Jennifer Reeder for Trunk Show

Exhibition Opening & Video Mixtape

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Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Trunk Show, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project directed and driven by Raven Falquez Munsell and Nightingale programmer Jesse Malmed, is elated to return to the cinema. Its first opening, all the way back in 2013, was gleefully rained out of the park and into the Nightingale. That was for Eric Fleischauer’s now sold-out PUNK IS DAD sticker, which might have more to do with this one than you’d think.

In addition to releasing the sticker, snacking on the snacks and all the usual wonderful things that happen at Trunk Show openings, Jennifer Reeder is going to unveil a video mixtape of sorts revealing moments that have stuck with her and that have made their ways into and out of her films.

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INCALL: A Film by Brock Riebe

INCALL, the LAST call you’ll ever make!

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Friday, April 10, 8 pm, $10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

ABOUT THE FILM
Kasey is down on his luck. He has no family or friends except an obnoxious, overbearing female (Beth) who always seems to show up at the wrong time (is it love?). To make ends meet, Kasey does “incall” massage from his apartment. Unfortunately, some of his married, middle aged, male clients are more interested in things OTHER than massage. Enter Marco, a sexy drifter, in the country under mysterious circumstances. After the accidental death of one of his massage clients, and through a bizarre set of circumstances, Kasey enlists the help of Marco to dispose of the body. What started as an accident soon becomes intentional as the duo lure unsuspecting men to their deaths. Its a race against time to get enough cash together to leave the country before they’re caught by the police, the landlord or the obnoxious Beth! How will this sex charged thriller end? Wouldn’t you like to know?!

INCALL: The last call you’ll ever make!

Brock Riebe is a filmmaker, actor, writer, singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. He has earned a degree in Communications from the University of WI at Madison. Incall is both his feature film acting as well as directorial debut. His goal as a filmmaker (and actor) is to create stories, characters and scenarios that deal with issues, not readily or honestly explored by mainstream media, in a fresh, innovative and entertaining way. He has lived and worked in New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago.

Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at www.incallmovie.com

 



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The ANIMATED ARCHIVE

Recent Work by Kelly Sears
Kelly Sears in person!

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Sunday, March 15th at 5:00pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Kelly Sears is an experimental animator that cuts up and collages imagery from American culture and politics to intervene with the history embedded in the frame.  Working with appropriated images ranging from thrift store cast-offs to archival material, she uses animation to rebuild American histories that shift between the official and the uncanny while exploring contemporary narratives of power, such as manifest destiny, occupation and surveillance.

This hour-long program contains films that address failure – of technology, of progress, and history.  But this failure creates an opportunity to ­­reexamine and envision other speculative narratives. A former President is possessed by his nightmares, high school students are infected by a sinister force in their school’s architecture, astronauts drift away from their missions and telephone operators are built into a covert observation network.

Her work has screened at museums, galleries and film festivals, such as MOMA, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Machine Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Light Industry, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Black Maria Film Festival. She teaches animation and film production at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Program Details
PATTERN FOR SURVIVAL  (2015,  HD video, 6:00)
As you read the rest of this manual, keep in mind the need for a
survival pattern.

THE DRIFT (2007, HD video, 8:20)
A mysterious disappearance on a late 1960s space journey entrances the
nation. This film reexamines the nature of our country’s expansionist
endeavors and the desire to push too far, too fast.

COVER ME ALPHA (2011, HD video, 2:30)
Names of maneuvers and procedures from a military yearbook re-caption
the activities of soldiers in battle.
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Filed under: 16mm, animation, archival, experimental, feminism, video

OTHER PROVOCATIONS

A Benefit for Joe Gibbons

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Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Joe Gibbons, the brilliant, provocative video artist, was arrested on New Year’s Eve for bank robbery. The New York Post—all salacious details, condescending scare quotes and scandalous urgency—breathlessly reported the story but left out some of the best parts. The Nightingale Cinema, in solidarity with other cinemas across the country, is doing its small part to raise (among other things) awareness of Gibbons‘ fascinating work and his present predicament. We’ll be screening a range of his works, made both collaboratively and on his own. A pioneer in experimental autobiography(?), Gibbons‘ work—which has shown in contexts like the Whitney Biennial, MoMA and Rotterdam—often centers on Joe—an anxious, if genius, misanthrope. The work is risky and smart, disarmingly funny and constantly bumping up against its own consideration of truth.

Attend generously.



Filed under: experimental, Uncategorized, video

RUNNING SHORTS!

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series

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Monday, February 16th  at 7:00pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL

February’s Run Of Life series presents Running Shorts!, a celebration of locally produced short experimental documentary film. The program features award winning pieces such as WINNIE WRIGHT, AGE 11 from the Kartemquin Films Archives, a 1974 16mm short that explores gentrification and its effects on a teenage girl in Chicago’s Gage Park; and Deborah Stratton’s acclaimed HACKED CIRCUIT, a single-shot, choreographed portrait of the Foley process from the final sequence of THE CONVERSATION, revealing multiple layers of fabrication and imposition. Also screening will be Kevin B. Lee’s TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE a desktop documentary about the latest installment Michael Bay’s sprawling robot movie franchise and newcomer Michelle Nahmad’s animated doc THE SHOCHET, among others.

Program Support provided by Video Data Bank.

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Programmed by Beckie Stocchetti



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THROUGH THE PRISM

Videos by Hannah Piper Burns
Artist in attendance!

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Sunday, February 8th, at 7 pm, &$7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

 

i bend my truths through the prism of appropriation
and knit the shards together with rhythm.

 

Adroitly choreographed and cleverly edited, Hannah Piper Burns’ videos are brainy but for the body. Reflecting and refracting the spells and charms of popular culture, her work is seductive and unrelenting. Fluent in the languages of pop music, dance and reality television, the works are crisp and communicative, political in their poetics and personal in their polemics. Their tautness and rhythm uphold what music videos promises and all too rarely deliver: a multisensory reënvisioning of the bodily and intellectual experience of music. Polyvocal texts read like cyborg zines, as riotous and they are rigorous in their media anthropology. And youdia anthropology. Come for Gene Kelly, leave with synchronized swimmers, bach exports, media imports and radical reorderings. For filers: fun, funny, feminist, physical, “found” footage, figuring it out.

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