CHICAGO 8: Small Gauge Film Festival

An annual Super 8mm experimental film festival.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH 2013@ THE NIGHTINGALE
1084 N. MILWAUKEE AVE


THE CHICAGO 8 SMALL GAUGE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS

A Pocket-sized Constellation: Experimental Films from Argentina- 8 PM
$7-10

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Pablo Marin in Person!
“O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a King of infinite space”. With this famous line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Jorge Luis Borges opened his masterpiece The Aleph, a story about the (inexplicable) possibilities of exploring the universal through a small point in space. In a less mystical but equally enigmatic way, Argentine experimental cinema has been a similar case of achieving a virtually infinite exploration of vision by means of a technology as limited and substandard as 8mm film. Almost all of the experimental filmmaking in Argentina was done –and still is being made– in Regular 8, Super 8 or Single 8 formats; and although economics played a great part here, this decision has proved to be an aesthetic one: to embrace the amateur while pushing a medium to its most complex boundaries. These are some of the stars in this miniature yet dazzling constellation called Argentine Experimental Cinema, presented by the Chicago 8 Fest in many cases for the first time in the US. -Pablo Marin.

Come Out, by Narcisa Hirsch (1971, Super 8, Magnetic Sound, 9 min.)

El ver de los árboles, by Sergio Subero (2012, Super 8, Silent, 6 min.)

El inmortal, by Jorge Honik (1968, Super 8, Silent, 7 min.)

Conjeturas, by Pablo Mazzolo (2013, Super 8, External Sound, 4 min.)

Un enano en el jardín, by Claudio Caldini (1981, Super 8, Magnetic Sound, 12 min.)

untitled trilogy, by Pablo Marín (2008-09, Super 8, Silent, 12 min.)

Denkbilder, by Pablo Marín (2013, Single 8mm, Silent, 5 min.) (shown above)

TRT 55 min.

Pablo Marín was born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Besides teaching and writing on film he’s a film/video curator, translator and filmmaker. His films were premiered at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam, London Film Festival, TIE (USA), Austrian Film Museum, Anthology Film Archives (USA), Starting from Scratch (Netherlands), Millennium Film Workshop (USA), Pleasure Dome (Canada), Malba (Argentina), Avanto Festival (Finland), no.w.here (England), Pacific Film Archive (USA), Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, The 8 Fest (Canada), Onion City Film Festival (USA), $100 Film Festival (Canada), The FLEX Fest (USA), Chicago 8 Fest (USA) and Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (Argentina), among others. In 2009 he was invited as visiting artist to FAC’s Found-footage Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay, and as filmmaker and lecturer to the exhibit Displacement: Cinema out of site, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Pablo’s visit is made possible by Amy Beste, CATE, & SAIC and his program at C8FF will be preceded by GHOST ANTHOLOGY @ CATE on October 17th. For more information about his show at CATE go to: http://www.saic.edu/cate/

THE MIDDLE SIX FEET + SONGS #1-16- 9:30 PM
$7-10

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Filmmaker and artist Bill Baldewicz will be visiting IN PERSON from northern California. In his program, Bill will be presenting a number of his regular 8mm & double 8mm films, including his regular 8mm film -The Middle Six Feet. This film, along with the SFAI regular 8mm Film Festival, inspired Scott Stark’s essay: The Middle Six Feet: The birth and demise of regular 8mm film and personal cinema.  ”…every roll of 8mm film that came back from the lab started and ended with fogs and flares. And if everything wasn’t done properly — perhaps there was too much light when the film was loaded, or maybe it wasn’t advanced far enough before shooting began — the first images were sometimes bathed in a sublime, supernatural light.”

Short Day in Norway, unslit 8mm, 1987, 5 min.

the Middle Six Feet, reg. 8mm, 2001, 6 min.

Windy, unslit 8mm, 1999, 4 min.

Pink Balloon,  unslit 8mm,1988, 2 min.

Hammocks Under Western Skies, unslit 8mm, 2001,  3min.

Chicago…Everybody Change,  unslit 8mm,  1986/2013,  10 min.

Bill Baldewicz is a multi-media artist who has been creating works in film, photography, studio furniture and video since 1983, after a 12 year career in energy science and engineering. He has made over a dozen 8mm films, and videos. These works have been shown at Bay Area venues, including SF Cinematheque, Capp Street Project, Intersection, New Langton Arts, Falkirk Cultural Center and the SF Art Institute, as well as in New York (MOMA), at Toronto’s “8fest”, and Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo. He has an extensive collection of 8mm cameras and has worked in that format for over 40 years.

His highly imaginative furniture constructions blend a  wide variety of recycled materials, frequently incorporating photograph imagery on liquid photo emulsion. This work has been in 8 solo and numerous group shows on the West Coast, from San Diego to Washington state. Dozens of his constructions have been commissioned and/or collected on the West Coast, Arizona and the Midwest.

AND TO FINISH THE EVENING 

We’ll be screening Songs 1-18 (1966) by Stan Brakhage in regular 8mm!!

"Go, little naked and impudent songs" … into the auditoriums of the world and live … awhile longer.

Portrait of a lady; fire and a mind’s movement in remembering; three girls playing with a ball (hand-painted); a childbirth song; the painted veil via moth-death; San Francisco: Sea creatures; wedding source and substance; sitting around; fires, windows, an insect, a lyre of rain scratches; verticals and shadows caught in glass traps; a travel song of scenes and horizontals; molds, paints and crystals.



CalArts

CalArts

Small Poetry: Recent Highlights of the Chicago 8 Film Festival

Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 7:30 pm, [members: $5 / non-members: $10]

More IntimacyPresented by SF Cinematheque with Paul Clipson, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Ross Meckfessel and Chicago 8 co-founder Karen Johannesen In Person.

Founded in 2011, the annual Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival is dedicated to encouraging and supporting filmmakers working the 8mm and Super-8mm formats through the exhibition of contemporary and historical works created in these humble yet inspiring gauges. Tonight Chicago 8 co-founder Karen Johannesen appears in person to present a selection from the fest’s first two years including: Mie Kurihara’s Small Poetry and Sheri Wills’ Fever, each ethereal and poignant meditations on light and shadow; Jason Halprin’s I Colonize The Golden Triangle, a travelogue documenting the maker’s travels through Northern India; Pablo Marin’s Diario Colorado, a fluid, masterful, multiple exposure study; Ross Meckfessel’s He, She, I Was, a series autobiographical fragments of friends’ lives; and Tara Nelson’s, Flying Fish, a home movie which brings us into the intimate living space of the filmmaker’s sister. Also screening: Paul Clipson’s Another Void; Clint Enns’ Sears Catalogue 2011/broadcast/a single tear; Sam Hoolihan’s Summer Elsewhere; Saul Levine’s Light Licks: By The Waters of Babylon: I Want To Paint It Black; Janis Crystal Lipzin’s De Luce; Gordon Nelson’s Feather; Pablo Valencia’s Blindside II; Naren Wilks’ Collide-o-scope; Tony Wu’s More Intimacy and Stephanie Wuertz’ Luilekkerland. (Steve Polta & Karen Johannesen) atasite.org

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Pablo Valencia and Chicago 8 co-founder Karen Johannesen In Person
Founded in 2011, the annual Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival is dedicated to encouraging and supporting filmmakers working the 8mm and Super-8mm formats through the exhibition of contemporary and historical works created in these humble yet inspiring gauges. Tonight Chicago 8 co-founder Karen Johannesen appears in person to present a selection from the fest’s first two years including: Mie Kurihara’s Small Poetry and Sheri Wills’ Fever, each ethereal and poignant meditations on light and shadow; Jason Halprin’s I Colonize The Golden Triangle, a travelogue documenting the maker’s travels through Northern India; Pablo Marin’s Diario Colorado, a fluid, masterful, multiple exposure study; Ross Meckfessel’s He, She, I Was, a series autobiographical fragments of friends’ lives; and Tara Nelson’s, Flying Fish, a home movie which brings us into the intimate living space of the filmmaker. Also screening: Paul Clipson’s Another Void; Clint Enns’ Sears Catalogue 2011/broadcast/a single tear; Sam Hoolihan’s Summer Elsewhere; Saul Levine’s Light Licks: By The Waters of Babylon: I Want To Paint It Black; Janis Crystal Lipzin’s De Luce; Gordon Nelson’s Feather; Pablo Valencia’s Blindside II; Naren Wilks’ Collide-o-scope; Tony Wu’s More Intimacy and Stephanie Wuertz’ Luilekkerland.
image: Sheri Will’s Fever

1200 N. Alvarado StreetLos Angeles, California 90026

Chicago 8 travels to SF & LA

A selection of films from The 2012 Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival will travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles in early spring of 2013. Stay tuned for more details

Dueling Banjos-Adam Paradis

Dueling Banjos-Adam Paradis

Dueling Banjos-Adam Paradis

Dueling Banjos-Adam Paradis

More Intimacy-Tony Wu

More Intimacy-Tony Wu

Micro-Celluloid Incidents in 4 Santas-Janis Crystal Lipzin

Micro-Celluloid Incidents in 4 Santas-Janis Crystal Lipzin

Whole Note-Saul Levine

Whole Note-Saul Levine

Light Licks: By the Waters of Babylon: I Want to Paint it Black-Saul Levine

Light Licks: By the Waters of Babylon: I Want to Paint it Black-Saul Levine

Chicago 8 Announces 2012 Schedule

CHICAGO 8: Small Gauge Film Festival

OCTOBER 19-20, 2012

We are pleased to announce the second annual Chicago 8: Small Gauge Film Festival, October 19-20 at the phenomenal Cinema Borealis (1550 N Milwaukee Ave). Chicago 8 is dedicated to exhibiting works by small gauge filmmakers as they were intended to be seen: on film. This festival has been created to celebrate small gauge filmmaking, to offer a unique event for Super 8 filmmakers to exhibit their work in its original format, and for viewers to experience the joy of seeing Super 8 the way it was intended.  

Where:
Cinema Borealis (1550 North Milwaukee, 4th floor)

Price of Admission:
$10 per show

Festival Passes:
$25 for a full festival pass
$15 for a one-day pass

Schedule:
Friday, October 19  
8pm - SILVER HALIDE CRYSTALS
Stephanie Wuertz - LUILEKKERLAND (2011)
Ross Meckfessel - Gita (2011)
Janis Lipzin - Flapping Things (1974)
Pablo Marín - Diario colorado (2010)
Mie Kurihara - Small Poetry (2011)
Sheri Wills -  Fever (2000)
Tobias Schmuecking - Araneus II (2011)
Saul Levine - Light Licks (2011)
Pablo Valencia - Light Wave (2012)
Pablo Marín - 4x4 (2012)
Pablo Valencia - Blindside ii (2012)
Naren Wilks - Collide-o-scope  (2010)

Friday, October 19  
10pm - INTIMATE IMMENSITY
Saul Levine - Whole Note (2000)
Clint Enns - sears catalogue 2011/broadcast/a single tear (2011)
Pablo Marín - Carta austral (2011)
Tara Nelson - Flying Fish (2012)
Stephanie Gray - Dear Joan (1999)
Tony Wu - More Intimacy (1999)
Julie Murray - FF (1986)
Julie Murray - Tr’Cheot’My P’y (1988)

Saturday, October 20 
8pm - WHEN I THINK BACK
Sam Hoolihan in person!
Rob Todd - Bishopric (2012)
Pablo Valencia - H/H (2012)
Sam Hoolihan - Summer Elsewhere (2012)
Ross Meckfessel - He, She, I Was (2010)
Tony Gault - Somewhere I Was Born (2000)
Julie Murray - Expulsion (1989)
Jason Halprin - I Colonize the Golden Triangle (2012)
Gordon Nelson - Feather (2008)

Saturday, October 20 
10pm - MAXIMUM APERTURE
Adam Paradis in person!
Paul Clipson - Another Void (2012)
Luther Price - Jelly Fish Sandwich (1994)
Paul Clipson - Compound Eyes 1-5 (2011)
Adam Paradis - Dueling Banjos (2012)
Fever-Sheri Wills

Fever-Sheri Wills

Caridea & Ichthyes-Paul Clipson

Caridea & Ichthyes-Paul Clipson