1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

THE LANTHANIDE SERIES

An Experimental Documentary by Erin Espelie
Filmmaker in Attendance!

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Thursday, September 22nd, 7 pm, $7-10

 

The Nightingale welcomes Erin Espelie to present her experimental documentary about rare earth elements (the lanthanides), black mirrors (from obsidian to iPads), and how technology is reshaping the way we record the present and replay the past.

From the portals of personal computing devices to ancient obsidian mirrors, optical tools control how people see, foresee, record, and remember their lives. The Lanthanide Series ( 2014, USA/France/UK, 72 minutes) meditates on how we frame and understand the world through such material means and instruments, with a reliance on certain chemical elements and the people who we love.

“Part poetry, part chemistry lesson, part landscape film, part cinematic exploration, part history and geography lesson, part environmental revelation,part magic. The Lanthanide Series is something new under the sun.” – Scott MacDonald

“The Lanthanide Series fuses poetry and science to create a thrillingly uncategorizable work.” – Anthology Film Archives

Preceded by Kari Altman’s R-U-INS

ERIN ESPELIE is a writer, editor, and filmmaker, with a background in the research sciences. Her poetic, nonfiction films have shown around the world at the New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival, the Whitechapel Gallery, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Imagine Science Film Festival, and more. Espelie currently holds an assistant professorship in Film Studies and Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder; she serves as an Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and is editor in chief of Natural History magazine, a centenarian publication for which she has worked since 2001. erinespelie.com.

 



Filed under: archival, artist in attendance, documentary, environmental, essay, experimental, found footage, geography, history, landscape, poetry, science, Uncategorized, video

JOSH LEWIS & SIMON LIU

Recent 16mm Films from Negativland Lab
Filmmakers in Attendance!

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Thursday, September 29th, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale welcomes Josh Lewis and Simon Liu as they interweave a selection of their 16mm films made by hand at Negativland MPL, an artist-run film lab in New York City, overlapping in their affinity for experimental processing and printing techniques. With Lewis working predominantly in direct chemical manipulation of exposed film surfaces, and Liu utilizing a roaming impressionistic camera paired with multiple passes on a contact printer, the program establishes the centrality of the Film Lab both as an epistemic concept and as a practical mode of production. Each film emerges out of a continual and rapid cycle of exposing, processing, projecting, repeat. As such, the films here are rarely the culmination of a process, but rather worthy points extracted from ongoing lines of investigation.

 

Program Details:

Pillager
2011 / 16mm / B&W / Optical Sound / 3:30 min. (Josh Lewis)

Chorus
2015 / 16mm / Color / Silent / 17 min. (Josh Lewis)

The Marshes
2016 / 16mm / Color / Sound / 11 min. (Simon Liu)

Doubt 3 & 4
2013 / 16mm / Color / Optical Sound / 6 min. (Josh Lewis)

Shuffle Cove
2016 / 16mm / Color / Sound / 8 min. (Simon Liu)

The Past is Past [but there is something now that I regret like I was about to do it]
2015 / 16mm Dual Projection / B&W / Silent / 6 min. (Josh Lewis)

Harbour City
2015 / 16mm Dual Projection / Color + B&W / Sound / 14 min. (Simon Liu)

I Guess It’s Always Been That Way, I Don’t Know Whether That’s Important Or Not.
2016 [Work In Progress] / 16mm Triple Projection / Color / Silent / 10 min. (Simon Liu)

Doubt 8 & 9
2013 / 16mm / Color / Silent / 6 min. (Josh Lewis)

TRT: 90 min.

 

JOSH LEWIS is an artist and experimental filmmaker working at a fluid intersection between abstraction, documentary, and narrative forms. Coming from a background working in photochemical film processing labs, Lewis’s handmade films explore the boundaries of manual knowledge, bodily struggle, and the persisting enigma of material potential. Lewis has shown work at Anthology Film Archives, Microscope Gallery, Eyebeam, Uniondocs, The Filmmaker’s Co-op NY, and at festivals such as The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Chicago Underground Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Antimatter, Onion City and EDOC: Encuentros del otro cine festival internacional de cine documental. He is a 2015 recipient of a NYFA Film/Video Fellowship. Josh works as a lab technician and is the founder of the artist-run film lab Negativland MPL. joshlewisfilm.com

SIMON LIU lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Hong Kong and raised in both Hong Kong and Stoke-On-Trent, England, he moved to New York in 2006 and received a degree in Film Production from New York University. His work has been exhibited and distributed at festivals and institutions internationally including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, CROSSROADS, EXiS, Microscope Gallery, Mono No Aware IX, WNDX, FilMadrid, Paris Festival of Different & Experimental Cinemas, the British Film Institute and the Rio De Janeiro Film Festival. negativlandlab.com

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DIFFICULT BUT POSSIBLE

A Supplement to Rules, Tools and Fools

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, September 18th, 8 pm, $7-10

A selection of shorts surrounding not just the the how-to but to-how. Bearing fully in mind the notion of utopia as a no-place, Difficult but Possible animates the notion of a diffuse set of not-yet-places, of worlds unbuilt, of worlds unbuilding, of the crazy-eyed mirage we keep moving toward. Together, we explore terrains fantastical, domestic, speculative and utopian; we learn to dodge the camera all around us and to stare deeply into and through others; we receive allegories from beyond underground weather and beyond Drop City, venture into cited non-sites and pick up some skills along the way.

Co-presented by Spudnik Press, in conjunction with Rules, Tools and Fools,
curated by Jaclyn Jacunski and Jason Pallas;
made possible through the generosity of the Chicago Film Archives,
and the sense of possibility and adventure of the artists

Programmed by Jesse Malmed

 

Mike Lopez | Whole Earth Land | 2016 | 10 minutes  | Playthrough Performance

Gene Bernofsky | 1993 | 1980 | 9 minutes | 16mm to Video | Sound

JoAnn Elam | The Last Whole Earth Catalog | 1967-1990 | 20 minutes | 8mm to Video | Silent

Jillian Mayer | Makeup Tutorial – How to Hide from Cameras | 2013 | 3.5 minutes | Video | Sound

Sam Green | Clear Glasses | 2008 | 4 minutes | Video | Sound

Jennifer Proctor | Alternative Forms of Energy | 2005 | 5 minutes | Super 8 to Video | Sound

Ben Russell | Trypps 7 (Badlands) | 2010 | 10 minutes | S16mm to Video | Sound

 



Filed under: archival, documentary, environmental, essay, experimental, feminism, geography, hand-processing, history, landscape, lecture, new media, performance, social justice, surveillance, video

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