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  • I Dreamt of You so Much That...

    A Screening and Talk by Stefan Constantinescu
    2008-14, approx. 90 minutes, Digital Projection
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to welcome Sweden-based Romanian filmmaker Stefan Constantinescu to present a selection of three short films from his in-progress feature work I Dreamt of You so Much That… The project, which takes its title from a 1936 poem by Robert Desnos, is a film that will ultimately be made up of seven shorts that together present one vision from different perspectives. It examines intimate moments in the lives of seven couples who question, challenge, and push the limits of their relationship, while blurring the lines between private and public spaces, often to potentially disturbing yet uncertain conclusions. The stories treat the violence and complexity of interaction between men and women, alienation, and the illusion of true connection with the other. Screening are TROLEIBUZUL 92 (Bus no. 92) (2009, 8 min.), FAMILY DINNER (2012, 14 min.), and 6 BIG FISH (2013, 14 min.), followed by a discussion with Constantinescu. (2009-13, approx. 36 min. total plus discussion, Digital Projection)

     

  • Chicago's Own: New Short Narratives by Dundadah Batholomew

    Filmmaker Dundadah Bartholomew in Person!
    Directed by Dundadah Batholomew, 60 minutes, Digital projection
    Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    Based on the South Side, filmmaker Dundadah Bartholomew has been creating his own independent narrative films since 2007. He has made a feature (Servin’ da Streetz), a Web series (Technical Support), and seven shorts, all of which demonstrate his passion for filmmaking and for bringing his stories to the screen. Tonight’s program features two recent shorts, including his newest. SAWBUCK (2012, 30 min., Digital Projection): Elley's world takes a turn for the worse when he loses his job and his last ten dollars. SHEEP HUNTERS (2014, 30 min., Digital Projection): Cody's recent efforts to end his insomnia lead him to be a witness to a slew of murders, but things get tricky when someone close to him becomes one of the hunted. Plus additional work TBD.

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  • Chicago's Own: New Short Narratives by Dundadah Batholomew

    Filmmaker Dundadah Bartholomew in Person!
    60 minutes, Digital Projection
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    Based on the South Side, filmmaker Dundadah Bartholomew has been creating his own independent narrative films since 2007. He has made a feature (Servin’ da Streetz), a Web series (Technical Support), and seven shorts, all of which demonstrate his passion for filmmaking and for bringing his stories to the screen. Tonight’s program features two recent shorts, including his newest. SAWBUCK (2012, 30 min., Digital Projection): Elley's world takes a turn for the worse when he loses his job and his last ten dollars. SHEEP HUNTERS (2014, 30 min., Digital Projection): Cody's recent efforts to end his insomnia lead him to be a witness to a slew of murders, but things get tricky when someone close to him becomes one of the hunted. Plus additional work TBD.

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  • One Day Pina Asked

    Chantal Akerman’s Riveting Documentary on Pina Bausch!
    1983, 57 minutes, Video Projection
    Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, ONE DAY PINA ASKED… is Chantal Akerman's look at the work of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. "This film is more than a documentary on Pina Bausch," a narrator announces at the outset, "it is a journey through her world, through her unwavering quest for love." Bausch, who died in 2009, was one of the most significant figures of modern dance, and the pioneer of a unique style drawn from the German theatrical dance tradition known as tanztheater. Her striking dances and elaborate stagings explored personal memory and the relationships between men and women, among other things, through a mixture of movement, monologue, and narrative elements that drew upon explosive, often painful emotions. Capturing the company's rehearsals and performances over a five-week European tour, Akerman takes us inside their process. She interviews members of the company, who Bausch chose not only for their talents, but for certain intangible personal qualities as well. Akerman also shows us excerpts from performances of Bausch dances, including Komm Tanz Mit Mir (Come Dance with Me) (1977), Nelken (Carnations) (1982), Walzer (1982), and 1980 (1980), all recorded with Akerman's singular visual touch. (1983, 57 min., Video Projection)

  • One Day Pina Asked

    Chantal Akerman’s Riveting Documentary on Pina Bausch!
    57 minutes, Video Projection
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

     

    An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, ONE DAY PINA ASKED… is Chantal Akerman's look at the work of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. "This film is more than a documentary on Pina Bausch," a narrator announces at the outset, "it is a journey through her world, through her unwavering quest for love." Bausch, who died in 2009, was one of the most significant figures of modern dance, and the pioneer of a unique style drawn from the German theatrical dance tradition known as tanztheater. Her striking dances and elaborate stagings explored personal memory and the relationships between men and women, among other things, through a mixture of movement, monologue, and narrative elements that drew upon explosive, often painful emotions. Capturing the company's rehearsals and performances over a five-week European tour, Akerman takes us inside their process. She interviews members of the company, who Bausch chose not only for their talents, but for certain intangible personal qualities as well. Akerman also shows us excerpts from performances of Bausch dances, including Komm Tanz Mit Mir (Come Dance with Me) (1977), Nelken (Carnations) (1982), Walzer (1982), and 1980 (1980), all recorded with Akerman's singular visual touch. (1983, 57 min., Video Projection)

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  • Toy Masters (Sneak Preview)

    Co-Presented with the Chicago Cinema Society
    Directed by Roger Lay & Corey Landis, 98 min. Digital Projection
    Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
    Location: 
    Chicago Filmmakers

     

    Chances are, if you were a young fantasy nut growing up in the early ’80s, you had a collection of Mattel’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys piled high in your bedroom, you grooved to the animated Filmation cartoon series, and even waited in line for Cannon’s ill-fated movie version, starring a well-oiled Dolph Lundgren. TOY MASTERS goes behind the scenes and divulges in fascinating, hilarious, and revealing detail a decades-old rivalry and bitter clash over credit between several former Mattel employees, each of whom claim to be responsible for creating these beloved characters and product line. Childhood He-Man fans-turned-filmmakers Roger Lay, Jr. and Corey Landis set out to track down every single player in the development and production of the mega-selling toy line in order to get to the bottom of this story. Along the way, they interview the key creative personnel behind every version of those action figures and all other incarnations of Masters of the Universe including such genre luminaries as J. Michael Straczyski (Babylon 5), FX Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars), movie concept artist William Stout (Conan the Barbarian), Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer, Masters of the Universe movie director Gary Goddard, the animated show’s key voice cast, and many others. TOY MASTERS reveals that the fight for the universe pales in comparison to the one waged for creative acknowledgment. (Directed by Roger Lay, Jr., 2012, 98 min., Digital Projection)

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  • Toy Masters (Sneak Preview)

    Co-Presented with the Chicago Cinema Society
    Directed by Roger Lay & Corey Landis, 98 min. Digital Projection
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:30pm
    Location: 
    Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall // 623 S. Wabash, room 109

     

    Chances are, if you were a young fantasy nut growing up in the early ’80s, you had a collection of Mattel’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys piled high in your bedroom, you grooved to the animated Filmation cartoon series, and even waited in line for Cannon’s ill-fated movie version, starring a well-oiled Dolph Lundgren. TOY MASTERS goes behind the scenes and divulges in fascinating, hilarious, and revealing detail a decades-old rivalry and bitter clash over credit between several former Mattel employees, each of whom claim to be responsible for creating these beloved characters and product line. Childhood He-Man fans-turned-filmmakers Roger Lay, Jr. and Corey Landis set out to track down every single player in the development and production of the mega-selling toy line in order to get to the bottom of this story. Along the way, they interview the key creative personnel behind every version of those action figures and all other incarnations of Masters of the Universe including such genre luminaries as J. Michael Straczyski (Babylon 5), FX Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars), movie concept artist William Stout (Conan the Barbarian), Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer, Masters of the Universe movie director Gary Goddard, the animated show’s key voice cast, and many others. TOY MASTERS reveals that the fight for the universe pales in comparison to the one waged for creative acknowledgment. (Directed by Roger Lay, Jr., 2012, 98 min., Digital Projection)

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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.

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