1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

POINTS NEAR AND FAR

Recent Work by Ephraim Asili
Ephraim Asili in person!
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, February 22, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

Ephraim Asili’s work celebrates the African Diaspora as a cultural force—a lineage of years and miles that influences contemporary African-American identity and the cultural identity of North America in general. Complicating the traditional travelogue, Asili weaves together the near and the far as a way of revealing linkages across history and geography. Through audio-visual examinations of societal iconography identity, geography, and architecture Asili strives to present a personal vision which could be described as an amalgam of pop, African American and “moving image” culture filtered through an acute sense of rhythmic improvisation and compositional awareness.

Program Details:
PRETTY PLEASE
(2015, 16mm transferred to digital, 3 min.)
A video for Josephine Foster’s song, Pretty Please, featuring a pageant of actors performing biblical characters.

POINTS ON A SPACE AGE
(2009, video, 33 min.)
Points on a Space Age explores the recent activity of the remaining members of the influential Sun Ra Arkestra since the passing of its founding member, Sun Ra and examines their current work (in the physical absence of Sun Ra) under the direction of Marshall Allen. – EA

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, documentary, experimental, film, international, music, video

TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT

Polish Experimental Documentaries
HOW TO LIVE directed by Marcel Łoziński

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Wednesday, January 20, 7 pm, $10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Inspired by international film critic Ela Bittencourt’s Neither/Nor Series at the 2015 True/False Film Festival, five different Chicago arts organizations collaborate to present this series of rare Polish political documentaries with an experimental slant. Presented at three venues across the city and with Bittencourt in attendance, TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT  will include three programs of work.

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Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Constellation Chicago (3111 N. Western), $10
Presented by Run of Life
Ela Bittencourt in attendance

WANDA GOŚCIMSKA. … A WEAVER (dir. Wojciech Wiszniewski, 1975, 21 min.)

HEAR MY CRY (dir. Maciej Drygas, 1994, 57 min.)

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee), $10
Presented by Beguiled Cinema
Ela Bittencourt in attendance

THE CASE OF PEKOSIŃSKI, (dir. Grzegorz Królikiewicz, 19, 21 min.)

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
The NIGHTINGALE (1084 N. Milwaukee), $10
Presented by Run of Life

HOW TO LIVE (dir. Marcel Łoziński, 1977, 83 min)

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Polish director, Marcel Łoziński, claims “I’m a documentary filmmaker … because I like to ‘thicken’ reality but never to distort it.” This encapsulates the chimeric quality of the movies in this series, forged with aesthetics of absurdism and a prescient sense of what is now the genre we call non-fiction.  These works reflect the political climate of Communist Poland and its blacklash. The subjects of these docs are a man willing to lose everything in protest, a former chess champion oppressed by a fascist government, and a worker memorialized in outsized proportion. Portraits of a conflicted era, these movies don’t try to escape their circumstances but rather meld the chaos into humorous and poignant documents of a bygone political age.

Ela Bittencourt is a writer, critic, and film programmer. She has written for a wide range of publications including Artforum, Cineaste, Frieze Magazine, Film Quarterly, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, and Reverse Shot, among others.  She holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, where she taught essay writing.

TO THICKEN, NOT DISTORT is presented by Constellation Chicago, Run of Life, The Nightingale, and Beguiled Cinema, Society for Arts, and organized by Christy LeMaster and Kathleen Sachs.

 

 



Filed under: archival, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film, found footage, Uncategorized, video

SO IS THIS

Masterpiece text film
by the legendary Michael Snow!

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Thursday, December 10, 8 pm, $5-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

A birthday party that is a screening of a film that is a text that is by Michael Snow and that is hosted by Jesse Malmed, both of whom were born this day in different years.

“Still one of the best films I’ve ever seen.”
—David Manning, New Work Times

“[The film] parlays an elegantly simple concept into an unpredictably, cumulatively rich experience.”
—J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“[a] semiological deconstruction of the English language, which amazingly manages to entertain its audiences with no sound, and only words on the screen.”
—Peter Rist



Filed under: 16mm, film, reading

FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Fall Screening: Exclusive Rough Cut

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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.

http://www.theladiesalmanack.com/
http://davielshy.com/
http://www.stephanieacosta.org/
http://jesslemaster.com/

To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website.
http://www.theladiesalmanack.com/#!donate/c1ke7



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

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