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.
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
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
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
The Nightingale is excited to welcome multidisciplinary artist Sara Condo to present a selection of her video and performance work. Condo grapples with technology, landscape and feminism, finding unexpected meanings along the highways and byways of the United States. Trust the journey.
The program includes:
Everywhere is Anywhere, a scrolling landscape photograph and science fiction piece mourning the death of the “American Dream.” The video follows the zen warrior path of the main character, D a queer cyberpunk goddess, who wanders across the land following the death of her estranged father, whom we will call The Wizard. D is on a spiritual journey on a search to unravel the layers of patriarchal power systems embedded in the fabric of her life. Struggling to come to grips with the loss of her ego, she completes walking meditation upon the built environment. Using the landscape as her friendly companion, D reflects on the history of each location and her place within.
The Wizard, a live performance piece incorporating computer generated audio and video visuals
Wanderlust, a short experimental documentary centered around a woman who travels alone. As she travels, she contemplates notions of female hysteria, agriculture, and the dawning of the New Age.
[it shines a certain way. to a
certain place/it flies. falls./]
Friday, September 22 at 8 PM, $7-10
Part of RUN OF LIFE
Experimental Documentary Series
Director Adam Khalil, in person!
History is written by the victors, but this film reminds us that the history of the oppressed can still be saved from being extinguished. Native American video artists Adam and Zack Khalil here reclaim the narrative of the Ojibway of Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, from the archives and museums that would confine it to the past. Using personal interviews, animated drawings, performance, and provocative intercutting, the Khalil brothers’ feature debut makes a bold case for the Ojibway people to be their own storytellers—while seeking a cure for the damage inflicted by colonization—in a spiritual reconnection with tradition.
Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam’s work has been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay), and Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok (Hungary). Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.
Zack Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. His work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. He recently completed a B.A. at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department, and is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar.