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Ism, Ism, Ism: Umbrales

Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

Wednesday, November 13th, 7 PM, FREE

Ism, Ism, Ism
Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America
(Various Artists, 1955-2003, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 79 min total)

This program showcases female filmmakers who sought to carve out a place within the male-dominated world of Latin American independent audiovisual production. Key works, such as Argentine filmmaker Narcisa Hirsch’s Come Out (1971), exemplify the defiant position toward gendered and essentializing aesthetics expected of Latin American women filmmakers. This program includes pioneering Uruguayan filmmaker Lydia García Millán’s Color (1955), one of the first abstract experimental films from Latin America; the politically charged Super 8 experiments by Puerto Rican underground artist Poli Marichal; and a recent video essay by Mexican artist Ximena Cuevas.

Come Out
(Narcisa Hirsch, Argentina, 1971, 11 min.)

Color
(Lydia Garcia, Uruguay, 1955, 4 min.)

Desnudo con alcatraces
(Silvia Gruner, Mexico, 1986, 2 min.)

Popsicles
(Gloria Camiruaga, Chile/US, 1982-1984, 5 min.)

Umbrales
(Marie Louise Alemann, Argentina, 1967, 19 min.)

Paracas
(Cecilia Vicuña, Chile/US, 1983, 19 min.)

Devil in the Flesh
(Ximena Cuevas, Mexico, 2003, 5 min.)

Copacabana
(Vivian Ostrovsky, Brazil, 1983, 10 min.)

Blues Tropical
(Poli Marichal, Puerto Rico, 1982, 4 min.)

About the Ism, Ism, Ism Series:
Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina) was organized by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Ism, Ism, Ism surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. www.ismismism.org

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication, Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza, editors, University of California Press, 2017) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. Available worldwide, https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296084.

Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Significant additional support comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

This program is produced in partnership with The Block Museum, Filmfront, and Comfort Station.



Filed under: experimental, feminism, film, Free Screening!, social justice, video

Ism Ism Ism

Wednesday, October 9th, 7 PM, FREE

Ism, Ism, Ism
Meta: Cinema Critiques Cinema
(Various Artists, 1977-2003, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 65 min total)

In a reflexive mode, the filmmakers in this program contemplate their chosen medium, its history, defining characteristics and iconic movements. If there exists any Latin American specificity of meta-cinema, The Vampires of Poverty (Agarrando pueblo, 1977), by Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo, is one of the starting points of that tradition. It reflects on the representation of poverty in Latin America, produced by privileged local filmmakers and financed by European funders in search of the elusive “real” in Third World cinema. Ospina and Mayolo accompanied the 1978 Parisian premiere of The Vampires of Poverty with a manifesto entitled “What is Poverty Porn?”, which represents a new level of self-awareness and critique surrounding the foreign perception of Latin American film. Ximena Cuevas Cinepolis, la capital del cine (Cinepolis, the Film Capital, 2003) presents an insider‘s unsettling perspective on the everyday world of image—making and image consumption. The cinematic apparatus is foregrounded in the Cuban critique of flawed and careless production in Enrique Colina Barnet’s Chapucerias (1987), while the Brazilian conceptual short Duelo (Duel, 1979), by Daniel Santiago, is a conceptual game that represents the tensions between Super 8 and 16mm filmmakers.

Program:

Agarrando Pueblo (The Vampires of Poverty)
(Luis Ospiña and Carlos Mayolo, 1977, 29 min, Colombia)

Duelo (Duel)
(Daniel Santiago, 1979, 3 min, Brazil)

Cinepolis, La Capital Del Cine (Cinepolis, the Film Capital)
(Ximena Cuevas, 2003, 22 min, Mexico)

Chapucerías
(Enrique Colina, 1987, 11 min, Cuba)

About the Ism, Ism, Ism Series:
Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina) was organized by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Ism, Ism, Ism surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. www.ismismism.org

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication, Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza, editors, University of California Press, 2017) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. Available worldwide, https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296084.

Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Significant additional support comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

This program is produced in partnership with The Block Museum and Filmfront.



Filed under: experimental, Free Screening!, Latinx

UIC MFA Thesis Screening

An evening of works by graduating UIC MFA candidates, featuring guest filmmaker and UIC Alum Jesse McLean.

still from On Darkness, Leticia Bernaus, 2018

Friday, April 5, 7 PM, FREE

Program lineup:

Remote, by Jesse McLean
12 mins.
2011

Wet Your Lips and Make Love to the Camera, by Kylie Renee Clark
7 mins.
2016

Lamphouse, by Kylie Renee Clark
11 mins.
2019

On Darkness, by Leticia Bernaus
8 mins.
2018

Glacier Park, by Danny Carroll
20 mins.
2019

Woman Sharpening Machete, by Tamara Becerra Valdez
2 mins.
2016



Filed under: artist in attendance, Free Screening!

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