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Still Birds in Shifting Places

Three Experimental Narratives

Monday, February 25, 7 PM – 10 PM, $7-10 suggested donation

The Nightingale Cinema is delighted to present the works of three international female filmmakers for a night of travels and contemplation.

Camille Laut takes us to the coastal side of California, a cliff abstracted into a body, breathing through the filmmaker’s handheld camera in which we immerse ourselves. While in Cuba, Paloma Rincón’s character looks at herself through the birds she observes and a zooming lens sensorially drives us into her constrained world. It is winter when we land in Sarajevo, where Emma Rozanski’s powerful minimalism stumbles over the fantastic as Damir’s monotonous order is disrupted by Tasya’s imposing system.

Camille Laut — Black’s Beach | (2016, HD, sound, color, 16:9, 05:37)
A place portrait of A. and Black’s Beach – one of San Diego’s nude beach. Accompanied by a soundscape recorded at The Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.

Paloma Rincón — ¿Deberíamos acercarnos a los pájaros? | (2016, HD, sound, color, 16:9, 05:00)

Emma Rozanski — Papagajka | (2017, 2K, sound, color, 16:9, 1:21:00)
A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life. She absorbs his dreams. Until finally she threatens his very existence.

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Camille Laut

Camille Laut is a French artist and filmmaker, raised between Tokyo, Paris, Beijing, Strasbourg and Seoul. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she experimented with documentary, animation, and short experimental narratives around the theme of isolation in the urban landscape. She is now finishing her MFA in Film Directing at CalArts, and for that, is preparing a short magical realist film taking place on an unusual tour bus around Los Angeles.
https://vimeo.com/camillelaut

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Paloma Rincón

Paloma Rincón is a Colombian artist and filmmaker, interested in experimental narratives, strongly attracted by the relation between film and poetry. Her first short film, “Bark”, was awarded for the Most Original Film at the Film School Fest München, and it is still being screened at various other film festivals around the world. In 2016 she attended the workshop Filming in Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami, where “Should we go near to the birds?” was made. She is currently working on editing a new short film, as well as involved in music and sound experimentation.
https://vimeo.com/palomarincon

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Emma Rozanski

Emma is an Australian filmmaker, multi-media artist and a first-generation MFA graduate of Bela Tarr’s film.factory experiment in Sarajevo. Her debut feature-length film, PAPAGAJKA (The Parrot) had its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2016 and continued on to a successful festival run worldwide. Emma is part of the artist collective, Bistrik7 (@Bistrik7), a group of 20 filmmaker-artists from around the globe who make collective projects and curate screenings and exhibitions of their work. In 2018 Emma was the summer/fall artist in resident at The International Museum of Surgical Science, culminating in a solo exhibition. She is currently a FIELD/WORK resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition.
https://www.facebook.com/PapagajkaFilm/
www.emmarozanski.com

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Programmed by Valentina Manzoni



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, international, landscape, narrative, place

THE NATIVE AND THE REFUGEE

Multi-media Documentary Project
by Matt Peterson & Malek Rasamny
Artists in attendance!

Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm, $7-10

The Native and the Refugee is a multimedia documentary project by Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny that profiles the Palestinian and Native American experience by examining the infrastructure, politics, and geography of American Indian reservations alongside Palestinian refugee camps. In connecting these two spaces, the goals of the project are to understand the centrality of the question of land and territory for any conception of autonomy; to look at the camp as an “extra-national” space with all the contradictions entailed; and to meet with those getting organized politically in these places to understand their communal concerns.

Program Details:
The History of the Camp (2015, 10 minutes)
Indian Winter (2017, 26 minutes)
Aida (2018)
Black Mesa (2018, 10 minutes)

The Native and the Refugee has been presented in Canada, Ecuador, England, France, Guatemala, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Portugal, Quebec, and Syria, including within refugee camps and reservations, and at other venues including cinemas, community centers, galleries, and universities.


Matt Peterson
co-directed the documentary features Scenes from a Revolt Sustained (2014), on the Tunisian insurrection, and Spaces of Exception (2018). He was a member of the collectives Red Channels and the 16 Beaver Group, and is currently part of a commune in New York called Woodbine. His films and videos have screened at Anthology Film Archives, e-flux, Eyebeam, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Indiana University, International House Philadelphia, Millennium Film Workshop, and MoMA PS1. He has spoken and organized events at Artists Television Access, BAMcinematek, Centre Pompidou, DCTV, dOCUMENTA 13, Goethe-Institut, Interference Archive, Light Industry, Maysles Cinema, the New School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SculptureCenter, and UnionDocs.

Malek Rasamny
is a researcher and filmmaker based in both New York and Beirut whose writings have been published in The Daily Star and Fuse. He’s worked at the Maysles Documentary Center, and was a founding member of the LERFE space in Harlem, the Ground Floor Collective, and Red Channels. He is a regular speaker at the Afikra international monthly series on Arab history and culture, and has presented on his travels to Kurdish Iraq and Syria at Interference Archive, Ta Marbouta in Beirut, and La Passe in Montreal. He has organized a series of meetings and fora in support of the Syrian revolution at Columbia University. He is currently working on a research project surrounding Druze sovereignty in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel, and has presented at the conferences of the American Druze Society.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster & Matt Peterson


Filed under: artist in attendance, collaboration, documentary, ethnography, experimental, international, social justice, travel, video

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