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Ism, Ism, Ism: Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster

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La maleta (The Suitcase) by Raul ruiz
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La langosta azul (The Blue Lobster) by Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio and Gabriel García Márquez
Ism, Ism, Ism: Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster

631 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
September 22nd 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Screening
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$12 general, $9 students, $6 Cal Arts students & faculty and Filmforum members.

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Friday, September 22, 2017, 7:00pm

Los Angeles Filmforum and REDCAT present

Ism, Ism, Ism: Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster

At REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

https://www.redcat.org/event/dreams-suitcases-and-blue-lobster

In Person: Colombian curator Marta Lucía Vélez

Several well-known auteurs, including Alejandro Jodorowsky and Rafael Corkidi, whose films are characterized by disturbing, dream-like imagery, absurdist juxtapositions, and other devices characteristic of surrealism hail from Latin America. Many exiled surrealists fleeing fascism in Europe found home in Latin America, including Luis Buñuel, who made over twenty features in Mexico. This program highlights some less familiar short films that share surrealist preoccupations, including the Colombian treasure The Blue Lobster.

Rounding out the program are four additional shorts. Two are early works, one made by the Argentine photographer Horacio Coppola while he was studying at the Bauhaus in that school’s final years, the other one of the very films by the very prolific Chilean director Raúl Ruiz. The Peruvian painter Fernando de Szyszlo, still active today at 92, directed Esta pared no es medianera shortly after befriending André Breton in Paris. Finally, the late Luis Ernesto Arocha, also from Barranquilla, contributes a study of Bernando Salcedo’s assemblage sculptures.

“Lost, and only found and re-edited towards the end of Ruiz’s career, La maleta contains a unique surreal and symbolic idea. A man packs his things into a suitcase, but it seems his possessions possess him as they take on a life of their own and turn into a human being.” – thelastexit.net

“Considered a key film of Latin American experimental cinema, The Blue Lobster is the cinematographic testimony of an unfulfilled filmmaker called to become a giant of literature.” – Faena Aleph

“In Traum, Coppola constructs his own experience of passage from the avant-gardes to high modernism.” – David Oubiña

This screening is part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s screening series Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine Experimental en América Latina) at REDCAT. Ism, Ism, Ism is an unprecedented, five-month film series —the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. Revisiting classic titles and introducing recent works by key figures and emerging artists, Ism, Ism, Ism takes viewers on a journey through a wealth of materials culled from unexpected corners of Latin American film archives.  Key historical and contemporary works from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States will be featured.  Many of the works in the series are largely unknown in the United States and most screenings will include national and area premieres, with many including Q&A discussions with filmmakers and scholars following the screening.  The film series will continue through January 2017 at multiple venues, organized by Filmforum. www.ismismism.org

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication (from University of California Press) 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. 

Ism, Ism, Ism is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Explore more at www.ismismism.org, lafilmforum.org, and www.pacificstandardtime.org.

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.

REDCAT | THE ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER 

is located at 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 - at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking structure and at adjacent lots. Unless otherwise specified, tickets are $12 for the general public, $9 for members. Tickets may be purchased by calling 213.237.2800 or at www.redcat.org or in person at the REDCAT Box Office on the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets (30 minutes free parking with validation). Box Office Hours: Tue-Sat | noon–6 pm and two hours prior to curtain.

Major 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.

Tickets: $12 general, $9 students, $6 Cal Arts students & faculty and Filmforum members.  Available in advance at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/978459 or at the door.

Screening:

La langosta azul (The Blue Lobster)

Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio and Gabriel García Márquez, 1954, 29 min., Colombia

Courtesy of Patrimonia Fílmico de Colombia

The film went almost 40 years without being shown, because there was little interest and because it was made using 16mm reversal film: there was a single copy and no negative. Every screening would damage the unique master, until 1990 when an internegative was produced for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the film was once again able to circulate.

La maleta (The Suitcase)

Raúl Ruiz, 1963-2008, 20 min., b&w, sound, 16mm transferred to digital, Chile

Courtesy of Cineteca Universidad de Chile

Traum (Sueño)

Horacio Coppola, 1933, 2 min., b&w, silent, 16mm transferred to digital, Argentina

Courtesy of antennae collection

Esta pared no es medianera

Fernando de Szyszlo, 1952, 13 min., b&w, sound, 35mm transferred to digital, Perú

Courtesy of the artist

Las ventanas de Salcedo

Luís Ernesto Arocha, 1966, 6 min., b&w, sound, 16mm, Colombia

Courtesy of Patrimonia Fílmico de Colombia

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This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2017 is our 42nd year.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:

Sept 22-24 – The launch of  ISMO ISMO ISMO: CINE EXPERIMENTAL EN AMÉRICA LATINA (ISM, ISM, ISM: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA IN LATIN AMERICA Images (Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA) – at REDCAT

Sept 28 - Raúl Ruiz: Anthropology’s Trembling Images (Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA) – at MOCA Grand

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