1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

The HARD EARTH

Filmmaker Sally Lawton in attendance!

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, April 8th, 7:00 pm, $7-10

Join us for this special premiere screening of The Hard Earth, a feature documentary by Sally Lawton, preceded by The 51st Star, a short 16mm film by Ian Curry.

THE HARD EARTH is an experimental documentary charting the relationship of five Ukrainians and one Ukrainian American to the 2014 revolution and preceding war.

The film is shot over the central and western regions of Ukraine, immediately post-revolution. Six figures explain their relationship to previous and furthering events in their homes and towns. First the Euromaidan protests are discussed as a singular, illuminating event. After abstracted information, stories of the annexation of Crimea, war in the East, and the disillusionment of the USSR, reveal complex portraits.The director examines interpersonal relationships and how the making of the film impacts realizations. The guides and narrations take on specific forms, showing the miniature in global news stories. The elusive categorization of Ukraine, free and yet oppressed is framed by the difficulty and ease of documentation.

SALLY LAWTON is making film and video work in Chicago and grew up in Detroit. She owns Sincerely Productions which makes commercials for local businesses. She has done curatorial work with experimental film and documentary in Chicago. Her academic background is in film and nonprofit studies, graduating from DePaul University in 2013. Her interest in this project began after her friend, Maya Demianczuk, returned from the Euromaidan. Sally began filming interviews primarily for a public archiving project Maya began, which lead to traveling to Ukraine in summer 2015 and collecting material for the film.

IAN CURRY’s moving image work takes inspiration from the many genres within the 16mm format such as: silent, educational, experimental, avant garde, ethnographic, and documentary films. He combines formal strategies gleaned from celluloid’s history through experimentation to produce stunning imagery that embraces the feeling of a memory or reflection. His films use contact printing, multiple exposures, and in-camera editing or feature on the fly remixing with multiple projectors driving the audience down expanded cinema alley. Characterized by unique moments or observations, rushing energies of light, and striking rhythmic edits; concepts of film and performance are married into a raw celluloid trip with 16mm prints, projectors, and double system soundscapes.

 



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BAD ROMANCE

Screening and Performance

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, February 17th, 7:00 pm, $7-10

Bad Romance features video works by performers and video artists that play with well-worn conventions of portraying seduction, romantic relationships, or intimate encounters in popular culture. The artists included in this screening expose the underlying mechanics of creating these seductive, and often instructive, images and scenes. They place themselves or their loved ones in front of the camera, employ illuminating voice-overs, construct awkward revelations and propose humorous antidotes to problematic romantic tropes.

Steven Summers – Chicago, IL
First Time, 6:22, 2016

Charmaine Ortiz – Carolina Beach, NC
Search: “How to draw a Woman”, Male Perspectives from YouTube result pages 1-50, 2012, 10:00

Marlo Koch – Chicago, IL
Cherry, 2014 6:27

Marlo Koch and Emerson Sigman – Chicago, IL
Wide Open, 2016, 2:39

Karin Stothart – Los Angeles, CA
Beach, 2013, 6:12
White Horse, 2012, 4:32

Casey Smallwood – Chicago, IL
Four Scenes for Mother, 2011,12:56
Smallwood Satyricon, 2013, 11:35

With Performance by Marilyn Volkman – Chicago, IL
NEO-Craft: The Easiest and Quickest Way to Gain Advantages for Prosperity, Happiness and Romantic Love

Programmed by Sara Holwerda

  • Image Credit: still from White Horse, by Karin Stothart


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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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The ANDRE TRILOGY

Three Short Films by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Director in Attendance!

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 The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, October 23, 7 pm, $7-10

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THE SPACES BETWEEN CITIES

& The Spaces Between Chicagos
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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Thursday, September 8th, 8 pm, $7-10

An experiment in collective filmmaking and speculative collaboration featuring dozens of artists from across the globe!

Seattle-based filmmaker and EXcinema founder Salise Hughes commissioned twenty-one international experimental filmmakers spread across four continents to create a short works, resulting in a feature-length film set in North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Employing the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) technique invented by the surrealists, the filmmakers wove together a single story by relying on “prompts” for the beginning and ending of their contribution that were supplied to them in advance. The result is a playful experimental road movie in which the closing images of one work also signal the opening of a work created by another artist somewhere else in the world.

To poke around that collage corpus a bit more, ten Chicago artists have been drawn into the exquisite experiment to create a lean dream version of the same.

Tonight, the Chicago version makes its world premiere and the world version makes its Chicago premiere.

THE SPACES BETWEEN CITIES features Pip Chodorov, Charles Chadwick, Kate Lain, Amy Bassin & Mark Bickley, Reed O’Beirne, Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos, Stephen Broomer, Salise Hughes, Douglas Katelus, Blanca Rego, Arto Polus, Robert Zverina, Margaret Rorison,Dustin Zemel, Ben Popp, Insa Langhorst, Anna Kipervaser, Pablo Molina Guerrero, Milan Milosavljevic and Jesse Malmed.

THE SPACES BETWEEN CHICAGOS features Molly Hewitt, Lori Felker,Amir George, Christopher Renton, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Josh B Mabe, By Way of Today, Paul Dickinson, Blair Bogin and Jillian Hansen-Lewis.

(Still by Robert Zverina, The Spaces Between Cities. Shooting Location: Seattle, Washingtion)



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CHICAGOLAND SHORTS Vol. 2

Locally Made Short Work

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Thursday, August 25th, 7 pm, $7-10

 

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2 is the latest installment in a series that celebrates the vastness of the Chicago experience. This 90-minute program brings together the best of experimental, dance, narrative, and documentary short films from a diverse range of perspectives and joins them into one expansive, rich and engaging evening of cinema.

The ten filmmakers featured in Vol. 2 represent some of the most original and innovative voices in Chicago. They include up-and-coming talents as well as established auteurs whose award-winning films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance, Berlin, Vienna, Rotterdam, and Chicago International.

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2 is presented by Full Spectrum Features NFP, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers while raising awareness of social justice issues and inspiring change.

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Curated by Beckie Stocchetti of the Chicago Film Office and Dan Rybicky of Columbia College and Kartemquin Films, the program will include the following ten short films:

“Edison” by Daniel Davison
“Parietal Guidance” by Lonnie Edwards
“VIDEOWAVE_056” by Aren Zolninger
“Violets” by Jim Vendiola
“Marquee” by Brian Zahm
“The Fever” by Eunhye Hong Kim
“Ayinde’s Video Game” by Shiri Burson
“Run of Press” by Mina Fitzpatrick
“Bound” by Monica Thomas
“Girls Love Horses” by Jennifer Reeder

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FULL SPECTRUM FEATURES NFP is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers. We also aim to educate the public about important social and cultural issues, utilizing the power of cinema to foster understanding in our communities. http://fullspectrumfeatures.com/



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