2019 Special Events

Jo Andres (1954 – 2019)
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 PM

Jo Andres (1954 – 2019) worked as a filmmaker, choreographer, dancer and artist.
She first became known on the kinetic downtown New York performance scene of the 1980s for her film/dance/light performances, shown at the reigning venues of the era, among them The Performing Garage, La Mama E.T.C., P.S. 122, St. Marks Danspace, and the Collective for Living Cinema.

Black Kites, Andres’ 1996 award-winning film, aired on PBS, RAI Italian TV and screened in Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, London and Human Rights Watch Film Festivals. Andres directed music and art videos, as well as her own film performance works. She served as Executive Producer for Bonnie Hawthorne’s recent documentary Dreaming of a Vetter World about an organic farming family.

Andres was a dance consultant to the acclaimed Wooster Group. She has been an artist in residence at leading universities, museums and art colonies, including Yaddo and The Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Film from Ohio University in 1984.


 

The Joy of Filming: a Program of Films by Lynne Sachs
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM

In the spirit of classics like the The Joy of Cooking or The Joy of Sex, Lynne Sachs will present an interactive lecture in which she will share her own process (or recipe) for making films. From the very first moment, Lynne will begin a conversation with her AIFVF audience, learning from them (us?) about their (our?) own projects, dreams and experiences. She will then spontaneously live-curate a program of her own films that could include early works such as “Drawn & Quartered” (1986) or “House of Science” (1991) or extremely recent films such as “And Then We Marched” (2017) or “A Year of Notes and Numbers” (2018). The intention of this performative presentation is to engage so deeply with the festival community that an organic, collaborative program will emerge.


 

Jodi Wille
Saturday, April 13, 7:15 PM

Jodi Wille (BFA OU ‘91) is a filmmaker, curator, and book publisher known for her work exploring American subcultures. She directed the acclaimed documentary on the 70s Los Angeles utopian commune The Source Family (2013). She is co-founder of award-winning book publishing companies Process Media and Dilettante Press, and she has curated several art and museum exhibitions related to her projects. She is currently directing her new feature documentary We Are Not Alone on The Unarius Academy of Science.


 

Laura Harrison
Friday, April 12, 5:30 PM

Laura is a filmmaker and director who lives and works in Chicago. Her experimental, narrative animations focus on marginalized, social outcasts with their own sub cultures. These fringe characters provide a focal point for her concerns with diaspora, trans humanism, gender and the loss of touch in an overwhelmingly visual world. Her films have shown at various festivals internationally including The New York Film Festival, Ottowa International Animation Festival, Animafest Zagreb, LA Film Festival, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, GLAS, Melbourne International Animation Festival and many others.

 


 
Chris Sullivan
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 PM

Chris Sullivan, was born and raised in the wooded hills of Pittsburgh Pa. along with 10 siblings. A product of British mother Beryl, and Irish American father Lawrence. They met in England during WW2.
He now lives in Chicago, and teaches at The School of The ArtInstitute of Chicago, and is a father to Carmen and Silvia Abelson. He has shown his work in festivals, theaters and museums world-wide, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Osian’s Cinefest in India, in Haifa film festival, Chicago International, Milano, Vancouver International, Pacific Film Archives Denver Starz; Annecy, Zagreb, Animator, Fantoche, Zagreb World Festival of Animation, Humboldt Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ottawa Animation Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, Boston Museum, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center, Houston Museum, National Gallery D.C. Cinefamily In LA, Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago, and many more.

His film Consuming Spirits had it’s theatrical debut at New York’s Film Forum for a two week run in December of 2012. His Films have received funding from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation Film Fellowship, The Bush Foundation, and he recently received a Creative Capital Grant for his film The Orbit of Minor Satellites. The Orbit of Minor Satellites will be in theatrical release in early 2020.