1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

CITY OF TRICKS

A video screening and live reading
by Michael Paul Lopez

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 8:00 pm, $7-10

The video program will be accompanied by a LIVE READING of a collection of short fiction by the author himself!

Michael Paul Lopez is a Chicago-based video artist, illustrator, performer, and fiction writer. In 2013 he starred in the feature-length independent black comedy Crimes Against Humanity that has screened at festivals nationwide. His recent videos have screened at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center, the MCA, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. 1950s horror comics, true crime, and blockbuster movies inspire Lopez’s self-published collections of short illustrated stories. He writes with a rawness, humor, weirdness and singular voice of a simple outsider retelling the creepy lore of dark and twisted characters.

The Twin (2013) 10 mins
The Twin is an animated short of subtitled stills, inspired by 1950s horror comics, that depicts the origin and supernatural demise of a disabled police officer living in an aggressively cruel and mysterious world. The simple presentation of the dense narrative in a disjointed manner, coupled with the loose soundtrack, create a chilling tale that includes executions, transformations and betrayal.

The Cons’ Competition (2013) 13 mins
The Cons’ Competition depicts two caper stories progressing in unison through hand-drawn illustrations, titles, and sound. Dense illustrations portray a female grifter apprehended and roughed up by vengeful gangsters on a steamboat, while the titles tell of a scarred con artist searching for the rumored Cons’ Competition in a South American jungle. Presented in a simple, yet vividly colored and rhythmic manner, the two entwined narratives produce a tense, abstruse soundtrack, at times appropriate and anarchic in relation to the two plots.

Some Southern Country (2014) 30 mins
A 13-chapter video comic book, wherein a teenage boy experiences sexual adventures and overcomes obstacles of the heart atop a generic, racially ambiguous, American 80s world determined to perpetuate tribal war in a southern jungle. Green people blackmail, torture, spy, cry and trash their bedrooms in a private high school while a concurrent narrative in text details the sexploits of a privileged middleclass jerk overcoming his fear of love. These conflicting narratives are rendered together with gradual color changes, sound effects, synth and faux orchestral arrangements.



Filed under: animation, artist in attendance, experimental, performance, video

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