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Help the Nightingale upgrade its equipment and facilities as it turns a decade old!
Help the Nightingale upgrade its equipment and facilities as it turns a decade old!
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The Nightingale, Chicago's premier microcinema, is turning 10 YEARS OLD! You read that right: TEN YEARS of the Experimental, the Strange, the Underground, the New, the In-Progress, the Canonical, the Unknown, the Queer, the Provocative, the Crazy, and the Very Independent. For TEN YEARS, we’ve given this film/video work a perch in Chicago, and kept the space open for community events, too. We have hosted over 500 SCREENINGS, partnered with dozens of local organizations, and provided presentation opportunities to over 1,400 artists and thousands of patrons.

Viva us, right? And Viva YOU for supporting us! So to celebrate, and to keep the place running strong, we are holding a Kickstarter: 10 FOR NIGHTINGALE 10! Our goal: raise $10,000 for the Nightingale, one thousand dollars for each year we have been open.

Our audiovisual equipment is in fair to critical condition so we need your help. We ask for your donations—LARGE, small, or In BeTwEeN—so we can:

+ purchase a new digital projector that can process higher frame rates and a wider variety of finished file formats 
+ repair our sound system for video and 16mm work (one channel is blown and a proper fix ain’t cheap) 
+ buy a P. A. system for cinema performances 
AS WELL AS 
+ expand our programming budget and add even more screenings to our calendar + rent archival film prints and hire videos from international distributors + pay out-of-state artists to come to Chicago to present their work + stock up on toilet paper (we can never have enough toilet paper)

Now is a great time to invest in The Nightingale: we have just enlisted a veritable ARMY of new programmers to join the staff. Exciting times ahead! And stay tuned for our mini-festival of programs to ring in our first decade… there’s even a live telethon that will stream on Friday, April 6! Check our website for schedule and details.

The Nightingale is run by a volunteer team of working artists, curators, and teachers, and we pay most of our door proceeds back to exhibiting artists. We cannot do what we do without the support of community members like you. If the Nightingale and the works that we programmed these past 10 years have had an impact on you—if you are one of the thousands of people who've sat with us in the dark to fall under the collective spell of cinema—PLEASE make your donation today.

Ten years is a major milestone, but we're not done yet! Help us build on our experience and continue to screen important experimental and independent movies for the good great people of Chicago.

Love,
Christy, Emily and the rest of the Nightingale crew

P. S. Thanks Joan Jonas!

Risks and challenges

Through the last 10 years, the Nightingale has weathered many changes- flooding, equipment break-downs, shifts in organizational structure, etc. We are an imperfect, ever-iterating place that relies on its community to be relevant and productive. We are here hammering it out in the best we can until the rent rises beyond our reach or until technology advances so far that all the movies just play on the back of our eyelids.

The Nightingale exists thanks to our dedicated team of passionate volunteers. The roster has changed; several generations of artists and programmers have grown up along with us. We know we can continue to do what we do because of them.

ALSO: We learned the hard way from our last Kickstarter that rewards are sometimes hard to fulfill. Taking that into consideration, we have chosen rewards this time that are well within our ability to accomplish (and that require the least amount of shipping).

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING CHICAGO CINEMA.

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    Button

    A stylish button marking you as a microcinema micro-hero.
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    Tote

    One vintage Nightingale tote bag perfectly sized to carry your 16mm film canisters around town.
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    Ticket

    A ticket good for one Nightingale screening of your choice
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    Two Nodes on the Noise Axis Poster

    An original poster for a past nightingale screening called Two Nodes on the Noise Axis! Poster by Chris Day. Check out the image on our Facebook page.
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    Films of Mike Stoltz Poster

    An original poster for a past nightingale screening of films by Mike Stoltz! Poster by Ben Marcus. Check out the image on our Facebook page.
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    TP Sponsor

    Sponsor a mega-pack of toilet paper for the Nightingale bathroom and we will proudly display YOUR NAME above the dispenser until the rolls run out.
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    Video Playlist

    An exclusive curated video playlist, made especially for this Kickstarter by Nightingale co-director Emily Eddy and programmer Lee Ferdinand
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    Nightingale Mixtape

    Show off your love for analog media with your very own mixtape of selected Nightingale jams. Tapes made in house by Aaron Walker!
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    Pre-show Announcement

    A one-time announcement, dedication, hot take, joke, or other short text, selected by YOU and read by a Nightingale programmer before the screening of YOUR CHOICE.
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    Chair Sponsor

    Sponsor a seat and we'll put your name on one of our luxurious folding chairs!
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    CONTRACTED CINEMA

    A SEASON OF ART THAT /IS/ DELIVERS/ED/

    A unique and exciting opportunity to have artist/curator/Nightingale programmer Jesse Malmed send you an original artwork four times over three months!
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    Late-Edition Chair Sponsor

    Back by popular demand, sponsor a seat and we will put your name on one of our luxurious folding chairs!
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    Trunk Show Catalogue

    Trunk Show exhibition catalogue, poster, and one Trunk Show bumper sticker of your choice (subject to availability) autographed by Jesse Malmed, Raven Falquez Munsell, and Aaron Walker
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    Chicago Film Society Season Pass

    One season pass to Chicago Film Society!
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    Ticket 10! Pack

    Ten tickets for upcoming Nightingale screenings, ANY ten screenings you choose!
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    P.A. Sponsor

    Name our new P.A. system! Name it after a friend! Name it after yourself! Name it after a loved one, an enemy, a frenemy—the possibilities are endless. We will henceforward call the P.A. by that name and mention it before any cinema performance event.
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    Private 16MM Workshop with MONO NO AWARE

    NEW YORK CITY ONLY!!!!

    Shoot and process your own B/W motion picture film on 16mm with the cinema-arts non-profit founder and director Steve Cossman.
    Process using beer and coffee with MONO NO AWARE in a private one on one workshop! (location specific, Downtown Brooklyn NY)
    Includes film stock, camera, non-toxic chemistry, access to projector and a cinema afternoon to remember!

    MONO NO AWARE : CINEMA ARTS NON-PROFIT ORG & COMMUNITY IN BROOKLYN, NY � Est.2007 WORKSHOPS + FILM STOCK + EQUIPMENT RENTALS + PROCESSING LAB + SCREENINGS + EXPANDED CINEMA ARTS FESTIVAL : www.mononoawarefilm.com

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    16mm Projector Sponsor

    Name one of our 16mm projectors! (Pay us twice and you can name both!) We will Call It by Your Name before each and every 16mm screening we host, until the projector goes to that great projection booth in the sky.
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    Name our new digital projector! Name it after your mother, your brother, your weird uncle, your cat...you pick the name, and we will announce it before every digital screening.
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    BEST CINEMA FRIEND LIFETIME ADMISSION

    LIFETIME admission to the Nightingale! Every screening! Every event! For as long as you, or we, last! The whole megillah. (Seriously.)
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