. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Eleanore & the Timekeeper kicks off our fall season on Sept. 16!

Thursday, September 16, 6 p.m. | Danièle Wilmouth in person! Still from “Eleanore & the Timekeeper” (Danièle Wilmouth, 2010). Image courtesy the artist. Best known for her striking performance films, award-winning Chicago filmmaker and SAIC faculty member Danièle Wilmouth’s first feature is an intimate portrait of the complex bond between her aging grandmother and developmentally […]

Thomas Comerford’s “The Indian Boundary Line” return engagement Thursday, April 22

Still from “The Indian Boundary Line” (Thomas Comerford, 2010). Courtesy the artist. In case you missed the sold-out screening of our season opener, Thomas Comerford’s The Indian Boundary Line, the first time around, the film returns to the Gene Siskel Film Center for an encore engagement this coming Thursday, April 22 at 6pm. Find more […]


Thursday, February 4, 6pm | Thomas Comerford in person! Still from “The Indian Boundary Line,” 2010. Courtesy the Artist. Over the last eight years, local musician and filmmaker Thomas Comerford has been at work on a series of quietly-observed films that contemplate the entwined social, political, and environmental histories of Chicago (Figures in the Landscape, […]


Thursday, November 12, 6pm | Art Lange, Guillermo Gregorio and Brian Labycz in person! Still from The Gypsy Cried (Chris Langdon, 1972). Courtesy the artist. Experimental Sound Studio’s Outer Ear Festival of Sound and CATE team up once again to present a program of films that investigate the visual and aural possibilities of 16mm optical […]

Interview with Daniel Eisenberg on Johan van der Keuken’s THE WAY SOUTH (1981)

On the occasion of this Thursday’s forthcoming screening of Johan van der Keuken’s The Way South, CATE interviewed SAIC Film, Video, and New Media Professor Daniel Eisenberg, who will be introducing the film, and who himself is deeply influenced by van der Keuken’s work. Still from Johan van der Keuken’s “The Way South” courtesy of […]


Thursday, October 29, 6pm | SAIC Professor Daniel Eisenberg in person! Image: Johan van der Keuken, “The Way South” (1981). Image courtesy of Idéale Audience International. Prolific Dutch documentarian, author, and photographer Johan van der Keuken produced 55 films and nine books over the course of his career. Influenced by Dutch realist photographers, existential and […]

Interview with Golan Levin by jonCates (2003)

Following Golan Levin’s September 17 appearance at CATE, we present you with an excerpt of an interview conducted by SAIC Assistant Professor of Film, Video, and New Media, jonCates, in 2003. This interview was done as part of Cates’s Critical Artware project. Double-Taker (Snout), Interactive Robot from Golan Levin on Vimeo. jonCates: Have the histories […]


Thursday, October 15, 6pm | Frampton scholar Bruce Jenkins in person! Image: Hollis Frampton filming Winter Solstice. Image courtesy of Anthology Film Archives. Filmmaker, photographer, and theorist Hollis Frampton (1936–84) is a major figure in the American avant-garde. Ambitious in scope, his films wittily engage with philosophy, mathematics, and science. CATE presents a rare screening […]

The Dance Camera: Locked & Loaded

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 6pm | Curator Danièle Wilmouth in person! Read the Chicago Reader capsule by Andrea Gronvall here. Miranda Pennell, Tattoo (2001). Image courtesy of the artist. In an effort to dispel the notion that the dance film is largely a decorative and apolitical genre, The Dance Camera: Locked & Loaded is an […]

The Presentation Theme: New & Old Films by Jim Trainor

Thursday, November 20, 6pm | Jim Trainor in person! Jim Trainor, The Presentation Theme (2008). Image courtesy of the artist. The work of celebrated Chicago filmmaker and SAIC professor Jim Trainor revels in the world between playfulness and prurience with shaky, line-drawn animations of animals, humans, and their habits. Tonight he presents two new films […]

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