Onion City opens with Beatrice Gibson March 12

The Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival is pleased to partner with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Conversations at the Edge series for the inaugural screening of its 30th anniversary edition.

The program kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 and continues through Sunday, March 15 with all festival screenings taking place at Chicago Filmmakers’ Firehouse Cinema (5720 N. Ridge Ave.).

The Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival is one of the premiere international festivals exclusively devoted to experimental film and video. 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.

Opening night
The opening night presentation, Two Sisters, will feature the work of London-based artist Beatrice Gibson, who is scheduled to attend the screening.

Incorporating experimental music, poetry, and improvisation, the award-winning films of artist Beatrice Gibson are shape-shifting explorations of social and political turmoil. In two powerful, deeply connected works — I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018), which takes its title from a poem by CAConrad, and Deux soeurs qui ne sont pas soeurs (‘Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters’) (2019), based on a screenplay by Gertrude Stein — Gibson defines the nature of motherhood and community in an age of contemporary anxiety.

Weaving together images of joy and horror with readings by Conrad, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, filmmakers Ana Vaz and Basma Alsharif, as well as friends and family, Gibson builds an archive of stories, at once triumphant and traumatic, cynical and optimistic, toward a collective future.

Beatrice Gibson
Beatrice Gibson is an artist and filmmaker based in London. In 2019 she had solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre in London; Bergen Kunsthall in Norway; and Mercer Union in Toronto.

She has twice won the Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2009/13). In 2015 she won the 17th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel, Switzerland, and more recently was the recipient of the Marian McMahon Akimbo Award at the 2019 Images Festival in Toronto.

Her latest film premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight), Cannes Film Festival 2019.

An in-person discussion with Beatrice Gibson will take place after the 50-minute film concludes.

The full program for the Onion City Festival will be released in February. For more information, visit the official website here.

About the Presenting Organization, Chicago Filmmakers
Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that 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 serves diverse audiences through its year-round weekly film 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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