Roots & Culture
Sunday February 15th, 7PM
1034 N Milwaukee Ave.
When one finds two alchemists in the same city it is said that they should get to know each other and share their secrets. Lyra Hill and Daviel Shy, Chicago filmmakers/artists (who now know each other) will spend an evening displaying their research, experiments, reactions and transmutations. Lyra & Daviel take too frequently ignored elements and transform them into stars of the silver screen: the words and gestures of women and gender non-conformists.
For many of their works, both filmmakers also rely on the chemical spectacle of celluloid to help them conjure what they imagine, write or desire.
These films are full of awe, love, humor and magic and hopefully by combining them within the same screening, entirely new chemical reactions will occur and that silver screen will turn gold.
The films span past 7 years and both filmmakers will also present trailers/clips for/from longer works-in-progress. Total running time is approximately 1 hour.
Lyra Hill is a cartoonist, filmmaker, and performer who lives in Chicago. She created and organized the performative-comix reading series Brain Frame between 2011 and 2014. Her small-gauge films and weird comics have appeared in alternative venues around the world. Lyra works as an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and as a projectionist at the Gene Siskel Film Center. She is particularly interested in blurring boundaries between mediums, experiencing things in person, crude humor, unconscious drives, and the avant-garde.
Daviel Shy (b.1984, the Year of the Lusty Lesbian as declared in the inaugural issue of On Our Backs Magazine) is a writer, performer and filmmaker based in Chicago, Illinois. She has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and founded the monthly screening series, L.M.N.O.P: Lesbian Movie Night Ongoing Project. She is the assistant director of Every House Has a Door performance company, and is currently making her first feature film called The Ladies Alamanack. www.theladiesalmanack.com