This month--we are all about film!

It is the dead of winter-- movies in the parks stopped months ago, the Logan Theatre is undergoing renovations and Netflix on the couch is starting to get a bit old. Well fret not, film-loving folks, because starting next week we are all about film.  First and foremost, we are quite excited to announce our February exhibition, Film Is Dead: Edges of The Digital Frame.  Film is Dead is a video exhibition that celebrates the "new wave" of underground cinema; by "incorporating aspects of video appropriation, off-kilter narratives and culturally conscious video mash-ups," the works of Nelson Carvajal and Amir George represent an underexposed avenue of truly independent filmmaking—one that steers clear of traditional “film school tropes and textbook rhetoric." Film Is Dead: Edges of the Digital Frame opens on Thurs, February 2nd from 6 to 8:30 pm, at the I Am Logan Square Gallery, located at 2644 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Once again, Revolution Brewing will be providing seasonal beer and their signature bacon fat popcorn for the reception, accompanied by delicious treats courtesy of Paper Moon Pastry.

Carvajal, the exhibition’s curator and featured artist, helped launch Cinefile, an online networking platform for independent filmmakers. His handheld camera technique was a topic point in Jim Emerson’s (editor of essay “Screw the Tripod” earlier last year.  And George was part of the Seen and Heard Music Video Showcase (in collaboration with Chicago Filmmakers) and guest curated a Salonathon video event for the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

In addition to the Film Is Dead exhibition, Carvajal will be a special guest at our upcoming Industry Night on Tuesday, January 31st.  This month's Industry Night is dedicated to film and the guest line-up not only includes Carvajal, but also welcomes industry professionals Shayla Kloska, Marketing Director of the Logan Theatre and David Schmüdde, Executive Producer of EarthCircle Films LLC and Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Art. IALS’s Industry Nights, designed to connect established and emerging arts professionals, take place the last Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm at Café con Leche/D’Noche, located at 2710 N. Milwaukee Ave. A $15 admission ticket includes passed hors d'ouevres and an open Sangria and beer bar. Your ticket also helps IALS continue the monthly Industry Nights programming.

Film Is Dead: Edges of the Digital Frame will be on display through the end of February. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm.
IALS hosts monthly gallery exhibitions of works by local artists and accepts exhibition proposals on a rolling basis. Participating artists and/or curators must either live or work in Logan Square to exhibit their work and priority will be given to group or collaborative shows.

--Brooke Herbert Hayes


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