Recent Short Films by Anna Kipervaser and Alex Cunningham


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, August 6, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale welcomes Anna Kipervaser and Alex Cunningham as they take their recent short films on the road together in the experimental cinema salon tradition. Showing a mix of experimental film and video work, Alex and Anna explore intersections between realities, between abstraction and translation, structure and poetry, internal and external.

The air turns a different color, blindingly bright, deafeningly silent. The source: a hollow sun which inscribes the entire landscape, the same landscape we stand on and look down, out, and up from. Auratic thickets thick with bracken and brier are actively peeled away for the reveal. A history of life. Their story of disturbances in the once-set inscriptions.

Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion!

Program Details:

The Order of Revelation: 1-5
Anna Kipervaser (16mm, 14min)


THE ORDER OF REVELATION is a long-form multipart silent 16mm experimental film translating the Quran from Arabic to Visual, in the order in which it was revealed rather than the order in which it was canonized. The film reclaims the Visual as a Language and challenges prioritization of semantic meaning in translation in favor of considerations such as form fidelity. The structure expands with each chapter, accounting for the development of language while adhering to the rules of the recitation of the Quran. THE ORDER OF REVELATION: 1-5 is a translation of the first 5 chapters of the 114 that make up the Quran.


Zeniths and Nadirs: the oscillations of beginning, and so always.
Alex Cunningham (16mm, 8min)

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An attempted and failed documentary of the birth story of earth and an imbalanced human psychology.


Alex Cunningham (Digital, 9min)

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For Theia, and her moon ghost.


Hortus Conclusus
Anna Kipervaser (Digital, 6min)


From the “Song of Songs”: A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up.


Raining Ragas nos. 1-6
Alex Cunningham (16mm, 18min)


Inspired by the structured yet highly improvisational style of the Indian raga, these six rolls of 16mm film, shot and edited in-camera, perform the filmic plea of a musical raining raga in hopes of inducing the monsoon.

Shot in Kerala and West Bengal during the weak and delayed onset of the 2015 South Asian monsoon, Raining Ragas Nos. 1-6 reveal the anticipation, frustration, and confusion in awaiting the unpredictable weather system.


Suhail and The One Having Crossed Over
Anna Kipervaser (Digital, 6min)


Before he was known as Canopus, he was called Suhail. And before that his name was Osiris. In all documented cases, he had two sisters, one of whom was left behind. She always signals the coming of an other, bigger than she. Their legend lives on to this day; each night the two sisters mourn him – and their separation – across the great heavenly river.



Anna Kipervaser is a Ukrainian-born multimedia artist. Her work spans multiple disciplines including experimental and documentary moving image works in both 16mm film and HD video. Anna is also painter, printmaker, curator of exhibitions and programmer of screenings showcasing the works of contemporary international artists. Her moving image work has screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Crossroads Film Festival at the San Francisco Cinematheque, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Spectacle Theatre, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogota, and 12Gates Video Art Fest. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Class 2003, a Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies, and, an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University, Class 2015. annakipervaser.com


Alex Cunningham is an experimental and documentary filmmaker currently based in North Carolina. He received his BFA from Ithaca College in 2012 and his MFA from Duke University in 2016. His films address and explore the issues of the physical earth as a living object and human physical intervention into and relationship with the landscape and climate. He is also a professor of photography and cinema, a curator and programmer, and a film projectionist. alexandercunningham.com

Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, international, Uncategorized, video


New Video works by SAIC Students


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, May 15, 7 pm, Free

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here tonight to celebrate the life and love of Hard Drive. :~(

When we started this journey together, we assumed it would end in planned obsolescence, but the years we spent together were the best of our lives.

There are so many good memories to back up. :~)

Like the time we improperly ejected Hard Drive, or the great migration from Windows ➡️ Mac OS, but being so solid and dependable, you didn’t lose a bit or byte of info.

Or that fateful day when your sleek, compact design that had once brought us so much joy, made you slip through our fingers to your final resting place.

We held you in our hands, and felt your 7200 RPMS slow down to zero, until the click of death finally overtook your drive as you entered the great bit bucket in the sky.⛅️

Every time we see a ‘media offline’ message, we are reminded of your absence.

We wish there was a Time Machine that could take us back to all the good times you kept in store for us.

Hard Drive, thank you for being part of our lives, and thank you for the memory. ✌️

Your final wishes of being responsibly recycled will be followed though. ❤️♻️☁️

Unfortunately, it was too expen$$$ive to save your contents so all we have now are these videos. ▶︎

Come pay your respects at our screening/funeral for Hard Drive @ The Nightingale.

❤️Family and Friends of Hard Drive❤️:

Zeynep Aslanoba

Margaret Carsello

Riley Goss

Holly Henry

Melissa Hespelt

Corey McCullar


Valentina Pozo

Allison Anne Ramirez

Joey Scher

Stella Serne

Lu Shan

Natalie Ullman

Claire Jade Wong

Pearl Marie Salas

eric fleischauer


4my_broken_hard_drive is a screening of moving image/video works organized & made by students from the “Video” class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, taught by eric fleischauer and TA Pearl Marie Salas during “Spring” 2016.


Filed under: animation, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, narrative, new media, queer, video

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