ANTHROMENTARIES, THREE

Recent works and words
by Steve Wetzel (in attendance!)

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Saturday, October 18th at 7:00 pm, $7-10 

The Nightingale is ecstatic to bring Steve Wetzel, his words and works back to Chicago. Like the people and places that populate tonight’s program, Wetzel work is unassuming, quotidian and idiosyncratic—uniquely itself and comfortable in its oddness. Taking the world and the millions of ways a life can be lived as sources, Wetzel’s crafts portraits of minor league hockey players, tick racers, inventors and laid-off fishermen, to name a few. There’s a Midwesternness, polite but peculiar, that permeates this work. In addition to his anthromentaries for the screen, Wetzel will present a few short readings.

Kid Beat Box: Twenty-two Tapes, Edit Nine, 2012, 9 minutes, video

In the end all biography is inadequate, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. There’s much to learn from these efforts. In saying this I don’t mean to suggest that Kid Beat Box is a biography; I don’t think it is, or if it is a biography, then that’s just part of the story, part of the experience: experiment in biography, anthromentary, experimental document, flimsy structuralist video, short documentary essay. Whatever the case it’s only nine minutes long, and we can handle that. (SW)

 

The First Shot is Silent, 2010, 15 minutes, video

The First Shot is Silent is about the commemoration of a once-thriving fishing village, now bulldozed into an industrial corridor. As with all progress, many experience its opposite: reversal into disappearance. The memorial merges the material and the spiritual by both preserving the idea and memory of something now vanished—really a sort of apology—and a physical marker that conjures the realness of geography and the actual bodies that once animated it. (SW) 

Of the Iron Range, 2014, 19 minutes, video

Of the Iron Range documents a cultural event in a small Midwestern town (Cuyuna, Minnesota) that once held the nation’s supply of iron ore. Every year, people from across the region gather for a dynamic, convivial social performance where hundreds of wood ticks are gathered and raced. Deeply symbolic and rich in human observation, Of the Iron Range offers a portrait of one of America’s once-thriving industrial sites. (SW)

 

Steve Wetzel is an artist from Minnesota, USA, and currently teaches in the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the past decade Wetzel has produced many works of experimental non-fiction and anthromentary video, and has shown nationally and internationally. Much of Wetzel’s work focuses on social construction and the everyday inscription of the human symbolic. These themes can also be found in a book he penned in 2010, Occasional Performances and Wayward Writings, that was described by his editor as “an urgent and generous exegesis . . . [a] re-collecting of thoughts and experience, a naming of bullshit.” The second volume is forthcoming.

Presented by Jesse Malmed

 



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A GEOGRAPHY OF ADDRESSES

Films by Josh Weissbach (in attendance!)

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Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm, $7-10 

The place where it happened, where it kept happening, where it only happened once. The walls are this tall and there are this many of them and there are this many doors and windows to exit and enter and stare out of. This is where it is on the map. These are the nearest streets and this is how you’d get from there to here. Here is where it happened next, where it kept happening, where it hasn’t happened yet. Sometimes there aren’t any doors or windows because there aren’t any walls. In describing the place, it becomes fixed as an image, as a string of words.

Examining both domestic and natural spaces, Weissbach seeks sites of trauma, vitality and memory. The specific becomes general and the general becomes specific. Psychological spaces take on architectural terms just as literal spaces begin to shape what happens inside of them.

Weissbach’s films are impeccably composed and paced, with an airiness that allows for both tension and relief. There is an inscrutable intensity to much of the work, using the same breath to express both data and drama, as Jack Webb says just the feelings.

The ghosts find doors in the walls, while the television is stuck on an unhaunted house.

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NOT SO STATIC

Lorenzo Gattorna and Close Company

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Artist in attendance! World Premiere of Jones Falls!
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7 pm
, $7-10

The Nightingale is pleased to bring Baltimore-based filmmaker and programmer Lorenzo Gattorna to screen his films and films of subsequent influence. The program alternates between Gattorna’s haunting documentaries and idiosyncratic works by Ryan Marino, Shambhavi Kaul, Marika Borgeson and Josh Weissbach. Somewhere between the optical and the ocular, the spectacular and the speculative, the sites in these films masquerade as themselves. The artists whose work Gattorna has chosen have chosen him—sharing a devotion to both estrangement and cognition, while serving to elucidate each other. This program renders a quiet recollection of the capacity of the moving image to transport an audience to another place and a place to an audience. Seeing is a kind of knowing, but one fraught with seductive half-truths, misdirective fantasies and the consciousness that often a closer look only reveals greater distance.

 

Marshy Place Across, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2012, 16mm to digital, b/w & color, sound, 4.5 min

A Distant Horizon, Ryan Marino, 2012, 16mm, color, sound, 6.5 min

The Enchanted Forest, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2011, 16mm to digital, color, sound, 6.5 min

Mount Song, Shambhavi Kaul, 2013, digital, color, sound, 9 min

Jones Falls, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2014, 16mm to digital, b/w, sound, 10 min

Eleven Forty Seven, Marika Borgeson, 2013, digital, color, silent, 12 min

At Rest, Lorenzo Gattorna, 2012, 16mm to digital, b/w & color, silent, 5 min

theoria, Josh Weissbach, 2014, 16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min

 

Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker and programmer originally from New York. He received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in 2007. His short films have screened worldwide at festivals and galleries including ARKIPEL, Balagan Film Series, Camera Club of New York, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Colour Out of Space, EMP Collective, Galerie Myrtis, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Images Contre Nature, LMAKprojects, Les Rencontres Internationales, Maryland Film Festival, Maysles Cinema, MICA, Microlights, Microscope Gallery, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, PLUG Projects, Regional Support Network, Sonic Circuits, Spectacle Theater, TULCA, UnionDocs, VIDEOMEDEJA and Views from the Avant-Garde. He has presented visiting artist lectures at NYU’s Experimental Film Workshop and JHU’s Short Filmmaking Laboratory. He has programmed screenings for Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter [Media Art], Maysles Cinema, Spectacle Theater and UnionDocs. Recently he received the 2012 Creative Alliance Media Makers’ Fellowship and was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Sondheim Prize as well as the 2014 Trawick Prize. Currently Lorenzo is co-director of a nomadic entity in Baltimore known as Sight Unseen, showcasing avant-garde film, video and expanded cinema and supported by Artists Public Domain, MICA and The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

Programmed by Jesse Malmed

 



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CINEMA BABYLON

Experiments in Narrative
Programmers, Christine Kolozvary and
Michael Bucuzzo, in person!

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Friday, September 26th at 8:00 pm, $7-10 

Cinema Babylon is a program of shorts by emerging artists who are exploring both the tropes and excesses of narrative form, and the unraveling structure of avant garde film. Influenced by filmmakers such as George Kuchar, Kenneth Anger, Lewis Klahr, and Ericka Beckman, many of these films remain unseen for being both too narrative and too experimental. This screening is an opportunity to showcase works that abandon the confines of narrative cause and effect for the tenuous logic of a dream.

With support from the Millenium Film Workshop in NYC, Cinema Babylon will tour across the United States in September 2014 in an effort to bridge together like minded film communities, and to spark a discourse about new young talent.

Programmed by Christina Kolozsvary & Michael Bucuzzo

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SUITCASE of LOVE and SHAME

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

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Monday, September 22nd at 7:00pm,
$8 in advance / $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here

The Nightingale’s Christy LeMaster and Kartemquin Film’s Beckie Stocchetti join forces to present RUN OF LIFE, a co-curated experimental documentary and expanded media series to be held at Constellation  beginning September 22nd, 2014 and running every third Monday for nine months through May 2015.

This new series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to create a space for audiences in Chicago to explore and converse about this important and often under-recognized form of media making: “We aim to investigate experimental tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall.

PREMIERE SCREENING
SUITCASE OF LOVE AND SHAME
Dir. Jane Gillooly // 70 min // 2013 // video

Tender, erotic, and pathetic, this reconstructed narrative examines the obsession to chronicle the details of an adulterous affair. Suitcase of Love and Shame is a mesmerizing collage woven from 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape discovered in a suitcase purchased on eBay. Recorded in the 1960’s, a Midwestern woman and her lover become reliant on recording devises to document and memorialize their affair. The film aims at a cross-generational consciousness about exhibitionism, privacy and voyeurism. Focusing on the aural and experiential nature of the audio the imagery in the film is restrained – abstract, evocative and expectant, so that the audience will see with their ears. The listener/viewer is variously located within and outside of the events – complicit and voyeuristic. The “eavesdropping viewer” is compelled, despite feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable with the knowledge and access they have been given into the transgressions they imagine they see. Selected to screen as part of the distinguished Art of The Real series at the Film Society at Lincoln Center 2014, the film has screened internationally winning Best International Film at Images Festival in Toronto.

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DAREDEVILS

The First Feature from Stephanie Barber
Stephanie Barber in person!

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Sunday, September, 21st at 8:00 pm, $7-10


A portrait of risk and language, the experimental narrative DAREDEVILS, presents a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language—a dialog, two monologues and a song.

Starring KimSu Theiler, Flora Coker & Adam Robinson and featuring the voices of Susan Howe and Jenny Graf, DAREDEVILS constructs a metaphor of an artist’s life and work as daredevilry.

Barber’s first feature, the piece sits gently between video art, narrative and poetic essay. The classic rising action, climax and denouement are sculpted, not by cause and effect, but by the subtle movements to and from understanding that are inherent in conversation. Bubbles of intimacy are blown and popped, begin to be blown again.

***Special Thanks to Carl Bogner at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee***

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ANDEAN-GARDE

Experimental Documentation
in the Andes (1963-2014)
Presented by Tiempo Libre
Curator, Daniel F. Molero in person!

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Sunday, September 14th at 7:30 pm, $7-10

The NIGHTINGALE is delighted to host this slate of short films that showcase a chronological development of experiments in non-fiction from filmmakers of the Andean region. These works articulate conflicted ideas about politics, media and indigenous representation.

Revolución / Revolution
Dir. Jorge Sanjinés
9 min – Bolivia – 1963
Made out of fragments of footage filmed while making propaganda documentaries for the state lottery, and edited according to theoretical precepts of Soviet montage, Revolución could be considered Bolivia’s first experimental film. In addition to using cinema to resist dictatorships and American imperialism, Jorge Sanjinés was also one of the first to theorize the representation of non-Western subjectivities in cinema.

Vía Satélite: En vivo y en directo / Via Satellite: live
Dir. Armando Robles Godoy
10 min – Perú – 1973
Five radial narrations of the same soccer match of the Peruvian national team juxtaposed with a suggestive montage of empty streets and emblematic monuments of the country’s capital city, Lima. Robles Godoy is Peru’s first and main auteur but still undiscovered for international audiences. His films, like The Green Wall (1970), are a mysterious combination of lyrical images and a fragmented structures.

Radio Belén
Dir. Gianfranco Annichini
11 min – Perú -1983
Located in the middle of a market and a port on the Amazon jungle, a poor radio station can only broadcast through speakers. The filmmaker reduces his commentary to a few final shots, the rest is from the voice of the people.

Enterprisse
Dir. Kiro Russo
9 min – Bolivia – 2010
The man, the city, the machine. Once he’s up in the Enterprisse, he has to follow the instructions. Russo’s next short film, Juku, premiered at Sundance 2012.

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LOST IN THE WOODS

Works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo (in Person!)

On The Evening by Olivia Ciummo (2014)

Wednesday, September 10th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10

Lost in the Woods is a program of short moving image works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo. Their works, though aesthetically divergent, provoke patient observation vs. anxiety driven themes. Taking cues, leaving footprints, stealing apathy, appropriating transcendence and encapsulating it—non-sequiturs become the texture and a summary that repeats and replicates, inviting perpetuity. This first co-screening by the artists brings together both recent and unseen projects. Both artists will be present following the screening.

Victoria – 10:00, 2012
An ode to R.S. – 3:30, 2013
In Reps of Long-Play – 6:30, 2013
Untitled (Redactions) – 3:20, 2014
On the Evening – 7:00, 2014
Anthology – ≈ 4:00, 2014
(On Fractured Water) – 4:00, 2014
Cipher II (excerpt) – 3:00, 2014
Invert and All That is Solid – 3:00, 2014
Wesserunsett – 5:00, 2014
(alternating artists, starting with Olivia Ciummo)

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