Experimental Animations by Mothers
Presented by Extended Practice
Saturday, October 7 at 6 PM, $7-10
This international program of experimental animations illuminates the connection between the process of animation and the experience of parenting, and celebrates motherhood as especially rich creative territory. From the first flicker of life, a mother’s sense of time, space, reality and even her own body transforms. As a flexible medium, animation can construct realities and play with the elasticity of time and space. The works in this screening utilize intergenerational collaboration, evocative materiality, layered narratives, and the physical engagement of the creator with every frame.
This screening is programmed for the Nightingale Cinema by Sara Holwerda and Angela Lopez as part of Extended Practice, an artist-led collaborative project created to support the work and needs of artists who are mothers.
Featuring work by: Lindsay Arnold, Shira Avni, Lisa Barcy, Heather Freeman, Georgie Flood, Ariana Gerstein, Megan Hildebrandt, Anna Hrachovec, Emily Hubley, Faith Hubley, Debbie Lee, Marjorie Lemay, Jennifer Levonian, Maria Lorenzo, Alison O’Neill, Vanessa Sweet, Lynn Tomlinson, Selina Trepp, and Karen Yasinsky
Total runtime: 75 minutes.
Nursing mothers are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Funding for this screening is supported in part by the DCASE Individual Artist Project grant.
Filed under: animation
Thursday, October 5 at 8 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is sincerely pleased to host Sincerely Productions’s long awaited mystery series KATIES CROSSING, screening all 5 episodes (90 min total) with loads of cast and crew in attendance.
KATIES CROSSING is a five part queer mystery series revolving around two Katies who find each other, like each other, and mysteriously transform each other. One Katie is an investigative journalist hot on the trail of a conspiracy involving a hot dog company, trash, and rivers. The other Katie is a dog walker turned newly famous YA fiction ebook author. They must try to remain themselves as they unravel the mystery of what’s on the other side of the crossing.
KATIES CROSSING is a DIY television show- made without studios or networks and made with the support of the Chicago art/farm/film/and friend scene. SINCERELY PRODUCTIONS is dedicated to making independent and DIY television and film with community that’s watchable on it’s own platform. Visit http://sincerely.tv/ to see what’s happening.
Written by Sally Lawton, Max Wirt, Katy Albert, and Katie Williams
Directed by Sally Lawton and Max Wirt
Katy Albert as Katie
Katie Williams as Katie
Sierra Berquist as Aria the Scientist
Shelley Geiszler as Sonia the Lawyer
Ian Bertorelli as Tony Babel
and Sophia Hamilton as Tina Beef
WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS:
Ian Fullerton, Gita Jackson, Tracey Ramsey, Kathleen Soler, Brianna Facione, Fontaine Capel, Mary Alice Williams, Shelby Turner, Dave Smith, Mari Mahoney, Maya Mahoney, and Adam Paul
Filed under: artist in attendance
[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.
Read an interview with the makers here.
INAATE/SE/[it shines a certain way. to a
certain place/it flies. falls./]
Directed by Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil.
(2016. USA/Canada, 75 min.)
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.
Filed under: animation
, artist in attendance
, home movies
, social justice
And Other Extracurricular Activities
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.
Programmed by Sara Holwerda
Filed under: documentary
With LOADS by Curt McDowell
Thursday, September 14 at 8 PM, $7-10
THE DESTROYING ANGEL (Peter de Rome, 1976)
62 minutes, Digital File
The second and final feature by BFI-recognized experimental/erotic filmmaker and recent documentary subject Peter de Rome, THE DESTROYING ANGEL is a film truly unlike any other. A complete hybrid of horror movie and hardcore, its very loosely Poe-inspired story focuses on priest Caswell Campbell who is on sabbatical from seminary and, feeling torn between the pleasures of the flesh and his call to the cloth, indulges in an escalatingly bizarre series of psychotropic mushroom-feuled sexual experiences, all while being plagued by haunting visions of his doppelganger. Though more of its screen time is spent on sexual acts than in much of de Rome’s other work, THE DESTROYING ANGEL’s sex scenes are anything but traditional, growing increasingly surreal and deconstructed throughout the course of the film, advancing the plot and themes, and functioning as creepy hallucinatory episodes for the viewer. Accurately critically called “a mess but a masterpiece,” THE DESTROYING ANGEL’s weird blend of elements (including over-the-top acting, beautifully-edited psychedelic imagery, and a few jaw-dropping sexual feats) makes for a thoroughly watchable film that manages to be simultaneously campy and artful; erotic, frightening, and fun. (Screening thanks to Bijou Video.)
LOADS (Curt McDowell, 1976, released 1985)
19 minutes, 16mm on DVD
With LOADS, Curt McDowell–the preeminent satyr of underground lust–puts his hand, mouth, and camera where the money is: in and out of the underpants of tough, sometimes tender, alluring straight men. Shameless, touching, resplendent in body heat, LOADS remains a rhapsody to fluidity and flexibility, a seminal masterpiece in every way.
Special thanks to his sister Melinda McDowell Milks, who’s generously allowing us to screen it.
Programmed by Julia Zinn and Edward E. Crouse
Filed under: 16mm