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In her latest work, Three Domestic Interiors, Bay Area experimental filmmaker and installation artist Lynn Kirby combines video, film, and still images to delineate space (film for long shots, video for close-ups) and mark the passage of time. The characters--a grandmother (sometimes identified by the color green), a flirtatious young woman (red), and a nonchalant young man (blue)--are seen only in their living rooms, where the camera picks up objects that hint at their backgrounds and expectations. Deliberately out of sync with the images, the sound track consists of snippets of their phone conversations and stream-of-consciousness monologues. Though Kirby obviously never intended a coherent narrative to emerge, she keeps her audience entranced with a largely unconnected series of tiny revelations and epiphanies. Also on the bill are her earlier, vaguely autobiographical shorts, including Sharon and the Birds on the Way to the Wedding (1988), a meditation on daily life and romance, and Sincerely (1980), a visually inventive polemic against legislative restrictions on abortion rights. A discussion with the filmmaker follows the screening. Saturday at 8 PM, Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division; 384-5533.

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