Ism, Ism, Ism: Sin Cámara / Cameraless
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Filmforum and REDCAT present
Ism, Ism, Ism: Sin Cámara / Cameraless
At REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Surveying an extraordinary body of works produced since the 1950s, this program maps South American “camera-less” or “direct” filmmaking.” In "direct animation” or “camera-less” filmmaking, figures are painted, scratched, or inked directly onto film leader. Highly tactile, textured and abstract, these films dramatize the essential properties of the medium of film itself. It's also a technique favored by many key figures of the avant-garde, from the Scottish-Canadian Norman McLaren to New Zealand's Len Lye and the legendary New Yorker Harry Smith. Less well known is the extensive filmography of the numerous Latin American practitioners. Based on extensive interviews, travels, and archival research by curator Antoni Pinent, this program introduces a handful of these shorts, from Argentine, Uruguayan, Brazilian, Peruvian, Colombian, Venezuelan, Mexican, and Chicana filmmakers who have chosen this most rudimentary (yet powerful) of film techniques. TRT: 90 min
The program will comprise 22 short films, including Abecedario / B, by Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (2013. México. 4’55”), Prueba, by Rosario Sotelo (2014. México. 1’), Breathe, by Leonardo Zito (2014. Argentina. 7’), Begin by Sameer Makarius (1953. Argentina. 1’), O Átomo Brincalhão, by Roberto Miller (1981. Brasil. 4’), Cocktail de rayas, by Eduardo Darino (1964. Uruguay. 1’41”), TM, by Pablo Marín (2008. Argentina. 2’10”), Abismo by Sebastian Wiedemann (2012. Argentina–Colombia. 3’35”), Ideítas, by Víctor Iturralde Rúa (1952. Argentina. 1’05”), Kimono, by José Castillo (1992. Venezuela. 3’56”), Al trance, by Guillermo Zabaleta (2013. Uruguay. 1’30”), Tourist Hitchcock by Marco Pando (2003. Países Bajos–Perú. 4’39”), On the Road by Jack Kerouac by Jorge Lorenzo (2013. México–Colombia. 14’), and more!
In Person: Curator Antoni Pinent
“In Ideítas Víctor Aytor Iturralde Rúa applies a divided flow of abstract paintings in colors directly to 16mm stock, which is transformed into a kind of fragmented canvas and articulates a minimal style of animation in which film and projector seem to combine forces to compose images that until then were virtual, mental phenomena." – Pablo Marín
"In Jose Castillo’s work we find beautiful declarations in favor of peace, against the violation of men and women’s human rights, in defense of the oppressed, of the exploited, of the world’s downtrodden. Castillo’s cinema is a cinema in search of something, a cinema that negates stereotypes and we therefore find, in the intersection between his work’s major themes and the artist himself, a revolutionary who creates works that revolutionize art"
– Fundación Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela
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.
Jack H. Skirball Series
Tickets: $12 general; REDCAT members $9; CalArts students and Filmforum members $6. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/978462 or at the door.
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.
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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