New Sci-Fi Feature by Jimmy Schaus
Artist in Attendance!
Presented by ACRE Projects
Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale is delighted to partner with ACRE Projects to present the narrative feature debut of Chicago based artist Jimmy Schaus. St. Francis Hears a Noise is a psychotronic, picaresque science fiction romp about a sound recordist whose special microphone picks up messages from beyond, which are stolen by a sinister underground production network to unlock latent psychic energy from the young actors they routinely exploit. Francis, the titular protagonist, sets off on a journey to investigate and retrieve his precious sounds, only to uncover a vast network of control in which he may already be enmeshed.
Jimmy Schaus is an artist whose work spans narrative film, video art, music, sound and performance. Born and raised in central Florida, Schaus spent several years touring in underground music projects before shifting focus to filmmaking along with a move to Chicago in 2012. He completed an MFA in Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, and works as a videographer, editor, and instructor of film and audio production. St. Francis Hears a Noise is his first feature length project.
St. Francis Hears a Noise (2017, Digital File, 130 min.)
Image credit: Jimmy Schaus, Still from St. Francis Hears a Noise, 2017; Image courtesy of the artist.
Programmed by Kate Bowen, Aaron Walker, & Christy LeMaster
Filed under: artist in attendance
Experimental Animations by Mothers
Presented by Extended Practice
Saturday, October 7 at 6 PM, $7-10
This international program of experimental animations illuminates the connection between the process of animation and the experience of parenting, and celebrates motherhood as especially rich creative territory. From the first flicker of life, a mother’s sense of time, space, reality and even her own body transforms. As a flexible medium, animation can construct realities and play with the elasticity of time and space. The works in this screening utilize intergenerational collaboration, evocative materiality, layered narratives, and the physical engagement of the creator with every frame.
This screening is programmed for the Nightingale Cinema by Sara Holwerda and Angela Lopez as part of Extended Practice, an artist-led collaborative project created to support the work and needs of artists who are mothers.
Featuring work by: Lindsay Arnold, Shira Avni, Lisa Barcy, Heather Freeman, Georgie Flood, Ariana Gerstein, Megan Hildebrandt, Anna Hrachovec, Emily Hubley, Faith Hubley, Debbie Lee, Marjorie Lemay, Jennifer Levonian, Maria Lorenzo, Alison O’Neill, Vanessa Sweet, Lynn Tomlinson, Selina Trepp, and Karen Yasinsky
Total runtime: 75 minutes.
Nursing mothers are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Funding for this screening is supported in part by the DCASE Individual Artist Project grant.
Filed under: animation
2nd Annual Video! Video!
Video Festival Day 3
Saturday, September 23 at 7 PM, Free
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FREE FILM FESTIVAL!
☆Video! Video! Zine is devoted to obtaining visibility for moving image makers. Through monthly open calls, we motivate and encourage makers to participate, no matter what skill level or knowledge of moving image. We also hope to inspire through monthly guest curated “5 videos you must see” and interviews of moving image makers who need a spotlight. ☆By doing this Video! Video! Zine hopes to become an accessible submission-based Internet archive of amazing moving images from around the world.
This year we gave 3 grants to 3 artists who display work that we feel demands visibility! This night we would like to honor Xitlalli Sixta Tarin, Zhi Yuan Yang and Wayne P. Tate Jr. by looking at their work and having a discussion afterword.
MORE ABOUT THE GRANTEES~
Wayne P. Tate Jr. (they/he) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago and a SAIC BFA Candidate. Their work travels within the mediums of comics, writing, video, and sometimes new media. Overall, they like to explore mental illness and its ties to their identity as a mixed queer/trans person of color.
@tatertotter on Instagram.
Xitlalli Sixta Tarin is an interdisciplinary queer mestiza artist working primarily with video, installation, performance, and new media. They were born in San Antonio, Texas and are a SAIC BFA candidate.
Zhiyuan Yang, born in Beijing, China. Yang is the recipient of James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship. Her works have been exhibited and screened extensively throughout Chicago including Filter Photo, Latitude, Hairpin art center, ARC Gallery, and Sullivan Galleries. Her photograph is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and The Art Institute of Chicago.Yang will participate the residency program by Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017), and her work will be included in the biennial of South Bend Museum of Art.
Aproximate runtime is one hour.
Also check out the first two days of the festival~!
Video! Video! Video Festival Day 1 and Video! Video! Video Festival Day 2
Filed under: Free Screening!
, new media
Composer, Coleman Zurkowski, in attendance!
Saturday, August 26 at 8 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale presents ZERO, a project by Coleman Zurkowski.
ZERO is an exploration of the mental and physical effects of binaural/isochronic rhythms gradually slowing into silence and is a filmic companion to composer Coleman Zurkowski’s album of the same name.
Both united by and created for Zurkowski’s score, the film is comprised of chaptered shorts by Nick Edelberg, Kostas Chondros, Jodie Mack, Solomon Turner, Anthony Zakharia, Jimmy Schaus, Sofia Canales, Chris Wronka, and John Schmidt.
Zurkowski and contributing filmmaker Jimmy Schaus will be in attendance to introduce the film.The screening will open with a performance by Zurkowski as DJ VERSACI.
Total running time: 70 minutes
COLEMAN ZURKOWSKI is a composer and musician. He studied composition at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and continued his studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA. Zurkowski lives in New York City and composes music for film, television, and commercials, while releasing albums of his own work. In 2015, he was chosen to be the resident composer of the Khora Residency at the Syros International Film Festival. (http://colemanzurkowski.com)
Filed under: 16mm
, artist in attendance
, expanded cinema
PS When You Thought You Are Going To Die
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, June 30th, 7:30 pm, $7-10
“[A] movie’s reality should be as nasty and fucked up as possible, so we want to get fuck out of the theater and hope for something better in life…. I try not to have a message or even word in my movie. But I usually have some sick stories behind each of the movies. Those are just mental eye candy that it taste sweet first, seizure second.” – Stom Sogo
The Nightingale is pleased to present another tribute to Stom Sogo on the day before he died. A special thanks goes to Anthology Film Archives, John Klacsmann, Karen Johannesen and the following for their kind words and continued support of such an incredible, unstoppable force.
“A dynamo whose thunderous potential was cut short by his premature death, Japanese moving-image artist Stom Sogo (1975-2012) remains a romantic rebel if ever there was one. For over two decades he created a hair-raising body of aggressively beautiful films and videos. His distinctive, psychically charged work revels in optic and aural jolts just as much as it attempts a sincere connection with the viewer. While he mastered numerous approaches, his primary technique involved heavy amounts of re-photography, a process that allowed him to fashion multiple electrified layers of strobing imagery. Other pieces demonstrate his uncanny editing prowess in their startling juxtaposition of home movies with materials taken from an expansive array of unlikely sources.” – Andrew Lampert
“Total anarchy, pushing the limits, going out/within further and further, marveling at all the beauties and laughing at all the absurdities. To me this is what Stom was all about at all times.” – Raha Raissnia
“The films of Stom Sogo are incantatory and self combustible. An erratic master of low tech do-it-yourself sortilege, he puts his works through seemingly perpetual remakes.” – Mark McElhatten
“Stom was both cunning and tender, even now I use him to measure imposters. He certainly laughed at the solemnity with which the courtiers behave. He always wanted more, again.” – Albert Herter
SILVERPLAY, 2002, video, 16m
Song for TV, 2002, video, 4m
YA PRIVATE SKY, 2001, S8mm/video, 3.5m
SLOW DEATH, 2000, S8mm to video, 16m
PERIODICAL EFFECT, 2001, S8mm/video, 10m
REPEAT, 2006, video, 9.5m
PS WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU ARE GOING TO DIE, 2003, video, 14m
STOM SOGO was born in 1975 and moved to the United States in 1992. He graduated with a BA in art and film from Hunter College, New York, in 2000. Sogo started Open Screenings at Anthology Film Archives in 1995, inspiring a whole crew of filmmakers. His Super8 films and video works have screened at various festivals and exhibitions including Rotterdam Film Festival; the Whitney Biennale; Lincoln Center, MoMA, Light Industry, Union Docs, Chicago Filmmakers, Image Forum (Tokyo), Microscope, and many others.
Films/videos courtesy of Anthology Film Archives, New York
Programmed by Lorenzo Gattorna
Filed under: archival
, found footage
, home movies
, Super 8mm