1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

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

UIC 2016 MFA Screenings 1 & 2

Works for the Screen by Graduating UIC MFAs
Co-Presented by UIC School of
Art & Art History

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The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Tuesday, April 5 & Thursday April 7, 7 pm, Free

 

Coinciding with the 2016 UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions at Gallery 400, a series of works for the screen by graduating MFA students from the School of Art & Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago are presented at Nightingale Cinema.

 

APRIL 5 PROGRAM DETAILS
Wanderlust, Sara Condo (2015, 12 min, HD Video)
Wanderlust is a short experimental documentary centered around a woman who travels alone and contemporary notions of female hysteria, agriculture, and the dawning of the New Age.

Tissues, Jessica Pierotti (2015, 8 min, Video)
Tissues is a performative video work that addresses anxiety, control, absurdity, and an obsessive and sincere interest in attempting to understand the inside of a box of tissues.

Sponge/Mopping Up, Grace Cross (2015, 6 min, Video)
Sponge/Mopping Up is a performative feminist diptych video, that uses a magic domestic mop as paintbrush and hairdo; discussing issues of cultural appropriation and the intimacy of female micro-economies that persist under the radar.

A study, in the key of C, Rachel Glass (2015, 6 min, 16mm on video)

Make Your Own Metric, Aaron Walker (2016, 2 min, video)
Where does the creation of a work and its evaluation begin and end? We take a look.

Context Is Half The Work, Aaron Walker (2016, 2 min, video)
A slow pan reveals that things are exactly as they seem.

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Filed under: documentation, experimental, found footage, Free Screening!, new media, opening, queer, Uncategorized

THE POISONER

Chris Hefner in person!

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Friday, December 18, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

THE POISONER follows the home life of a woman who has agreed to marry a man and, over the course of their life together, poison him to death. Though both parties have their own personal reasons for agreeing to such a dubious arrangement, they are contract-bound not to discuss them. Over time, the inherently fugitive nature of the arrangement, coupled with the fear of life after its termination begins to erode the perceived stability of their lifestyle. The film examines issues of mortality, desire for control and the problematic rubric of Love, as well as the extremes to which we may go to find our place in the world. Hefner’s second feature-length film, The POISONER builds upon the rich visual and conceptual vocabulary of his first feature THE PINK HOTEL, which he has honed for the past several years in his short films and multimedia artwork. At the same time, THE POISONER offers a shedding of old comforts in the pursuit of exciting new developments into distilled image-making strategies and a more intimate focus on character. The Poisoner seeks to combine these evolutions with Hefner’s strong sense for the mysterious to reveal unexpected parallels with all-too-recognizable everyday realities.

“The Poisoner creates within its gorgeous atmospheres a fascinating tension between the richly detailed and the starkly minimal, between the organically subterranean and the formally — and lustrously! — illumined, somehow, impossibly, presenting itself as all opposites at once. Hefner’s frames constantly surprise and refresh the eye, readying it for what feels might be hypnosis. The Daniel Knox score too plays some occult role in this alchemy — who knows how it all works, but the movie is a thing of great beauty.” -Guy Maddin

Chris Hefner has been living and working in Chicagosince 2002. In addition to his work on paper and two feature films THE PINK HOTEL (2010) and THE POSIONER (2014). Hefner has also directed a bevy of short films as well as music videos for the likes of The Handsome Family, Jon Mueller’s Death Blues, Zelienople, Mucca Pazza, Eaters, and Benoit Pioulard. Hefner may be seen playing musical saw with the band of singer/songwriter Daniel Knox. (http://cmhefner.com/)

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Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, narrative, opening, Uncategorized

THE LAST FIVE YEARS

The First 5 Years and The Last 5 Years
as part of Platforms: 10 Years
of Chances Dances

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Tuesday, September 8, 8 pm, Free
Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

A bookended pair of lively screening events featuring works from the past, present, and future of CHANCES granted artists, organizers, and scenesters. This is your pre-party party, snacks and group travel to that night’s CHANCES DANCES included.

Including work by: Mark Aguhar, Cavenaw and Cavenis, Sky Cubacub, Ky Dickens, EMR (Math Bass & Dylan Mira), Hope Esser & Daviel Shy, Rami George, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Meg Leary, Marianna Milhorat, Madsen Minax, Dylan Mira, Fawzia Mirza, Aay Preston-Myint, Macon Reed, Oli Rodriguez, Amina Ross & NIC Kay, Jules Rosskam, Xina Xurner, Latham Owen Zearfoss

Program Design by Marian Runk
Curated by Christy LeMaster

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Begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party, Chances Dances is a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build safer spaces, and support local art and activism through direct funding and other resources.

Since its founding, Chances has sought to bring together Chicago’s varied LGBTIQ communities
by organizing dance parties that welcome people of all gender expressions and racial identities. For the
last six years, Chances has channeled profits from its parties into a biannual microgrant for local artists. In 2008, Chances launched the Critical Fierceness Grant, which awards $500 to Chicago-based artists and collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer. In 2012, Chances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which funds projects by queer feminine spectrum artists of color with $1,000 grants. Through this grassroots funding in addition to our robust performance programming, Chances has established itself as hub of queer artistic activity in Chicago for ten years running.

In Fall 2015, the Platforms retrospective will showcase the artworks, herstory, and community-building processes of the Chances community over the last 10 years at several sites across Chicago. Drawing from over one hundred Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists, past and present Chances organizers, and members of the Chances community, Platforms will elevate and expand the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice.



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, music, narrative, new media, opening, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video

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