Nicaragua in the ‘80s:
Two Video Documentaries by Julia Lesage
Julia Lesage in person!
Presented by White Light Cinema &
Hopscotch Cinema


Saturday, April 12th at 7:30pm, $7-10

White Light Cinema, along with Hopscotch Cinema and The Nightingale, are pleased to present two little-seen video documentaries, about the lives of women in Nicaragua in the 1980s after the Sandinista revolution, by videomaker, professor, author, and Jump Cut magazine co-founder and co-editor Julia Lesage. Lesage will be in person to introduce and discuss this important work that provides a snapshot of a troubled nation in a moment of optimism.

The Sandinista Revolution in 1979 and the years following were filmed by many solidarity workers traveling to and living in Nicaragua. However, after that period ended in 1990, much of the interest here in video about Nicaragua declined. Invited to teach video production to young artists in a workshop in the Sandinista labor union, Julia Lesage made three visits in 1981, 1984, and 1987, living there for months at a time. For her, it was an utopian moment, sharing young videomakers’ aspirations and dreams for a better life.  (JL)


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Works for the Screen by
Graduating UIC MFAs

David Bodhi Boylan, Light Eyes, 2013, wood and candles

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 8 pm, $5-10

The warmth of your love
is like the warmth of the sun
and this will be our year
took a long time to come

Following five wonderful exhibitions at Gallery 400, a series of works for the screen by graduating Masters of Fine Arts candidates from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Featuring works by: Alejandro T. Acierto, Erik Allen, Colleen Keihm, Chris Little, Jesse Malmed, Melissa Myser, Hanna M. Owens (with Kelly Thomas), Courtney Prokopas, Jonathan Loïc Rogers, Matt Shaw, Jenyu Wang.

(Image: David Bodhi Boylan, Light Eyes, 2013, wood and candles.)

More information at Gallery 400′s website.


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Documentary by Daniel Skaggs
Filmmaker in Person!

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Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm, $7-10


Just as the original hobos of the early 20th century were scorned by the mainstream of society, so too are today’s train riders. FREELOAD (2013, 65 min)  is a dive into a beggar’s existence. It’s a ride through America’s backyard. It is a musical endeavor that feels like a drama. It is a sociological examination of the ignored.

Filmmaker Daniel Skaggs, a veteran train hopper himself,  spent over a year riding the rails with a video camera to capture the complex and varied lives of the modern day riders. Sometimes sweet and often difficult, the (primarily) men in FREELOAD allowed Skaggs unfettered access into their lives, and honest, direct accounts of both why and how they live on the outskirts of American society.

Watch the trailer here.

(2013, 66 min)

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A Selection of Videos by Jesse McLean
Jesse McLean in person!


Friday, March 21st at 8pm, $7-10 

“My work is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and is concerned with both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together.”

Jesse McLean’s work conveys a unique sense of empathy while it both investigates and performs a pressing social concern of our moment: does technology extend the human experience or has the human experience become mediated by technology? The works presented tonight contemplate these questions with acute attention—witty and smart, without sacrificing feeling to cleverness. Even with cultural detritus, McLean creates rich moments of sonic and visual splendor that recall the histories of personal cinema; moments created with a sincere desire to understand her own position with the materials she is drawn to and uses for her artistic practice. In her interview with Jesse Malmed for Bad at Sports she admits:

“There is a great deal of power in mass media but the level of manipulation is so grotesque as to be impressive. Popular culture works terrifically on me; I have a particularly embarrassing memory of sobbing uncontrollably on a plane during Toy Story 3. This kind of emotional response never happens to me in real life. So I would never ridicule my subject, because I’m a fan, too. But I’m also a skeptic.”


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Short Films and Videos by Cauleen Smith
Artist in Person!


Sunday, February 23rd at 7pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is thrilled to present this program of short works by Cauleen Smith, who will be present at a Q&A following the screening.

Cauleen Smith is a prolific interdisciplinary media artist whose projects vary from short moving image works to installations to flash mob musical interventions in public spaces. Her work has been featured in contexts like The Robert Flaherty Seminar (1992), microcinemas like Massart Film Society, museums such as Chicago’s MCA (2012), and included in major exhibitions like the Whitney Biennial (2008). This program focuses on her continued engagement in the short film and video formats that started early in her artistic career with the success of Chronicles of a Lying Spirit by Kelly Gabron. Her short films and videos stylistic range traces lines across the history of the moving image, centered around her voice and vision that often articulates and visualizes the African American experience at an intimate and thought provoking level.


Filed under: animation, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film, video

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