DRESS REHEARSAL FOR UTOPIA

RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series
Screening at Constellation
(3111 N. Western Ave.)

15388

Monday, December 15th  at 7:00pm
Featuring storyteller, Katie Williams
Q&A with funerary artist and researcher, Kelly Christian
$8 in advance /$10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

DRESS REHEARSAL FOR UTOPIA
Dir. Andrés Duque // 75 min // 2012

Experimental documentary-maker Andrés Duque travels to Mozambique to look for old footage that had been made there. But when it becomes apparent that his elderly father is seriously ill, he returns to his homeland of Venezuela. As his father lies dying in a hospital room in Venezuela, the filmmaker’s thoughts travel to Mozambique. Images of dance and revolution – some retrieved from archival footage, some newly shot – conjure up a spectral alternate reality where human figures take part in a cascade of excited movements. A commentary on the finiteness of life, Dress Rehersal for Utopia emanates a personal collage in which feelings transcend- part experimental travelogue, part political statement. A gentle rustling links the different images, their origins and significance together.

http://www.andresduque.com/ensayofinaleng.html

Preceded by
Katie Williams recording an excerpt of
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion
(script for stage, 2007)

Andrés Duque is a Spanish-Venezuelan filmmaker. studied journalism in his homeland before moving to Spain for a master’s degree in creative documentary at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He now works as a filmmaker, film programmer and teacher.He is best known for his 2004 film “Ivan Z”, a portrait of the cult filmmaker Ivan Zulueta, which participated in dozens of international film festivals and received a Goya Award nomination. In 2011, he made his first feature film debut with COLOR RUNAWAY DOG. The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the Audience Award at Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival. He was a featured artist at 2012 Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2013 he won the City of Barcelona Award for DRESS REHEARSAL FOR UTOPIA.

Katie Williams is one half of Patchwork Farms, an urban farm in Chicago, founded and operated by herself and Molly Medhurst. She is a storyteller and rugby player. Her thoughtful Bruce Springsteen cover band, Miss Bossy and The D Street Band recently played the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. They hope to play more museums and maybe weddings.

Kelly Christian is a Chicago-based researcher, writer, and artist. Her most recent work explores postmortem and funerary photography. Kelly photographed military funerals in Maine during the height of the Iraq War and created her own new media-Daguerreotypes. She has presented her work at conferences and galleries across the country on postmortem photography, embalming, and “corpse-as-culture.”

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Filed under: documentary, experimental, found footage, international, queer, Uncategorized, video

FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Winter Screening and Inaugural Party

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Sunday, December 7th at 7:00 pm, $15

The Nightingale is delighted to introduce FOLLOW FOCUS- a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving image maker as they complete a feature project. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, FOLLOW FOCUS invites audiences to observe a director’s process, collaborations, and inspiration. Our inaugural featured project is THE LADIES ALMANACK written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker, Daviel Shy and produced by NYC-based performer, Stephanie Acosta.

THE LADIES ALMANACK is a feature-­length experimental narrative film shot on Super 8 and based on the novel of the same title by Djuna Barnes. The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920’s Paris.

The Nightingale will host 4 screenings during the course of the next year, each one in a different season and  highlighting a different element of the process ending with a rough cut screening in Fall of 2015. The production of a commissioned art object will also raise funds for the film.  Admission price  at each of the four screenings includes part of a limited edition, risograph-printed Ladies Almanack Tarot Deck designed and illustrated by Jess LeMaster. Attend all four screenings for a complete 24-card set.

The Winter Screening will include a treatment presentation by director Daviel Shy,  exclusive trailer release, and dramatic readings from The Ladies Almanack 1928 original novel. Reception with artists to follow the screening.

To support the THE LADIES ALMANACK right away, check out the movie’s website. Donations are tax-deductible.

http://theladiesalmanack.tumblr.com/contribute

Image Credit: Collage made by  Sarah Patten. Full image may be found here. See more of her amazing collage work here.



Filed under: experimental, feminism, film, narrative, queer, reading, Super 8mm

SHAPESHIFTERS

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Filed under: experimental, new media, Uncategorized, video

OUT OF SITE CHICAGO

Neighborhood Performance Art
Documentation Screening

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Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm, $7-10

For the third year in a row, The Nightingale is delighted to host  an end of year screening for our neighborhood’s beloved outdoor performance series. Out of Site Chicago curates cutting edge unexpected encounters in public space. OoS support contemporary performance artists to create new work that engages directly with the public. Artists are invited to select sites that resonate with their practice. The mission of OoS is to bring cultural experiences to everyone facilitating unique surprises for people as they come home from work, curating work that brings joy and transports people out of their daily routines to create a moment of reflection and wonder in their lives.

This screening will include nine short videos of each public performance from 2014.

Including work by:
Emilio Rojas (Featured International Artist from Canada)

Elena and Erin

Jake Vogds

Free Air: Regin Igloria and Amy Sinclair

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Filed under: documentation, performance, surveillance, video

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