Jennifer Reeder for Trunk Show

Exhibition Opening & Video Mixtape

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Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Trunk Show, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project directed and driven by Raven Falquez Munsell and Nightingale programmer Jesse Malmed, is elated to return to the cinema. Its first opening, all the way back in 2013, was gleefully rained out of the park and into the Nightingale. That was for Eric Fleischauer’s now sold-out PUNK IS DAD sticker, which might have more to do with this one than you’d think.

In addition to releasing the sticker, snacking on the snacks and all the usual wonderful things that happen at Trunk Show openings, Jennifer Reeder is going to unveil a video mixtape of sorts revealing moments that have stuck with her and that have made their ways into and out of her films.

Here’s what Trunk Show has to say: (more…)



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, feminism, found footage, opening, video

BEYOND THE EMB

Beyond The Empire Marketing Board (EMB):
Nonfiction Films by Basil Wright, Mark Lapore, and Meredith Lackey from 1934-2014
Filmmaker Meredith Lackey in person!

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Wednesday, April 8th, $5-10
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Program starts at 8 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

When I was a very young man and had no resources, Grierson sent me around the Caribbean in 1933 to film the British Colonies; Jamaica, Barbados and all that chain of islands. I was alone and toting a camera about and I wasn’t very experienced. I wished I could have managed to say more about the diabolical capitalist or British Colonial policy which was always so nice and fat. I got a bit of it into Song of Ceylon the next year, but, you see, if you’re working for the Empire Marketing Board in the British Colonies, you can’t do it. -Basil Wright from Daniella Gitlin in To Experience Song of Ceylon (*)

This program is made of three films that step beyond the traditional terms of nonfiction cinema, which John Grierson called “documentary” while head of Britain’s Empire Marketing Board. The program starts with Basil Wright’s Song of Ceylon. Wright remarked on shooting the film:

“I started shooting the film with a logic I couldn’t understand. I couldn’t imagine why I was forcing myself or being forced by something inside me to shoot the material.”-Basil Wright (***)

I believe Depression in the Bay of Bengal, A by Mark Lapore and Shwebontha by Meredith Lackey share this intuitive approach that Wright excitedly describes: interacting with a specific moment and place through a moving image camera. Their films favor the organicism of learning by seeing and listening over the strict dictations of producers protecting clients’ interests, their own expectations, or funding proposals. Furthermore, Lapore’s film, Depression in the Bay of Bengal, was funded by a Fulbright Grant to revisit – and possibly recreate – Wright’s Songs of Ceylon.

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film, Uncategorized

INCALL: A Film by Brock Riebe

INCALL, the LAST call you’ll ever make!

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Friday, April 10, 8 pm, $10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

ABOUT THE FILM
Kasey is down on his luck. He has no family or friends except an obnoxious, overbearing female (Beth) who always seems to show up at the wrong time (is it love?). To make ends meet, Kasey does “incall” massage from his apartment. Unfortunately, some of his married, middle aged, male clients are more interested in things OTHER than massage. Enter Marco, a sexy drifter, in the country under mysterious circumstances. After the accidental death of one of his massage clients, and through a bizarre set of circumstances, Kasey enlists the help of Marco to dispose of the body. What started as an accident soon becomes intentional as the duo lure unsuspecting men to their deaths. Its a race against time to get enough cash together to leave the country before they’re caught by the police, the landlord or the obnoxious Beth! How will this sex charged thriller end? Wouldn’t you like to know?!

INCALL: The last call you’ll ever make!

Brock Riebe is a filmmaker, actor, writer, singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. He has earned a degree in Communications from the University of WI at Madison. Incall is both his feature film acting as well as directorial debut. His goal as a filmmaker (and actor) is to create stories, characters and scenarios that deal with issues, not readily or honestly explored by mainstream media, in a fresh, innovative and entertaining way. He has lived and worked in New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago.

Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at www.incallmovie.com

 



Filed under: artist in attendance, film, queer, video

CINEMA BY OTHER MEANS

New Words

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Saturday, February 21st at 8:00pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Or: The Lightbulb Joke
Or: The Show is Over
Or: Il Prosto

A screening with no screen, no projector. An introduction, a raffle, a where’s-the-bathroom and a what’s-coming-soon, the lights go down… between each work, a few palate-cleansing seconds of black.

Cinema by Other Means is a willful confusion of the codes incumbent to specific aesthetic forms. A paraphrased Paul Ramirez Jonas instructively noticed that he was once stuck on a sculpture until he started calling it a monument and it started to make a new and better sense. Sometimes when you’re making a soup it starts tasting better when it’s a salad. So, tonight, we offer you a screening of movies that just so happen to not be movies. Some of Chicago’s finest image movers have been commissioned to make performances and give readings, to be bodies and look back at the audience.

New words and works by:

Lyra Hill
Andy Roche
Claire Arctander
Blair Bogin
Andrew Rosinski



Filed under: artist in attendance, performance, reading

RUNNING SHORTS!

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, February 16th  at 7:00pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL

February’s Run Of Life series presents Running Shorts!, a celebration of locally produced short experimental documentary film. The program features award winning pieces such as WINNIE WRIGHT, AGE 11 from the Kartemquin Films Archives, a 1974 16mm short that explores gentrification and its effects on a teenage girl in Chicago’s Gage Park; and Deborah Stratton’s acclaimed HACKED CIRCUIT, a single-shot, choreographed portrait of the Foley process from the final sequence of THE CONVERSATION, revealing multiple layers of fabrication and imposition. Also screening will be Kevin B. Lee’s TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE a desktop documentary about the latest installment Michael Bay’s sprawling robot movie franchise and newcomer Michelle Nahmad’s animated doc THE SHOCHET, among others.

Program Support provided by Video Data Bank.

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Programmed by Beckie Stocchetti



Filed under: archival, artist in attendance, documentary, documentation, experimental, found footage, video

New England Home Movie Tour

 Artist, Warren Cockerham in Attendance!

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Friday, February 6th at 7:00pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The New England Home Movie Tour features handmade and homemade poetic films from the northeast that celebrate the tactility and intimacy of celluloid-based moving images. As the commercial film industry forces us to embrace digital moving images and the planned obsolescence of the means to produce and distribute those products, this film tour aims to share films that embrace the contemporary DIY strategies, politics, and aesthetics of an enduring, artisanal, and personal approach to filmmaking.

Program Details:
Animals Moving to the Sound of Drums (2013), Jonathan Schwartz 8min, color, sound, 16mm
That fall it was not intentional to have a Galway Kinnell book on the table near where the caterpillar in the doorway, feeding on our offerings, became the butterfly, feeding on honey water, staying in our house until we let it go. Or it was not known about the deer in Putney or that the baby birds in the raspberry bushes would cry to us in summer. A beloved, old friend once visited Vermont to do some work for Galway Kinnell and she described a stone table in the field where they ate meals in the afternoon – it sounded like a song and so I looked at the book and from Little Sleep’s-Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight here is that line: “The still undanced cadence of vanishing”.

Tracking Shots: minus moose (2014), Colin Brant, 5min, b&w, sound, 16mm
Winter is cold, the Taiga is vast, and moving through it somewhere is a cloistered beast. This film is the first of several animated tracking shot films that was shot with a Bolex on black and white reversal film and hand processed in buckets.

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Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, film

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