The Nightingale is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of Eric Marciano’s THE AGE OF INSECTS as a benefit for Nate Cunningham, a local cinephile and employee of the Gene Siskel Film Center. Nate has suffered the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease for 11 years, but after many unsuccessful treatments has decided to go to India to undergo a new stem-cell transplantation procedure that has cured dozens of Lyme patients. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Nate’s medical expenses. So this is a cha
nce to see a wild, rarely-screened artifact of the early-VHS era and at the same time support a fellow film-lover as he tries to regain his health.
THE AGE OF INSECTS by Eric Marciano (1990, 80 minutes)
THE AGE OF INSECTS was Eric Marciano’s first feature film. Influenced by B-movies and bad television shows from the ’50s and ’60s, this psycho-horror comedy centers on a mad doctor’s hallucinogenic treatments for juvenile delinquents involving hallucinogens, insect enzymes, and Billy Zane’s sister. Filmed in Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, Hi8, 3/4″ and Betacam between 1983 and 1990 in New York City, there is a definite feel of the East Village of the early ’80s, along with a timeless visual quality and sense of absolute bizarreness.
“Coupled with the extensive use of creepy-crawly insect footage and computerized sexual imagery, director Marciano’s darkly comic vision is sublime fun.”
— David E. Williams, Film Threat, April 1992