3 by Lukasz Konopa

Beguiled Cinema presents 3 Documentaries by Lukasz Konopa


Saturday, November 1st at 7:00 pm, $7-10

Polish-born, London-based filmmaker Lukasz Konopa displays an assured dramatic sensibility while employing carefully arranged compositions that invite comparisons to still photography. Reminiscent of the films of Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (IMPORT/EXPORT, the PARADISE trilogy), these three short documentaries approach familiar subjects with a wry, sympathetic perspective that makes us feel as though we’re seeing them for the first time. Konopa makes expert use of digital video to create a visual aesthetic that’s uniquely his own. His images are crystal clear, yet not at all flat, thanks to his expressive handling of natural light–they honor the complexity of real life. Konopa’s storytelling is similarly rich, as his films are at once subtly funny and achingly sad. “Sometimes I think of myself as an alien observing human beings,” Konopa recently remarked while discussing his work at the Chicago International Film Festival. To poignant effect, his films alert us to our distance from what we’re observing and remind us how strange and surprising life can be.


Filed under: documentary, international, video


Experimental Animation Festival


Friday & Saturday, November 14-15th

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.

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.

Lots more details to come soon! Check here for more exciting EYEWORKS news!

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


Experimental Documentation
in the Andes (1963-2014)
Presented by Tiempo Libre
Curator, Daniel F. Molero in person!


Sunday, September 14th at 7:30 pm, $7-10

The NIGHTINGALE is delighted to host this slate of short films that showcase a chronological development of experiments in non-fiction from filmmakers of the Andean region. These works articulate conflicted ideas about politics, media and indigenous representation.

Revolución / Revolution
Dir. Jorge Sanjinés
9 min – Bolivia – 1963
Made out of fragments of footage filmed while making propaganda documentaries for the state lottery, and edited according to theoretical precepts of Soviet montage, Revolución could be considered Bolivia’s first experimental film. In addition to using cinema to resist dictatorships and American imperialism, Jorge Sanjinés was also one of the first to theorize the representation of non-Western subjectivities in cinema.

Vía Satélite: En vivo y en directo / Via Satellite: live
Dir. Armando Robles Godoy
10 min – Perú – 1973
Five radial narrations of the same soccer match of the Peruvian national team juxtaposed with a suggestive montage of empty streets and emblematic monuments of the country’s capital city, Lima. Robles Godoy is Peru’s first and main auteur but still undiscovered for international audiences. His films, like The Green Wall (1970), are a mysterious combination of lyrical images and a fragmented structures.

Radio Belén
Dir. Gianfranco Annichini
11 min – Perú -1983
Located in the middle of a market and a port on the Amazon jungle, a poor radio station can only broadcast through speakers. The filmmaker reduces his commentary to a few final shots, the rest is from the voice of the people.

Dir. Kiro Russo
9 min – Bolivia – 2010
The man, the city, the machine. Once he’s up in the Enterprisse, he has to follow the instructions. Russo’s next short film, Juku, premiered at Sundance 2012.


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


Election Night Watch Party

Yes, We ____________!

November 4, 2008

No President by Jack Smith

We will throw the breaking coverage up on the big screen, participate in loads of patriotically themed parlor games and (technology permitting) provide on-the-ground audio updates from the rally itself reported by Nightingale housemate Christy. And you won’t want to miss the obligatory balloon drop!

Filed under: 16mm, animation, archival, artist in attendance, Asian, BIRTHDAY PARTY, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, Food Drive, found footage, Free Screening!, FRIENDSGIVING, international, lecture, music, narrative, new media, painting, performance, potluck, queer, reading, surveillance, Uncategorized, video




Expanded Cinema Performance by Lauren Carter, Joe Grimm, and Ben Russell
Saturday, September 13, 2008

In the grand tradition of the Pyramids at Giza (home of “The Sound and Light Show”), the London Filmmakers Co-Operative, Tony Conrad and Bruce McClure and _____, your friends at the Nightingale Theatre are bringing a triple-header EXPANDED CINEMA show to your own Midwestern backyard. In what promises to be a loud, flickering, and thoroughly LIVE event, Itinerant Chicagoan Ben Russell joins forces with New Chicagoans Joe Grimm and Lauren Carter (welcome!) for a 4-part performance involving Multiple Projectors, Thumb-Piano Drones, Resonant Frequencies, Stroboscopic Action, A Rubber Mask, Red Underwear and A Massive Gong! Burn some ear candles, visit your eye doctor, and prepare to have your senses be overwhelmed!

NATURE ILLUSION by Lauren Carter (6:00, 16mm, live sound, 2007)
Diseased Oak leaves from the floodplains of New Orleans are transformed into a cameraless 16mm string of geometrical forms, pushed through the night air by live drones and hypnotic tones.

EPIPHENOMENAL BOOGIE: LIGHT-SOUND SINGULARITIES IN PATTERNED TIME by Joe Grimm (25:00, live triple-projector performance, 2008)
Using three 16mm projectors, black-and-white loops are projected through primary-colored gels to produce various mixed color phenomena at the screen. Noisy audio is produced by a circuit matrix that uses screen-mounted light sensors to modulate the feedback within projectors’ built-in audio circuits. Sound is played back through a massive, resonant gong. A psychedelic, stroboscopic exploration of the physical qualities of light, electricity, shaking metal, and vibrating air.

THE RED AND BLUE GODS by Ben Russell w/Joe Grimm (8:00, 16mm, live sound, 2005)
An ethnographic field report in which the Anthropologist describes the mythic creation of an unnamed ‘sun-scraping structure’ through the ritualized actions of the Red and the Blue Gods. Featuring live narration by Ben Russell and sound by Joe Grimm.

THE BLACK AND WHITE GODS by Ben Russell (25:00, live double-projector performance, 2008)
Using a short segment of Russell’s early ethnographic film DAUMA as its foundation, this double-projection performance employs a variety of 16mm film loops, hand-built electronics, prismatic lenses, and analog components to create an audiovisual feedback loop that edges steadily towards the phenomenological. With echoes of Tony Conrad’s The Flicker and William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops, THE BLACK AND THE WHITE GODS seeks to interrogate the possibility of representation via the abstracted field of bodily experience.

Very Special Thanks to programmer Ben Russell.

Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, experimental, film, international, new media


Films by Ben Russell

Chicago Filmmakers presents

The 20th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival

Ben Russell in Person!
Co-presented by THE NIGHTINGALE

Friday, June 20, 2008


For nearly a decade, film and video maker Ben Russell has been pushing the boundaries and definitions of ethnographic film, peeking in the corners and skirting along the margins to explore subjects and cross-genre approaches to illuminate and raise questions about this field and the idea of representation more generally. Working primarily in an experimental mode, his films have a rigor in their approach, a formal beauty uncommon to ethnography, and frequently display a sly humor at odds with an area of investigation traditionally rooted in the sciences.

Black and White Trypps Number Four
(2008, 11 min, 16mm, US)
Trypps #5 (Dubai) (2008, 3 min, 16mm, US)
Workers Leaving the Factory (Dubai) (2008, 8 min, 16mm, US)
The Wet Season (Tjuba Ten) (Co-directed by Ben Russell and Brigid McCaffrey, 2007, 47 min, 16mm, US/Suriname)


Information about part 2 of the evening, a screening and live performance by Shana Moulton, can be found here.

Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film, found footage, international