Spring Screening / The Nightingale Turns 7!


Saturday, April 4, 7 pm, $15
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale is delighted to introduce FOLLOW FOCUS- a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving image maker as they complete a feature project. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, FOLLOW FOCUS invites audiences to observe a director’s process, collaborations, and inspiration. Our inaugural featured project is THE LADIES ALMANACK written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, Daviel Shy and produced by NYC-based performer, Stephanie Acosta.

THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-­length experimental narrative film shot on Super 8 and based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.

The Nightingale will host 4 screenings during the course of the next year, each one in a different season and  highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise funds for the film.  Admission price  at each of the four screenings includes part of a limited edition, risograph-printed Ladies Almanack Tarot Deck designed and illustrated by Jess LeMaster. Attend all four screenings for a complete 24-card set.

The Spring Screening will include moving image work by cast and crew members of  the movie, including work by Stephanie Acosta, Alexia Morinaux, Fannie Sosa & Poussy Draama, Jessica Wienstein, Weléla Kindred, Caitlin Baucom, and Slaveya Minkova, among others.

Party to celebrate The Nightingale’s 7th birthday to follow the screening. We will premiere the 2015 Nightingale trailer made by Jillian Hansen-Lewis.



Filed under: artist in attendance, BIRTHDAY PARTY, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, international, music, narrative, performance, queer, Super 8mm, Uncategorized, video


Works of Dani Leventhal
(Followed by the Nightingale’s
6th Birthday Party)


Friday, April 11th, at 8:00 pm,  $7-10

We are so pleased to screen works from Chicago favorite Dani Leventhal, spanning 2010-2014. With her ability to channel tension and beauty within the daily and the extraordinary it will be impossible to look away.

This also marks The Nightingale’s 6th Birthday so we invite all to join us after the screening for a rowdy birthday party! Brian Chankin of ODD OBSESSION will bring the jams! There will be cake and we will premiere the Nightingale 2014 trailer, shot and edited by Ian Curry with sound collected by Jesse Malmed. Also hit us up for those oh so tardy Kickstarter awards (our apologies!).

NIKOLE- 5 minutes 2014
A 27 second clip of Nikole dancing in drag stretched out to 5 minutes.


Filed under: BIRTHDAY PARTY, experimental, video


The Nightingale turns 2!

April 4th, 2010

Hey Look! We are turning 2! After 2 revolutions around the sun and nearly 100 programs, we are still up and running…

To celebrate we are going to throw a hometown screening of the program we are touring the midwest with this spring. There will be food and cake and beer. And for those of you who still have not seen it, the program concludes with the 2010 Nightingale Trailer.

Chicago, IL claims as its own a plethora of hardworking film, video, and new-media artists. Since 2008, a rough and ready microcinema called The NIGHTINGALE has been presenting their work. To celebrate the second anniversary of the space, director, Christy LeMaster and her sister, print-maker Jessica LeMaster, are heading out on the roads of the quiet midwest with THE BROAD SHOULDERS TOUR, a showcase of recent Chicago-made work screened at The Nightingale since its opening. The works in The Broad Shoulders Tour represent a diversity of mediums and aesthetics but share a similar sensibility. This isn’t a city of artists looking to quit their day jobs. Chicago makers are teachers, builders, programmers, journalists,- workers. There is an economy, a beauty built out of utility, and an accessibility that Chicago breeds into its makers.

Featured artists in the program include Jon Cates, Warren Cockerham, Nick Edelberg, Lori Felker, Jason Halprin, Emily Kuehn, Kent Lambert, Jodie Mack, Jesse McLean, Nicholas O’Brien, Jon Satrom, Kate Raney, Michael Robinson, and Jerzy Rose.

Filed under: animation, BIRTHDAY PARTY, film, new media, video

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