The ANIMATED ARCHIVE

Recent Work by Kelly Sears

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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



Filed under: archival, artist in attendance, documentary, documentation, experimental, found footage, video

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