15 Years of the Chicago Underground Film Festival

Thursday, October 2, 6pm | Festival director Bryan Wendorf and CUFF filmmakers in person! Roger Ebert once said of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, “What you get for your money is not just admission to the films, but admission to a subculture.” For 15 years, CUFF has exhibited the vibrant media emerging from Chicago’s schools, […]

Eyes Wide Open: Videos by Dani Leventhal

Thursday, September 25, 6pm | Dani Leventhal in person! Dani Leventhal, Show and Tell in the Land of Milk and Honey (2007). Image courtesy of the artist. At once tender and savage, Dani Leventhal’s astonishing video diaries capture the banal and the horrific to reveal the transcendent beauty and pain of daily life. In the […]

GLITCH: Creative Problem Creating

Thursday, September 18, 6pm | Curator Jon Satrom in person! What happens when the creative roadblocks—errors, glitches, accidents—become the building blocks in the art-making process? This program highlights artists who intentionally create problems by corrupting data, hacking signals, and manipulating the medium, often to the point of challenging its own display. Curated by new media artist and SAIC […]

Robert Breer by Jim Trainor

Check out this 1979 interview with Robert Breer by animator and SAIC Film/Video and New Media Chair, Jim Trainor. It was published in 1980, by the Columbia University literary magazine, Upstart. Download the full interview here.

Films by Robert Breer, 1957-86

Thursday, September 11,  6pm | Restored 35mm blow-ups! Robert Breer, Fuji (1974). Image courtesy Anthology Film Archives. Joyous, restless, audacious and witty, Robert Breer’s animated films are like no others. Time and again Breer marries his playful perspective to cutting-edge techniques to create formally innovative, non-narrative films filled with humor and charm. Tonight’s program features […]



    Conversations at the Edge is a weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    CATE is organized by SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC's Video Data Bank, Conversations at the Edge is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, performances, and talks by groundbreaking media artists.


    Programs take place Thursdays at 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State / Chicago, IL / 312.846.2600), unless otherwise noted.