1084 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
DirectorChristy LeMaster founded The Nightingale in 2008. She has programmed screenings for Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago Film Forum, The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago Film Archives, and Intuit Gallery. She teaches Semiotics and Media Theory at Columbia College Chicago in The Interactive Arts and Media Department. She has been a movie critic on the NPR Chicago affiliate, WBEZ's morning show 848 and CINE-FILE.info. She was a 2011 Flaherty Film SemiFellow and a Summer Forum 2012 resident. She is currently working on a microcinema web directory and distribution system called splitbeam.org
ProgrammersPatrick Friel was Program Director at Chicago Filmmakers for eleven years (1996-2007) and has been the Festival Director and Programmer of the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival (run by Chicago Filmmakers) since 2001. In 2008 he founded the independent alternative film screening series White Light Cinema. He has presented freelance programs at many venues and festivals, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Pacific Film Archives, Cinematheque Ontario, Anthology Film Archives, and Aurora Picture Show. He is the Managing Editor of the on-line Chicago film resource Cine-File. Friel has also served as a festival judge, festival pre-screener, film festival panelist, grant review panelist, guest speaker, symposium co-organizer, and instructor, and has written for Film Comment, Cineaste, Afterimage, Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, and Senses of Cinema. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Columbia College Chicago. He has an M.A. from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Indiana University.
Emily Kuehn is a Chicago based I.T. employee and artist who makes animation, video, and interactive media with computers. Her work has been shown before including at: The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Dia Arts Foundation in New York, and Non Grata Art Container in Tallin Estonia. She totally psyched to become a key holder at the Nightingale, the badest experimental microcinema in the midwest. Please find her on the internet at emilyemily.org.
Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator working in moving images, performance, text and the overlaps and gaps thereof. He has screened and performed at venues like the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Portland Art Museum's Northwest Film Center, Light Industry, the Shanghai Biennial and Chicago Underground Film Festival. Previously a collective member of Cinema Project in Portland, he programs the peripatetic Deep Leap Microcinema and writes about experimental moving images and their makers for Bad at Sports, CINE-FILE, YA5 and Incite Journal. He earned a BA from Bard College and presently attends the MFA program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Chloe McLaren has been a projectionist for about a decade, and currently works at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. She has studied art, anthropology, gender studies and library science. She's a frequent collaborator on The Nightingale's Friendsgiving potluck, and is very much in favor of theatre cats.
Douglas McLaren received a Master's degree in Film Preservation from the George Eastman House and the University of Rochester. He has recently been named co-chair of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Projection and Technical Presentation Committee. He is currently the Head Projectionist and Repertory Film Programmer for the Music Box Theatre, and has been projecting experimental film and video for the Media City Film Festival since 2007. Douglas is married to Chloe McLaren and they are with child, their first of dozens.
Support StaffSally Lawton, Assistant Director
Emily Eddy, Programming Assistant
Megan May Erwin, Programming Assistant
Mojo Lorwin, Programming Assistant
Rory McSweeney, Programming Assistant