Curated by Catherine Pancake for the Nightingale’s 4th Birthday


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
April 6th, 2012

So The NIGHTINGALE is about to turn four!

In celebration, Catherine Pancake has curated a program of work from her previous city for our enjoyment. Baltimore’s long and fraught relationship with experimental cinema has been influenced by Stan Vanderbeek’s position as the Director of Visual Arts at UMBC until his death in 1984, Paul Sharits’s brief tenure as a resident, John Waters’s cool omnipresence, and David Simon’s surgical extractions of the metaphysics of gritty violence for national myth-making. Continuing these (and other) traditions, we’ve assembled a group of artists who touch on themes and content influenced by their work and lives in Charm City, a post-industrial playground as warmly communal as it is visciously violent. Rome Prize winner, Karen Yasinsky presents intricate hand-drawn animations which revive and reconfigure Bresson characters, Jimmy Joe Roche, Dan Deacon collaborator, Internet star, and MICA MFA grad, brings artifacts from his current practice presenting howling figures of the American underworld in beautifully rendered neo-spiritual glitch-video narratives, Mary Helena Clark screens gems of abstract cinema from her current practice as an MFA Candidate at UIC, and Catherine Pancake presents a collaborative experimental narrative created with the African-American Queer Dom-Femme scene in Baltimore (who actually reside in the those neighborhoods you know and love from The Wire) as well as her acclaimed homage to Fassbinder, bitterbittertears.

Also be on the lookout for other birthday party standards: cake, dancing, drinks.

And as is our tradition, we will premiere The Nightingale 2012 Trailer.

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