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Event Calendar
special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived film & video
Mar 4 Saturday, March 4
7:00pm, Pay What You Can


aCinema presents fAUXkumentary



Abby Sun, 15 min, HD digital video

Two boys, their dogs, and a 24-pack of PBR.

Ghislaine Leung, 8 minutes 38 seconds, Stereo Audio

Approximations came out of, and in this sense, is, my desire to write inclusively, or perhaps better to write without exclusion, where information had parity, was all material, seamless and framed, touching and pulling back. A writing not so much produced but lived on the tongue, tuned to a speed and temperature. Where images are felt against the skin, made moribund and loved. 

Iris Tenkink, 7 minutes 30 seconds, Video

Below this film runs another

What constitutes an image? An image that is in itself a beginning - 'a snapshot of a passing reality' and I wonder what is next, what does the image unfold?

The potential for rupture that my suturing implied is in constant threat for either sound or image to leave the other and diverge beyond retrieval.

Brenda Miller, 4 minutes 58 seconds, Video

Brenda Miller is curious about the current rejuvenation of knitting at the present time and what is the relationship of domestic arts to art practice. The film, Landscape with two women is a celebration of two expert knitters in conversation about skills where they talk passionately about their shared interests.

The film considers the language of knitting used in the construction of lace shawls and intarsia socks worked by two expert amateur knitters. A celebration of their skills is reflected in their conversation demonstrating their passion and skill.

The inspiration for the film comes from the painting by William Dyce, Welsh Landscape with two women knitting (1860). The painting is described as: a romanticised Victorian view of ‘wild Wales’ and its ‘unspoilt’ people. Knitting was an occupation for the home and the need for hand knitting was already beginning to die out by the 1860s.

Metrah Pashaee, 6 minutes 30 seconds, Video

Shot on location at V's Nail Studio, Iowa City, IA, this moving image portrait glimpses the sights and sounds of Tina's work day: a space of labor, body, beauty and color.

Mona Sheybani, 9 minutes, Video

“We are all alone Fariba!” depicts women walking through a crowd of people in a holy mosque in Iran. The film explores the experience of entering somewhere that is culturally not accessible to non-Muslims. Taking photographs or video is forbidden inside the Shrine of Imam Reza. My trip to the mosque was planned from the United States and I kept questioning my family members back in Iran whether I could sneak in a GoPro or a camera pen but I didn’t want to take the risk to get caught. At that moment the best option was to record the video with my old cellphone and hope for the best.

Work by Portia Cobb





aCinema is a collaborative curatorial effort between Janelle VanderKelen and Takahiro Suzuki.