Fall Screening: Exclusive Rough Cut


Thursday, November 5, 7 pm, $15
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

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 artist, 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 has hosted 3 screenings over the course of the past year, each one in a different season and highlighting a different element of the process ending with this fourth and final screening, a rough cut of the nearly-completed feature.

With each installment of Follow Focus, the production of a commissioned art object raises 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. Reception with artists to follow the screening.


To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website.

Filed under: experimental, feminism, film, international, queer, Super 8mm, Uncategorized, video


Work by Vanessa Renwick
Artist in Attendance!


Tuesday, October 27, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

(different work in each, artist in attendance at both!)

NSEW Tour: An Evening with Vanessa Renwick
Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:00pm, Free
Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St., Chicago)

Chicago born Vanessa Renwick returns to screen a 80-min. program of her work that begins with early experimental films and concludes with a work in progress. These short, personal constructions demonstrate a wide range of formal approaches and subjects that include hitchhiking, Toxic Shock and a taste of the wild west, be it a horse fighting a bear, a homoerotic rodeo or the gentrification of Portland. Renwick’s films share a restless spirit, an interest in outlaw art-making, and an unflagging sense of wanderlust. Without fail, the work is intense, hard to pin down, and even harder to forget.

Britton, South Dakota (16mm to video, 9 min, 2003)
Toxic Shock (16mm, 3 min, 1983)
Crowdog (super8 to video, 7 min, 1984/1998)
Red Stallions Revenge (16mm to video, 7 min, 2007)
The Yodeling Lesson (video, 3 min, 1998)
Mighty Tacoma (digital video, 9 min, 2011)
Westward Ho (video, 1 min, 2001)
SF HITCH (super 8 & 16mm to video, 5 min, 1981/2012)
Portrait #1: Cascadia Terminal (16mm hand processed & tinted to video, 6 min, 2005)
Portrait #3: House of Sound (35mm to HD, 11 min, 2009)
The Land Piranha (work in progress)

Vanessa Renwick has been a singular voice in the experimental cinema for over 20 years. Eschewing an allegiance to any one medium or form, Renwick builds authentic moving image works revealing an insaitiable curiosity and unflenching engagement with the world around her. Often focusing her lens on themes of westward expansion and the locaes of her adopted home, the Pacific northwest, Renwicks uses avant-garde formal elements to explore radical politics, and environmental issues. An artist who often self-distribrutes, her screening history reads as a map of independent cinema in North Amercia. She has screened work in dozens of venues, institutional and not, including Art Basel, Light Industry, The Wexner Center, NW Film Center, True/False Film Festival among many others.

“Vanessa Renwick’s films reveal the hidden stories & secret lives that define our great national weirdness, imbued with the radical curiosity and vision of a true pioneer.”
Todd Haynes- filmmaker
“Vanessa Renwick was a powerful influence on me in my twenties — here is a woman who has taught herself how to make movies, following her own rules about what movies can be and creating them in ways that are personal, organic, and sometimes wildly risky. Her body of work is substantial and important, and radiates with love and anger and sense of real joy in the gritty specifics of life (and death) on Earth.”
Miranda July- filmmaker
“Vanessa Renwick has a wanderer’s soul. She will never be tamed. Freedom can never do more than spend itself searching for itself. Vanessa’s seeking, unsatisfied kind of freedom will thus never reach the end of the road. But her movies are not only about herself, or about the borders and patterns she sees. She gives love and recognition to the strivings of other outlaws. The result is a rare public spiritdness.”
William T. Vollmann, – author

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

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