Alex MacKenzie’s APPARITIONS

Dual 16 mm Projector Performance

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Wednesday, April 27, 8:00 pm, $7-10 suggestion

Apparitions  |  55 minutes (2 X 16mm colour + b&w, 2016)

Where one locates ruptures or denies them is a political choice that determines the construction of the present. Whether one excludes or foregrounds certain events and processes at the expense of others affects the intelligibility of the contemporary functioning of power in which we ourselves are enmeshed.
-Jonathan Crary, Techniques of the Observer

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, this suite of works seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture: a conscious corruption and interference of the apparatus to evoke the unexpected, reshaping representation into the realm of material and space. Using colour gels, masking, lens interference and projector movement in tandem with an exploration of binocular disparity, perspective, patterning and the film surface itself, APPARITIONS explores the transitional space between image and abstraction, nature and culture.


Alex MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based media artist working primarily with 16mm analog film equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin and many other festivals and art spaces worldwide. Alex was the founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!! Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. He was an artist in residence at Atelier MTK in Grenobles France, the Struts Gallery/Faucet Media in New Brunswick, Cineworks’ Analog Film Annex in Vancouver and Daimon in Gatineau. Alex co-edited Damp: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art (Anvil Press 2008), and interviewed David Rimmer for Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer’s Moving Images (Anvil Press 2009). Commissions include Portal, (Situated Cinema WNDX Winnipeg 2012), Auroratone: Digitalis (FilmPop Montreal 2012), The Film That Buys The Cinema (Cube Bristol 2013) and Hyborian Witch (Wrong Wave/Kensington Gore 2013). Alex is a founding member of the Iris Film Collective in Vancouver.


Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, experimental, film, performance


Queer Surreal Horror Feature
Director, Dylan Greenberg, in person!


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, April 22, 7 pm, $7-10


Eighteen year-old director, Dylan Greenberg, describes her movie like this: “DARK PRISM is about three unique and strange women, each battling their own demons, in both a literal and metaphorical sense. Although they exist in different times and perhaps different worlds, their lives will soon collide due to the mysterious appearance of a massive prism. Slowly, the world as one knows it disassembles, and the nonsensical becomes the sensical… Dark Prism features special appearances by Mac DeMarco, Matt and Lauren Katz-Bohen, and Lloyd Kaufman and stars Sofe Cote, Sara Kaiser, Chandani Smith, Stephanie Domini, Max Husten and Wayne Garrett Bal ‘The Jurgen Munster.'”

After the release of a mind-splitting trailer and a spate of high profile press, Greenburg’s strange and wonderfully amateur feature DARK PRISM is now starting to make its way to screens propelled by enthusiastic fans.  Unhinged and sometimes hilarious, DARK PRISM is a movie worth rooting for in its genuine weirdness and visibly collaborative ethos.  Crafted in the infectious tradition of “hey let’s all make a movie,” PRISM is a youthful, queer, self-conscious fever-dream best experienced in a room full of the converted.

Programmed by Christy Castro and Christy LeMaster

Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, feminism, music, narrative, opening, queer, Uncategorized, video


Works by Cameron Gibson

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, March 13, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is delighted to present Cameron Gibson’s first solo hometown screening. Canny in their drops into the uncanny, Cameron’s works dutifully revel in concealment as revelation; always showing over telling. Psychological here refers to exterior faces to interior phases, while thinking and feeling these spaces with the complexity and compassion they require. Sometimes the films feel like puzzles that even when completed reveal a disquieting image—the pieces are all in their right place, but something doesn’t feel right. Floating through an oblique hollow of mirrors experimental, documentary and narrative, tonight’s program deals with big things in small ways. Scenes are staged and stolen, capturing the strange feeling of watching, of being watched. The screening includes several works that are new to audiences, including the world premiere episode of Gibson and Kyle Schlie’s expanded, transdisciplinary soap opera, By Way of Today, which begins a weeklong shift on acretv.org on March 21st.

(The End of Sculpture [co-directed by Macon Reed], 2014, video, sound, 13 minutes)

The Inner and Outer Vanishing Point, 2013, video, sound, 20 min.

Swamp (3963 N Clark), 2014, video, sound, 9 minutes

Standby, 2014, video, sound, 1 minute

By Way of Today (co-produced by Kyle Schlie), 2016, video, sound, 7 minutes

Joshua Tree, 2011, video, silent, 1 minute

Overture, 2016, video, sound, 22 minutes

Hot Stuff, 2015, video, sound, 3 minutes

Cameron Gibson is a Chicago-based filmmaker, teacher and occasional landscaper. Blending documentary, narrative and experimental film, his work often delves into personal histories and the uncanny – both realizing and critiquing a fundamental voyeurism at the heart of filmmaking and film watching. Cameron has presented work at galleries and festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands), European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück, Germany), Galeria Zé dos Bois (Lisbon, Portugal), Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (Canada), MassArt Film Society (Boston, MA), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles, CA), EMP Collective (Baltimore, MD), The Nightingale Cinema, The Mission Projects, Gallery 400 and the Museum of Contemporary Art (all Chicago, IL). He studied film production at Northwestern University and received an MFA in Moving Image from University of Illinois at Chicago. camerondeangibson.com

Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, narrative, video

Janie Geiser’s The Nervous Films

Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival Kick-Off!


Wednesday, March 2, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Kick off The 27th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival with a free screening of festival juror Janie Geiser’s work at The Nightingale.

Find out more about the festival here: http://www.onioncity.org/

Pick up your festival catalog and purchase your festival pass for only $25.

Filed under: animation, artist in attendance, Free Screening!

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