Works by Cameron Gibson

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, March 13, 7 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is delighted to present Cameron Gibson’s first solo hometown screening. Canny in their drops into the uncanny, Cameron’s works dutifully revel in concealment as revelation; always showing over telling. Psychological here refers to exterior faces to interior phases, while thinking and feeling these spaces with the complexity and compassion they require. Sometimes the films feel like puzzles that even when completed reveal a disquieting image—the pieces are all in their right place, but something doesn’t feel right. Floating through an oblique hollow of mirrors experimental, documentary and narrative, tonight’s program deals with big things in small ways. Scenes are staged and stolen, capturing the strange feeling of watching, of being watched. The screening includes several works that are new to audiences, including the world premiere episode of Gibson and Kyle Schlie’s expanded, transdisciplinary soap opera, By Way of Today, which begins a weeklong shift on acretv.org on March 21st.

(The End of Sculpture [co-directed by Macon Reed], 2014, video, sound, 13 minutes)

The Inner and Outer Vanishing Point, 2013, video, sound, 20 min.

Swamp (3963 N Clark), 2014, video, sound, 9 minutes

Standby, 2014, video, sound, 1 minute

By Way of Today (co-produced by Kyle Schlie), 2016, video, sound, 7 minutes

Joshua Tree, 2011, video, silent, 1 minute

Overture, 2016, video, sound, 22 minutes

Hot Stuff, 2015, video, sound, 3 minutes

Cameron Gibson is a Chicago-based filmmaker, teacher and occasional landscaper. Blending documentary, narrative and experimental film, his work often delves into personal histories and the uncanny – both realizing and critiquing a fundamental voyeurism at the heart of filmmaking and film watching. Cameron has presented work at galleries and festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands), European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück, Germany), Galeria Zé dos Bois (Lisbon, Portugal), Winnipeg Underground Film Festival (Canada), MassArt Film Society (Boston, MA), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles, CA), EMP Collective (Baltimore, MD), The Nightingale Cinema, The Mission Projects, Gallery 400 and the Museum of Contemporary Art (all Chicago, IL). He studied film production at Northwestern University and received an MFA in Moving Image from University of Illinois at Chicago. camerondeangibson.com

Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, narrative, video


The First 5 Years and The Last 5 Years
as part of Platforms: 10 Years
of Chances Dances


Tuesday, September 8, 8 pm, Free
Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

A bookended pair of lively screening events featuring works from the past, present, and future of CHANCES granted artists, organizers, and scenesters. This is your pre-party party, snacks and group travel to that night’s CHANCES DANCES included.

Including work by: Mark Aguhar, Cavenaw and Cavenis, Sky Cubacub, Ky Dickens, EMR (Math Bass & Dylan Mira), Hope Esser & Daviel Shy, Rami George, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Meg Leary, Marianna Milhorat, Madsen Minax, Dylan Mira, Fawzia Mirza, Aay Preston-Myint, Macon Reed, Oli Rodriguez, Amina Ross & NIC Kay, Jules Rosskam, Xina Xurner, Latham Owen Zearfoss

Program Design by Marian Runk
Curated by Christy LeMaster


Begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party, Chances Dances is a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build safer spaces, and support local art and activism through direct funding and other resources.

Since its founding, Chances has sought to bring together Chicago’s varied LGBTIQ communities
by organizing dance parties that welcome people of all gender expressions and racial identities. For the
last six years, Chances has channeled profits from its parties into a biannual microgrant for local artists. In 2008, Chances launched the Critical Fierceness Grant, which awards $500 to Chicago-based artists and collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer. In 2012, Chances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which funds projects by queer feminine spectrum artists of color with $1,000 grants. Through this grassroots funding in addition to our robust performance programming, Chances has established itself as hub of queer artistic activity in Chicago for ten years running.

In Fall 2015, the Platforms retrospective will showcase the artworks, herstory, and community-building processes of the Chances community over the last 10 years at several sites across Chicago. Drawing from over one hundred Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists, past and present Chances organizers, and members of the Chances community, Platforms will elevate and expand the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice.

Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, feminism, film, found footage, music, narrative, new media, opening, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video