1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

Janie Geiser’s The Nervous Films

Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival Kick-Off!

janie-geiser

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

TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT

Polish Experimental Documentaries
HOW TO LIVE directed by Marcel Łoziński

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Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm, $10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Inspired by international film critic Ela Bittencourt’s Neither/Nor Series at the 2015 True/False Film Festival, five different Chicago arts organizations collaborate to present this series of rare Polish political documentaries with an experimental slant. Presented at three venues across the city and with Bittencourt in attendance, TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT  will include three programs of work.

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Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Constellation Chicago (3111 N. Western), $10
Presented by Run of Life
Ela Bittencourt in attendance

WANDA GOŚCIMSKA. … A WEAVER (dir. Wojciech Wiszniewski, 1975, 21 min.)

HEAR MY CRY (dir. Maciej Drygas, 1994, 57 min.)

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee), $10
Presented by Beguiled Cinema
Ela Bittencourt in attendance

THE CASE OF PEKOSIŃSKI, (dir. Grzegorz Królikiewicz, 19, 21 min.)

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
The NIGHTINGALE (1084 N. Milwaukee), $10
Presented by Run of Life

HOW TO LIVE (dir. Marcel Łoziński, 1977, 83 min)

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Polish director, Marcel Łoziński, claims “I’m a documentary filmmaker … because I like to ‘thicken’ reality but never to distort it.” This encapsulates the chimeric quality of the movies in this series, forged with aesthetics of absurdism and a prescient sense of what is now the genre we call non-fiction.  These works reflect the political climate of Communist Poland and its blacklash. The subjects of these docs are a man willing to lose everything in protest, a former chess champion oppressed by a fascist government, and a worker memorialized in outsized proportion. Portraits of a conflicted era, these movies don’t try to escape their circumstances but rather meld the chaos into humorous and poignant documents of a bygone political age.

Ela Bittencourt is a writer, critic, and film programmer. She has written for a wide range of publications including Artforum, Cineaste, Frieze Magazine, Film Quarterly, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, and Reverse Shot, among others.  She holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she taught essay writing.

TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT is presented by Constellation Chicago, Run of Life, The Nightingale, and Beguiled Cinema, Society for Arts, and organized by Christy LeMaster and Kathleen Sachs.

 

 



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

THE POISONER

Chris Hefner in person!

Facemask

Friday, December 18, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

THE POISONER follows the home life of a woman who has agreed to marry a man and, over the course of their life together, poison him to death. Though both parties have their own personal reasons for agreeing to such a dubious arrangement, they are contract-bound not to discuss them. Over time, the inherently fugitive nature of the arrangement, coupled with the fear of life after its termination begins to erode the perceived stability of their lifestyle. The film examines issues of mortality, desire for control and the problematic rubric of Love, as well as the extremes to which we may go to find our place in the world. Hefner’s second feature-length film, The POISONER builds upon the rich visual and conceptual vocabulary of his first feature THE PINK HOTEL, which he has honed for the past several years in his short films and multimedia artwork. At the same time, THE POISONER offers a shedding of old comforts in the pursuit of exciting new developments into distilled image-making strategies and a more intimate focus on character. The Poisoner seeks to combine these evolutions with Hefner’s strong sense for the mysterious to reveal unexpected parallels with all-too-recognizable everyday realities.

“The Poisoner creates within its gorgeous atmospheres a fascinating tension between the richly detailed and the starkly minimal, between the organically subterranean and the formally — and lustrously! — illumined, somehow, impossibly, presenting itself as all opposites at once. Hefner’s frames constantly surprise and refresh the eye, readying it for what feels might be hypnosis. The Daniel Knox score too plays some occult role in this alchemy — who knows how it all works, but the movie is a thing of great beauty.” -Guy Maddin

Chris Hefner has been living and working in Chicagosince 2002. In addition to his work on paper and two feature films THE PINK HOTEL (2010) and THE POSIONER (2014). Hefner has also directed a bevy of short films as well as music videos for the likes of The Handsome Family, Jon Mueller’s Death Blues, Zelienople, Mucca Pazza, Eaters, and Benoit Pioulard. Hefner may be seen playing musical saw with the band of singer/songwriter Daniel Knox. (http://cmhefner.com/)

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Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, narrative, opening, Uncategorized

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