaries for the screen, Wetzel will present a few short readings.

Kid Beat Box: Twenty-two Tapes, Edit Nine, 2012, 9 minutes, video

In the end all biography is inadequate, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. There’s much to learn from these efforts. In saying this I don’t mean to suggest that Kid Beat Box is a biography; I don’t think it is, or if it is a biography, then that’s just part of the story, part of the experience: experiment in biography, anthromentary, experimental document, flimsy structuralist video, short documentary essay. Whatever the case it’s only nine minutes long, and we can handle that. (SW)

 

The First Shot is Silent, 2010, 15 minutes, video

The First Shot is Silent is about the commemoration of a once-thriving fishing village, now bulldozed into an industrial corridor. As with all progress, many experience its opposite: reversal into disappearance. The memorial merges the material and the spiritual by both preserving the idea and memory of something now vanished—really a sort of apology—and a physical marker that conjures the realness of geography and the actual bodies that once animated it. (SW) 

Of the Iron Range, 2014, 19 minutes, video

Of the Iron Range documents a cultural event in a small Midwestern town (Cuyuna, Minnesota) that once held the nation’s supply of iron ore. Every year, people from across the region gather for a dynamic, convivial social performance where hundreds of wood ticks are gathered and raced. Deeply symbolic and rich in human observation, Of the Iron Range offers a portrait of one of America’s once-thriving industrial sites. (SW)

 

Steve Wetzel is an artist from Minnesota, USA, and currently teaches in the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the past decade Wetzel has produced many works of experimental non-fiction and anthromentary video, and has shown nationally and internationally. Much of Wetzel’s work focuses on social construction and the everyday inscription of the human symbolic. These themes can also be found in a book he penned in 2010, Occasional Performances and Wayward Writings, that was described by his editor as “an urgent and generous exegesis . . . [a] re-collecting of thoughts and experience, a naming of bullshit.” The second volume is forthcoming.

Presented by Jesse Malmed

 



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CINEMA BABYLON

Experiments in Narrative
Programmers, Christine Kolozvary and
Michael Bucuzzo, in person!

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Friday, September 26th at 8:00 pm, $7-10 

Cinema Babylon is a program of shorts by emerging artists who are exploring both the tropes and excesses of narrative form, and the unraveling structure of avant garde film. Influenced by filmmakers such as George Kuchar, Kenneth Anger, Lewis Klahr, and Ericka Beckman, many of these films remain unseen for being both too narrative and too experimental. This screening is an opportunity to showcase works that abandon the confines of narrative cause and effect for the tenuous logic of a dream.

With support from the Millenium Film Workshop in NYC, Cinema Babylon will tour across the United States in September 2014 in an effort to bridge together like minded film communities, and to spark a discourse about new young talent.

Programmed by Christina Kolozsvary & Michael Bucuzzo

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DAREDEVILS

The First Feature from Stephanie Barber
Stephanie Barber in person!

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Sunday, September, 21st at 8:00 pm, $7-10


A portrait of risk and language, the experimental narrative DAREDEVILS, presents a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language—a dialog, two monologues and a song.

Starring KimSu Theiler, Flora Coker & Adam Robinson and featuring the voices of Susan Howe and Jenny Graf, DAREDEVILS constructs a metaphor of an artist’s life and work as daredevilry.

Barber’s first feature, the piece sits gently between video art, narrative and poetic essay. The classic rising action, climax and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.

***Special Thanks to Carl Bogner at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee***

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BASEMENT MEDIA FEST

LO-DEF, LO-TECH, LO-FI
programmer LJ Frezza in attendance

Thursday, August 28th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10

THE NIGHTINGALE IS ECSTATIC TO BE BRINGING THE BASEMENT UP TO THE FIRST FLOOR. BASEMENT MEDIA FEST IS A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS WORKING WITH LO-DEF, LO-TECH, AND LO-FI MOTION PIX TECHNIQUES. FOUNDED IN RESPONSE TO HI-RES COMMERCIAL MEDIA AND CORPORATE-SPONSORED FILM FESTS, BASEMENT IS A CELEBRATION OF THE MEDIATED EXPERIENCE AS AN AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE. HASHTAG FUZZY / HASHTÅG GLITCHY / HÅSHTÅG  GRIMY.

///WARNING/// SUM OF THESE MOVIES FEATURE FLICKERING LIGHT AND RAPIDLY CHANGING MOTION. MAY CAUSE SEIZURES/MOTION SICKNESS. IF YOU HAVE TO SPEW, SPEW IN THIS.

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/START PROGRAM:

House (Andy Birtwistle, 3:45, Digital)

I Am All Men As I Am No Man and Therefore I Am (Gilberto Alfredo Salazar­ Caro, 5:29, Digital)

Election Coverage (Chris Paul Daniels, 1:01, Digital)

Cold Blood (Tyler Tamburo, 3:24, Digital)

Queens Quay (Stephen Broomer, 1:11, 16mm)

[phrases] (Ben Balcom, 4:24, Digital)

Doubt #2 (Josh Lewis, 5:26, 16mm)

Smashed (Emma Varker, 3:53, Digital)

The HandEye (Bone Ghosts) (Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, 7:09, 16mm)

[RGB] (N. Heppding, 4:30, Digital)

Seriously Delinquent (Dylan Pasture, 6:49, Digital)

The Way You Recognize It (Laura Thatcher, 1:32, Digital)

How to Draw Clouds (Salise Hughes, 2:20, Digital)

RIP Geocities (Faith Holland, 2:31, Digital)

Every Feature Film on My Hard Drive 3 Pixels Tall and Sped Up 7000% (Ryan Murray, 3:29, Digital)

holiday 13 (Jordan Lopez, 1:44, Digital)

Up (Scott Fitzpatrick, 4:47, Digital)

/END PROGRAM

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