. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Deborah Stratman and Thomas Comerford

Thursday, December 5, 2002, 8pm 1994—2002, USA, ca. 70 min, various formats. Filmmakers in person! Independent film/video makers Deborah Stratman and Thomas Comerford are both instructors in the SAIC Department of Film, Video and New Media. Stratman will present In Order Not To Be Here (2002), a stunning look at security-obsessed suburbia; Untied (2001), about breaking […]

Science Is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painlevé

Thursday, November 21, 2002, 8pm 1934—1976, Jean Painlevé, France, ca. 71 min, 35mm The director of more than 200 nature films, Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) scandalized the scientific world with a cinema designed to entertain as well as edify.  Advocating the credo “science is fiction,” he endowed seahorses, vampire bats, and fanworms with human traits — […]

6 Easy Pieces

Thursday, November 14, 2002, 8pm 2001, Jon Jost, USA, 68 mins, video Jon Jost in person! Jon Jost numbers among the first and most adventurous of American independent filmmakers to explore non-film methods of production.  He is in the forefront of the movement to create a new aesthetic and a new visual vocabulary for the […]

Film and Video by Eleanor Antin

Thursday, November 7, 2002, 8pm 1972—1989, Eleanor Antin, USA, ca. 90 min, various formats Eleanor Antin in person! The career of pioneering multimedia artist Eleanor Antin spans four decades of film, video, photography, writing, performance and installation.  Exploring what she calls “the slippery nature of the self,” Antin invents a unique mixture of real and […]

Magick, Darkness and Devils

Thursday, October 31, 2002, 8:15pm 1903—2002, various directors, France/Germany/Spain/USA, ca. 116 min, 16mm Kenneth Anger in person! For Halloween, we present an evening of films from the avant-garde that explore the space between film and the supernatural.  The program includes Georges Melies’ The Kingdom of the Fairies (1903), Ferdinand Zeca’s El Espectro Rojo (1903), Hans […]

Myths, Legends and Lies

Thursday, October 24, 2002, 8pm 1925—2002, various directors, USA/Hungary, ca. 105 min, 16mm The mythic imagination runs amok in this program of a dozen animated and live-action films programmed by Jim Trainor, animator and professor of film at the School of the Art Institute.  Includes: Aristophanes on Broadway (1991, Zack Stiglicz), Daumë (2001, Ben Russell), […]


Thursday, October 17, 2002, 8pm 1992, Guy Maddin, Canada, 100 min, 35mm Guy Maddin in person! Like Edward Gorey’s mysterious books, Guy Maddin’s films are weirdly, unnervingly funny; one senses a deadly parody even if it is not clear exactly what is being made fun of. In Careful, set in some bogus European mountain country, […]

Film and Video by Elisabeth Subrin

Thursday, October 10, 2002, 8:15pm Elisabeth Subrin in person! Subrin’s films and videos examine the intersections of history and subjectivity within female biography. Engaging conventions of documentary and personal narrative, the works strategically undermine their own forms, shifting historical periods, genres and characters to explore the residual impact of the 1960s and the hazy boundaries […]

Celebrating Stan Brakhage: A Sampler

Thursday April 25, 2002, 8pm We honor a living master of the cinema on the occasion of the publication of the Chicago Review’s current issue devoted to Stan Brakhage. This program is part of a three-evening series in conjunction with programs at Chicago Filmmakers (April 26) and the University of Chicago’s Experimental Film Club (April […]

Contemporary Artist – The Videos of Ximena Cuevas

Thursday. April 18, 2002, 6pm Ximena Cuevas in person! “Ximena Cuevas, Mexico’s video artist extraordinaire: half magician, half mermaid, master of all she surveys.” — B. Ruby Rich “Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas is a poet of everyday life, a master of self-portraits and the fairy godmother of a new melodrama. Boldly defying taboo subjects […]

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