The Lost Films of Weng Weng
Screening and Book Launch
Co-presented by the Chicago Cinema Society
Director and Author, Andrew Leavold
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM, $7-10
A former cult video store manager turned guerrilla film-maker and B film detective goes looking for the two-foot-nine James Bond of the Philippines.
Screening -an exclusive 90 minute compilation called THE LOST FILMS OF WENG WENG – three of Weng Weng’s Tagalog language films edited down to their essentials and subtitled into English – all seen for the very first time outside the Philippines! You get the gold from – Stariray (Dolphy’s 1981 gay disco actioner, in which a gruff-voiced Weng Weng as Chief of Operations teaches him kung fu); Da Best In Da West (another Weng Weng western also from 1981, this time as Dolphy’s deputy Bronson!); and Legs…Katawan…Babae! (stars Hagibis, the Filipino Village People, in a delirious disco kung fu spy musical WESTERN [!!!] in which Weng Weng makes a cameo in the final blazing line-dancing number).
Andrew Leavold owned and managed Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a film-maker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema. His writing has been published globally in mainstream magazines, academic journals and underground cinema fanzines, for the last two decades. This is his first book. (more…)
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Chicago’s Ethnographic Film Festival
Saturday, October 14 at 6:30 PM, $7-10
Artistic and expressive films can spread a message of hope and resilience. Local emerging filmmakers exhibit new perspectives and methods on old stories. Join us for the third night of this new and exciting fest, titled Seeking Peace, programmed by Ife Olatunji and Danielle Echols.
Seeking Sanctuary by Free Spirit Media
A short documentary that focuses on safe spaces that prevent violence through dance, music, arts and food. We wanted to tell this story to prove that Chicago has many options for safe spaces. Chicago is full of violence but there are many organizations like the ones in our film that help people see the good in Chicago.
Yours Is Not the Taj Mahal by Shayna Connelly
A grief induced fever dream caused by seeing a woman resembling a dead friend. The shadow of grief can envelop us at any time, mixing perception with memory and disintegrating boundaries between the living and dead. In an unexpected place a ghost appears, triggering a familiar conversation about the friend’s desire to know the end of every story before it is told. The narrator grapples with whether to reveal to her friend how she dies. What or who is altered by knowing the outcome?
Why We March by Laurie Little, Theresa Campagna, and Jess Mattison
An observational documentary that takes us to the heart of the women’s march held after the inaguartion of Donald Trump
Brown Girls by Sam Bailey and Fatimah Asghar
Emmy nominated Chicago based queer web series that explores life in the city for two brown girls.
Sunday by Tiara Epps
A feature fiction film that tells the story of one young man trying to do right.
Come vote for your favorite films of the night.
Remember your donation allows us to support independent and diverse filmmakers by providing them with a local network to distribute and screen their films.
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Showing Up for Racial Justice-Chicago Chapter
A World Without Police,
Part 1: History of Policing
Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30-8:00 PM, Free
Want to know why so many Chicagoans are calling for police reform or abolition? Come to SURJ’s first “A World Without Police” workshop: “A History of Policing in Chicago, from 1850 to the 2017.” We’ll explain the racist origins of policing in the United States, study how, decade after decade, the police have systemically targeted black and brown Chicagoans, learn about failed attempts to reform the CPD , and explore how black and brown Chicagoans have led efforts to hold Chicago police accountable for their unconstitutional and violent actions. Led by activists and historians, the workshop will take us to the present moment, addressing ongoing CPD and ICE cooperation, as well as plans for the new police academy
This is the first in a 3-part series, designed to 1) explain why Chicago needs police abolition, 2) introduce Chicagoans to what police abolition looks like in practice (both systemically and individually) and 3) help Chicagoans participate in abolitionist campaigns.
Part One: History of Policing – October 11
Part Two: Alternatives to Calling the Police – October 25
Part Three: Moving to Action, FOP Contract – November 8
REGISTER HERE! https://goo.gl/R3nGuL
-Venue is accessible via the Blue Line, the Milwaukee, Division, & Ashland Buses and there is on-street parking.
– There is a ramp available (upon request) to provide access over the one step into the building.
– The location has one gender-inclusive bathroom, but that bathroom is not ADA compliant.
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New Works From the Echo Park Film Center
Filmmakers & EPFC Founders,
Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr, in attendance!
Tuesday, October 10 at 8 PM, $7-10
The Nightingale is delighted to host comrade in arms and Los Angeles’ favorite microcinema on a midwestern tour showcasing their large and creative cinema fam. In recognition of their countless hours as the Center’s educators, programmers, projectionists and facilitators, Echo Park Film Center Co-op members were commissioned to make new experimental lens-based works exploring their relationships to Los Angeles. Coming from all walks of life, Co-op members include both experienced and self-taught filmmakers, queer identifying filmmakers, artists of color, art school graduates, and EPFC youth film program alumni.
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, found footage
Experimental Animations by Mothers
Presented by Extended Practice
Saturday, October 7 at 6 PM, $7-10
This international program of experimental animations illuminates the connection between the process of animation and the experience of parenting, and celebrates motherhood as especially rich creative territory. From the first flicker of life, a mother’s sense of time, space, reality and even her own body transforms. As a flexible medium, animation can construct realities and play with the elasticity of time and space. The works in this screening utilize intergenerational collaboration, evocative materiality, layered narratives, and the physical engagement of the creator with every frame.
This screening is programmed for the Nightingale Cinema by Sara Holwerda and Angela Lopez as part of Extended Practice, an artist-led collaborative project created to support the work and needs of artists who are mothers.
Featuring work by: Lindsay Arnold, Shira Avni, Lisa Barcy, Heather Freeman, Georgie Flood, Ariana Gerstein, Megan Hildebrandt, Anna Hrachovec, Emily Hubley, Faith Hubley, Debbie Lee, Marjorie Lemay, Jennifer Levonian, Maria Lorenzo, Alison O’Neill, Vanessa Sweet, Lynn Tomlinson, Selina Trepp, and Karen Yasinsky
Total runtime: 75 minutes.
Nursing mothers are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Funding for this screening is supported in part by the DCASE Individual Artist Project grant.
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