Fall Screening: Exclusive Rough Cut


Thursday, November 5, 7 pm, $15
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

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 artist, 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 has hosted 3 screenings over the course of the past year, each one in a different season and highlighting a different element of the process ending with this fourth and final screening, a rough cut of the nearly-completed feature.

With each installment of Follow Focus, the production of a commissioned art object raises 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. Reception with artists to follow the screening.


To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website.

Filed under: experimental, feminism, film, international, queer, Super 8mm, Uncategorized, video


RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series


Monday, August 24, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

ALPI by Armin Linke
(2011, 16mm, transferred on Blu-ray, 60min)

ALPI is the result of seven years of research on contemporary perceptions of the landscape of the Alps, juxtaposing places and situations across all eight bordering nations and spanning the territories of four languages. In the film, the Alps are encountered like an island that is connected to various global transformations. We undertook many journeys in the alpine region, which, ironically, led us as far as Dubai. The film shows the Alps as a key location, owing to its delicacy and environmental importance, where one can observe and study the complexity of social, economic, and political relationships. In the Europe of today, the Alps are a hotbed for modernity and its illusions. – AL

Preceded by
CLIMBING by Jesse McLean
(2009, video, 6 min)

RUN OF LIFE is a collectively curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The 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 join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring emerging 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.  RUN OF LIFE is organized by Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, Christy LeMaster, Jenny Miller & Beckie Stocchetti and presented by Constellation Chicago in collaboration with the Nightingale Cinema.

Programmed by Jillian Hansen-Lewis & Christy LeMaster

Filed under: 16mm, documentary, film, international, video

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