Eleanore & The Timekeeper


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, March 4th, 7:00 pm, $7-10


The Nightingale is proud to present a special screening of the experimental social issue documentary ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER, in remembrance of Eleanore Hickman, who passed away on November 25th, 2016, at the age of 100.

This event is also a fundraiser for the Arts of Life Inc., a Chicago based organization serving disabled artists by providing studios, classes and opportunities for growth.

Thomas Comerford’s band will be performing live at the event.

$7 – $10 Suggested Donation at the Door

Documentary, 76 minutes, 16mm film on video, 2010, USA
Directed by Danièle Wilmouth

The complexities of a mother’s sacrifice are discovered when Eleanore, at age 91, moves her developmentally disabled son Ronnie into a group home, after 64 years of devoted companionship and daily ritual in their modest Pennsylvania farmhouse. ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER chronicles the lives of Eleanore and Ronnie Hickman, the Director’s grandmother and uncle. Shot on 16mm, the film is a quiet love story between a mother and son, which records the inevitable transformation in their relationship, and shifting definitions of home over a seven-year span.

Set in a farming and logging community in rural Pennsylvania, ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER celebrates the minor spectacle of the everyday. Featuring a rich and textured musical score composed by the New York avant-garde string quartet ETHEL, the film re-frames social issues, including end of life preparations, resources for adults with disabilities, and loneliness among the elderly. Through the magnified lens of this mother and son relationship, ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER celebrates life’s natural cycles of monotony and impermanence.
Website: http://www.hairlessfilms.org/eleanore.html

Awards: Nesnandy + Schwartz Feature Documentary Competition, 2nd Place, Cleveland Int. Film Festival (2011), and Best Documentary Feature, 2nd Place, Athens International Film Festival (2012).

* In English, with English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

** Please Note: The Nightingale Cinema itself is ADA accessible, however it does not have an accessible bathroom. We apologize for this inconvenience!

The Arts of Life opened in 2000 on Chicago’s near west side and is the first Alternative Day Program in Chicago for people with disabilities that focused on artistic vocational opportunities. Today, The Arts of Life has two professional art studios that support over sixty artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities to engage in a variety of artistic mediums.
Website: http://artsoflife.org/

Guiding Values:
The Arts of Life is guided by Four Core Values, which encourage personal and professional development of its artists and Teaching Artist Residency Program participants: Inspiring Artistic Expression, Building Community, Promoting Self-Respect and Developing Independence.

An event space featuring independant and experimental films and performances. http://nightingalecinema.org/
Their address is:
1084 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Danièle Wilmouth creates hybrids of experimental, narrative and non-fiction cinema. Her works have been exhibited at a variety of venues around the globe including; the Kunst Museum Bonn, the National Gallery of Armenia, Television Canal+(a), Argentina, PBS WTTW, Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, Tampere Short Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cambridge International Film Festival, the American Dance Festival, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the National Gallery, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A collection of her short films was recently included in the 2016 BODY+ACT exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. In 2013, she was featured in Dance Films Association’s ‘Meet the Artist Series’ with a solo show at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Retrospectives of Wilmouth’s works have been held in Russia (2004, St. Petersburg International Dance Film Festival), and South Korea (2012, EXiS Film Festival, Korean Film Archives, Seoul). She currently teaches Film, Video, New Media and Performance at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College.


Since 2010, Comerford’s backing band has always had a number of friends and players coming and going from show to show and LP to LP, but lately has coalesced around drummer Kriss Bataille (Urge Overkill); singer-percussionist Beth Yates (Smog; The Pillowhammer); bassist Matty Cummings (Big Buildings; Magic Gloves); pedal steel guitarist Tom McGettrick (Mar Caribe); singer Crystal Hartford (Dust Bunnies; Hartford-Focht); and lead guitarist John Roeser (Innkeepers; Electric Airlines). Once this lineup fell into place in the winter of 2015, Comerford began writing a collection of new songs which the band began to track in the fall of 2015. Comerford has also been moving forward on  new material in the studio with an array of other players, including the Chicago band Panoramic and True; acclaimed upright bassist Tatsu Aoki; cellist Jamie Kempkers (Miyumi Project); drummer Seth Vanek (Roommate; Thin Hymns); engineer Nick Broste (Shape Shoppe); singer Angela James and long-time collaborators Robbie Hamilton (Robbie Skye) and Gregg Ostrom. Writes Comerford, “The idea is to keep working on the writing, revising, arranging and recording whenever opportunities present themselves, and bringing material that calls on the strengths of the particular collaborators to any given session. Not too worried about what this is yet as far as LP, EP, Boxed Set or what — just trying to stay focused on the songs and the performances.” Comerford plans to continue recording the new material through the 2017 before deciding on the release plans for it — as of February 2017, there are approximately 20-some songs in-progress.


Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film


Recent Films and Videos by Michael Wawzenek
Filmmaker in attendance!


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, December 16th, 7:00 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale welcomes Chicago-based filmmaker Michael Wawzenek who brings recent work on video and 16mm, including an expanded cinema 16mm projector performance.

His work investigates the precipice between life and death, translates into video the emotions of near-death experiences and examines what it means to be present.

Come see an all encompassing sunrise, a glitter glitch fist, a video re-make of a John Cage classic, and a 16mm tribute to Peter Hutton.

TONIGHT ONLY – LIVE! expanded cinema performance including sounds by M. Azzarello !


Program Details:

No Gloves (2016, 16mm, silent, 3 min)
In memory of Peter Hutton.

Breakbone Fever (2013, video, 7 min)
An all consuming fever takes its toll as it transfixes and grows. A recreation of my experience contracting Dengue Fever via the sights and sounds of Bali.

Blue Island  (2014, video, 7 min)
A meditation on abruptness and loss. From Blue Island Ave in Chicago to the Mississippi Swamps. In Memory of Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith.

Interleukin 1 (2016video, 3 min)
The fist is clenched, but how do you defeat an attack from within?

be (w)here (2015, 16mm on video, 6 min)
A question, a command, a caution.
In collaboration with Traci Hercher.

4’33” 4:3 (2015, video, 5 min)
After John Cage.

NEAR DEAD (2016, 16mm, ~10 min)
Live projector performance with live audio by M. Azzarello

Risings (2012, video, 20 min)
Foreigners are impressed, Thai children are impressed upon and all the while one man sits obstinately. Three unadulterated looks at the rise of globalization as seen from the streets of Thailand.

Total runtime ~1hr


Programmed by Lorenzo Gattorna

Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, documentary, expanded cinema, experimental, film, video


Swimming in the Valley of the Moon
White Light Cinema and the Nightingale
present Three Films by Peter Hutton


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, November 20th, 7 pm, $7-10

This year, the experimental film world lost one of its keenest eyes.

Peter Hutton was an elegant ruffian, a casual radical, insistent on looking deeply, on seeing as seeking, on stilling oneself and attuning one’s sense of time to match the place. The films tonight, like most of his oeuvre, are presented in silence.

Hutton’s films find their place in the trajectory of landscape art. The twin artistic influences that dominated Hutton’s early creative life were East Asian aesthetic philosophies and his experience as a merchant marine. He remarked often that this trained him to see. It was a skill that he continued to hone over four and a half decades. He worked slowly: shooting and exploring, watching and re-watching, maintaining and honing a clarity of vision as patient as it was explorative. His films are transportive—not simply to the times and places of their making, but for our senses of seeing. This work is gorgeous—it can make celluloid fetishists of the most hardened viewer—and leaves the viewer in a state of grace, unencumbered by trying to explain its virtues. In addition to the internal composition and tonality of his images, his film are guided by his dedication to revealing stillness in motion and motion in stillness, a devotion to the poethics of sequence and a trust in both his subjects: those opposite his lens and those before the screen. We are made more patient through his films.

Tonight’s screening features a very early work, made in graduate school, which diaristically traces his life at the time and his Bay Area countercultural milieu; one of the many excellent films he made of the eponymous river over the thirty-plus years he lived in the Hudson River Valley, teaching at Bard; and a city symphony for Łódź in the midst of a transformation. We hope you can join us for this too-rare opportunity to honor the life and work of Peter Hutton. (JM)


Filed under: 16mm, autobiography, documentary, environmental, experimental, film, travel


Recent 16mm Films by Margaret Rorison
Filmmaker in Attendance!


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, November 18th, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale welcomes Margaret Rorison to present a program of short films shot on 16mm from 2012-2016. Many of these works have developed from travel and explorations through rural and urban landscapes and function as odes to memories of experience. Some films are explorations of the relationship between time and the frame, between pacing and cut and of memory … Sound is an important component to these works as well. Rorison has composed many of the soundtracks with the use of field recordings, contact mics and lucid narrations made by her grandfather. One of her most recent films, Memory of August is an ode and portrait study of her 95 year old grandmother, Margaret Bennett, the widow of Harry Bennett who has been another strong influence in Rorison’s earlier work. Prior to filmmaking, Rorison worked primarily with painting and poetry and is interested in exploring these methods of language and thought through the medium of 16mm film.

“Rorison’s works frequently wander through empty or seemingly empty spaces. Her soundtracks—often consisting largely of electronic music on the drone/noise spectrum—often create a sense of warm alienation, coloring the films’ empty landscapes. Rorison’s films abound with “negative space” compositions—shots which frame a “nothing” (for example an empty sky, a wall, water) against borders of dark (shadows, bridges, walls)… this seems to suggest something of a turning away from the world of the social and a turn towards a state of introspection. These films relish solitude and alone-ness, and even while this solitude is sometimes tinged with dread or alienation, even as the filmmaker’s visions tend toward the apocalyptic, this solitude is asserted often as a source of strength.” — Steve Polta, Artistic Director, San Francisco Cinematheque


Filed under: 16mm, 8mm, archival, artist in attendance, autobiography, documentary, essay, experimental, film, found footage, geography, hand-processing, landscape, literature, music, performance, place, poetry, social justice, sound, surveillance, travel, Uncategorized, video


A Stop-Motion Animated Adventure
With Live Accompaniment
by Your Heart Breaks
Director, Clyde Petersen, in Attendance!

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm, $7 – 10


Filed under: animation, documentary, experimental, feminism, landscape, music, narrative, queer, Uncategorized


Three Short Films by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Director in Attendance!


 The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, October 23, 7 pm, $7-10


Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, found footage, narrative, performance, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

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