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  • Best of Summer Camp Films

    Local Youth-Made Media!
    Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Buttercup Park

     

    Located in the heart of Edgewater/Andersonville, Chicago Filmmakers has been running Digital Moviemaking Summer Camps for youth and teens (ages 10-18) for the past ten years, and tonight we are pleased to showcase a selection of some of the best work make during that time. Hundreds of young filmmakers have been through the program, making parodies, comedies, fractured fairytales, documentaries, and more. Join us for a fun evening that celebrates the creative spirit of these talented kids. Prior to the screening, starting at 6:30pm, we will have a station for kids to make a collaborative handmade “animated” 16mm film by drawing on clear leader. This group film will be screened at the end of the evening and then cut up for each kid in attendance to take a piece home.

     

  • Masculinity/Femininity

    Filmmaker Russell Sheaffer in Person!
    2012, 88 minutes, Digital Projection
    Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    Chicago Filmmakers welcomes Bloomington, Indiana based filmmaker Russell Sheaffer, who will present his 2012 experimental documentary MASCULINITY/FEMININITY (88 min., Digital Projection).

     “Experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer's MASCULINITY/FEMININITY takes over where his short film starring James Franco, Masculinity & Me, left off. Shot mainly on super8 film, this is not a typical documentary. Sheaffer asks filmmakers, academics, gender theorists, and artists to present their concepts of gender construction in what works as a sort of performance piece rather than as full-on narrative. In fact, the filmmakers themselves question whether MASCULINITY/FEMININITY is scripted or not. Whether through monologue, visual art, performance art, or storytelling, individuals including B. Ruby Rich, Susan Stryker, Barbara Hammer, John Greyson, Chris Vargas and Yvonne Tasker represent the personal experiences they have had with gender-normative societal constructs. Each performance is unique, but somehow viewers will be able to see something of themselves in each one.” (Inside Out)

     Sheaffer in person at the Saturday screening only.

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  • Masculinity/Femininity

    Directed by Russell Sheaffer
    2012, 88 minutes, Digital Projection
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    Chicago Filmmakers welcomes Bloomington, Indiana based filmmaker Russell Sheaffer, who will present his 2012 experimental documentary MASCULINITY/FEMININITY (88 min., Digital Projection).

     

    “Experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer's MASCULINITY/FEMININITY takes over where his short film starring James Franco, Masculinity & Me, left off. Shot mainly on super8 film, this is not a typical documentary. Sheaffer asks filmmakers, academics, gender theorists, and artists to present their concepts of gender construction in what works as a sort of performance piece rather than as full-on narrative. In fact, the filmmakers themselves question whether MASCULINITY/FEMININITY is scripted or not. Whether through monologue, visual art, performance art, or storytelling, individuals including B. Ruby Rich, Susan Stryker, Barbara Hammer, John Greyson, Chris Vargas and Yvonne Tasker represent the personal experiences they have had with gender-normative societal constructs. Each performance is unique, but somehow viewers will be able to see something of themselves in each one.” (Inside Out)

     

    Sheaffer in person at the Saturday screening only.

  • Chicago’s Own: Self-Deportation: Recent Asian American Shorts

    Filmmakers in Person!
    2008-14, approx. 90 minutes, Digital Projection
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    The centerpiece of this diverse program of locally-made shorts by Asian American artists is a special sneak preview of Eugene Sun Park’s film SELF-DEPORTATION: THE UNTOLD TALE OF A MARGINAL WOMAN (2014), which is a fiscal sponsor project at Chicago Filmmakers. Park’s experimental narrative is the story of a young Asian American woman who plans to return to her ancestral home after a traumatic event. First, though, she embarks on a bizarre farewell tour of a surrealistic “Real America.” Daniel Izui’s GAMAN – PORTRAITS OF CHICAGO NISEI WWII VETERANS (2012) is a compelling documentary that explores the experiences of six Japanese American World War II veterans, from before the war, through relocation and internment, the war itself, and the years following as they found their home in Chicago. Monica Eng’s OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION (2013) and COMING HOME (2014) are narratives centered on romantic love and familial love respectively. The first is a romantic comedy about an unusual love affair; the second is the story of love and loss between a mother and son unfolding during her living funeral. Lydia Fu’s animated film PERMUTE (2008) depicts a young woman’s journey through a surrealist world fraught with mystery, anxiety, and apprehension. And her film PATRIARCHY (2014) is a vignette-style experimental work, combining live-action and animation, which uses the ideals and structures of patriarchy to turn the fathered social system on its head. (2008-14, approx. 90 min total, Digital Projection)

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  • Chicago's Own: Self-Deportation: Recent Asian American Shorts

    Self-Deportation
    2008-14, approx. 90 minutes, Digital Projection
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    The centerpiece of this diverse program of locally-made shorts by Asian American artists is a special sneak preview of Eugene Sun Park’s film SELF-DEPORTATION: THE UNTOLD TALE OF A MARGINAL WOMAN (2014), which is a fiscal sponsor project at Chicago Filmmakers. Park’s experimental narrative is the story of a young Asian American woman who plans to return to her ancestral home after a traumatic event. First, though, she embarks on a bizarre farewell tour of a surrealistic “Real America.” Daniel Izui’s GAMAN – PORTRAITS OF CHICAGO NISEI WWII VETERANS (2012) is a compelling documentary that explores the experiences of six Japanese American World War II veterans, from before the war, through relocation and internment, the war itself, and the years following as they found their home in Chicago. Monica Eng’s OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION (2013) and COMING HOME (2014) are narratives centered on romantic love and familial love respectively. The first is a romantic comedy about an unusual love affair; the second is the story of love and loss between a mother and son unfolding during her living funeral. Lydia Fu’s animated film PERMUTE (2008) depicts a young woman’s journey through a surrealist world fraught with mystery, anxiety, and apprehension. And her film PATRIARCHY (2014) is a vignette-style experimental work, combining live-action and animation, which uses the ideals and structures of patriarchy to turn the fathered social system on its head. (2008-14, approx. 90 min total, Digital Projection)

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  • Intercat '69 (Part 1)

    Cats on Film!
    1940s-60s, approx. 2.5 hrs, 16mm
    Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

    The fascination with cats has been around long before YouTube. There was ancient Egypt, of course, but there was also the First International Cat Film Festival (INTERCAT '69), which took place at the Elgin Theater in NYC in December 1969. The brainchild of filmmaker Pola Chapelle, the festival brought together more than five hours of cat-related films. This program, showing in two parts and totaling roughly five hours, is something of a “best of” and includes work from the 1940s-1960s by both celebrated filmmakers and little-known artists. Included are OMA by Peter Knuppel, CATS by experimental animator Robert Breer, ENVY by Italian film legend Roberto Rossellini, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT by avant-garde film icon Maya Deren and her then-husband Alexander Hamid, the title sequence from WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by famed film credit designer Saul Bass, and FISHES IN SCREAMING WATER by Pola Chapelle. (1940s-60s, approx. 2.5 hours each night at Chicago Filmmakers and approx. 2 hours at Columbia College, 16mm; we will include a more detailed screening list for each program on our website closer to the show dates)

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    This program is a follow-up to the popular Cat Film Festival, co-presented last year by Chicago Filmmakers and South Side Projections. This year we’re doubling the fun, with each organization presenting a different program. For details on the SSP screening (scheduled for July 24) visit http://southsideprojections.org/2014/06/very-fine-cats-indeed-more-experimental-feline-films-on-16mm/.

     

  • Intercat '69 (Part 2)

    Cats on Film!
    1940s-60s, approx. 2.5 hrs, 16mm
    Saturday, September 13, 2014 (All day)
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    The fascination with cats has been around long before YouTube. There was ancient Egypt, of course, but there was also the First International Cat Film Festival (INTERCAT '69), which took place at the Elgin Theater in NYC in December 1969. The brainchild of filmmaker Pola Chapelle, the festival brought together more than five hours of cat-related films. This program, showing in two parts and totaling roughly five hours, is something of a “best of” and includes work from the 1940s-1960s by both celebrated filmmakers and little-known artists. Included are OMA by Peter Knuppel, CATS by experimental animator Robert Breer, ENVY by Italian film legend Roberto Rossellini, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT by avant-garde film icon Maya Deren and her then-husband Alexander Hamid, the title sequence from WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by famed film credit designer Saul Bass, and FISHES IN SCREAMING WATER by Pola Chapelle. (1940s-60s, approx. 2.5 hours each night at Chicago Filmmakers and approx. 2 hours at Columbia College, 16mm; we will include a more detailed screening list for each program on our website closer to the show dates)

     

    This program is a follow-up to the popular Cat Film Festival, co-presented last year by Chicago Filmmakers and South Side Projections. This year we’re doubling the fun, with each organization presenting a different program. For details on the SSP screening (scheduled for July 24) visit http://southsideprojections.org/2014/06/very-fine-cats-indeed-more-experimental-feline-films-on-16mm/.

  • Intercat '69 (Abridged Two-Hour Selection)

    Cats on Film!
    1940s-60s, approx. 2 hrs, 16mm
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    The fascination with cats has been around long before YouTube. There was ancient Egypt, of course, but there was also the First International Cat Film Festival (INTERCAT '69), which took place at the Elgin Theater in NYC in December 1969. The brainchild of filmmaker Pola Chapelle, the festival brought together more than five hours of cat-related films. This program, showing in two parts and totaling roughly five hours, is something of a “best of” and includes work from the 1940s-1960s by both celebrated filmmakers and little-known artists. Included are OMA by Peter Knuppel, CATS by experimental animator Robert Breer, ENVY by Italian film legend Roberto Rossellini, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT by avant-garde film icon Maya Deren and her then-husband Alexander Hamid, the title sequence from WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by famed film credit designer Saul Bass, and FISHES IN SCREAMING WATER by Pola Chapelle. (1940s-60s, approx. 2.5 hours each night at Chicago Filmmakers and approx. 2 hours at Columbia College, 16mm; we will include a more detailed screening list for each program on our website closer to the show dates)

    Buy Tickets Here! 

    This program is a follow-up to the popular Cat Film Festival, co-presented last year by Chicago Filmmakers and South Side Projections. This year we’re doubling the fun, with each organization presenting a different program. For details on the SSP screening (scheduled for July 24) visit http://southsideprojections.org/2014/06/very-fine-cats-indeed-more-experimental-feline-films-on-16mm/.

  • Chris Marker's Level Five

    Chicago Premiere! Never Before Released in the U.S.!
    1996, 106 minutes, Video Projection
    Friday, September 26, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. Laura "inherits" a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa - a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in the way World War II ended. The game is strange one, in fact. Contrary to classical strategy games whose purpose is to turn back the tide of history, this one seems willing only to reproduce history as it happened. While working on Okinawa and meeting, through a rather unusual network (a parallel to the Internet), various informants and even eye-witnesses to the battle (including film director Nagisa Oshima), Laura gathers pieces of the tragedy, until they start to interfere with her own life. (1996, 106 min., Video Projection)


    “Too complicated for words – yet unforgettable – Chris Marker signs a masterful historic-fantastic thriller, a vital reflection on death and image... A film on memory and the refusal to forget. An unforgettable film.” —Pierre Murat, Telerama

    “An exceptional film!” —Jean-Michel Frodon, Le Monde

     

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  • Chris Marker's Level Five

    Chicago Premiere! Never Before Released in the U.S.!
    1996, 106 minutes, Video Projection
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which LEVEL FIVE is built. Laura "inherits" a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa - a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in the way World War II ended. The game is strange one, in fact. Contrary to classical strategy games whose purpose is to turn back the tide of history, this one seems willing only to reproduce history as it happened. While working on Okinawa and meeting, through a rather unusual network (a parallel to the Internet), various informants and even eye-witnesses to the battle (including film director Nagisa Oshima), Laura gathers pieces of the tragedy, until they start to interfere with her own life. (1996, 106 min., Video Projection)


    “Too complicated for words – yet unforgettable – Chris Marker signs a masterful historic-fantastic thriller, a vital reflection on death and image... A film on memory and the refusal to forget. An unforgettable film.” —Pierre Murat, Telerama

    “An exceptional film!” —Jean-Michel Frodon, Le Monde



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Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:00pm
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Sat, 08/30/2014 - 8:00pm
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Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:30pm
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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:00pm
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Sat, 09/13/2014 (All day)
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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:30pm
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Fri, 09/26/2014 - 8:00pm
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Sat, 09/27/2014 - 8:00pm
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