Eric Ellingsen shares his perspective on the 1991 film Hearts of Darkness. Following the screening, he and Deborah Stratman discuss the film.

Hearts of Darkness Eleanor Coppola, George Hickenlooper, Fax Bahr, 1991)    

In the late 1970s, as renegade filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola struggles to complete an epic allegory of the Vietnam War, "Apocalypse Now," his wife, Eleanor, films his daily travails with a camera of her own. The documentary based on her footage details the difficulties of the large production -- from weather-related delays in the Philippines to star Martin Sheen's heart attack while filming -- and it provides unprecedented behind-the-scenes clips of one of Hollywood's most-acclaimed films.  Running time: 96 minutes

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Eric Ellingsen started Species of Space in 2009. His practice centers in space activism, and SOS twists tools from many different bodies of knowledge to create spatial narratives entangling art-architecture-landscape architecture-poetry-choreography. Ellingsen’s work is informed by collaborative learning through experienced experiments, relational thinking, walking, ecology and ecological economies, translation, performance, and perception. The heart of his work involves learning how to learn; this takes place through the design of site- and institution-specific works that involve growing languages and the ability to translate meanings across disciplines. Through articulated contact with lives of people, places, and things, we amplify a sense of empathetic encounters with the complex politics and stories at play in today’s world. From 2009 to 2014, Ellingsen co-directed and taught in the Institute for Spatial Experiments, a five-year education project started by the artist Olafur Eliasson and affiliated with the Berlin University of the Arts. Semester-long co-teaching experiments took place in partnership with the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Addis Ababa, Bruno Latour of Sciences Po, Günther Vögt of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and Sanford Kwinter of Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets and faith. She has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Mercer Union, Witte de With, the Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, Full Frame and Rotterdam. Stratman is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, a Creative Capital grant and an Alpert Award. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

This program is presented in association with the Chicago International Film Festival and with support from ArcelorMittal.