Inspired by the loss of his uncle, The Smell of Death was the last film Bruce Wood made before a 25-year hiatus from cinema, during which he painted and ran East Garfield Park’s Fenway Gallery.

Wood, who moved to Chicago in the 70s to study under Stan Brakhage at the School of the Art Institute, returned to filmmaking in 2004. The Smell of Death has its world premiere in Silver Traces, a retrospective of his work tonight, Friday 8/21 in the White Light Cinema series at The Nightingale.