RETURN TO THE MOON HOTEL

Videos by Jessie Stead

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Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm, $7-10
Video chat Q & A with Jessie following the screening!
Chicago premiere of Meanwhile At The Moon Hotel!

Return to the Moon Hotel: a selection of recent solo and collaborative cinema works by Jessie Stead, including Page 59, Ambient Whiskey Slap, and the Chicago premiere of Meanwhile at the Moon Hotel, from the Nocturnes episodics: “A reverie in 10 overlapping Meanwhiles at a downloaded lunar hotel…”

BIO: Jessie Stead is a New York based artist working with installation, cinema, music, collaboration and other overlapping disciplines.

VISIT: www.jessiestead.com

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Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, documentation, experimental, narrative, new media, reading, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

PERMANENT VACATION

Beguiled Cinema presents
PERMANENT VACATION by Jim Jarmusch

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Wednesday, January 7th at 7:00 pm, $7-10

Jim Jarmusch started making Permanent Vacation during his senior year at NYU; it was intended to be his thesis short. During production, however, Jarmusch dropped out of school and decided to expand the film into a feature—thus beginning one of the great filmographies in American independent cinema. The movie trades in subjects that appear in all of Jarmusch’s features, among them wasting time, urban life, industrial decay, and the legacy of classic art. Protagonist Aloysius Parker is “the prototype for many of Jarmusch’s subsequent loner heroes,” write the programmers at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, “he loafs aimlessly around his scuzzy apartment and crumbling New York streets reading French poetry, flirting with cute girls at Nicholas Ray screenings, stealing cars and obsessing over his half-punk, half-dandy image. For all its youthful self-seriousness (or maybe in part because of it), Permanent Vacation is a touching vision of what it was like to be head over heels with art, love, and oneself in late-1970s New York.”

Also screening is The High Sign, which Jarmusch included in a shorts program he curated for the Cinematexas International Short Film & Video Festival in 2000. Starring and co-directed by Buster Keaton (one of Jarmusch’s favorite filmmakers), this finds the Great Stone Face getting into trouble after he’s mistaken for a sharp-shooter. Might this have been an influence on Dead Man?

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Filed under: 16mm, narrative

FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Winter Screening and Inaugural Party

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Sunday, December 7th at 7:00 pm, $15

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 performer, 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 will host 4 screenings during the course of the next year, each one in a different season and  highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise 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.

The Winter Screening will include a treatment presentation by director Daviel Shy,  exclusive trailer release, and dramatic readings from The Ladies Almanack 1928 original novel. Reception with artists to follow the screening.

To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website. Donations are tax-deductible.

http://theladiesalmanack.tumblr.com/contribute

Image Credit: Collage made by  Sarah Patten. Full image may be found here. See more of her amazing collage work here.



Filed under: experimental, feminism, film, narrative, queer, reading, Super 8mm

YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

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Monday, November 17th at 7:00pm
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Q&A following the movie featuring Cinematographer, Sean Hanley
and Chicago Housing Activist, Mary Tarullo!

Purchase tickets here.

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new 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 create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental 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.


YOUR DAY IS MY NIGHT: a hybrid documentary by Lynne Sachs
64 min // United States // 2013 // Chinese, English, & Spanish with English Subtitles // HD digital projection

Immigrant residents of a “shift-bed” apartment in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals the collective history of the Chinese in the United States through conversations, autobiographical monologues, and theatrical movement pieces. Shot in the kitchens, bedrooms, wedding halls, cafés, and mahjong parlors of Chinatown, this provocative hybrid documentary addresses issues of privacy, intimacy, and urban life. Working from the idea that anytime someone is on camera they inadvertently engage in a performance, Sachs asked her subjects to become her collaborators, inviting them to participate in the construction of a film about their lives. In 2012, Lynne began a series of live film performances of Your Day is My Night in alternative theater spaces around New York City. She then completed the hour-long hybrid video which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in 2013 and screened at the Vancouver Film Fest, Union Docs, the New Orleans Film Fest and other venues in the US and abroad.

Preceeded by
LIGHT READINGS by Stephen Vitiello
8 min // United States //2001 //sound piece

WINDOW CLEANING IN SHANGHAI by Laura Kissel
3 minutes // United States //2011 // HD digital projection

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Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, narrative, Uncategorized, video

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