The Lips, The Teeth, The Tip of the Tongue:
Trauma and Memory in the Context of Horror

10.01.17
10.15.17
10.29.17

The Lips, The Teeth, The Tip of the Tongue: Trauma and Memory in the Context of Horror, is a series of movie marathons, curated by Jory Drew. The full phrase, “The Lips, The Teeth, The Tip of the Tongue,” is an articulation exercise used by singers and actors to prepare their mouths and become aware of how sounds are being formed within their facial mask before a performance. Separately, “The Tip of the Tongue” (or TOT), is the phenomenon of failing to retrieve a word from memory, combined with partial recall and the feeling that retrieval is emanate. Questioning the connection between the tangible mouth and the intangible mind, the marathons are an investigation into how “The Mouth” works as a divisive tool within cinema. Specifically within the horror genre, where the effective use of a tool, razor blade or chainsaw, means the difference between life and death.

Each marathon is themed and will consist of four films. Come see all the films or just a few, titles of films will be revealed every Friday before screening. Dates and times are as follows:

OPEN - 10.01.17
2:00 4:30 7:00 9:00

CHEW - 10.15.17
2:00 4:00 6:30 8:30

SWALLOW - 10.29.17
2:00 4:00 6:00 8:00

Please feel free to bring food and beverage of your choice. There will be time in between films to grab snacks as needed.

Jory Drew is an artist and graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is concerned with how the social construction of race, class and power manifest and determine individual realities. He works to dismantle said constructs, through the fragmentation of photography, video, sculpture, and language. Drew is a Co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue in Little Village (Chicago) and a Co-organizer of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity. Currently Drew, works as the Communications Fellow at LATITUDE Chicago and is developing a series of images and objects designed to confront wealth and the consumption of space.

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Quintessence of Vibrancy

10.08.17

Quintessence of Vibrancy features three short films that depict the body, and spiritual growth through a union with nature. A blossoming of a black experience.

Curated by The Cinema Culture. Filmmakers will be in attendance.

PLZ BE CAREFUL
by Olivia Engobor and Claire Dobbs

Plz Be Careful is a film that explores identity, hair, and communion with nature as act of coming into self. The story is told in three parts: The Seed, The Sprout, The Blossom and tells the story of an Afro growing. How growing into yourself takes time and trial, but the blossom is well worth it.

DECADENT ASYLUM
by Amir George

A journey of the spirit to higher realms of consciousness.

SOFT
by Da'Niro Elle Brown

Soft is a 27-min experimental short that explores the black experience as grounded in the Western media’s manipulation of black imagery. This film is interested in how the constant reproduction of these images throughout history are perceived as truth and aims to push and pull against these truths. The direct confrontation of performer to camera creates agency for the performer and awakens in the viewer an awareness of their own gaze. In Soft the body is the main medium; multiple bodies; multiple diverse bodies, text, rhythm, objects, and curated sound create a physical space.

total run time: ~50 mins
Digital Projection

Olivia Engobor is a Chicago based artist from Jos, Nigeria whose works focuses on using fashion as a platform to further the discussion of environmentalism and traditional healing practices in urban environments. They work with many different mediums as an artist, most commonly however, they are a designer and creative director. They recently launched an eco-centric clothing line called Plz Be Careful which uses garments as an opportunity to center these topics of environmentalism and spirituality. You can learn more about Olivia and their work here.

Amir George is a practicing alchemist working as a filmmaker and independent film curator. Amir's motion picture work and curated programs have been featured at galleries, museums, and film festivals nationally and internationally. In addition to founding The Cinema Culture, a grassroots cinema advocacy group, Amir is co-curator of Black Radical Imagination, a touring experimental film program with Erin Christovale.

Da’Niro Elle is a transdisciplinary artist that uses the body as the main material in her work. With an artistic foundation set in contemporary ballet and modern dance, Da’Niro Elle’s work is based in her continued exploration of the human form. She received her BFA focused in Performance, Sculpture & Film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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What is Black Comedy?

10.26.17

A Screening with Lauren Jackson and The Point Magazine

Is "black comedy" more than skin deep? For the comedy symposium of the most recent issue of The Point magazine, Lovia Gyarkye wrote, "Unlike Chappelle, Trevor Noah’s comedy is characteristically risk-averse. This may well be the quality that has allowed him to rise to the heights of the liberal comedy world. But that very comfort can too easily become a kind of smugness, one that allows viewers to surf over superficial encounters with racial antagonism and injustice, rather than burrowing down to make its ugliness visceral, relevant and complicated."

Join us for a screening and discussion on the subject of race and comedy in America, led by Point writer and cultural critic Lauren Jackson. We will screen clips from stand-up performances, comedy sketches, cartoons, and news satire—ranging from Trevor Noah and Dave Chappelle to Key & Peele, Steve Harvey, Wanda Sykes, and the Boondocks. What do the jokes we find funny (and not funny) tell us about the current makeup of our political communities? What does it mean for comedy to be "risky"? And does "black comedy" have to be about race at all?

Total run time ~45 mins + conversation

Lauren M. Jackson received her BA with distinction in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Current work includes interests in Black vernacular, sound, and linguistic diffusion in 19th-20th C American literature and popular music, and 21st C digital mediums.

The Point is a Chicago-based magazine of philosophical writing on everyday life, politics and culture.

Learn more about The Point Magazine's Summer 2017 issue, What is Comedy For?, here.
Copies will be available for purchase.