With LOADS by Curt McDowell
Thursday, September 14 at 8 PM, $7-10
THE DESTROYING ANGEL (Peter de Rome, 1976)
62 minutes, Digital File
The second and final feature by BFI-recognized experimental/erotic filmmaker and recent documentary subject Peter de Rome, THE DESTROYING ANGEL is a film truly unlike any other. A complete hybrid of horror movie and hardcore, its very loosely Poe-inspired story focuses on priest Caswell Campbell who is on sabbatical from seminary and, feeling torn between the pleasures of the flesh and his call to the cloth, indulges in an escalatingly bizarre series of psychotropic mushroom-feuled sexual experiences, all while being plagued by haunting visions of his doppelganger. Though more of its screen time is spent on sexual acts than in much of de Rome’s other work, THE DESTROYING ANGEL’s sex scenes are anything but traditional, growing increasingly surreal and deconstructed throughout the course of the film, advancing the plot and themes, and functioning as creepy hallucinatory episodes for the viewer. Accurately critically called “a mess but a masterpiece,” THE DESTROYING ANGEL’s weird blend of elements (including over-the-top acting, beautifully-edited psychedelic imagery, and a few jaw-dropping sexual feats) makes for a thoroughly watchable film that manages to be simultaneously campy and artful; erotic, frightening, and fun. (Screening thanks to Bijou Video.)
LOADS (Curt McDowell, 1976, released 1985)
19 minutes, 16mm on DVD
With LOADS, Curt McDowell–the preeminent satyr of underground lust–puts his hand, mouth, and camera where the money is: in and out of the underpants of tough, sometimes tender, alluring straight men. Shameless, touching, resplendent in body heat, LOADS remains a rhapsody to fluidity and flexibility, a seminal masterpiece in every way.
Special thanks to his sister Melinda McDowell Milks, who’s generously allowing us to screen it.
Programmed by Julia Zinn and Edward E. Crouse
Filed under: 16mm
The Sale of a Thousand
Interesting & Useful Objects
Benefitting the Nightingale & Co
Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, 10 AM – 3 PM
Join us as we clean house and raise a little dough. AV equipment, furniture, cameras, clothes, dishes, books, art supplies, housewares.
Good tunes, occasional snacks, and visiting provided. It has been too long since we have seen each other’s faces. HAGGLING ENCOURAGED!
Filed under: poetry
a visiting reading series
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Thursday, July 13, 7 pm, $5 suggested donation
Tweeting & Deleting is coming to CHICAGO.
The reading series curated by Lina Abascal (@linalovesit) is a place for women identifying and nonbinary writers to hang out and share their work.
Charlotte “Gasp” Gasparetti Ribar
event is free, $5 donation suggested at door to support nightingale cinema.
Filed under: feminism
New Video Works By Grace Mitchell
1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, June 16th, 7:00 pm, $7-10
Grace is an image maker whose work is often inspired or facilitated by writing and language (body-language, spoken language, and other communicating forms). Discourse in her films functions much like how talking to yourself does: it lingers, disagrees; it’s sporadic and disjointed. Rarely concludes.
Join us for a special screening of new video work by Milwaukee based artist Grace Mitchell. Artist in attendance!
Accompanying the screening will be issues 3, 4 & 5 of Cineviews, an experimental publication revolving around filmic endeavours, founded by Mitchell with the designing forte and collaborative efforts of Reece Ousey, as well as a yet-to-be-released book of images created by Mitchell and published through Martian Press, a risograph printing press run by Stephanie Gage, located in Milwaukee, WI.
Fate Parts (3 min)
Ilse, Irene (5 min)
Another’s Window (7 min)
Red Heel In Field (2 min)
Top Thrill (7 min)
Yards (7 min)
Been Waiting (6 min)
Was Here (4 min)
Sunset Song (5 min)
Filed under: artist in attendance
The Work of Emily Eddy &
the Nightingale’s 9th Birthday!!
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, April 1, 7:00 pm, $7-10
Join us as we celebrate the ninth affordable renewal of our lease with a new series presenting the work of the folks behind the Nightingale. Over the course of the next year, we will treat each programmer to a mini-retrospective as a vehicle to ask you, our community, what this place has been and should become as it nears a decade in existence.
First up is heir apparent, Emily K. Eddy. She has been curating film, video, and new media works as Co-Director of the Nightingale since 2013. She is also a film, video, and digital media artist in her own right. This program spans the last four years and includes outside works that heavily inform Emily’s thematic and aesthetic interests.
Emily graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Combining many different forms of moving image, her work utilizes strategies of video diaries, archival practices, and experimental documentaries. Emily has shown work and programmed screenings at many venues in Chicago, as well as her hometown, Portland, OR, Reykjavik, Iceland, and various mid-western cities. Her most recent curated program, HOW TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL will be presented at Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles on March 24.
As always at Nightingale birthdays there will be cake, questionable punch, and dancing.
Amsterdam Camera Vacation – Steve Reinke
Digital Video, 12:00
No Chick Is An Island – Emily Eddy
Digital Video, 6:59
I (can?) not be defeated – Emily Eddy
Digital Video, Super 8mm, 9:02
I Touched Her Legs – Eva Marie Rødbro
Digital Video, 15:13
this must be the place – Emily Eddy
Digital Video, 6:09
Vesturbæjar – Emily Eddy
Digital Video, 8:08
Filed under: 8mm
, BIRTHDAY PARTY
, new media
, Super 8mm