The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening

WHAT: A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening
WHERE: Studio 4 - 25 Main Street, 4th Floor Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, November 25th 7-9 PM

Pease join us for the final edition of A Good Night’s Sleep on Saturday November 25th at Studio 4 in Northampton. We have a wonderful show prepared and hope that you will join us to celebrate over a year and a half of screenings featuring local experimental film. Although we are each moving on to new and exciting projects, this won’t be the last you see of our collective members organizing experimental film screenings featuring local artists.

Q&A with November’s featured artists to follow the screening.

Colleen Keough is a Trans-Disciplinary Intermedia artist working in time-based media, performance, photography, installation, and hybrid art forms. Her work explores the intersection of pop culture, identity, myth and technology through integrated media works which investigate the voice, and fragmentation of identity and language through electronic modes of communication and identification. Her works have been included in national and international exhibitions and festivals including the Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece / Galway International Arts Festival Galway Ireland / Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space Prague, Czech Republic / Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH / Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ / Yan Gerber International Arts Festival Weichang County, China / Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY / Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA / Kennedy Museum of Art Athens, OH, and the E-Poetry Festival London / Kingston Upon the Thames, UK. She completed undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, & DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and earned an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC Alfred University in New York. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art at UMASS Amherst.

Jae Matthews is a filmmaker, writer and performer living in Western Massachusetts.

Anastasia Denos is a student at Hampshire College, studying performance and sculpture. She is interested in the limits and possibilities of the body, with and without the aid of costumes, prosthetics, and props.

Elliot Montague is a transgender experimental and fictional narrative filmmaker. Elliot’s films explore the nuances of transgender and queer narratives through engagement with familial relationships, the complexities and failures of language, and haunted rural landscapes. Elliot’s films have shown at the Media Arts Festival in Osnabruck, Germany, the DOKMA festival in Maribor, Slovenia, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, the Paris Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Dashanzi Arts Festival in Beijing, China, among others. He is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award for his MFA graduate thesis film at UC San Diego and of the Special Projects Grant also from the Princess Grace Foundation for his multimedia collaborative project, WREST. He was recently the guest director on Rhys Ernst’s documentary series, We’ve Been Around. Elliot is a visiting lecturer at Amherst College and has taught film and video at the Tribeca Film Institute and Urban Arts Partnership in New York City, Inner City Arts and Artworx LA in Los Angeles, the Maine Media Workshops and College in Rockport, Maine, and at the University of California, San Diego Department of Visual Arts.

Kelly Sears is an experimental animator that cuts up and collages imagery from American culture and politics to intervene with the history embedded in the frame. Working with appropriated images ranging from thrift store cast-offs to archival material, she uses animation to rebuild American histories that shift between the official and the uncanny while exploring contemporary narratives of power, such as manifest destiny, occupation and surveillance. Her work has screened at museums, galleries and film festivals, such as MOMA, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Machine Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Light Industry, Sundance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Black Maria Film Festival. She has been awarded residencies from Yaddo, The Core Program/Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Galveston Artist Residency. She received a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She teaches film and animation production at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Lily Sarosi is a member of the Good Night’s Sleep Film Collective. Lily grew up in LA, where she was involved with the Echo Park Film Center. Currently, she studies film at Hampshire College, organizes the Film Society, and plays bass in the band Deadbeat Club. Lily’s films explore the intersection between monstrosity and identity, confessions, secrets, and family history.

Allison Cekala is an artist currently living between Turners Falls, Ma and Boston. Her current work focuses on landscape through investigating the ways in which humans move, shape, and transform their surroundings. Her work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally at venues including at the Museum of Science (Boston, MA), the Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland, OR), The Vermont Center for Photography (Brattleboro, VT),The American Film Institute (Washington, DC), the Ann Arbor Film Festival, among others. In 2015, the Boston globe named her solo show, “Salt Mountain” as one of Boston’s best shows from 2015. Her work as also been featured on WBUR’s Artery, Light Leaked Photography Journal, and Public Radio International’s “The World”. Cekala’s work has been supported through residencies at ACRE, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. She has received grants from Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in film/video, the Blanche E. Colman Foundation, and The Karsh Prize in Photography. Cekala holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tufts University (2015) and a BA from from Bard College (2006) in Photography and Environmental Studies. She is currently an adjunct professor of Photography at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.

Madison Lacaprucia is a recent graduate from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University. She creates both single-channel videos and multi-channel video installations. Her work centers around technology, social media, the internet, and video as a medium itself. She is also a printmaker whose work takes enormous inspiration from video art and often produces prints from video stills or using imagery of screens. Mady also has been busy lately with a new project called Cat Cafe, which is an experimental art band involving live noise performance with literal children’s musical toys, LED hula-hooping, and live painting by the band’s three other members, in addition to a display of multi-channel videos and a Moog theremini performance by Mady.

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