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


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