Category Archives: Historical

Repose en Paix, Monsieur Rohmer

A pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, Eric Rohmer has passed away at age 89 (link via NYT).

“Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story” closes Aug. 2!

6 more shows left, Chicagoland folks! Come check it out — you won’t be disappointed!

“A video projection on the back wall provides back-story using authentic 1920s Chicago film reels spliced with footage of the actors themselves. The production value of these clips alone is worth the price of admission.” –Christopher McCabe

“It’s Rashid’s design team…with stunning, gray-scale costumes from Liz Hoffman and eerily opulent filmic backdrops by Jim Vendiola—whose stark vision unites the evening into a gorgeous, coherent whole.” –TimeOut Chicago

“Film designer Jim Vendiola’s  integration of found footage from the era and new work created for the production gives the show extra depth.” –Newcity Stage

“Jim Vendiola’s grainy videography cunningly splices together shots of period newspaper headlines with fleeting interludes of Popp and Hays’ characters gliding blissfully through the University of Chicago campus, caught in a folie a deux that neither they nor we can fully comprehend, but that leaves us with an aching sense of waste.” –Chicago Tribune

SHOWTIMES / TICKET INFO |   PROJECT 891 THEATRE CO.

Still Frame of the Day: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975, Belgium)

Upcoming Theatre | “Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story”

Here are some details for the upcoming theatrical production, on which I’ve been working for the past month-or-so:

Chicago, 1924:
Two kids, born into a world of wealth and privilege, plan to commit the perfect crime.

Join Project 891 Theatre Company for its inaugural production directed by Michael Rashid and featuring Matt Hays, Ron Popp, Gary Murphy, Robert Kaercher, Matthew Lozano, Jacob A. Ware and Liz Hoffman.

July 10 – August 2
Chemically Imbalanced Theatre
1420 W Irving Park Rd. Chicago, 60613

Here’s the promotional trailer that I made for the show:

The live production will also feature cinematic clips (that I’m assembling with director, Michael Rashid, specifically for this show), projected onstage during the performance. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, please come and check it out!!

SHOWTIMES / TICKETS Available at BROWN PAPER TICKETS.COM


And, if you’re unfamiliar with the case and story, here’s a good place to start. Hope to see some of you next month!

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (Soviet Union, 1940)

Apologies for the long absence, readers.  I’ve been busy with mostly non-film, no-fun sorts of things.

I am however, working on an experimental short for the Chicago Filmmakers Location Sound Recording & Editing Techniques class, in which I’ve been enrolled for the past month. My process has been a little slow-going, but I’ll post the finished piece [or at least some version of it], once I get done with it.

For now, you might consider taking a gander at this short film from 1940, which documents some bizarre Soviet attempts at animal corpse resuscitation. Produced by Moscow’s Techfilm Studio.

Regarding St. Patrick’s Day,

Celebrate the day right and proper…
that is, with a 24-year-old Jennifer Aniston* and Willow Ufgood:

*How much cosmetic work do you think she’d already had on her nose, at this point?

Happy Birthday, Chuck.

Chuck Norris turns 69 today. I remember my dad renting Return of the Dragon when I was eight, and fast-forwarding directly to this scene to show me and my brother.

It’s hard to believe this was 37 years ago!