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.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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.

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