Films for One to Eight Projectors

Work by  Roger Beebe
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, April 20th  at 7:00pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL

Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to Chicago with a contemporary expanded cinema program titled FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS that will immerse the audience in imagery and sound. Best known for his live cinema performances, Beebe will host an evening of carefully crafted and meticulously timed multi-projector experiments that pull from his practice of appropriating educational, industrial and mass-cultural imagery. Decidely analogue, Bebee intentionally places the projectors and the projectionist (himself) in the room with the audience. His performances often incorporate archival material to build loose themes and visual synchronicity into accumulative, experimental documentaries pieces.

Program Details:
Strip Mall Trilogy (2001, 9:10, super8mm)
“The Strip Mall Trilogy” is a series of three city symphonies that attempt to liberate color, sound, and form from the sprawling consumerist landscape of postmodern America. Part 1, “Green Means Go,” presents fragments of color over a musique concrete soundtrack composed of sounds recorded at the strip mall. Part 2, “The Abecedaire,” wrestles (and later plays) with alphabetic form extracted and abstracted from the signs of commerce of which they are normally a part. Part 3, “X-formations,” tries to argue that there is, in fact, beauty after strip malls. Let’s hope so. Parts 1 and 3 were edited entirely in camera.

Famous Irish Americans (2003, 8:00, digital video)
Who’s your famous Irish American? Georgia O’Keefe? William McKinley? Sandra Day O’Connor? How about Shaquille O’Neal? This videotape is a secret history of some of our most overlooked Irish-American citizens; a hyperflat exploration of race, America, and the limits of binary thought.

Money Changes Everything (2009-2011, 5:00, 3x16mm)
Three days in Las Vegas, Nevada; three different visions of the discarded past and of the constantly renewed future. A three-part portrait of a town in transformation: a suburban utopia in the desert, a cancerous sprawl of unplanned development, a destination for suicides.

S A V E (2006, 5:15, 16mm)
A disused gas station offers a curious imperative to passersby: “SAVE.” A riddle posed in the form of architecture: what is there to save? One more installment in the history of Americans pointing their cameras at gas stations; an attempt to figure out something about where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and what’s been left behind. The first part of “S A V E” was edited entirely in camera.

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, documentary, experimental, film, found footage, performance, Super 8mm

RUNNING SHORTS!

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, February 16th  at 7:00pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL

February’s Run Of Life series presents Running Shorts!, a celebration of locally produced short experimental documentary film. The program features award winning pieces such as WINNIE WRIGHT, AGE 11 from the Kartemquin Films Archives, a 1974 16mm short that explores gentrification and its effects on a teenage girl in Chicago’s Gage Park; and Deborah Stratton’s acclaimed HACKED CIRCUIT, a single-shot, choreographed portrait of the Foley process from the final sequence of THE CONVERSATION, revealing multiple layers of fabrication and imposition. Also screening will be Kevin B. Lee’s TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE a desktop documentary about the latest installment Michael Bay’s sprawling robot movie franchise and newcomer Michelle Nahmad’s animated doc THE SHOCHET, among others.

Program Support provided by Video Data Bank.

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Programmed by Beckie Stocchetti



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

THROUGH THE PRISM

Videos by Hannah Piper Burns
Artist in attendance!

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Sunday, February 8th, at 7 pm, &$7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

i bend my truths through the prism of appropriation
and knit the shards together with rhythm.

 

Adroitly choreographed and cleverly edited, Hannah Piper Burns’ videos are brainy but for the body. Reflecting and refracting the spells and charms of popular culture, her work is seductive and unrelenting. Fluent in the languages of pop music, dance and reality television, the works are crisp and communicative, political in their poetics and personal in their polemics. Their tautness and rhythm uphold what music videos promises and all too rarely deliver: a multisensory reënvisioning of the bodily and intellectual experience of music. Polyvocal texts read like cyborg zines, as riotous and they are rigorous in their media anthropology. And youdia anthropology. Come for Gene Kelly, leave with synchronized swimmers, bach exports, media imports and radical reorderings. For filers: fun, funny, feminist, physical, “found” footage, figuring it out.

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Filed under: artist in attendance, feminism, found footage, video

The Day After Groundhog Day

The Day After Groundhog Day Might Still be Groundhog Day: a kid* friendly screening of works by former kids* who have current kids*

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, 7 pm, $7-10
Artists in attendance!
Benefit for S.A.C.K. (Supporting Artists with Children or Kids)

 

 

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“Okay campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties because it’s cold out there.”

Hello Ice Sculptors, Cloudwatchers, Piano Players, Ned the Heads, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Forecasters:

Groundhog day is approaching again. As much as it’s a day we anticipate, the movie has taught us if nothing else that we should be grateful for the day after. In response we’re programming a screening* of new works by artist parents for the Nightingale Cinema on the day after, February 3.

We are requesting your participation in making a video which is either:

  1. A remake of Groundhog Day, or a portion thereof
  2. A remake of another video that relates in some way to Groundhog Day

Working with parents or kids or a groundhog is encouraged, but not mandatory. A channel 9 microphone might be provided. Visit a bed & breakfast, eat in a diner, look up at the clouds brave a snowstorm without a coat, make a quick trip to Pennsylvania (or Woodstock, IL), stop by the bank, repeat the last thing you did, repeat another thing you did, get better with practice, break a pencil in half and see if it’s still broken the next day, learn a French poem, catch a kid, save someone’s life, get to know a stranger, cheat at Jeopardy. All of this and more could be yours.

Please let us know in one of the next few todays if you will participate and we’ll put your name on the talent roster.

Contact Kyle Schlie, Jesse Malmed or Danny Rubin with any questions.
*This screening is part of the exhibition “Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents” on view through February 14 at Glass Curtain Gallery.

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Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, found footage, narrative, performance, video

DRESS REHEARSAL FOR UTOPIA

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

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Monday, December 15th  at 7:00pm
Featuring storyteller, Katie Williams
Q&A with funerary artist and researcher, Kelly Christian
$8 in advance /$10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

DRESS REHEARSAL FOR UTOPIA
Dir. Andrés Duque // 75 min // 2012

Experimental documentary-maker Andrés Duque travels to Mozambique to look for old footage that had been made there. But when it becomes apparent that his elderly father is seriously ill, he returns to his homeland of Venezuela. As his father lies dying in a hospital room in Venezuela, the filmmaker’s thoughts travel to Mozambique. Images of dance and revolution – some retrieved from archival footage, some newly shot – conjure up a spectral alternate reality where human figures take part in a cascade of excited movements. A commentary on the finiteness of life, Dress Rehersal for Utopia emanates a personal collage in which feelings transcend- part experimental travelogue, part political statement. A gentle rustling links the different images, their origins and significance together.

http://www.andresduque.com/ensayofinaleng.html

Preceded by
Katie Williams recording an excerpt of
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion
(script for stage, 2007)

Andrés Duque is a Spanish-Venezuelan filmmaker. studied journalism in his homeland before moving to Spain for a master’s degree in creative documentary at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He now works as a filmmaker, film programmer and teacher.He is best known for his 2004 film “Ivan Z”, a portrait of the cult filmmaker Ivan Zulueta, which participated in dozens of international film festivals and received a Goya Award nomination. In 2011, he made his first feature film debut with COLOR RUNAWAY DOG. The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the Audience Award at Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival. He was a featured artist at 2012 Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2013 he won the City of Barcelona Award for DRESS REHEARSAL FOR UTOPIA.

Katie Williams is one half of Patchwork Farms, an urban farm in Chicago, founded and operated by herself and Molly Medhurst. She is a storyteller and rugby player. Her thoughtful Bruce Springsteen cover band, Miss Bossy and The D Street Band recently played the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. They hope to play more museums and maybe weddings.

Kelly Christian is a Chicago-based researcher, writer, and artist. Her most recent work explores postmortem and funerary photography. Kelly photographed military funerals in Maine during the height of the Iraq War and created her own new media-Daguerreotypes. She has presented her work at conferences and galleries across the country on postmortem photography, embalming, and “corpse-as-culture.”

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Filed under: documentary, experimental, found footage, international, queer, Uncategorized, video

INSIGHT: CATHOLIC TV…

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

INSIGHT

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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Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, film, found footage, video

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