NOT SO STATIC

Lorenzo Gattorna and Close Company

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Artist in attendance! World Premiere of Jones Falls!
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7 pm
, $7-10

The Nightingale is pleased to bring Baltimore-based filmmaker and programmer Lorenzo Gattorna to screen his films and films of subsequent influence. The program alternates between Gattorna’s haunting documentaries and idiosyncratic works by Ryan Marino, Shambhavi Kaul, Marika Borgeson and Josh Weissbach. Somewhere between the optical and the ocular, the spectacular and the speculative, the sites in these films masquerade as themselves. The artists whose work Gattorna has chosen have chosen him—sharing a devotion to both estrangement and cognition, while serving to elucidate each other. This program renders a quiet recollection of the capacity of the moving image to transport an audience to another place and a place to an audience. Seeing is a kind of knowing, but one fraught with seductive half-truths, misdirective fantasies and the consciousness that often a closer look only reveals greater distance.

 

Marshy Place Across, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2012, 16mm to digital, b/w & color, sound, 4.5 min

A Distant Horizon, Ryan Marino, 2012, 16mm, color, sound, 6.5 min

The Enchanted Forest, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2011, 16mm to digital, color, sound, 6.5 min

Mount Song, Shambhavi Kaul, 2013, digital, color, sound, 9 min

Jones Falls, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2014, 16mm to digital, b/w, sound, 10 min

Eleven Forty Seven, Marika Borgeson, 2013, digital, color, silent, 12 min

At Rest, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2012, 16mm to digital, b/w & color, silent, 5 min

theoria, Josh Weissbach, 2014, 16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min

 

Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker and programmer originally from New York. He received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in 2007. His short films have screened worldwide at festivals and galleries including ARKIPEL, Balagan Film Series, Camera Club of New York, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Colour Out of Space, EMP Collective, Galerie Myrtis, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Images Contre Nature, LMAKprojects, Les Rencontres Internationales, Maryland Film Festival, Maysles Cinema, MICA, Microlights, Microscope Gallery, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, PLUG Projects, Regional Support Network, Sonic Circuits, Spectacle Theater, TULCA, UnionDocs, VIDEOMEDEJA and Views from the Avant-Garde. He has presented visiting artist lectures at NYU’s Experimental Film Workshop and JHU’s Short Filmmaking Laboratory. He has programmed screenings for Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter [Media Art], Maysles Cinema, Spectacle Theater and UnionDocs. Recently he received the 2012 Creative Alliance Media Makers’ Fellowship and was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Sondheim Prize as well as the 2014 Trawick Prize. Currently Lorenzo is co-director of a nomadic entity in Baltimore known as Sight Unseen, showcasing avant-garde film, video and expanded cinema and supported by Artists Public Domain, MICA and The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

Programmed by Jesse Malmed

 



Filed under: documentary, experimental, film, video

CINEMA BABYLON

Experiments in Narrative
Programmers, Christine Kolozvary and
Michael Bucuzzo, in person!

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Friday, September 26th at 8:00 pm, $7-10 

Cinema Babylon is a program of shorts by emerging artists who are exploring both the tropes and excesses of narrative form, and the unraveling structure of avant garde film. Influenced by filmmakers such as George Kuchar, Kenneth Anger, Lewis Klahr, and Ericka Beckman, many of these films remain unseen for being both too narrative and too experimental. This screening is an opportunity to showcase works that abandon the confines of narrative cause and effect for the tenuous logic of a dream.

With support from the Millenium Film Workshop in NYC, Cinema Babylon will tour across the United States in September 2014 in an effort to bridge together like minded film communities, and to spark a discourse about new young talent.

Programmed by Christina Kolozsvary & Michael Bucuzzo

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SUITCASE of LOVE and SHAME

Premiere Screening  for RUN OF LIFE:
Experimental Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

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Monday, September 22nd at 7:00pm,
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.

PREMIERE SCREENING
SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME
Dir. Jane Gillooly // 70 min // 2013 // video

Tender, erotic, and pathetic, this reconstructed narrative examines the obsession to chronicle the details of an adulterous affair. Suitcase of Love and Shame is a mesmerizing collage woven from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960’s, a Midwestern woman and her lover become reliant on recording devises to document and memorialize their affair. The film aims at a cross-generational consciousness about exhibitionism, privacy and voyeurism. Focusing on the aural and experiential nature of the audio the imagery in the film is restrained – abstract, evocative and expectant, so that the audience will see with their ears. The listener/viewer is variously located within and outside of the events – complicit and voyeuristic. The “eavesdropping viewer” is compelled, despite feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable with the knowledge and access they have been given into the transgressions they imagine they see. Selected to screen as part of the distinguished Art of The Real series at the Film Society at Lincoln Center 2014, the film has screened internationally winning Best International Film at Images Festival in Toronto.

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Filed under: documentary, experimental, film, found footage, narrative, new media, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

DAREDEVILS

The First Feature from Stephanie Barber
Stephanie Barber in person!

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Sunday, September, 21st at 8:00 pm, $7-10


A portrait of risk and language, the experimental narrative DAREDEVILS, presents a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language—a dialog, two monologues and a song.

Starring KimSu Theiler, Flora Coker & Adam Robinson and featuring the voices of Susan Howe and Jenny Graf, DAREDEVILS constructs a metaphor of an artist’s life and work as daredevilry.

Barber’s first feature, the piece sits gently between video art, narrative and poetic essay. The classic rising action, climax and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.

***Special Thanks to Carl Bogner at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee***

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