1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

ALPI

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, August 24, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

ALPI by Armin Linke
(2011, 16mm, transferred on Blu-ray, 60min)

ALPI is the result of seven years of research on contemporary perceptions of the landscape of the Alps, juxtaposing places and situations across all eight bordering nations and spanning the territories of four languages. In the film, the Alps are encountered like an island that is connected to various global transformations. We undertook many journeys in the alpine region, which, ironically, led us as far as Dubai. The film shows the Alps as a key location, owing to its delicacy and environmental importance, where one can observe and study the complexity of social, economic, and political relationships. In the Europe of today, the Alps are a hotbed for modernity and its illusions. – AL

Preceded by
CLIMBING by Jesse McLean
(2009, video, 6 min)

RUN OF LIFE is a collectively curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring emerging tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.  RUN OF LIFE is organized by Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, Christy LeMaster, Jenny Miller & Beckie Stocchetti and presented by Constellation Chicago in collaboration with the Nightingale Cinema.

Programmed by Jillian Hansen-Lewis & Christy LeMaster



Filed under: 16mm, documentary, film, international, video

THE FIRST FIVE YEARS

The First 5 Years and The Last 5 Years
as part of Platforms: 10 Years
of Chances Dances

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Tuesday, September 8, 8 pm, Free
Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

A bookended pair of lively screening events featuring works from the past, present, and future of CHANCES granted artists, organizers, and scenesters. This is your pre-party party, snacks and group travel to that night’s CHANCES DANCES included.

Including work by: Mark Aguhar, Cavenaw and Cavenis, Sky Cubacub, Ky Dickens, EMR (Math Bass & Dylan Mira), Hope Esser & Daviel Shy, Rami George, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Meg Leary, Marianna Milhorat, Madsen Minax, Dylan Mira, Fawzia Mirza, Aay Preston-Myint, Macon Reed, Oli Rodriguez, Amina Ross & NIC Kay, Jules Rosskam, Xina Xurner, Latham Owen Zearfoss

Program Design by Marian Runk
Curated by Christy LeMaster

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Begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party, Chances Dances is a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build safer spaces, and support local art and activism through direct funding and other resources.

Since its founding, Chances has sought to bring together Chicago’s varied LGBTIQ communities
by organizing dance parties that welcome people of all gender expressions and racial identities. For the
last six years, Chances has channeled profits from its parties into a biannual microgrant for local artists. In 2008, Chances launched the Critical Fierceness Grant, which awards $500 to Chicago-based artists and collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer. In 2012, Chances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which funds projects by queer feminine spectrum artists of color with $1,000 grants. Through this grassroots funding in addition to our robust performance programming, Chances has established itself as hub of queer artistic activity in Chicago for ten years running.

In Fall 2015, the Platforms retrospective will showcase the artworks, herstory, and community-building processes of the Chances community over the last 10 years at several sites across Chicago. Drawing from over one hundred Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists, past and present Chances organizers, and members of the Chances community, Platforms will elevate and expand the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, music, narrative, new media, opening, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video

LIVED LANDSCAPE

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, September 21, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

What lies within the frame?   Art’s oldest subject, the landscape, shifts under the weight of new technological processes.  Lived landscape presents a collection of short video pieces that attempt to push, reframe, preserve, and regulate composition within a horizontal canvas.  Using moving image as a means to juxtapose illustrations and illusions these films attempt to orient themselves within an progressively mediated environment.

LIVED LANDSCAPES includes work by Marianna Milhorat, Phil Solomon, Nicholas O’Brien, Yuri Ancarani, and Irina Botea.

RUN OF LIFE is a collectively curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring emerging tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.  RUN OF LIFE is organized by Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, Christy LeMaster, Jenny Miller & Beckie Stocchetti and presented by Constellation Chicago in collaboration with the Nightingale Cinema.

Programmed by Jillian Hansen-Lewis



Filed under: documentary, experimental, Uncategorized

KINOSONIK #5

Sound & Image Collaborations
Presented by ESS, Chicago Film Archives,
Black Cinema House, & The Nightingale

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Saturday, November 7, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation’s Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

 

KINOSONIK #5:
Design, Nature, & their Relationship
with live scores by Walter Kitundu & Katherine Young (more…)



Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, documentary, documentation, experimental, found footage, Free Screening!, music, performance, Uncategorized, video

THE ISLAND OF ST. MATTHEWS

And Other Recent Work
by Kevin Jerome Everson
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, July 20, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

Screening accompanied by a printing of A GIRL’S YOUNGTOWN by Jacqueline Marino from Belt Magazine
Moderated by Belt Magazine Editor, Martha Bayne.

PROGRAM DETAILS
Fe26 (7 min, 2014)
Fe 26 is a 16mm short film by Kevin Jerome Everson that follows two gentlemen around the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio and examines the tensions between illegal work –in this case, the stealing of manhole covers and copper piping–and the basic survival tactics that exist in areas of high unemployment.

The Island of St. Matthews (64 min, 2013)
The Island of Saint Matthews is a 16mm feature film about the loss of family history in the form of heirlooms and photographs. Years ago filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson asked his aunt about old family photographs. Her reply—that “we lost them in the flood” was the catalyst for this film, a poem and paean to the citizens of Westport, a community just west of Columbus, Mississippi, the hometown of the filmmaker’s parents. Residents, young and old, are here seen and heard reminiscing about the 1973 flood of the Tombigbee River. The film combines these interviews and conversations, filmed in front of a church, at a beauty school, on porches and backyards, with sequences of a waterskier on the Tombigbee River; a worker at the lock and dam; a young couple meeting with an insurance agent about flood insurance. The sound of a church bell—an original bronze sculpture made by the filmmaker and similar to the bell used to warn residents of an impending natural disaster—intones throughout, interspersed with a spare, elegiac score.

“With a sense of place and historical research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. The conditions are usually physical, social-economic circumstances or weather. Instead of standard realism I favor a strategy that abstracts everyday actions and statements into theatrical gestures, in which archival footage is reedited or re-staged, real people perform fictional scenarios based on their own lives and historical observations intermesh with contemporary narratives. The films suggest the relentlessness of everyday life—along with its beauty—but also present oblique metaphors for art-making.” -Kevin Jerome Everson


Kevin Jerome Everson was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson was awarded the prestigious 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video and was the subject in spring 2012 of a mid-career retrospective at Visions du Reel, Nyon Switzerland, a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2011 and a retrospective at Centre Pompidou in 2009. 2014 Solo Museum exhibitions included the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis and SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC. 2015. His films will be featured in the How to Remain Human exhibition at MOCA Cleveland May-Sept. 2015.

Programmed by Sally Lawton

RUN OF LIFE is a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.  RUN OF LIFE is co-curated by  Christy LeMaster, Beckie Stochetti, Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton & Jenny Miller

Belt Magazine publishes independent journalism about the Rust Belt. Online only, it launched in September 2013, and focuses on longform journalism, op-eds and first person essays of interest to the Rust Belt and beyond. Belt Publishing, founded in 2012, publishes anthologies by and for residents of often misrepresented cities. Both the digital and book publishing arms of Belt are committed to carefully edited, complex writing. We believe in quality over quantity, community over analytics, and the importance of the Rust Belt. We rely on individual members to sustain us.

Martha Bayne is a writer and editor based in Chicago, and the editor-in-chief of Belt Magazine. She also edits, with Zoe Zolbrod, the Sunday page of the literary website The Rumpus and her features and essays have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, the Rumpus, Bookworm, and the Baffler. She is a company member with Chicago’s Theater Oobleck and the founder of the long-running community meal project and hunger-relief fundraiser Soup & Bread, based at the Hideout bar and music venue. Her narrative cookbook, Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time was published in 2011 by Agate Publishing.

 



Filed under: 16mm, documentary, experimental, narrative, Uncategorized, video

Radius GRIDS

GRIDS Book Release and
FLEETING COMPONENTS Screening

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Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

The Nightingale is delighted to host the release party of GRIDS, a book documenting the recent activity of Radius and the accompanying premiere of FLEETING COMPONENTS, a film by Stephanie Acosta.

Radius GRIDS was a four-part, year-long series of mobile radio broadcasts in Chicago that examined energy production, distribution, and consumption. The new GRIDS Book features on-site photographs and artist interviews with Antye Greie-Ripatti, Brett Bloom, Bonnie Fortune, Mari Keski-Korsu, Ethan Rose, Kristen Roos, and Amanda Gutiérrez. FLEETING COMPONENTS documents the GRIDS series through interviews, behind the scenes, and more.

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA. Radius features a new project monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming. The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Stephanie Acosta is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator and producer focused on experimental means to experiential goals. Acosta blends performance with practiced based research creating work at once in response to, and creator of, site and space.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, new media, Uncategorized, video

YAKONA

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, June 22nd,  7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Moderated by Anthony Cefali, Policy and Planning
Specialist for Friends of the Chicago River
Purchase tickets here.

 

YAKONA by Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins (2014, HD video, 85 min) meaning “rising water” in a local Native American language, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. This film takes the viewer from prehistoric times through the modern era on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. Sepulveda and Collins follow the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory, and documenting the relationship between the natural world and man. Yakona speaks directly to the viewer with its beauty, appealing to humanity’s higher nature, and the viewer begins to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it.

Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins are Texas based filmmakers who entered the scene with Sepulveda’s directorial debut, Otis Under Sky, at SXSW 2011, which Collins co-produced. Inspired by the beauty of the San Marcos River and pure cinema films such as “The Qatsi Trilogy” and “Baraka”, they came together to create “Yakona”.

RUN OF LIFE is a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.  RUN OF LIFE is co-curated by  Christy LeMaster, Beckie Stochetti, Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton & Jenny Miller



Filed under: documentary, experimental, Uncategorized, video

I HATE MYSELF :)

I HATE MYSELF :) & BAD AT DANCING
Recent work by Joanna Arnow
Co-presented with Beguiled Cinema
Skype Q&A with artist

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Sunday, May 31, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

PROGRAM DETAILS:

i hate myself : ) (2013, 56 min)
“Several months into her first relationship, documentarian Joanna Arnow decides to follow its trajectory in a film. Her boyfriend, James Kepple, is a Texan poet who incites racial tensions at his Harlem open mic. Although James’ charisma and confidence endear him to Joanna (as well as his 112th street audience), soon he spirals out of control, drinking more heavily and provoking conflicts both on stage and at home.

As post-production of the film begins, editor Max Karson, working naked, picks arguments in a similarly abrasive manner. He accuses Joanna of ignoring the gender dynamics she plays into, repressing her sexual identity, and manipulating the story for her own benefit.

In the end, Joanna attempts to dispel the shame surrounding her character and upend the role others expect of her – the film ultimately explores the convergence between our lives and our narratives.”

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Bad at Dancing (2015, 11 min)
Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) at Berlinale 2015

“A perpetual third wheel and awkward outsider, Joanna increasingly inserts herself into the relationship of her more charismatic roommate Isabel. The two women test each other’s sexual and emotional boundaries in this surreal dark comedy.”



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, feminism, narrative, video

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