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  • SEX(ED)

    Dyke Delicious Series, Season 12 Opener!
    Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

    Writer and Director Brenda Goodman shows us how many first learned about S.E.X. when we were kids. Using clips from a treasure trove of sex education videos (this alone is worth the trip!), she gives us just enough history and backstory to challenge our intelligence and memory. For decades, anyone other than female and male straight folks were noticeably absent from the slim teachings of sex ed, but Goodman smartly covers all aspects of human sexuality so no one should feel left out watching this well researched and constructed documentary. There was plenty of misinformation given in the past so be ready to “hiss” and “moan” appropriately as some clips are shown. Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival; and Co-Sponsored by Black Cat Productions. Chicago Premiere! Series curated by Sharon Zurek. (2014, 77 min., video)

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  • DOUBLE TAKE

    with Harrison Sherrod
    6 Week Film Studies Course!
    Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

    The double/doppelgänger is one of cinema’s most cherished and recycled tropes. Originally popularized in the fantastic literature of Edgar Allen Poe and E.T.A. Hoffman, the double quickly migrated to the silver screen. Although the double initially appeared as a sight gag in the slapstick films of Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers, its gothic dimension has cemented it as an enduring mainstay of the horror and thriller genres. Drawing on traditional psychoanalytic readings of the double combined with recent debates surrounding the ontology of film, this course will attempt to account for the popularity of the double in cinema. Films shown include The Student of Prague, The Double Life of Véronique, Enemy, Fight Club, Vertigo, and others. Taught by Harrison Sherrod of Aurora University and South Side Projections.

    6 weeks: January 11 – February 15 // Sundays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Chicago Filmmakers
    Tuition: $125/110 members

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  • HONEYMOON & ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA

    Dan Sallitt Double Feature!
    Friday, January 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago - 1104 South Wabash Avenue

    Before he made the critically acclaimed The Unspeakable Act (2012), New York-based filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt wrote and directed these two independent features. Both films adopt a thoughtful, sensitive approach to characters in spiritual distress; like the work of Sallitt’s hero Eric Rohmer, they forgo simple explanations of complex behavior, characterizing their subjects as psychological mysteries and presenting life as miraculously unpredictable. In HONEYMOON (1998, 90 min., 16mm), longtime friends Michael and Mimi, both of whom are sweet but terminally shy, throw caution to the winds and get married—despite the fact they’ve never been physically intimate. In ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA (2004, 64 min., digital projection), Catholic theologian Evelyn embarks on a retreat to the family lake house with her sister Virginia, who’s gone into a paralyzing depression since leaving a religious cult. Evelyn’s mission to help Virginia doesn’t go as planned, as the “normal” sister comes to realize she’s wrestling with many of the same issues as the “troubled” one. (1998 & 2004, 154 min., 16mm & digital)
     

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  • SEX(ED)

    Dyke Delicious Series, Season 12 Opener!
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 4:00pm
    Location: 
    Doc Films at The University of Chicago - 1212 East 59th Street

    Writer and Director Brenda Goodman shows us how many first learned about S.E.X. when we were kids. Using clips from a treasure trove of sex education videos (this alone is worth the trip!), she gives us just enough history and backstory to challenge our intelligence and memory. For decades, anyone other than female and male straight folks were noticeably absent from the slim teachings of sex ed, but Goodman smartly covers all aspects of human sexuality so no one should feel left out watching this well researched and constructed documentary. There was plenty of misinformation given in the past so be ready to “hiss” and “moan” appropriately as some clips are shown. Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival; and Co-Sponsored by Black Cat Productions. Chicago Premiere! Series curated by Sharon Zurek. (2014, 77 min., video)
     

  • NEW WORK BY JAKE BARNINGHAM & MICHELE SMITH

    Artists In Person!
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

    Although it makes perfect sense for these two artists to show their work together, you will feel something clashing (though intriguing and fascinating) while watching this program. They both have Chicago roots, they both use found footage and re-photography, and they both are rigorous and intense in their moviemaking process. But watching the work of each provides a wholly unique experience. Formerly local (now of the Czech Republic) video-maker Jake Barningham creates images of gorgeous instability. In the past, his work has been brief and brutal; ripping expected rhythms and patterns asunder. In his new work, however, he drastically slows things down. His aim is still the same, but his pace has become increasingly deliberate. Michele Smith's practice has taken a similar startling leap. There was a long quiet after her masterpieces of found footage filmmaking in the early 2000s, and she has returned with an explosion of creativity. Smashing layers together of footage shot from around Chicago with sometimes stunning, sometimes mundane online footage, she creates interactive pieces meant to overload and engage the viewer. (Approx. 90 min., video)
     

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  • NEW WORK BY JAKE BARNINGHAM & MICHELE SMITH

    Artists In Person!
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    Although it makes perfect sense for these two artists to show their work together, you will feel something clashing (though intriguing and fascinating) while watching this program. They both have Chicago roots, they both use found footage and re-photography, and they both are rigorous and intense in their moviemaking process. But watching the work of each provides a wholly unique experience. Formerly local (now of the Czech Republic) video-maker Jake Barningham creates images of gorgeous instability. In the past, his work has been brief and brutal; ripping expected rhythms and patterns asunder. In his new work, however, he drastically slows things down. His aim is still the same, but his pace has become increasingly deliberate. Michele Smith's practice has taken a similar startling leap. There was a long quiet after her masterpieces of found footage filmmaking in the early 2000s, and she has returned with an explosion of creativity. Smashing layers together of footage shot from around Chicago with sometimes stunning, sometimes mundane online footage, she creates interactive pieces meant to overload and engage the viewer. (Approx. 90 min., video)
     

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  • CINEMATIC SURREALISM

    with Ben Sachs
    6 Week Film Studies Course!
    Friday, January 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

    Surrealism was one of the major artistic movements of the 20th century, combining elements of popular culture, radical politics, and psychoanalysis to fashion an empire of imagination where anything was possible. Though the movement began in 1920s Paris, its influence soon spread around the world, and remains strong today. Surrealists worked in painting, literature, and of course movies. This course will look at the beginnings of surrealist cinema (with shorts by such figures as René Clair, Germaine Dulac, Hans Richter, and Joseph Cornell), the mid-century surrealist features of directors Luis Buñuel and Alain Resnais, and modern-day heirs to the movement like David Lynch and Michel Gondry. Taught by Ben Sachs of the Chicago Reader.

    6 weeks: January 23 – February 27 // Fridays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Chicago Filmmakers
    Tuition: $125/110 members

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  • BEST OF EFFPORTLAND

    Festival Co-Director Hannah Piper Burns - In Person!
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

    Over the past three years Hannah Piper Burns (with festival co-director Ben Popp) has made Experimental Film Festival Portland a vital and massively fun event. Burns says of this Best Of program: "So here it is: my EFFPortland shortlist. My enduring favorite favorites. I am only one programmer, and this selection, while thoughtfully assembled, is certainly no reflection on the quality and value of the rest of our beloved EFFPortland alumni. In making this list I tried to show a range of forms, from dance film to documentary and portrait of place to glitch art, as well as create a tempo in viewing that can connect the pieces across their disparate origins. These films are earnest, with an edge. They privilege rhythm. They are thoughtfully, painstakingly crafted. It's my sincere hope that you can find something new here to love as much as I do." (2010-2014, 95 min., video)
    Jorge Lopez Navarette: LITTLE BLOCK OF CEMENT WITH DISHEVELED HAIR CONTAINING THE SEA
    Tyler Lynch: DIGITAL DECAY 
    Réka Szűcs: AGNUS DEI
    Katya Yakubov: SHE LEARNS TO LUNGE
    Lindsay McIntyre: WHERE SHE STOOD IN THE FIRST PLACE
    Brenda L Burmeister: UP ENDED
    Caroline Monnet: GEPHYROPHOBIA
    Brent Coughenour: WORK IN PROGRESS
    Lily Jen: MY QUIET WORLD 
     

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  • BEST OF EFFPORTLAND

    Festival Co-Director Hannah Piper Burns - In Person!
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Hall - 623 South Wabash Avenue

    Over the past three years Hannah Piper Burns (with festival co-director Ben Popp) has made Experimental Film Festival Portland a vital and massively fun event. Burns says of this Best Of program: "So here it is: my EFFPortland shortlist. My enduring favorite favorites. I am only one programmer, and this selection, while thoughtfully assembled, is certainly no reflection on the quality and value of the rest of our beloved EFFPortland alumni. In making this list I tried to show a range of forms, from dance film to documentary and portrait of place to glitch art, as well as create a tempo in viewing that can connect the pieces across their disparate origins. These films are earnest, with an edge. They privilege rhythm. They are thoughtfully, painstakingly crafted. It's my sincere hope that you can find something new here to love as much as I do." (2010-2014, 95 min., video)
    Jorge Lopez Navarette: LITTLE BLOCK OF CEMENT WITH DISHEVELED HAIR CONTAINING THE SEA
    Tyler Lynch: DIGITAL DECAY 
    Réka Szűcs: AGNUS DEI
    Katya Yakubov: SHE LEARNS TO LUNGE
    Lindsay McIntyre: WHERE SHE STOOD IN THE FIRST PLACE
    Brenda L Burmeister: UP ENDED
    Caroline Monnet: GEPHYROPHOBIA
    Brent Coughenour: WORK IN PROGRESS
    Lily Jen: MY QUIET WORLD 
     

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  • AN EVENING WITH LESBIAN FILMMAKERS

    Dyke Delicious Series With Filmmakers In Person!
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

    Join us for an evening with filmmakers Julie Keck and Jessica King from Chicago’s own Tello Films, the distributor of hit lesbian webisodes including Nikki & Nora, Rent Controlled, Kiss Her, I’m Famous and #Hashtag. Founded by CEO Christin Baker, TelloFilms.com creates web-series specifically for the lesbian/queer community. This means that lesbian/queer characters are front and center and the stories told respect the range and variety inherent in being queer. We will be screening various episodes from their collection of series. Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival; and Co-Sponsored by Black Cat Productions. Chicago Premiere! Series curated by Sharon Zurek. (2014, 77 min., video)

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Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:00pm
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Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:00pm
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Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:00pm
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Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:00pm
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Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:30pm
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Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:00pm
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Sat, 02/07/2015 - 8:00pm
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