Work by Roger Beebe
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Monday, April 20th at 7:00pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to Chicago with a contemporary expanded cinema program titled FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS that will immerse the audience in imagery and sound. Best known for his live cinema performances, Beebe will host an evening of carefully crafted and meticulously timed multi-projector experiments that pull from his practice of appropriating educational, industrial and mass-cultural imagery. Decidely analogue, Bebee intentionally places the projectors and the projectionist (himself) in the room with the audience. His performances often incorporate archival material to build loose themes and visual synchronicity into accumulative, experimental documentaries pieces.
Strip Mall Trilogy (2001, 9:10, super8mm)
“The Strip Mall Trilogy” is a series of three city symphonies that attempt to liberate color, sound, and form from the sprawling consumerist landscape of postmodern America. Part 1, “Green Means Go,” presents fragments of color over a musique concrete soundtrack composed of sounds recorded at the strip mall. Part 2, “The Abecedaire,” wrestles (and later plays) with alphabetic form extracted and abstracted from the signs of commerce of which they are normally a part. Part 3, “X-formations,” tries to argue that there is, in fact, beauty after strip malls. Let’s hope so. Parts 1 and 3 were edited entirely in camera.
Famous Irish Americans (2003, 8:00, digital video)
Who’s your famous Irish American? Georgia O’Keefe? William McKinley? Sandra Day O’Connor? How about Shaquille O’Neal? This videotape is a secret history of some of our most overlooked Irish-American citizens; a hyperflat exploration of race, America, and the limits of binary thought.
Money Changes Everything (2009-2011, 5:00, 3x16mm)
Three days in Las Vegas, Nevada; three different visions of the discarded past and of the constantly renewed future. A three-part portrait of a town in transformation: a suburban utopia in the desert, a cancerous sprawl of unplanned development, a destination for suicides.
S A V E (2006, 5:15, 16mm)
A disused gas station offers a curious imperative to passersby: “SAVE.” A riddle posed in the form of architecture: what is there to save? One more installment in the history of Americans pointing their cameras at gas stations; an attempt to figure out something about where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and what’s been left behind. The first part of “S A V E” was edited entirely in camera.
Filed under: 16mm
, found footage
, Super 8mm
Artist, Warren Cockerham in Attendance!
Friday, February 6th at 7:00pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
The New England Home Movie Tour features handmade and homemade poetic films from the northeast that celebrate the tactility and intimacy of celluloid-based moving images. As the commercial film industry forces us to embrace digital moving images and the planned obsolescence of the means to produce and distribute those products, this film tour aims to share films that embrace the contemporary DIY strategies, politics, and aesthetics of an enduring, artisanal, and personal approach to filmmaking.
Animals Moving to the Sound of Drums (2013), Jonathan Schwartz 8min, color, sound, 16mm
That fall it was not intentional to have a Galway Kinnell book on the table near where the caterpillar in the doorway, feeding on our offerings, became the butterfly, feeding on honey water, staying in our house until we let it go. Or it was not known about the deer in Putney or that the baby birds in the raspberry bushes would cry to us in summer. A beloved, old friend once visited Vermont to do some work for Galway Kinnell and she described a stone table in the field where they ate meals in the afternoon – it sounded like a song and so I looked at the book and from Little Sleep’s-Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight here is that line: “The still undanced cadence of vanishing”.
Tracking Shots: minus moose (2014), Colin Brant, 5min, b&w, sound, 16mm
Winter is cold, the Taiga is vast, and moving through it somewhere is a cloistered beast. This film is the first of several animated tracking shot films that was shot with a Bolex on black and white reversal film and hand processed in buckets.
Filed under: 16mm
, artist in attendance
Closing Program to Celebrate
the Opening Exhibit of Sector 2337
Screening at Sector 2337
(2337 N. Milwaukee)
Friday, December 19th at 7:00pm, Free
There are three types of possible bodies in the cinema. There is the subject body onscreen, there is the camera as an imaginary body- a conduit body made up mainly of eyes choosing what we will see, and there is us, the audience bodies that do the watching through a system of involuntary physiological processes and cognitive responses that make up human perception.
THE NEW NEW CORPSE: (1971-2014, various formats, TRT 59 min)
To celebrate the closing of SECTOR 2337’s inaugural exhibition The New [New] Corpse, Christy LeMaster of The Nightingale curates a program of the same name and inquiry featuring six moving image works that frustrate our usual experience of bodies onscreen. These works subvert the traditional mode of watching bodies in narrative action, or as objects of sexual desire, or as merely characters. Rather these works use body as conceptual site, performative metaphor, or abstracted modular component.
BOUNCING IN THE CORNER #36DDD by Dara Greenwald
(1999, USA, 3 min)
BABY ! LOVE YOUR BODY ! EPISODE 1 (ENGLISH) by Poussy Draama & Fannie Sosa
(2014, France, 7 min)
AFFECTION by Blair Bogin & Dayna Gross
(2014, USA, 1 min)
CUT by Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet
(2013, Germany, 13 min)
DEEP SLEEP by Basma Alsharif
(2014, Malta/Greece/France/Palestine. HD video, 13 min)
NINE GATES by Paweł Wojtasik
(2012, United States, 12 min)
TWO FACES by Hermine Freed
(1972, United States, 6 min)
Special Thanks to VIDEO DATA BANK for their support in presenting this program.
Filed under: 16mm
, Free Screening!
Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Winter Screening and Inaugural Party
Sunday, December 7th at 7:00 pm, $15
The Nightingale is delighted to introduce FOLLOW FOCUS- a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving image maker as they complete a feature project. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, FOLLOW FOCUS invites audiences to observe a director’s process, collaborations, and inspiration. Our inaugural featured project is THE LADIES ALMANACK written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, Daviel Shy and produced by NYC-based performer, Stephanie Acosta.
THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-length experimental narrative film shot on Super 8 and based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.
The Nightingale will host 4 screenings during the course of the next year, each one in a different season and highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise funds for the film. Admission price at each of the four screenings includes part of a limited edition, risograph-printed Ladies Almanack Tarot Deck designed and illustrated by Jess LeMaster. Attend all four screenings for a complete 24-card set.
The Winter Screening will include a treatment presentation by director Daviel Shy, exclusive trailer release, and dramatic readings from The Ladies Almanack 1928 original novel. Reception with artists to follow the screening.
To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website. Donations are tax-deductible.
Image Credit: Collage made by Sarah Patten. Full image may be found here. See more of her amazing collage work here.
Filed under: experimental
, Super 8mm
A Seasonal Potluck and Shooting Party
Sunday, November 23rd at 2:00 pm
It’s that time of year again! Please join us at the Nightingale for our annual holiday potluck. We will eat, drink, and shoot this year’s Nightingale trailer, which truth in advertising, is really more a moving image document of all the folks we feel grateful to know and watch movies with. This year the trailer will be led by Nightingale programmer and artist, Jillian Hansen-Lewis. As usual, there will be a large turkey, vats of mashed potatoes, vegan main dish, and homebrew cider. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. All foods types encouraged. Friends of friends and children welcome.
See last year’s movie, made by Ian Curry and Jesse Malmed, here.
2:00 – Food
3:00 – Dessert, Drinks, and Conversation
4:00 – Shoot
5:00 – Dancing, Napping, More Eating?
Filed under: film