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Recent 16mm Films by Margaret Rorison
Filmmaker in Attendance!

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, November 18th, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale welcomes Margaret Rorison to present a program of short films shot on 16mm from 2012-2016. Many of these works have developed from travel and explorations through rural and urban landscapes and function as odes to memories of experience. Some films are explorations of the relationship between time and the frame, between pacing and cut and of memory … Sound is an important component to these works as well. Rorison has composed many of the soundtracks with the use of field recordings, contact mics and lucid narrations made by her grandfather. One of her most recent films, Memory of August is an ode and portrait study of her 95 year old grandmother, Margaret Bennett, the widow of Harry Bennett who has been another strong influence in Rorison’s earlier work. Prior to filmmaking, Rorison worked primarily with painting and poetry and is interested in exploring these methods of language and thought through the medium of 16mm film.

“Rorison’s works frequently wander through empty or seemingly empty spaces. Her soundtracks—often consisting largely of electronic music on the drone/noise spectrum—often create a sense of warm alienation, coloring the films’ empty landscapes. Rorison’s films abound with “negative space” compositions—shots which frame a “nothing” (for example an empty sky, a wall, water) against borders of dark (shadows, bridges, walls)… this seems to suggest something of a turning away from the world of the social and a turn towards a state of introspection. These films relish solitude and alone-ness, and even while this solitude is sometimes tinged with dread or alienation, even as the filmmaker’s visions tend toward the apocalyptic, this solitude is asserted often as a source of strength.” — Steve Polta, Artistic Director, San Francisco Cinematheque

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Filed under: 16mm, 8mm, archival, artist in attendance, autobiography, documentary, essay, experimental, film, found footage, geography, hand-processing, landscape, literature, music, performance, place, poetry, social justice, sound, surveillance, travel, Uncategorized, video

TORREY PINES

A Stop-Motion Animated Adventure
With Live Accompaniment
by Your Heart Breaks
Director, Clyde Petersen, in Attendance!
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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm, $7 – 10

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Filed under: animation, documentary, experimental, feminism, landscape, music, narrative, queer, Uncategorized

First Year SAIC MFA Students

The Nightingale will host a screening of first year SAIC MFA students’ film, video, and new media work.

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, May 6th, 7 pm, $7-10

Ranging from experimental documentary to 3D and 2D experimental animation, these films and videos represent the culmination of a year spent in thought and labor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. These works, produced as first year students in the MFA program, explore themes of loss and displacement, the role of the accordion in Chinese culture, and chance operations. Join us for a screening of works completed and in progress, including a live kazoo soundtrack.

Including:

Joe Houlberg – BIRTHz

Ricardo Salcedo Martínez – Home(s)

Julia Pello – In the Time//In the House\\ of Slow Sex

Emily Sasmor – COWBOYS, COWBOYS, COWBOYS, MINERS, COWBOYS – ACT III – THE GIRL GANG AND THE PONY

Benji Sayed – ihavefailedyouall

Kelsey Velez – Pinwheel

Peng Zuqiang – Accordion Class

Joe Houlberg is an Ecuadorian film director, born in 1986. He studied Film and Philosophy at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. At the moment, Houlberg is studying an MFA in Filmography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Throughout his career, Joe has explored the forms of communication present among the living beings, beyond words. This exploration may be experienced in SED, his first feature film (Chicago Latino Film Fest), as well as in BEUEU (Best Short film: Cero Latitud, Official Selection: Chicago Latino, Lakino Berlin), NO VA A NINGÚN LADO (Official Selection: Cine- marea, Tamaulipas, Espejo) and NIEBLA MUDA (Honorable Mention: La Orquídea).

Ricardo Salcedo Martínez was born in Cuenca, Ecuador in 1989. He got his undergraduate degree Film at the School of Arts and Social Sciences in Chile. Through fiction, documentary and essay film forms his work often delves into questions of identity, belonging and perception. He is currently studying for his Master’s at SAIC.

Julia Pello is a Russian-born poet and filmmaker who has shown work around the world including at The Getty, Le Centre Pompidou, and the Bangkok International Film Festival among many others. She has collaborated on various audio-visual projects including Hour of Star and Zerkalo and presented live projections at such venues as Cité de La Musique. Julia is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Emily Sasmor’s work focuses on power relationships. Telling narratives focusing on interpersonal relationships allows her to talk about domination on both a small and large scale. Using both tangible and intangible materials, she brings up the roles that reality and the imaginary play within them. The stories and spaces she creates are meant to leave questions. None of which are answered. By reveling in these interactions, the viewer is asked to enter into limbos, engaging with unending, repetitious power struggles.

Desi-Corean artist Benji is interested in glitch, noise, and game environments to explore concepts of identity loss, alienation, anxiety, and failure.

Kelsey Velez is an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has screened at Indie Grits in Columbia, SC, New Orleans, LA & in Athens, Greece. She is interested in marrying traditions of representation and abstraction to depict and distort ideas of recreation, diversion and sport.

Peng Zuqiang is a filmmaker and translator born in Changsha, China in 1992. His film and video works speculate and question the potential and condition of collectivism through exploring historical objects and environments. Recent exhibitions include: “De arrogantie van De jeugd” (2015) at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam. “Casual Contradictions” (2014) at MOCA Shijiazhuang, and “The Temporary: 01” (2014), at ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham. His has participated in screenings at Acadia Missa and Chinese Visual Festival, both in London where he completed his BA at Goldsmiths College. He is currently a candidate of MFA in Film at the School of Art Institute in Chicago.

Programmed by Emily Eddy and Kelsey Velez



Filed under: 16mm, animation, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, music, narrative, new media, opening, painting, performance, video

DARK PRISM

Queer Surreal Horror Feature
Director, Dylan Greenberg, in person!

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, April 22, 7 pm, $7-10

 

Eighteen year-old director, Dylan Greenberg, describes her movie like this: “DARK PRISM is about three unique and strange women, each battling their own demons, in both a literal and metaphorical sense. Although they exist in different times and perhaps different worlds, their lives will soon collide due to the mysterious appearance of a massive prism. Slowly, the world as one knows it disassembles, and the nonsensical becomes the sensical… Dark Prism features special appearances by Mac DeMarco, Matt and Lauren Katz-Bohen, and Lloyd Kaufman and stars Sofe Cote, Sara Kaiser, Chandani Smith, Stephanie Domini, Max Husten and Wayne Garrett Bal ‘The Jurgen Munster.'”

After the release of a mind-splitting trailer and a spate of high profile press, Greenburg’s strange and wonderfully amateur feature DARK PRISM is now starting to make its way to screens propelled by enthusiastic fans.  Unhinged and sometimes hilarious, DARK PRISM is a movie worth rooting for in its genuine weirdness and visibly collaborative ethos.  Crafted in the infectious tradition of “hey let’s all make a movie,” PRISM is a youthful, queer, self-conscious fever-dream best experienced in a room full of the converted.

Programmed by Christy Castro and Christy LeMaster



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, feminism, music, narrative, opening, queer, Uncategorized, video

POINTS NEAR AND FAR

Recent Work by Ephraim Asili
Ephraim Asili in person!
RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, February 22, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.

Ephraim Asili’s work celebrates the African Diaspora as a cultural force—a lineage of years and miles that influences contemporary African-American identity and the cultural identity of North America in general. Complicating the traditional travelogue, Asili weaves together the near and the far as a way of revealing linkages across history and geography. Through audio-visual examinations of societal iconography identity, geography, and architecture Asili strives to present a personal vision which could be described as an amalgam of pop, African American and “moving image” culture filtered through an acute sense of rhythmic improvisation and compositional awareness.

Program Details:
PRETTY PLEASE
(2015, 16mm transferred to digital, 3 min.)
A video for Josephine Foster’s song, Pretty Please, featuring a pageant of actors performing biblical characters.

POINTS ON A SPACE AGE
(2009, video, 33 min.)
Points on a Space Age explores the recent activity of the remaining members of the influential Sun Ra Arkestra since the passing of its founding member, Sun Ra and examines their current work (in the physical absence of Sun Ra) under the direction of Marshall Allen. – EA

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, documentary, experimental, film, international, music, video

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