Premiere Screening for RUN OF LIFE:
Experimental Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)
Monday, September 22nd at 7:00pm,
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
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.
SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME
Dir. Jane Gillooly // 70 min // 2013 // video
Tender, erotic, and pathetic, this reconstructed narrative examines the obsession to chronicle the details of an adulterous affair. Suitcase of Love and Shame is a mesmerizing collage woven from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960’s, a Midwestern woman and her lover become reliant on recording devises to document and memorialize their affair. The film aims at a cross-generational consciousness about exhibitionism, privacy and voyeurism. Focusing on the aural and experiential nature of the audio the imagery in the film is restrained – abstract, evocative and expectant, so that the audience will see with their ears. The listener/viewer is variously located within and outside of the events – complicit and voyeuristic. The “eavesdropping viewer” is compelled, despite feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable with the knowledge and access they have been given into the transgressions they imagine they see. Selected to screen as part of the distinguished Art of The Real series at the Film Society at Lincoln Center 2014, the film has screened internationally winning Best International Film at Images Festival in Toronto.
Filed under: documentary
, found footage
, new media
LO-DEF, LO-TECH, LO-FI
programmer LJ Frezza in attendance
Thursday, August 28th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10
THE NIGHTINGALE IS ECSTATIC TO BE BRINGING THE BASEMENT UP TO THE FIRST FLOOR. BASEMENT MEDIA FEST IS A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS WORKING WITH LO-DEF, LO-TECH, AND LO-FI MOTION PIX TECHNIQUES. FOUNDED IN RESPONSE TO HI-RES COMMERCIAL MEDIA AND CORPORATE-SPONSORED FILM FESTS, BASEMENT IS A CELEBRATION OF THE MEDIATED EXPERIENCE AS AN AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE. HASHTAG FUZZY / HASHTÅG GLITCHY / HÅSHTÅG GRIMY.
///WARNING/// SUM OF THESE MOVIES FEATURE FLICKERING LIGHT AND RAPIDLY CHANGING MOTION. MAY CAUSE SEIZURES/MOTION SICKNESS. IF YOU HAVE TO SPEW, SPEW IN THIS.
Still from Tyler Tamburo – Cold Blood
House (Andy Birtwistle, 3:45, Digital)
I Am All Men As I Am No Man and Therefore I Am (Gilberto Alfredo Salazar Caro, 5:29, Digital)
Election Coverage (Chris Paul Daniels, 1:01, Digital)
Cold Blood (Tyler Tamburo, 3:24, Digital)
Queens Quay (Stephen Broomer, 1:11, 16mm)
[phrases] (Ben Balcom, 4:24, Digital)
Doubt #2 (Josh Lewis, 5:26, 16mm)
Smashed (Emma Varker, 3:53, Digital)
The HandEye (Bone Ghosts) (Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, 7:09, 16mm)
[RGB] (N. Heppding, 4:30, Digital)
Seriously Delinquent (Dylan Pasture, 6:49, Digital)
The Way You Recognize It (Laura Thatcher, 1:32, Digital)
How to Draw Clouds (Salise Hughes, 2:20, Digital)
RIP Geocities (Faith Holland, 2:31, Digital)
Every Feature Film on My Hard Drive 3 Pixels Tall and Sped Up 7000% (Ryan Murray, 3:29, Digital)
holiday 13 (Jordan Lopez, 1:44, Digital)
Up (Scott Fitzpatrick, 4:47, Digital)
FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT: HTTP://BASEMENTMEDIAFEST.COM
Filed under: artist in attendance
, found footage
, new media
YouTube and Avant-Garde Cinema
A Talk by Colin Beckett
Saturday, June 28th at 8:00 pm, $7-10
The vernacular video forms that have emerged on YouTube and other online services over the last eight years frequently bear striking resemblance to the non-narrative strategies that have constituted the history of avant-garde film and video.
While many critics and scholars have noted the resemblance, the implications for the cinematic avant-garde have gone largely unconsidered. As non-narrative internet videos begin to eclipse commercial cinema in viewership and cultural influence, the rise of YouTube might be seen, from one angle, as a covert triumph for the avant-garde. But if this is the case, these developments also initiate a crisis for experimental cinema, liquidating the relations that have structured it and calling into questions claims made on the behalf of its ideological force.
This lecture, illustrated with internet videos, asks how the new preeminence of non-narrative and fragmentary video forms recasts the history of avant-garde film and video and what sort of space it leaves for contemporary avant-garde moving image practice–particularly one geared toward an emancipatory politics. (CB)
Colin Beckett is a writer based in Brooklyn New York. His work has appeared in BOMBblog,The Brooklyn Rail, Cineaste, Moving Image Source, Idiom Magazine, The L Magazine, and wuxia.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster
Filed under: animation
, artist in attendance
, found footage
, new media
and BETTER THAN MICHAEL BAY: HIGHLIGHTS FROM
THE AMATEUR ARCHIVE OF TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Kevin B. Lee in Person!
Friday, June 20th at 8:00 pm, $7-10
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise directed by Michael Bay, will be released June 27 2014. But on YouTube one can already access an immense trove of production footage recorded by amateurs in locations where the film was shot, such as Utah, Texas, Detroit, Chicago, Hong Kong and mainland China. Transformers: the Premake turns over 300 YouTube videos into a critical investigation of the global big budget film industry, amateur video making, and the political economy of images. The Premake by Kevin B. Lee utilizes a desktop documentary technique that acknowledges the internet’s role not only as a boundless repository of information but as a primary experience of reality, and depicts the process in which we use it to explore the world. In a blockbuster cinema culture rife with insipid remakes of franchise properties, The Premake presents a critical counter-image in which personalized digital media asks what Hollywood is really doing in the world.
Filed under: found footage
, new media