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Still Birds in Shifting Places

Three Experimental Narratives

Monday, February 25, 7 PM – 10 PM, $7-10 suggested donation

The Nightingale Cinema is delighted to present the works of three international female filmmakers for a night of travels and contemplation.

Camille Laut takes us to the coastal side of California, a cliff abstracted into a body, breathing through the filmmaker’s handheld camera in which we immerse ourselves. While in Cuba, Paloma Rincón’s character looks at herself through the birds she observes and a zooming lens sensorially drives us into her constrained world. It is winter when we land in Sarajevo, where Emma Rozanski’s powerful minimalism stumbles over the fantastic as Damir’s monotonous order is disrupted by Tasya’s imposing system.

Camille Laut — Black’s Beach | (2016, HD, sound, color, 16:9, 05:37)
A place portrait of A. and Black’s Beach – one of San Diego’s nude beach. Accompanied by a soundscape recorded at The Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.

Paloma Rincón — ¿Deberíamos acercarnos a los pájaros? | (2016, HD, sound, color, 16:9, 05:00)

Emma Rozanski — Papagajka | (2017, 2K, sound, color, 16:9, 1:21:00)
A stranger arrives in Sarajevo and barges into Damir’s reclusive world. Little by little she takes over his life. She absorbs his dreams. Until finally she threatens his very existence.

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Camille Laut

Camille Laut is a French artist and filmmaker, raised between Tokyo, Paris, Beijing, Strasbourg and Seoul. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she experimented with documentary, animation, and short experimental narratives around the theme of isolation in the urban landscape. She is now finishing her MFA in Film Directing at CalArts, and for that, is preparing a short magical realist film taking place on an unusual tour bus around Los Angeles.
https://vimeo.com/camillelaut

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Paloma Rincón

Paloma Rincón is a Colombian artist and filmmaker, interested in experimental narratives, strongly attracted by the relation between film and poetry. Her first short film, “Bark”, was awarded for the Most Original Film at the Film School Fest München, and it is still being screened at various other film festivals around the world. In 2016 she attended the workshop Filming in Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami, where “Should we go near to the birds?” was made. She is currently working on editing a new short film, as well as involved in music and sound experimentation.
https://vimeo.com/palomarincon

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Emma Rozanski

Emma is an Australian filmmaker, multi-media artist and a first-generation MFA graduate of Bela Tarr’s film.factory experiment in Sarajevo. Her debut feature-length film, PAPAGAJKA (The Parrot) had its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2016 and continued on to a successful festival run worldwide. Emma is part of the artist collective, Bistrik7 (@Bistrik7), a group of 20 filmmaker-artists from around the globe who make collective projects and curate screenings and exhibitions of their work. In 2018 Emma was the summer/fall artist in resident at The International Museum of Surgical Science, culminating in a solo exhibition. She is currently a FIELD/WORK resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition.
https://www.facebook.com/PapagajkaFilm/
www.emmarozanski.com

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Programmed by Valentina Manzoni



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, international, landscape, narrative, place

THE BEAM

small matters and cosmic scans from Nina Barnett + Jeremy Bolen, Deborah Stratman, Mike Gibisser and Semiconductor

Wednesday, September 19 at 8 PM, $7-10

The Beam plays like a science nonfiction road film–– following the largely invisible NOVA experiment path over 550 miles – from Illinois to Northern Minnesota – in search of something that’s everywhere: neutrinos, the tiny subatomic particles that fill our world, unbothered by matter or its related matters. Visually striking, enlightening but never didactic, first time collaborators Barnett and Bolen—draw out the poetics of seeking the unseeable, of trying to name and know the invisible bits that we share space with. In celebration of its world premiere, we’ve paired it with some other incredible films playing in the interstices of the scientific and poetic, dispensing with those classifications, but keen to understand the links between technologies of vision and visualization, the metaphors through which we understand the universe.

 

Nina Barnett + Jeremy Bolen — The Beam | 27 mins. | HD | color | sound | 2018

“They go through everything and they never stop.”

“There is no stop.”

“It just keeps going into the cosmos”

 

Mike Gibisser — Second Law: S Leh St. | 14 mins. | 16mm to HD | color | sound | 2010

The second of a four part series. The second law of thermodynamics, the law of entropy, states order tends toward disorder. An old woman passes time in her home. The dust in the air sometimes floats skyward.

 

Semiconductor — 20Hz | 5 mins. | HD | b+w | sound | 2011

20Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.

 

Deborah Stratman — …These Blazeing Starrs! | 14 mins. | 16mm to HD | b+w | sound | 2011

Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured disaster: catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. A short film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination that combines imagery of 15th-18th century European broadsides with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage.

…These Blazeing Starrs! juxtaposes a modern empirical desire to probe and measure against older methods, when star gazers were translators, explicating the sky more intuitively for predictions of human folly. Comets are now understood as time capsules harboring elemental information about the formation of our solar system. Today we smash rockets into them to read spectral signatures. In a sense, they remain oracles – it’s just the manner of divining which has changed.

programmed by Jesse Malmed



Filed under: artist in attendance, collaboration, documentary, environmental, essay, experimental, place, science, sound, video

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