Mar 24th 2019

Onion City: The Truth! Ha!

@ Chicago Filmmakers

5720 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Sunday, March 24th, from 7:30PM - 8:45PM

On view through Sunday, March 24th

A romp through medium, texture, and story, these works walk a thin line between reality and perception. At times humorous, at times alarming, this program questions the audience and questions itself.

Featuring work by the following artists: Michael Gitlin, Casey Puccini, Grace Mitchell, Jesse Malmed, Jessie Darnell, Nellie Kluz, and Drew Durepos.

Eastern District Terminal
Michael Gitlin
Eastern District Terminal documents a particular lost time and place: the Brooklyn waterfront after the end of its use as an industrial and shipping site, but before it became the front lawn for the shiny apartment towers to come. In that in-between moment, the space functioned as a “temporary autonomous zone.” Shot using a homemade 3D rig, the film wanders and turns through the zone and, along the way, encounters three of its denizens.

I Don’t Know When the Armageddon Is
Casey Puccini
Against the ethereal beauty and serenity of summer in upstate NY, the sparring and musings of a close-knit family group becomes a stream of collective consciousness ultimately morphing into the background sound of the Universe itself as voiced by the ever-present reminder that this is not Paradise – the ubiquitous mosquito.

Magic Bath
Grace Mitchell
Magic Bath is a diaristic collection of reconciled footage from the filmmaker’s adolescence into adulthood that come together to form a collaged portrait.

Splinter Cells (‘mongst Ligeti)
Jesse Malmed
Nodes toward a cinema of distractions. Handheld but smothered, like the bouncing ball between this place and that. A good example of a bad example of a good example of a bad example of a good example of a bad example. Sequel and we shall find, well: the audience is encouraged to take flash photos of the screen if things seem especially interesting.

2000 Women Named Stacy
Jessie Darnell
2000 WOMEN NAMED STACY is an exploration of online fetishism as a larger analogy for the Eurocentric gaze in pornography. Other themes include self-degradation, control, and performative roles for a camera. Functioning as a moving digital collage of appropriated materials from Youtube, quicksand fetish websites, and pornography, the Stacy’s present themselves to the viewer as both Aggressor and Sacrifice.

The Sunken Smile
Nellie Kluz
Self-contained underwater seasonal devices.

Elder Abuse
Drew Durepos
A man and his grandmother argue over sharing cigarettes—until something bad happens.

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