PUBLIC HEARING

New Experimental Documentary
by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Director in attendance with coffee and donuts

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Friday, November 21st at 7:00 pm, $7-10

PUBLIC HEARING by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
110 minutes / 16mm-to-HD, B&W / 2013
Donuts and coffee will be served.

Preceeded by
CA-PAN (Convergence Art Public Affairs Network) by Chaz Evans
30 minutes / HD / 2014

 

PUBLIC HEARING re-performs a rural American town meeting from a transcript downloaded as publicly available information. Shot entirely in cinematic close-up on black-and-white 16mm film, a cast of actors and non-actors read between the lines in an ironic debate over the
replacement of an existing Wal-Mart with a super Wal-Mart.

PUBLIC HEARING is the first feature documentary film by James N. Kienitz Wilkins, filmed in one room with an ensemble cast of professional actors, sculptors, filmmakers, musicians and businessmen. The subject of the hearing is the environmental impact of an existing Wal-Mart expanding to become a super Wal-Mart. The source material and screenplay is direct text from a publicly released transcript downloaded from the town website of Allegany, New York. The text was preserved in chronological order with no additions, only redactions due to budget: a loss of the most redundant of the redundant. As a film meant to be watched rather than a purely structuralist exercise, this limiting technique reflects the reality of the public hearing itself, which forced comments for which there was no time to be submitted in writing.

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Filed under: documentary, experimental, film, Uncategorized, video

FRIENDSGIVING 2014

A Seasonal Potluck and Shooting Party

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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, FRIENDSGIVING, performance, potluck, Uncategorized, video

FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Winter Screening and Inaugural Party

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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.

http://theladiesalmanack.tumblr.com/contribute

Image Credit: Collage made by  Sarah Patten. Full image may be found here. See more of her amazing collage work here.



Filed under: experimental, feminism, film, narrative, queer, reading, Super 8mm

EYEWORKS 2014

Experimental Animation Festival

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Friday & Saturday, November 14-15th
Doors open one half hour before every screening

Mark your calendars! The 2014 Eyeworks Festival, now in its 5th year,  returns to The Nightingale. The kickoff program will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Nov. 11, with additional screenings, including a program with  festival guest Caleb Wood, at the Nightingale on Nov. 14-15.

Nightingale Program 1
Friday, November 14, 2014
7:00 PM, admission $10Festival guest Caleb Wood in person! Caleb will be showing a program of his animated short films, as well as a selection of films that have inspired his work.
Wood’s animations have been screened at top animation festivals internationally, and his work has been featured on Adult Swim. He was selected for the prestigious Animation Artist in Residency Tokyo program in 2013, where he made his film “Goodbye Rabbit Hop Hop.” He will introduce the program of his work, which will include around 20 short pieces, and participate in an audience Q&A after the screening.

 

Nightingale Program 2
Saturday, November 15, 2014
5:00 PM, admission $10
Robert Breer, 69, 1968
Doris Chase, Circles I, 1971
Larry Cuba, 3/78, 1978
Chris Sullivan, The Beholder, 1983
Nicole Hewitt, In/Dividu, 1998
Neil Taylor, Copy Copy, 1999
Sandra Desmazieres, Sans Queue Ni Tete, 2001
Laszlo Csaki, Days That Were Filled With Sense by Fear, 2002-03
Daniel Barrow, Advanced Search Terms, 2012-13
Sarina Nihei, Trifling Habits, 2013
Karolina Glusiec, Velocity, 2013
Nick Butcher, Sidewalk, 2014
Allison Schulnik, Eager, 2014


Nightingale Program 3
Saturday, November 15, 2014
8:00 PM, admission $10Note: Program 3 is a modified version of the MCA program, screening Tuesday Nov. 11.
John Whitney Jr, Terminal Self, 1971
Florence Miailhe, Hammam, 1992
Georges Schwizgebel, Jeu, 2006
Hoji Tsuchiya, Black Long Skirt, 2010
Leslie Baum and Frederick Wells, Megillat Breakdown, 2013
Eri Kawaguchi, Flower and Steam, 2013
Joung Yumi, Love Games, 2013
Johan Rijpma, Descent, 2014
Joshua Mosley, Jeu de Paume, 2014
Yoriko Mizushiri, Snow Hut, 2014
Jake Fried, Headspace, 2014
Zeitguised, Birds, 2014
All programs preceded by works by Neil Taylor: “Roll Film” and “Short Lives”

Check here for more exciting EYEWORKS news!



Filed under: 16mm, animation, archival, experimental, film, international, video

INSIGHT: CATHOLIC TV…

Insight: Catholic Television
from The Twilight Zone
Archival Program by
Jeff Martin & Mark Quigley

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Friday, November 7th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

Mark Quigley of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Independent Archivist Jeff Martin bring another rare and insightful TV program to The Nightingale!

Created, produced, and hosted by Paulist priest Father Ellwood E. Kieser, the landmark anthology television series “Insight” debuted in the 1960-61 season and aired nationally in syndication for well over two decades. Top Hollywood artists such as Rod Serling, Ida Lupino, Bob Newhart, Patty Duke, William Peter Blatty, Michael Crichton and Martin Sheen contributed their talents to the series, drawn by the show’s reputation for stretching the creative boundaries of television. With a “Twilight Zone”-esque tone, “Insight” (produced on 2″ videotape) received critical acclaim and won numerous Emmy Awards for addressing difficult social issues and humanist themes, often with black humor or stark realism. But like many non-network television programs of the time, “Insight,” is no longer broadcast and has faded from memory, a relic of another time. This screening will be a rare opportunity to experience truly genre-defying television. 

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52 AAFF 16mm TOUR PROGRAM

Program Director, David Dinnell in person!

Mike Stoltz - With Pluses and Minuses 2013

Saturday, October 25th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental fest in the country and is the midwest’s most influential exhibitor of international artist made cinema. As any visit  to the festival demonstrates the org serves an enthusiastic local audience and attracts artists and programmers from far and wide. AAFF also supports the genre by presenting a touring program of festival works in the off-season. In October, Program Director, David Dinnell, brings the 52 AAFF 16mm Tour Program to Chicago. Presented entirely on 16 mm, this program features 14 new films from Denmark, Argentina, Canada, Germany, and the United States, including several of this year’s festival award winning pieces.

Program Details:
The Handeye (Bone Ghosts)
(Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy)
Berlin, Germany | 2012 | 7 min
In early 20th century Vienna Robert Musil invited Sigmund Freud to partake in, what he called, “a very special séance.” Seated at the table Musil revealed that they were going to summon the ghost of Franz Anton Mesmer, discoverer of animal magnetism and forefather of hypnosis. Musil told Freud about a series of dreams he had which involved a talking flea. Musil, who had secretly become a follower of the imaginationist school of animal magnetism wanted to question Mesmer as to the meaning of these dreams, in which said flea foretold of impending catastrophes all over Europe. It is said that Mesmer obligingly appeared and spoke in a repetitive and oblique manner. Mesmer’s words were transcribed by Freud in several scraps of paper and hidden sepa- rately in a series of objects that, owing to the vicissitudes of history, would end up in the collections of three Viennese museums. Legend has it that he who could piece together the text would find instructions for the assembly of a film. —AD & JM

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Filed under: 16mm, documentary, experimental, film, found footage, Uncategorized

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