The Nightingale is excited to present a solo screening of (mostly) 16-millimeter shorts by Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker Mike Stoltz.
Stoltz’s films are rooted in a bodily encounter with the subject; engaging with performers (and performing) from behind the camera, through chance-based interventions in landscape, through camera movements in concert with architectural structures, and directly addressing the audience in the form of gesture and language. This physicality is also present within Mike’s editing process, cutting directly on 16mm film and composing soundtracks from tape music and live sound generated with collaborators.
Images in these shorts reveal satellite dishes perched on the ocean, punk bands practicing in storage units, stroboscopic office park architecture, body parts careening across the screen, and kitsch relics overcome by moss and mold. There is a correlation here between the constant and the variable; a concrete wall begins to spin through the sky, performers place the camera between their bodies, nature overtakes the man-made, and history folds in on itself.
Mike Stoltz works and teaches in Los Angeles, where he is a programmer at the Echo Park Film Center. He will be in attendance to introduce the program.
Toward The Concrete Program Notes: (Total Running Time: 47 minutes)
Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day (2012, HD, 4:30)
“…The camera in Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day fixes on a young woman standing against a painted blue wall, the sun partially lighting her face, the sound of distant traffic in the background. Offscreen, a guitarist plucks single notes, and the woman hums along. When the music falls outside of her vocal range, she switches to a lower octave, her mouth turned up in a small grin. Later, she frowns slightly, seemingly unable to find her note. Gradually her confidence builds and her smile returns, though her humming is no longer anywhere close to the guitar’s pitch. Ten Notes is a marvel; it’s as unhurried and refreshing as this woman’s singing, which, though off-key, produces an unexpected harmony, a little song discovered in the process of its own making.”
-Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot, Issue 33
In Between (2010, 16mm, 4:30)
“An exercise in permeable architecture, an attempt to walk through a wall.” -MS
Under The Atmosphere (2014, 16mm, 14:30)
“Filmed on the Central Florida “Space Coast”, site of NASA’s launch pads. Dormant spacecraft, arcane text, activated landscape, and the surface of the image work towards a future-past shot reverse shot.” -MS
With Pluses and Minuses (2013, 16mm, 5:00)
“…Stoltz shakes and dislocates audio and image with volume and pitch variations, editing the 16mm film in camera, varying the focus and the shot length of every frame, shifting background and foreground, turning and spinning the camera hand-held positions, and allowing sequences of black that punctuate the image’s algorithms. The filmmaker’s dance transforms abstraction into personal experience. He is an active agent of the surrounding world, and of the opportunities that open and close before us.”
-Mónica Savirón, LUMIÈRE Fall 2013
Half Human, Half Vapor (2015, 16mm, 11:00)
“This project began out of a fascination with a giant sculpture of a dragon attached to a Central Florida mansion. The property had recently been left to rot, held in lien by a bank. Hurricanes washed away the sculpture. I learned about the artist who created this landmark, Lewis Vandercar (1913-1988), who began as a painter. His practice grew along with his notoriety for spell-casting and telepathy. Inspired by Vandercar’s interest in parallel possibility, I combined these images with text from local newspaper articles in a haunted-house film that both engages with and looks beyond the material world.” -MS
Spotlight On A Brick Wall, in collaboration with Alee Peoples (2016, 16mm, 8:00)
A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.” -AP&MS
Producer Dan Schoenbrun, in person
Sunday, October 22 at 6 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is proud to present THE EYESLICER, an independent variety TV series co-created by Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell. The show is a smorgasbord of boundary-pushing short-form work from the festival circuit and beyond, featuring 50+ short film favorites and newly commissioned and created works, combined into hour-long, themed mix tape episodes.
To celebrate the release of the ten-episode, ten-hour first season, co-creator Dan Schoenbrun is touring the country this Fall with “The Eyeslicer Roadshow”, a one-night-only live event featuring robot Q&As, communal milk and cookies, and an episode presented in special ‘Smell-O-Vision’.
The Eyeslicer premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It has been hailed as “one of the craziest TV shows you’ll ever see” (Indiewire) and “an insane variety show puree” (Entertainment Weekly). The show features work by David Lowery, Amy Seimetz, the Zellner Brothers, Shaka King, Calvin Reeder, Lauren Wolkstein, Yen Tan, Harrison Atkins, Zia Anger, Frances Bodomo, Nathan Silver, Brian Lonano, Borscht, Celia Rowlson Hall, Patrick Bresnan + Ivete Lucas, Ornana, Leah Shore, Jennifer Reeder, and many, many more.
Program Details: The Eyeslicer
Directed by Various.
(2017. USA, 118 min.)
The Lost Films of Weng Weng
Screening and Book Launch
Co-presented by the Chicago Cinema Society
Director and Author, Andrew Leavold
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM, $7-10
A former cult video store manager turned guerrilla film-maker and B film detective goes looking for the two-foot-nine James Bond of the Philippines.
Screening -an exclusive 90 minute compilation called THE LOST FILMS OF WENG WENG – three of Weng Weng’s Tagalog language films edited down to their essentials and subtitled into English – all seen for the very first time outside the Philippines! You get the gold from – Stariray (Dolphy’s 1981 gay disco actioner, in which a gruff-voiced Weng Weng as Chief of Operations teaches him kung fu); Da Best In Da West (another Weng Weng western also from 1981, this time as Dolphy’s deputy Bronson!); and Legs…Katawan…Babae! (stars Hagibis, the Filipino Village People, in a delirious disco kung fu spy musical WESTERN [!!!] in which Weng Weng makes a cameo in the final blazing line-dancing number).
Andrew Leavold owned and managed Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a film-maker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema. His writing has been published globally in mainstream magazines, academic journals and underground cinema fanzines, for the last two decades. This is his first book. (more…)
New Works From the Echo Park Film Center
Filmmakers & EPFC Founders,
Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr, in attendance!
Tuesday, October 10 at 8 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is delighted to host comrade in arms and Los Angeles’ favorite microcinema on a midwestern tour showcasing their large and creative cinema fam. In recognition of their countless hours as the Center’s educators, programmers, projectionists and facilitators, Echo Park Film Center Co-op members were commissioned to make new experimental lens-based works exploring their relationships to Los Angeles. Coming from all walks of life, Co-op members include both experienced and self-taught filmmakers, queer identifying filmmakers, artists of color, art school graduates, and EPFC youth film program alumni.
The Nightingale is sincerely pleased to host Sincerely Productions’s long awaited mystery series KATIES CROSSING, screening all 5 episodes (90 min total) with loads of cast and crew in attendance.
KATIES CROSSING is a five part queer mystery series revolving around two Katies who find each other, like each other, and mysteriously transform each other. One Katie is an investigative journalist hot on the trail of a conspiracy involving a hot dog company, trash, and rivers. The other Katie is a dog walker turned newly famous YA fiction ebook author. They must try to remain themselves as they unravel the mystery of what’s on the other side of the crossing.
KATIES CROSSING is a DIY television show- made without studios or networks and made with the support of the Chicago art/farm/film/and friend scene. SINCERELY PRODUCTIONS is dedicated to making independent and DIY television and film with community that’s watchable on it’s own platform. Visit http://sincerely.tv/ to see what’s happening.
Written by Sally Lawton, Max Wirt, Katy Albert, and Katie Williams
Directed by Sally Lawton and Max Wirt
Katy Albert as Katie
Katie Williams as Katie
Sierra Berquist as Aria the Scientist
Shelley Geiszler as Sonia the Lawyer
Ian Bertorelli as Tony Babel
and Sophia Hamilton as Tina Beef
WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS:
Ian Fullerton, Gita Jackson, Tracey Ramsey, Kathleen Soler, Brianna Facione, Fontaine Capel, Mary Alice Williams, Shelby Turner, Dave Smith, Mari Mahoney, Maya Mahoney, and Adam Paul