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  • Fictional Distance

    Guest Programmed by Erik Summerville!
    (1952-1989, approx. 60 min., 16mm)
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street

     

    Whether it is done as a display of admiration, critical commentary, or satire mimesis has always been an integral part of the arts, and film—including animation—is certainly no exception. The following films represent a variety of artists’ attempts to, not emulate others in their own medium, but rather through animation channel the style of other mediums entirely, be it painting, dance, theatre, or a particular era or movement of art. BOCCIONI'S BIKE (1981, 8 minutes): an animation in the style of the Italian Futurists, by Skip Battaglia; Two Japanese wood block inspired shorts: Tony White’s homage to 19th Japanese artist Katsuhika Hokusai, HOKUSAI: A SKETCH DIARY (1978, 5.5 minutes), and THE BOY WHO DREW CATS (1988,4 minute); LAUTREC (1974, 6 minutes) —an attempt to bring the works of Toulousse-Lautrec to animated life; TRIANGLE (1989, 6 minutes): a reflection on Nazi persecution of gays during the holocaust through the style of German Expressionist painting; BROKEN-DOWN FILM (1985, 6 minutes): a nod to silent comedy, as well as an emulation of the wear and tear which occurs to film as a medium overtime; BEYOND KABUKI (1986, 10 minutes) —a stop motion interpretation of the titular style; CHAPTER 15 (1978, 7 minutes) —a mix of live-action and animation in tribute to sci-fi serials of the 30’s; and A PHANTASY (1952, 8 minutes): Norman McLaren’s ballet through abstract animation.

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  • Fictional Distance

    Guest Programmed by Erik Summerville!
    (1952-1989, approx. 60 min., 16mm)
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    Whether it is done as a display of admiration, critical commentary, or satire mimesis has always been an integral part of the arts, and film—including animation—is certainly no exception. The following films represent a variety of artists’ attempts to, not emulate others in their own medium, but rather through animation channel the style of other mediums entirely, be it painting, dance, theatre, or a particular era or movement of art. BOCCIONI'S BIKE (1981, 8 minutes): an animation in the style of the Italian Futurists, by Skip Battaglia; Two Japanese wood block inspired shorts: Tony White’s homage to 19th Japanese artist Katsuhika Hokusai, HOKUSAI: A SKETCH DIARY (1978, 5.5 minutes), and THE BOY WHO DREW CATS (1988,4 minute); LAUTREC (1974, 6 minutes) —an attempt to bring the works of Toulousse-Lautrec to animated life; TRIANGLE (1989, 6 minutes): a reflection on Nazi persecution of gays during the holocaust through the style of German Expressionist painting; BROKEN-DOWN FILM (1985, 6 minutes): a nod to silent comedy, as well as an emulation of the wear and tear which occurs to film as a medium overtime; BEYOND KABUKI (1986, 10 minutes) —a stop motion interpretation of the titular style; CHAPTER 15 (1978, 7 minutes) —a mix of live-action and animation in tribute to sci-fi serials of the 30’s; and A PHANTASY (1952, 8 minutes): Norman McLaren’s ballet through abstract animation.

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  • The Mystery of Life

    Filmmaker Stephen Cone in person Saturday!
    (2014, 60 min., video)
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street

     

    Stephen Cone's (The Wise Kids, Black Box) THE MYSTERY OF LIFE is visually stripped bare, but overflows with allusion and plot and emotion and performance. It's a daring film that shows the core of Cone's art - the actor - stranded in front of a pale, unchanging background auditioning for the movie they're already in. The only interactions the actors have are with the occasional scene partner and "The Director" as a lawful benign Dr. Claw - offscreen even when he's standing right in front of the camera. Slowly multiple stories emerge that will graze and bounce off each other and perhaps resolve. Mothers and sons clash. Romantic partners flirt and rebuff. Gifts are given and re-sold. Sex acts are of the Warholian variety, both in action and framing. T.S. Eliot provides some text and the overarching philosophy. It's a square dance of actors trading roles and lines. Minimally absurdist in structure, but maximally forceful in execution; hyper-focused actors swimming within a narcotic construction - the frame as maddeningly confining fish tank. It's a sidelong tale with a traditional gut-punch saved for the last possible moment of this brief and powerful film.

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  • The Mystery of Life

    A Stephen Cone Film!
    (2014, 60 min., video)
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street

     

    THE MYSTERY OF LIFE is visually stripped bare, but overflows with allusion and plot and emotion and performance. It's a daring film that shows the core of Cone's art - the actor - stranded in front of a pale, unchanging background auditioning for the movie they're already in. The only interactions the actors have are with the occasional scene partner and "The Director" as a lawful benign Dr. Claw - offscreen even when he's standing right in front of the camera. Slowly multiple stories emerge that will graze and bounce off each other and perhaps resolve. Mothers and sons clash. Romantic partners flirt and rebuff. Gifts are given and re-sold. Sex acts are of the Warholian variety, both in action and framing. T.S. Eliot provides some text and the overarching philosophy. It's a square dance of actors trading roles and lines. Minimally absurdist in structure, but maximally forceful in execution; hyper-focused actors swimming within a narcotic construction - the frame as maddeningly confining fish tank. It's a sidelong tale with a traditional gut-punch saved for the last possible moment of this brief and powerful film.

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  • The Mystery of Life

    A Stephen Cone Film!
    (2014, 60 min., video)
    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    THE MYSTERY OF LIFE is visually stripped bare, but overflows with allusion and plot and emotion and performance. It's a daring film that shows the core of Cone's art - the actor - stranded in front of a pale, unchanging background auditioning for the movie they're already in. The only interactions the actors have are with the occasional scene partner and "The Director" as a lawful benign Dr. Claw - offscreen even when he's standing right in front of the camera. Slowly multiple stories emerge that will graze and bounce off each other and perhaps resolve. Mothers and sons clash. Romantic partners flirt and rebuff. Gifts are given and re-sold. Sex acts are of the Warholian variety, both in action and framing. T.S. Eliot provides some text and the overarching philosophy. It's a square dance of actors trading roles and lines. Minimally absurdist in structure, but maximally forceful in execution; hyper-focused actors swimming within a narcotic construction - the frame as maddeningly confining fish tank. It's a sidelong tale with a traditional gut-punch saved for the last possible moment of this brief and powerful film.

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  • Barriers to Entry

    Programmed for the Standard of Living exhibit at UIC!
    Free! (2008-2013, 72 min., video and 16mm)
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago - 400 South Peoria Street

    Work in the 21st century is a unnervingly fractured. You might consider yourself lucky if permatemp freelancing and contract after contract is your new norm. The actual sweat-inducing work of labor is often hidden away - at night, behind the kitchen doors, or down the alley. And god-forbid you have to run a kickstarter. These films and videos explore everything from the dividing line between those who can eat at the google cafeteria to the hourly rate of government work.

    Benjamin Pearson: FORMER MODELS (2012, video)
    Chi Jang Yin: LIGHTHOUSE (2009, video)
    Courtney Prokopas: BRAINS, BRAWN, and BATTERED PICKUPS (2008, video)
    Kevin Jerome Everson: FIFTEEN AN HOUR (2011, video)
    Andrew Norman Wilson: WORKERS LEAVING THE GOOGLEPLEX (2011, video)
    Ian Curry: ALL DAY (Triple Projection) (2013, 3x 16mm)
    Deron Williams: SMART BAG (2013, video) and PROMO (2013, video)

    Free!

  • Control

    Filmmakers in Attendance!
    (2014, 52 min., video)
    Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    Arnold J Damen Student Center Cinema, Loyola University Chicago - 6511 North Sheridan Road

    CONTROL is documentary about the stunning way that the criminal justice system can simply drift into a teen's life, casually threatening to undo a family's decades of hard work and planning. In most ways, Luther (sometimes "Mouse") is a normal teen - snarkily commenting about his dad's cooking and overly-confident about his ability to handle himself with the troubles he faces. In many other ways, he has had a rough go of it. He had to help raise his brothers while they moved in and out of foster homes. Both his mother and father have spent time in jail. His mother tells her story of ardently working to get her kids back with confidence and grit. She's similarly clear-eyed about Luther and the challenges he's facing. The film opens with a bold assertion of its cinematic and journalistic point-of-view. You jump right into a loud, overlapping argument in Luther's echoey bedroom among his friends, with Luther giving the film's back-story (he was picked up after checking in on a fight he wasn't involved in) while his friends gently mock him for getting picked up. The film drops you right into Luther's life, and doesn't give you too many traditional documentary conceits to hold on to. It's a powerful film of deceiving simplicity about indifferently destructive forces in civil institutions and one young man's attempts to avoid too-common ensnarements.

    Free!

  • From the Archives of... Ron Slattery

    Unseen treasures on film!
    Free!
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    Comfort Station - 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue

    "From the Archives of..." is a new series of programs designed to highlight the work of passionate collectors, personal archivists, and relentless documenters from the Chicagoland area. We're kicking off the series with a screening of motion pictures from Ron Slattery. Ron is a flea-market fiend, an eBay expert, and almost certainly the most jovial collector you'll ever meet. Born and raised in Oak Lawn, Ron bounced around the West Coast and the Midwest doing various jobs before realizing that he was happiest back home in Chicago digging through good old American detritus searching for the gems - like the photography of Vivian Maier (Ron was one of the two people who re-discovered her now famous work). He also runs the website bighappyfunhouse.com, which updates daily with new photos from his extensive collection of vernacular photography. This screening promises to be a ridiculous and entrancing evenings of mystery films in every format Ron can find!

    Free!

  • GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE

    Filmmaker Blake Eckard in person Saturday! with CITY by Jon Jost!
    (2013, 83 min., video)
    Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers - 5243 North Clark Street

    Lonnie is headed home to Empire Prairie to be with his brother and his ailing father. He may have worked on the rodeo. He may have killed. He may have broken both his legs. You can't be sure about much with Lonnie, except that he is cruel and hot-tempered. You can also be pretty sure that he learned this behavior from his father, who turns violent in a moment, and who doesn't seem all that bothered by the abuses his sons may have suffered. Blake Eckard's films are bleak, to be sure. They take place in a dusty, stifling Midwest where desolation can wipe away the beauty of the landscape. You see the effluent, but not the factory; the rusted silo, but not the crops; the damaged families but not the community. Everything's been hollowed out and left to choke on the dust. But Eckard's works are also incredibly controlled, deft, and well acted micro-budget expressions of true independent cinema. GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE co-stars American film legend Jon Jost (who also serves as Cinematographer), Ryan Harper Gray, Arianne Margot, and Frank Mosley (Upstream Color, Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Screening with Jon Jost's Chicago-made film CITY (1964, 15 min., 16mm on video).

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  • GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE

    with CITY by Jon Jost!
    (2013, 83 min., video)
    Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    Lonnie is headed home to Empire Prairie to be with his brother and his ailing father. He may have worked on the rodeo. He may have killed. He may have broken both his legs. You can't be sure about much with Lonnie, except that he is cruel and hot-tempered. You can also be pretty sure that he learned this behavior from his father, who turns violent in a moment, and who doesn't seem all that bothered by the abuses his sons may have suffered. Blake Eckard's films are bleak, to be sure. They take place in a dusty, stifling Midwest where desolation can wipe away the beauty of the landscape. You see the effluent, but not the factory; the rusted silo, but not the crops; the damaged families but not the community. Everything's been hollowed out and left to choke on the dust. But Eckard's works are also incredibly controlled, deft, and well acted micro-budget expressions of true independent cinema. GHOSTS OF EMPIRE PRAIRIE co-stars American film legend Jon Jost (who also serves as Cinematographer), Ryan Harper Gray, Arianne Margot, and Frank Mosley (Upstream Color, Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Screening with Jon Jost's Chicago-made film CITY (1964, 15 min., 16mm on video).

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Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:30pm
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