Zummertapes/Vintervidz Video Mixtape screening
Roots & Culture
Thomas Comerford brings his video mixtape to Roots & Culture on Sunday, March 31. Originally created for the 2012 Zummertapez series, Comerford's mixtape combines selections from his work produced between 1993 and 2010 with excerpts from films, videos, artists works, and pop culture detritus that have influenced his filmmaking. Comerford's distinctive pinhole cinema and thoughtful landscape films anchor the program. Presented out-of-season, this Zummertapez show will warm you up for this final stretch of winter: Vintervidz!
Organized through Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center's screening series, the Zummertapez series brings filmmakers to the gallery to show a video mixtape. The mix combines selections of the filmmaker’s own work with things that influence them, with the aim of opening up the filmmaker's work and creative process for the audience, and presenting a more sociable and engaging form of artist talk.
Thomas Comerford is a media artist, musician and educator who resides in Chicago. His films have screened at festivals and venues which include Light Industry, Pacific Film Archive, Echo Park Film Center, the Nightingale, Minicine? and the London Film Festival. Comerford has also toured the United States with his films a number of times, screening in venues ranging from Church basements to backyards to regular old movie theatres. As songwriter, singer and producer, Comerford has performed his music around the midwest and eastern US and released four LP records on compact disc as well as several vinyl and web-only releases both under his own name and with the rock band Kaspar Hauser. He currently teaches film production, non-fiction/documentary and punk rock history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.