Jan 28th 2017

2017 Palace Film Festival

@ Thalia Hall

1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Saturday, January 28th, from 2:30PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, January 29th

The Palace Film Festival, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary work from select artists working at the intersection of art, film and music, announces its third consecutive iteration to take place Saturday January 28 (2:30pm–8pm) and Sunday 29 (2:30pm–8pm), 2017. The program is comprised of local, national, and international visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Join audiences in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood at historic Thalia Hall to experience interdisciplinary artists working in photography, music, new media, film, video, and performance, pushing and pulling at the boundaries of their ever-evolving mediums. For tickets, updates, and more information, please visit www.palacefilmfest.com.


Claire Arctander
Jacqueline Castel with score by John Carpenter
Mary Helena Clark
Martha Colburn
Olivia Curry
Chris Hefner
Actually Huizenga
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe *
Todd Mattei
Frédéric Nauczyciel
Alison Nguyen
Molly Colleen O’Connell
Suzy Poling
John Pontarelli
Charles Roberts III
Seth Sher
Robert Stockwell
Nico B. and Rozz Williams
* Indicates live performance.

On the heels of its first and second year successes, the Palace Film Festival is proud to present a two-day program featuring film short and experimental films, a feature length film, live on-site performances, and panel discussion with featured director Actually Huizenga, Palace Film Festival curator Heather Gabel, writer & critic JR Nelson, and Aspect/Ratio gallery director Jefferson Godard.

The festival continues its signature live musical accompaniment to original video works programming. Detroit’s collaborative artists duo/electronic band ADULT. will debut an engaging new live performance created especially for The Palace Film Festival on Saturday. Breaking from their traditional ADULT. show, the duo will present a forty minute piece incorporating visual and more performative elements. The 2017 edition also welcomes Brooklyn-based artist/multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Om, Lichens) who will be closing the event Sunday evening.

Featured selections for 2017 include Martha Colburn’s Metamorfoza with a score by Mexican-Dutch composer Juan Felipe Waller, originally commissioned by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra which tells the story of a stop motion animation doll’s transformation through isolation, struggle, war and trauma in the Soviet Union. Jacqueline Castel’s The Puppet Man, a short film featuring music by Master of Horror John Carpenter, is presented by New York record label Sacred Bones. The festival is also pleased to feature the 1998 cult classic PIG directed by Nico B. and co-written with Rozz Williams (Christian Death), a haunting and surrealist experimental experience.

An official After-Party will take place with event partner The Empty Bottle on Saturday, January 28, 2017 featuring a live performance by Brooklyn-based electronic duo Xeno + Oaklander, with Champagne Mirrors, Simulation, and DJ Brett Naucke. Festival tickets do not grant entry to after-party. Please purchase tickets through Empty Bottle at http://tktwb.tw/2bJXR7w.


Cinema Libertad
The Empty Bottle
Thalia Hall
Johalla Projects
VAM Studio

Ticket Link: bit.ly/PalaceFilmFest


The Palace Film Festival is a collaboration between Anna Cerniglia (Johalla Projects), Heather Gabel (artist, musician), and Robert Stockwell (Cinema Libertad). Visit www.palacefilmfest.com for more information, updates, and to purchase advance tickets.

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