Three Short Films by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Director in Attendance!
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, October 23, 7 pm, $7-10
The ANDRE TRILOGY by James N. Kienitz Wilkins is a collapsing treatise on media format and reality as constructed by entertainment. Special Features is an apparent interview with three highlights. Presented as if a lo-fi fragment from an unnamed video production, an interviewee interacts with an interviewer, recounting a special experience at once unique and shared. In TESTER, a private eye guy recounts a tricky case, set against the unedited duration of a found BetaSP tape. B-ROLL with Andre is an anonymous and mediated testimonial about one man’s dangerous dream. The three movies were produced in sequential video formats (BetaSP, MiniDV, HD) which correspond to the timeframes of each story (prequel, original, sequel). However, when the movies are screened together, they unfold in order of production (Special Features, TESTER, B-ROLL with Andre). The trilogy engages unreliable narrators, obvious performance modes, and outdated media formats to keep the context of the pieces slippery. Taken together they provide the familiar and satisfying suspense of a detective story, leaning into the tricks of the mystery genre: the gumshoe voice-over, hidden identity, surveillance-style footage, and vocoder vocal disguise. Ultimately, however, Wilkins keeps both the mystery genre and the ability to solve the work at bay, offering instead a shifty palette of conceptual tricks to ponder over, where our own modes of viewership seem to be a substantial piece of the puzzle.
Special Features (12 min / MiniDV-to-HD / 2014)
TESTER (30 min / BetaSP-to-HD / 2015)
B-ROLL with Andre (19 min / HD / 2015)
Self-Titled (Rough Cut) by Jesse Malmed (7 min / HD / 2015)
James N. Kienitz Wilkins is a filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn. He directed the experimental documentary feature, P ublic Hearing (2012), which premiered in the New:Vision competition at CPH:DOX 2012, and went on to festivals and venues worldwide, including MoMA PS1 (EXPO 1: NEW YORK). He is an NEA MacDowell Fellow and a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art. He is the 2016 recipient of the LICHTER Art Award from the LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International.
Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator living and working in Chicago. His work in moving images, performance, text and occasional objects has exhibited widely in museums, cinemas, galleries, bars and barns. He is the curator of the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, co-director of the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show, a programmer at the Nightingale Cinema, instigates Western Pole and curates exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. His writing has appeared on and in Bad at Sports, Cine-File, Incite Journal of Experimental Media, The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature, Temporary Art Review, Big Big Wednesday and YA5. A native of Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster
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