SUITCASE of LOVE and SHAME

Premiere Screening  for RUN OF LIFE:
Experimental Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

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Monday, September 22nd at 7:00pm,
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.

PREMIERE SCREENING
SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME
Dir. Jane Gillooly // 70 min // 2013 // video

Tender, erotic, and pathetic, this reconstructed narrative examines the obsession to chronicle the details of an adulterous affair. Suitcase of Love and Shame is a mesmerizing collage woven from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960’s, a Midwestern woman and her lover become reliant on recording devises to document and memorialize their affair. The film aims at a cross-generational consciousness about exhibitionism, privacy and voyeurism. Focusing on the aural and experiential nature of the audio the imagery in the film is restrained – abstract, evocative and expectant, so that the audience will see with their ears. The listener/viewer is variously located within and outside of the events – complicit and voyeuristic. The “eavesdropping viewer” is compelled, despite feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable with the knowledge and access they have been given into the transgressions they imagine they see. Selected to screen as part of the distinguished Art of The Real series at the Film Society at Lincoln Center 2014, the film has screened internationally winning Best International Film at Images Festival in Toronto.

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Filed under: documentary, experimental, film, found footage, narrative, new media, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

LOST IN THE WOODS

Works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo (in Person!)

On The Evening by Olivia Ciummo (2014)

Wednesday, September 10th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10

Lost in the Woods is a program of short moving image works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo. Their works, though aesthetically divergent, provoke patient observation vs. anxiety driven themes. Taking cues, leaving footprints, stealing apathy, appropriating transcendence and encapsulating it—non-sequiturs become the texture and a summary that repeats and replicates, inviting perpetuity. This first co-screening by the artists brings together both recent and unseen projects. Both artists will be present following the screening.

Victoria – 10:00, 2012
An ode to R.S. – 3:30, 2013
In Reps of Long-Play – 6:30, 2013
Untitled (Redactions) – 3:20, 2014
On the Evening – 7:00, 2014
Anthology – ≈ 4:00, 2014
(On Fractured Water) – 4:00, 2014
Cipher II (excerpt) – 3:00, 2014
Invert and All That is Solid – 3:00, 2014
Wesserunsett – 5:00, 2014
(alternating artists, starting with Olivia Ciummo)

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Filed under: experimental, film, found footage, video

BASEMENT MEDIA FEST

LO-DEF, LO-TECH, LO-FI
programmer LJ Frezza in attendance

Thursday, August 28th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10

THE NIGHTINGALE IS ECSTATIC TO BE BRINGING THE BASEMENT UP TO THE FIRST FLOOR. BASEMENT MEDIA FEST IS A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS WORKING WITH LO-DEF, LO-TECH, AND LO-FI MOTION PIX TECHNIQUES. FOUNDED IN RESPONSE TO HI-RES COMMERCIAL MEDIA AND CORPORATE-SPONSORED FILM FESTS, BASEMENT IS A CELEBRATION OF THE MEDIATED EXPERIENCE AS AN AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE. HASHTAG FUZZY / HASHTÅG GLITCHY / HÅSHTÅG  GRIMY.

///WARNING/// SUM OF THESE MOVIES FEATURE FLICKERING LIGHT AND RAPIDLY CHANGING MOTION. MAY CAUSE SEIZURES/MOTION SICKNESS. IF YOU HAVE TO SPEW, SPEW IN THIS.

Still from Tyler Tamburo – Cold Blood

/START PROGRAM:

House (Andy Birtwistle, 3:45, Digital)

I Am All Men As I Am No Man and Therefore I Am (Gilberto Alfredo Salazar­ Caro, 5:29, Digital)

Election Coverage (Chris Paul Daniels, 1:01, Digital)

Cold Blood (Tyler Tamburo, 3:24, Digital)

Queens Quay (Stephen Broomer, 1:11, 16mm)

[phrases] (Ben Balcom, 4:24, Digital)

Doubt #2 (Josh Lewis, 5:26, 16mm)

Smashed (Emma Varker, 3:53, Digital)

The HandEye (Bone Ghosts) (Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, 7:09, 16mm)

[RGB] (N. Heppding, 4:30, Digital)

Seriously Delinquent (Dylan Pasture, 6:49, Digital)

The Way You Recognize It (Laura Thatcher, 1:32, Digital)

How to Draw Clouds (Salise Hughes, 2:20, Digital)

RIP Geocities (Faith Holland, 2:31, Digital)

Every Feature Film on My Hard Drive 3 Pixels Tall and Sped Up 7000% (Ryan Murray, 3:29, Digital)

holiday 13 (Jordan Lopez, 1:44, Digital)

Up (Scott Fitzpatrick, 4:47, Digital)

/END PROGRAM

FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT: HTTP://BASEMENTMEDIAFEST.COM

 



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DEAREST CHICAGO …

DEAREST CHICAGO, PLEASE LOVE ME!
YOURS TRULY, DETROIT
A Detroit Mini-Festival
Programmer Brandon Walley in person!

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Saturday, August 23rd at 6:00, 8:00, & 10:00 pm
$5 per screening or $10 for all

The NIGHTINGALE is delighted to host  Detroit filmmaker and programmer, Brandon Walley, to present 3 separate moving image programs that survey the cultural and physical landscape of Detroit from filmmakers that have lived there and created these works over the past decade. This mini-film-fest titled DEAREST CHICAGO, PLEASE LOVE ME! YOURS TRULY, DETROIT is a retort against the two extremes of content that usually dominate media about Detroit; that of exploitive ruin porn or the over-simplification that Detroit is quickly rising from the ashes.

 Brandon Walley is the Program Director for CORKTOWN CINEMA, the new incarnation of The BURTON THEATRE: an eclectic independent cinema that features art house, avant-garde, LGBT, foreign, local, and cult films. For the past six years he has also acted as the Regional Programmer for Media City International Film Festival in Windsor, Ontario. As a filmmaker, Brandon’s work has been received at film festivals and art exhibitions internationally.

This screening continues a dual city moving image dialogue. Last summer at Trinosophes in Detroit, The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster presented CHICAGO LOVES DETROIT: Recent Short Film & Video Work from Chicago.

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