A Goodbye Screening
Kate Raney in person!


The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
August 16th, 2012

Kate Raney, a longtime Nightingale friend and collaborator, makes cut-out animations and video collages with a mixture of 2-D hand rendered artwork with live-action film/video and animation. Initially focusing on reinterpreting fairy tales with a feminist subtext, she turned to appropriating imagery from modern myths – the movies. Sadly for Chicago, Kate is not long for the city. She will be bidding a fond farewell to Chicago and moving to Athens, Ohio to teach at Ohio University. Come celebrate Kate’s work and wish her bon voyage.

Program Details:
The Cleo Project
The Cleo Project is an experimental short that uses Agnes Varda’s film Cleo From 5 to 7 as a prompt to explore performance and gender. Multiple women enact the same scene from the film while being given direction and adjustments on set as cameras roll. One camera shot the scene as it played out. An additional camera documented the director working through the process of performance with the actresses. Combining video and animation, The Cleo Project captures the complex negotiation between performing femininity and embodying the self.

I Love(Hate) You
I Love(Hate) You appropriates film noir footage featuring Rita Hayworth, Gloria Grahame and Robert Mitchum. Characters are decontextualized as everything from the mis-en-scene to audio is destabilized and reinvented. Strange swirls and drips set the tone for examining the destructive relationships and identity crises that unfold. I Love(Hate) You investigates the spaces between love and hate, sex and violence, beauty and horror, self and other.

Deux Petits Bateaux
A cut-out animation of two kids on a sailing trip who embark on an underwater adventure when their phonograph falls overboard. A dancing fish/people extravaganza featuring music by Chicago band Mar Caribe.

Love Draws Blood
Love Draws Blood investigates innocence and desire bringing together photos, paintings, and found super 8 film in an animated collage. Music by Jitney.

Paradoxes and Oxymorons
An animated interpretation of John Ashbery’s poem Paradoxes and Oxymorons that offers a meditation on shapes, lines and language. Created as part of Poetry Everywhere at docUWM, a documentary media center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in association with the Poetry Foundation.

Fondu It!
An exquisite corpse project made for the Milwaukee’s Locally Grown screening series. A meditation on chocolate dipped fruit.

and others!

Kate Raney received her MFA in Film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since relocating to Chicago she has been an instructor at Loyola University and Chicago Filmmakers. She has screened at numerous festivals such as the Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Big Muddy Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival and the Wisconsin Film Festival. In summer 2011 Kate was a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Laboratories in Chicago where she shot The Cleo Project. http://www.kateraney.com/

The Nightingale will in all likelyhood end this evening by crying herself to sleep in a whiskey fueled haze.

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