1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

TOWARD THE CONCRETE

Films by Mike Stolz
Artist in Attendance!

Friday, November 10th, 8 PM, $7-10

The Nightingale is excited to present a solo screening of (mostly) 16-millimeter shorts by Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker Mike Stoltz.

Stoltz’s films are rooted in a bodily encounter with the subject; engaging with performers (and performing) from behind the camera, through chance-based interventions in landscape, through camera movements in concert with architectural structures, and directly addressing the audience in the form of gesture and language. This physicality is also present within Mike’s editing process, cutting directly on 16mm film and composing soundtracks from tape music and live sound generated with collaborators.

Images in these shorts reveal satellite dishes perched on the ocean, punk bands practicing in storage units, stroboscopic office park architecture, body parts careening across the screen, and kitsch relics overcome by moss and mold. There is a correlation here between the constant and the variable; a concrete wall begins to spin through the sky, performers place the camera between their bodies, nature overtakes the man-made, and history folds in on itself.

Mike Stoltz works and teaches in Los Angeles, where he is a programmer at the Echo Park Film Center. He will be in attendance to introduce the program.

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Toward The Concrete Program Notes: (Total Running Time: 47 minutes)

Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day (2012, HD, 4:30)
“…The camera in Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day fixes on a young woman standing against a painted blue wall, the sun partially lighting her face, the sound of distant traffic in the background. Offscreen, a guitarist plucks single notes, and the woman hums along. When the music falls outside of her vocal range, she switches to a lower octave, her mouth turned up in a small grin. Later, she frowns slightly, seemingly unable to find her note. Gradually her confidence builds and her smile returns, though her humming is no longer anywhere close to the guitar’s pitch. Ten Notes is a marvel; it’s as unhurried and refreshing as this woman’s singing, which, though off-key, produces an unexpected harmony, a little song discovered in the process of its own making.”
-Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot, Issue 33

In Between (2010, 16mm, 4:30)
“An exercise in permeable architecture, an attempt to walk through a wall.” -MS

Under The Atmosphere (2014, 16mm, 14:30)
“Filmed on the Central Florida “Space Coast”, site of NASA’s launch pads. Dormant spacecraft, arcane text, activated landscape, and the surface of the image work towards a future-past shot reverse shot.” -MS

With Pluses and Minuses (2013, 16mm, 5:00)
“…Stoltz shakes and dislocates audio and image with volume and pitch variations, editing the 16mm film in camera, varying the focus and the shot length of every frame, shifting background and foreground, turning and spinning the camera hand-held positions, and allowing sequences of black that punctuate the image’s algorithms. The filmmaker’s dance transforms abstraction into personal experience. He is an active agent of the surrounding world, and of the opportunities that open and close before us.”
-Mónica Savirón, LUMIÈRE Fall 2013

Half Human, Half Vapor (2015, 16mm, 11:00)
“This project began out of a fascination with a giant sculpture of a dragon attached to a Central Florida mansion. The property had recently been left to rot, held in lien by a bank. Hurricanes washed away the sculpture. I learned about the artist who created this landmark, Lewis Vandercar (1913-1988), who began as a painter. His practice grew along with his notoriety for spell-casting and telepathy. Inspired by Vandercar’s interest in parallel possibility, I combined these images with text from local newspaper articles in a haunted-house film that both engages with and looks beyond the material world.” -MS

Spotlight On A Brick Wall, in collaboration with Alee Peoples (2016, 16mm, 8:00)
A performance film that navigates expectations of both the audience and the makers. A series of false starts. Dub treatment on the laugh track.” -AP&MS



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52 AAFF 16mm TOUR PROGRAM

Program Director, David Dinnell in person!

Mike Stoltz - With Pluses and Minuses 2013

Saturday, October 25th at 8:00 pm, $7-10

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental fest in the country and is the midwest’s most influential exhibitor of international artist made cinema. As any visit  to the festival demonstrates the org serves an enthusiastic local audience and attracts artists and programmers from far and wide. AAFF also supports the genre by presenting a touring program of festival works in the off-season. In October, Program Director, David Dinnell, brings the 52 AAFF 16mm Tour Program to Chicago. Presented entirely on 16 mm, this program features 14 new films from Denmark, Argentina, Canada, Germany, and the United States, including several of this year’s festival award winning pieces.

Program Details:
The Handeye (Bone Ghosts)
(Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy)
Berlin, Germany | 2012 | 7 min
In early 20th century Vienna Robert Musil invited Sigmund Freud to partake in, what he called, “a very special séance.” Seated at the table Musil revealed that they were going to summon the ghost of Franz Anton Mesmer, discoverer of animal magnetism and forefather of hypnosis. Musil told Freud about a series of dreams he had which involved a talking flea. Musil, who had secretly become a follower of the imaginationist school of animal magnetism wanted to question Mesmer as to the meaning of these dreams, in which said flea foretold of impending catastrophes all over Europe. It is said that Mesmer obligingly appeared and spoke in a repetitive and oblique manner. Mesmer’s words were transcribed by Freud in several scraps of paper and hidden sepa- rately in a series of objects that, owing to the vicissitudes of history, would end up in the collections of three Viennese museums. Legend has it that he who could piece together the text would find instructions for the assembly of a film. —AD & JM

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Filed under: 16mm, documentary, experimental, film, found footage, Uncategorized