FEST of (IN)APPROPRIATION #7

Artist LJ Frezza in person!

TOHO

Friday, April 17, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

The Nightingale is delighted to host the latest traveling show from Los Angeles Filmforum’s program FESTIVAL OF (IN)APPROPRIATION!

Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, “inappropriate.” This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the “producer” and “consumer” of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.

Founded in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short (20 minutes or less), audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. The show is curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen.

Generously sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum.

 

Program Details:
Astro Black: Race for Space by Soda_Jerk (Australia, digital video, color, sound, 2010, 6:06)

Demolished Every Second by John Davis (US/Tajikistan, 16mm on digital video, color, sound, 2014, 4:25)

Sara Nokomis Weir by Brian L. Frye (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 20:00)

Lexicon by Celeste Fichter (US, digital video, color, silent, 2014, 2:36)

The Bags, Probably 1971 by Joshua Yates (US, hand-processed 16mm film on video, black & white and color, sound, 5:11)

No Signal Detected by Péter Lichter (Hungary, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 2:33)

TOHO by Sellotape Cinema (UK, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 9:30)

Nothing by LJ Frezza (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 6:27)

Array by Ben Balcom (US, digital video, color, sound, 2013, 7:18)

My clothes were dragging me back by Maria Magnusson (Sweden, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 4:53)

Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg: Work of Art! Reality TV Special by Chris E. Vargas and Greg Youmans (US, digital video, color, sound, 2012, 14:00)

Iterations by Gregg Biermann (US, digital video, color, sound, 2014, 5:37)

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, documentary, documentation, experimental, film, found footage, new media, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

INCALL: A Film by Brock Riebe

INCALL, the LAST call you’ll ever make!

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Friday, April 10, 8 pm, $10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

ABOUT THE MOVIE
Kasey is down on his luck. He has no family or friends except an obnoxious, overbearing female (Beth) who always seems to show up at the wrong time (is it love?). To make ends meet, Kasey does “incall” massage from his apartment. Unfortunately, some of his married, middle aged, male clients are more interested in things OTHER than massage. Enter Marco, a sexy drifter, in the country under mysterious circumstances. After the accidental death of one of his massage clients, and through a bizarre set of circumstances, Kasey enlists the help of Marco to dispose of the body. What started as an accident soon becomes intentional as the duo lure unsuspecting men to their deaths. Its a race against time to get enough cash together to leave the country before they’re caught by the police, the landlord or the obnoxious Beth! How will this sex charged thriller end? Wouldn’t you like to know?!

INCALL: The last call you’ll ever make!

Brock Riebe is a filmmaker, actor, writer, singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. He has earned a degree in Communications from the University of WI at Madison. Incall is both his feature film acting as well as directorial debut. His goal as a filmmaker (and actor) is to create stories, characters and scenarios that deal with issues, not readily or honestly explored by mainstream media, in a fresh, innovative and entertaining way. He has lived and worked in New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago.

Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at www.incallmovie.com

 



Filed under: artist in attendance, film, queer, video

BEYOND THE EMB

Beyond The Empire Marketing Board (EMB):
Nonfiction Films by Basil Wright, Mark Lapore, and Meredith Lackey from 1934-2014
Filmmaker Meredith Lackey in person!

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Wednesday, April 8th, $5-10
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Program starts at 8 pm
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

When I was a very young man and had no resources, Grierson sent me around the Caribbean in 1933 to film the British Colonies; Jamaica, Barbados and all that chain of islands. I was alone and toting a camera about and I wasn’t very experienced. I wished I could have managed to say more about the diabolical capitalist or British Colonial policy which was always so nice and fat. I got a bit of it into Song of Ceylon the next year, but, you see, if you’re working for the Empire Marketing Board in the British Colonies, you can’t do it. -Basil Wright from Daniella Gitlin in To Experience Song of Ceylon (*)

This program is made of three films that step beyond the traditional terms of nonfiction cinema, which John Grierson called “documentary” while head of Britain’s Empire Marketing Board. The program starts with Basil Wright’s Song of Ceylon. Wright remarked on shooting the film:

“I started shooting the film with a logic I couldn’t understand. I couldn’t imagine why I was forcing myself or being forced by something inside me to shoot the material.”-Basil Wright (***)

I believe Depression in the Bay of Bengal, A by Mark Lapore and Shwebontha by Meredith Lackey share this intuitive approach that Wright excitedly describes: interacting with a specific moment and place through a moving image camera. Their films favor the organicism of learning by seeing and listening over the strict dictations of producers protecting clients’ interests, their own expectations, or funding proposals. Furthermore, Lapore’s film, Depression in the Bay of Bengal, was funded by a Fulbright Grant to revisit – and possibly recreate – Wright’s Songs of Ceylon.

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Filed under: 16mm, archival, artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film, Uncategorized

FOLLOW FOCUS

Daviel Shy and THE LADIES ALMANACK
Spring Screening / The Nightingale Turns 7!

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Saturday, April 4, 7 pm, $15
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

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 Spring Screening will include moving image work by cast and crew members of  the movie, including work by Stephanie Acosta, Alexia Morinaux, Fannie Sosa & Poussy Draama, Jessica Wienstein, Weléla Kindred, Caitlin Baucom, and Slaveya Minkova, among others.

Party to celebrate The Nightingale’s 7th birthday to follow the screening. We will premiere the 2015 Nightingale trailer made by Jillian Hansen-Lewis.

 

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Filed under: artist in attendance, BIRTHDAY PARTY, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, international, music, narrative, performance, queer, Super 8mm, Uncategorized, video

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