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A staged celebration of the Hiroshima bombing and a seasonal camp of RV drivers share the Arizona landscape in British filmmaker Stephen Connolly's 2007 short film Great American Desert, invoking, Connolly says, "an examination of ‘social liberty’ in the West in relation to war, spectacle, the environment and consumerism."
Great American Desert screens in "Occasional Pieces," a selection of Connolly's short films and videos Saturday 11/7 at the Nightingale
Also screening: an overhead camera sees the title space in the British Museum as an "ideal prison" in Reading Room; an homage to a friend in Film for Tom; looking for a shoeshine after 9/11 in Postcard from Instanbul; an exploration of nature and the state in The Whale; and a portrait of the derelict National School of Ballet, athletes and construction workers in Havana in Más Se Perdió (We Lost More).
"Occasional Pieces" screens Saturday 11/7 at 7:30 PM at The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee. $7-10.