Mar 10th 2018

Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival: Incense, Sweaters & Ice

@ Chicago Filmmakers

5720 N Ridge Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Saturday, March 10th, from 7PM - 11PM

On view through Sunday, March 11th

INCENSE, SWEATERS & ICE, a new feature work by Martine Syms will have it’s Chicago premiere at the 28th annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival! Join us for a reception Hosted by Dyke Delicious from 7:00-8:00, screening at 8:00.

INCENSE, SWEATERS & ICE (Martine Syms, 2017, 69 min, US, Digital Projection)

INCENSE, SWEATERS & ICE follows a woman through a series of events and interactions in her daily life, sparking a conversation on the surveillance of black people throughout history and on the internet. The main characters Girl, Mrs. Queen Esther Bernetta White, and WB (white boy), are shown in different modes of public, private, and online performance. This work examines being looked, being unseen, and the murky area in between.

Martine Syms, an alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago now based in Los Angeles, describes herself as a “conceptual entrepreneur” and works in a variety of media, bringing together ideas about African-American identity, economic models, technology, performance, and questions of visibility/invisibility within culture.


Opening Night: Ouroboros

Program 1: Growing

Shorts Program 2: Moving

Shorts Program 3: Touching

Shorts Program 4: Thinking

Shorts Program 5: Sensing

Shorts Program 6: Listening

Shorts Program 7: Looking

A Production of Chicago Filmmakers:

Onion City is one of the premiere international festivals exclusively devoted to experimental film and video.

Onion City was founded in the 1980s by the Experimental Film Coalition and run by them for many years. Chicago Filmmakers assumed responsibility for the festival in 2001, and expanded the size and opened it up to video work as well as film. It is generally 8-10 programs over four days and features roughly 60-70 works from around the world. Aside from the competition programs, there are occasional special presentations of new or old films of note or guest presentations. Screenings take place at Chicago Filmmakers and other venues around mid-June.

The mission of Onion City is to provide local and regional audiences with an opportunity to view a wide variety of contemporary experimental works, focused on artistic excellence but also with an eye towards representing differing styles, forms, and nationalities.

Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and understanding of film and video as media for artistic and personal expression, as well as media of important social and community impact. Chicago Filmmakers’ twofold mission is to serve independent film and digital video artists by supporting the creation and dissemination of new media arts works and to serve Chicago audiences by screening artistically innovative, socially relevant, and diverse films and videos.

Chicago Filmmakers nurtures the development of aspiring filmmakers of all ages by offering classes, workshops, and summer camps; empowers artists to create new work through production grants, equipment access, fiscal sponsorship, and other services and resources; and encourages the professional advancement of media artists through seminars, panel discussions, lectures, rough-cut and open screenings, as well as networking events and other opportunities for artistic exchange. Chicago Filmmakers develops diverse audiences through its year-round weekly film and video exhibition programs and its two annual film festivals, Reeling the Chicago LGBTQ International Film Festival and The Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival.

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