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CFA Media Mixer 2016: Meet this Year’s Artists

…ilmmakers listed first, followed by musician(s)) include: Melika Bass + Coppice jonCates + Jeff Kolar Andrew Mausert-Mooney + Bobby Conn More on this year’s artists… THE FILMMAKERS: Melika Bass is a filmmaker and installation artist currently living in Chicago. Bass is the recipient of an Artadia Award, two Media Arts Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and a…

A Look Back: Chicago Film Archives’ Media Mixer

…nheim, and USA Collins Fellowships among countless other awards. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois. Olivia Block creates original sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, live cinema, and performance. Her compositions often include field recordings, chamber instruments, and electronic textures. Additionally, she performs multi-speaker electronic compositions, and compositions f…

Feminist & Women’s Media Festival: The “Depression” screening

The Feminist & Women’s Media Festival is a 3-day series of events consisting of film, video, and TV screenings, a photography installation, media-maker Q&As, and academic symposia. All of this will take place in Providence, RI from March 14-16, …

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The JoAnn Elam Collection at Chicago Film Archives

…from her sister, Susan Elam, and her close friend, Chuck Kleinhans, proved invaluable. In some cases, the personal photographs and memories of Elam they shared with me illuminated her methods as an experimental filmmaker. For instance, in Collards Garden 1985 (1985), Elam appears on screen planting collard sprouts and then picking fully grown collard greens in a time-lapse fashion. Even if Hendrix stands behind the camera, Kleinhans has described…

2020 Media Mixer – Experimental Sound Studios’ Quarantine Series

…re in the Canyon Cinema Foundation Collection and are currently part of their 50th Anniversary Touring Program. Kioto Aoki Kioto Aoki is a Chicago-based artist whose visual art practice includes photography, film, books, and installations to engage the material specificity of the analogue image and image-making process. Using the nuances of time, space, form, light and motion, her work explores different modes of perception as it relates to the …

Starts/Speculations in Film: Expanding the Design Conversation

…irst ten years of the conference. Champion Papers Incorporated “Imagination 10” (Morton Goldsholl of Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, 1967, courtesy of Chicago Film Archives) Promotional film made to accompany the 10th installment of Champion Papers Incorporated’s “Imagination” book series, an annual print publication targeting the design community by showcasing the varied creative uses of paper. Each Imagination book has…

Saying goodbye to 2019 and hello to CFA’s new vault

…2019 was spent preparing a significantly larger space with a dedicated enhanced cooling system and mobile compact shelving which will more than double our storage capacity for these films and for future collections. The final installations are happening now! The room is chilled and heavy-duty steel shelving will soon ride on top of rolling carriages that glide on top of newly-installed steel rails. In early 2020, thousands of films will be carefu…

A look back at CFA’s public programs in 2018

… reached new heights in terms of visibility and outreach. We feel humbled and honored to have worked with so many dedicated artists and organizations over the last year.   Super Up (Kenji Kanesaka) and Nightsong (Don Klugman) installed at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950-1980 The year began with a look back to our programming past—the reintroduction of CFA’s Out of the Vault scr…

CFA Media Mixer 2017: Meet this Year’s Artists

…, and many others. http://matchess.tumblr.com/   SAMANTHA HILL Samantha Hill is a transdisciplinary artist from Chicago with an emphasis on photographic archives. She utilizes archives as source material for multi-media installation projects to connect an individual’s experience to historic developments within regional culture. Hill participated in exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum, Mary & Leigh Block Museum, Hyde Park Art Center and …

A Windy City: Songs of Dissent and Unrest

…ics of the Democratic leaders. Cicero March (1966) Produced by the Film Group, 16mm, 8 min. Robert Lucas, an unemployed African American postal worker, lead 300 marchers across the city line and into Cicero, Illinois. “For an instant,” the Film Group wrote, “the attention of the country is focused on the incredible hysteria created by the sight of blacks marching down the main street of an all-white middle-class northern city.” Shot in blunt cine…

3 Chicago Public Schools Films

… films made for the Chicago Board of Education are no exception, with the subjects at hand often mirroring the playfulness and experimentation of the Goldsholls’ own bustling studio. The films introduce viewers to newly instated programs within the CPS from the early to mid 1960s by simply presenting facts and quietly observing each program. Often the films present vérité-style footage of active classrooms as well as non-scripted voices of …

Maggie And The Somersaulter-Moats and Somersaulter Finding Aid

…ld for “Alternative name” — allowing you to locate individuals even if you are searching with a maiden name, alias, etc.) The more I learned about the filmmakers, the better oriented I became when looking at their works. (For instance: I learned that JP studied creative writing, and Lillian studied painting; after college, she worked as an apprentice to a muralist. Knowing this, I went back and watched the films again, paying attention to the cre…

Millie Goldsholl’s “Rebellion of the Flowers”

…arth. The next morning, the sun comes out, and a “sparking and sweet smell” (perhaps Jan’s body transformed into metaphorical fertilizer) mixes with the natural perfume of the flowers. Rebellion of the Flowers is an uncommon instance in CFA’s collections in that the Goldsholl Collection also holds a wealth of film material associated with its creation. Beyond a few finished positive prints, the collection contains edited negatives, negative trim…

Up is Down: Mid-century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio

…o was known as the “Hollywood” for educational film production, churning out thousands of educational and promotional films each year. Filmmakers worked expansively—producing slide shows, short films, and spectacular industry installations, in addition to print advertising and other ephemera. The creative work these artists pursued often influenced their commercial productions and vice versa. Featuring films, television ads, and other kinds of mo…