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Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America Opening Wknd

22 September 2017 @ 8:30 PM - 24 September 2017 @ 8:30 PM UTC-7

Organized by Los Angeles Filmforum

REDCAT is pleased to launch Los Angeles Filmforum’s Ism Ism Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America, an ambitious, five-month film series —the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s to today.


Revisiting classic titles and introducing new works by key figures and emerging artists, Ism, Ism, Ism takes viewers on a journey through a wealth of materials culled from forgotten corners of Latin American film archives. This marathon opening weekend includes a panel with curators and scholars and six film programs: Latin American surrealist shorts, films made in Southern California by Latinas and Latin American women, a solo presentation by veteran Chicano filmmaker Willie Varela, “camera-less” films by artists from several countries, documents of diverse countercultural movements, and revelatory shorts regarding revolutionary icon Che Guevara. Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication (from University of California Press) placing Latin American and Chicano experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema.

Friday, September 22
7:00pm – Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster

9:00pm – Crossing Paths: Latina and Latin American Women Filmmakers in Los Angeles

Saturday, September 23
3:00pm – Panel: Latin American Experimental Film

7:00pm – “Camera-Less”: Direct Animation in South America

9:00pm – A Cinema of Passion: Films and Videos by Willie Varela

Sunday, September 24
6:00pm – Countercultures and Undergrounds

8:30pm – Dialogues with Che: Appropriations of a Revolutionary Figure

The film series and publication are produced by Los Angeles Filmforum under the direction of Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza. Made possible through grants from the Getty Foundation as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Curated by Jesse Lerner, Luciano Piazza, Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

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PS: Here is the listing for the CROSSING PATHS Program
(Friday 22, 9:00PM)
The program includes El dedal de rosas: The Magic of the Smoked Mirror (1998, 13’) by Mariana Botey, Mujer (2012, 9’56”) by Sofia Canales, Blua (2017, 22’) by Carolina Charry Quintero, La Mujer y el Pescado (2014, 1’35”) by Ilana Coleman, From Brooklyn Ave to South Broadway, (2017, 7’16”), by Brenda Contreras, Piensa en Mí (2009, 15’30”) by Alexandra Cuesta, Dejar (2015, 5’42”) by Caitlin Diaz, Notes On Connection I, (2016, 6’) by Andrea Franco, an Untitled experimental piece (2014, 5:30) by Regina Gonzalez Arroyo, Candide (2009, 10’) by Patricia Montoya, New Sun Breathing In (2017, 5’30”) by Chloe Reyes and Síndrome Línea Blanca (2005, 8’20″) by Lourdes Villagómez.


22 September 2017 @ 8:30 PM
24 September 2017 @ 8:30 PM
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