WE ARE NO LONGER BRAVE ENOUGH TO LEAVE (digital file/16mm transfer, 2014, 12 mins) by Christy LeMaster is a portrait of utopian impulses: past and present, real and re-imagined. And learning new skills—moving from watcher to maker. This video invites specific artistic communities working in Chicago to re-enact an intentional or utopian community from American history: Sequence 1: Summer Forum 2012 Residency as Robert Owen's New Harmony Socialist Society (1825, New Harmony, Indiana); Sequence 2: The Nightingale Cinema as The Source Family (1970's, Los Angeles, California). Here are the two opening segments of an on going project.
The Nightingale Cinema as the Source Family:
DP: Jerzy Rose, Audio Assist: Josh Reed
Summer Forum 2012 as the Robert Owen New Harmony Socialist Society:
DP: Jules Rosskam, Audio Assist: Chris Cuellar
Christy LeMaster founded The Nightingale in 2008. She has programmed screenings for Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago Film Forum, The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago Film Archives, and Intuit Gallery. She teaches Critical Studies and Media Theory at Columbia College Chicago. She has been a movie critic on the NPR Chicago affiliate, WBEZ's morning show 848 and CINE-FILE.info. She was a 2011 Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow and a Summer Forum 2012 resident. She is currently working on a microcinema web directory and distribution system called splitbeam.org
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