RUN OF LIFE Experimental
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Post Screening Discussion
with Jeanne Galatzer-Levy of the JANE Collective
Friday, January 9th at 7:00 pm, $10
The Nightingale is delighted to present the Chicago premiere of the new documentary VESSEL. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts sails a ship around the world, providing abortions at sea for women with no legal alternative. Her idea begins as flawed spectacle, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockade. But with each roadblock comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca realizes she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves abortions using WHO-researched protocols with pills.
From there we witness her create an underground network of emboldened, informed activists who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who hears and answers a calling, and transforms a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.
Dir. Diana Whitten // 88:00 // USA // 2014 // HD Video
Preceeded by a reading from
JANE: Documents From Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973
Post Screening Discussion with Jeanne Galatzer-Levy of the JANE Collective
The first 40 ticket holders will receive a free copy of JANE: purchased from Microcosm Publishing in Portland, OR.
Diana Whitten (director/producer) has a decade of professional film/TV direction, production and design experience. She founded Sovereignty Productions in 2008, following a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia, and was the Director of Communications at Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. Vessel, her first feature film, premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival and won the Audience Award in the Documentary Competition, as well as a Special Jury Award for Political Courage. Awards include the inaugural Peter Wintonick Award from Sheffield DocFest, an Honorable mention for the Moving Mountains Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride, and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award.
Jeanne Galatzer-Levy was a member of the JANE Collective. These days she is associate director in the UIC News Bureau, handling media relations for the biomedical and natural sciences. Her previous experience includes media relations for the American Medical Association, the University of Chicago and the Alzheimer’s Association. Her freelance experience includes articles on health topics in the Chicago Tribune, Tribune Magazine and Loyola Medicine. She has a master’s degree in biochemistry from UIC, an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in science journalism from Columbia College.
RUN OF LIFE is 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 documentarywith 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.
Co-curated by Beckie Stocchetti & Christy LeMaster
Programming Board: Robin Amer, Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, & Jenny Miller
Filed under: documentary, international, queer, surveillance, Uncategorized, video