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…)
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.)
blue fish Japanese Environmental
Documentary Film Festival
Sundays between October 1 – November 19:
Sunday, November 5 at 6:30 pm: UNCANNY TERRAIN by Chicago-based filmmakers Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski (with post-screening talk) Sunday, November 19 at 7 pm: THE OCEAN’S BLESSING (Masayuki Tōjō)
The earth is breathing; so are humans. This fall, between October 1 and November 19, the Nightingale Cinema presents Japanese environmental documentaries to reflect upon humans’ relationship with nature. The films introduce the lives of people such as fishermen and farmers of Iwai-shima island who have been protesting against and stopping the construction of a nuclear power plant since 1982, as well as organic farmers in Fukushima who have been going through the aftermath of the 2012 nuclear power plant accident. This festival will expand the knowledge of Chicago’s urban audiences about global environmental issues and synchronize contemporary concerns about the planet through the lens of the not-so-Far East. (more…)
[it shines a certain way. to a
certain place/it flies. falls./]
Friday, September 22 at 8 PM, $7-10
Part of RUN OF LIFE
Experimental Documentary Series
Director Adam Khalil, in person!
History is written by the victors, but this film reminds us that the history of the oppressed can still be saved from being extinguished. Native American video artists Adam and Zack Khalil here reclaim the narrative of the Ojibway of Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, from the archives and museums that would confine it to the past. Using personal interviews, animated drawings, performance, and provocative intercutting, the Khalil brothers’ feature debut makes a bold case for the Ojibway people to be their own storytellers—while seeking a cure for the damage inflicted by colonization—in a spiritual reconnection with tradition.
Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam’s work has been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay), and Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok (Hungary). Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.
Zack Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. He recently completed a B.A. at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department, and is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar.
Saturday, September 16 at 7 PM, $7-10
Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski in attendance!
BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities” follows song-and-dance man Beverly Fresh to the annual Turkey Trot festival in the southern Indiana town of Montgomery. The film examines the rural cultural rituals and events of small Midwestern towns and investigates the sense of restlessness that hangs in the region. Beverly meets with Dar-L and the Pork Chop Boys and sets out to ease their desperation. He comes across a demolition derby driver, traveling salesmen, banjo player and other kindred spirits wandering nervous and lookin’ for something else.
BATHTUB SONGS, a project of Sawbuck Productions, Inc and WILD AMERICAN DOGS, blurs the lines that demarcate observational documentary and narrative nonfiction. In a traditional documentary manner, Bathtub Songs chronicles actual events of the festival and highlights local history and attractions. This factual presentation mingles with a fictional narrative arc. The unfolding of the film’s narrative arc hinges on the film questioning the actuality of its own material and narrative structure. Bathtub Songs presents a stylized portrait of the town by combining traditional documentation, local folkore, participatory performances, and fabricated narrative, resulting in both a recognizable impression and an entirely new understanding of the rural American Midwest.
BATHTUB SONGS: and Other Extracurricular Activities
2015, digital video, 110 minutes
Directed by Greg Scott
Written by Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski
Immediately following the film there is a Q & A with the Greg Scott and Zack Ostrowski.
Sawbuck Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable organization 501(c3) that creates and distributes multiple media geared toward documenting the people, places, and things that operate on the fringes, often featuring projects that challenge mass media representations of drugs and addiction. Most of Sawbuck’s non-fiction films deal directly or indirectly with the lives of heroin users, crack smokers, sex workers, drug dealers, unhoused persons, and others who operate on the margins. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, Sawbuck has produced several dozen short documentaries and a half-dozen feature-length pictures. Their public radio documentary “Brickyard” has garnered several national and local awards for journalism. Most of Sawbuck’s narrative film work is experimental, weird, and focused on the peripheries- movies made out on the backroads of the rural American midwest.
THE WILD AMERICAN DOGS (Greg Scott & Beverly Fresh) are an interdisciplinary art duo focused on producing experimental films and performance.