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Fall 2017

  • Pearl Pistols, by Kelly Gallagher

    Resistance Isn’t Futile

    Date: Sep 17, 2017 7:30PM
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Rescheduled from January 22.  Resistance takes many forms, riotous and quiet, political and economic, through education and through engagement.  Featuring films by Straub-Huillet, Kelly Gallagher, Kevin Jerome Everson, Penelope Spheeris, Robert Fenz, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Danny Lyon, and more.

  • La langosta azul (The Blue Lobster)

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

    Date: Sep 22, 2017 7:00PM
    Location: REDCAT

    Filmforum launches Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine Experimental en América Latina) at REDCAT in a packed weekend. Ism, Ism, Ismo 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.  Our first screening highlights historical short films influenced by surrealism, including Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio’s and Gabriel García Márquez’s renowned La langosta azul (The Blue Lobster)!

  • Mariana Botey, El dedal de rosas (1998)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Crossing Paths: Latina and Latin American Women Filmmakers in Los Angeles

    Date: Sep 22, 2017 9:00PM
    Location: REDCAT

    Program 2 of Ism, Ism, Ism (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo) highlights a  group of films and videos created by Latina and Latin American women working in Los Angeles.  The program includes films by Mariana Botey, Sofia Canales, Carolina Charry Quintero, Ilana Coleman, Brenda Contreras, Alex Cuesta, Caitlin Diaz, Andrea Franco, Regina Gonzalez Arroyo, Patricia Montoya, Chloe Reyes and Lourdes Villagómez.

  • Ism, Ism, Ism: Panel on Latin American Experimental Film

    Date: Sep 23, 2017 3:00PM
    Location: REDCAT

    Colombian scholar Marta Lucía Vélez, Cuban film scholar and curator Luisa Marisy, researcher and filmmaker Antoni Pinent, Jesse Lerner, Luciano Piazza and others will discuss the research which led to the Ismo, Ismo, Ismo publication (University of California Press, 2017).

  • Eduardo Darino, Cocktail de Rayas (1964)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Sin Cámara / Cameraless

    Date: Sep 23, 2017 7:00PM
    Location: REDCAT

    Surveying an extraordinary body of works produced since the 1950s, this program maps South American “camera-less” or “direct” filmmaking," with efigures are painted, scratched, or inked directly onto film leader.

  • Willie Varela, Becky's Eye (1977)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: A Cinema of Passion: Films and Videos by Willie Varela

    Date: Sep 23, 2017 9:00PM
    Location: REDCAT

    Having completed over 100 films and videos made since the early 1970s, El Paso-based, Chicano media artist Willie Varela is one of independent cinema’s most passionate and unbridled social critics.  This long-overdue overview ranges from Varela’s early Super 8 visual pieces to a more recent, more pungently political body of work.

  • Manuel de Landa, Ism Ism, (1979)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Countercultures and Undergrounds

    Date: Sep 24, 2017 6:00PM
    Location: REDCAT

    This program features historical shorts that emerged from a number of Latin American cultural movements, including Enrique Pineda Barnet’s extraordinary Juventud, rebeldía, revolución (1972), Narcisa Hirsch, Marie Louise Alemann, Walter Mejia and Raymundo Gleyzer’s collaboration La marabunta (1967), Rolando Peña’s La cotorra II (1979), and Manuel DeLanda’s Ismism (1979).  In Person: Curator Luisa Marisy, director and performance artist Rolando Peña

  • Leandro Katz, El Dia Que Me Quieras (The Day You'll Love Me, 1999)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Dialogues with Che: Appropriations of a Revolutionary Figure

    Date: Sep 24, 2017 8:30PM
    Location: REDCAT

    Images of Ernesto "Che" Guevara are the most contested and reproduced in Latin America, and this program explores ways this iconic figure has been represented. Special guest Venezuelan Actor Rolando Peña, star of Diálogo con el Che (Dialogue with Che, 1968)!

  • Raúl Ruiz, Le retour d’un amateur de bibliothèques (El regreso de un ratón de biblioteca/The Return of a Library Lover), 1983

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Raúl Ruiz: Anthropology’s Trembling Images

    Date: Sep 28, 2017 7:00PM
    Location: MOCA Ahmanson Auditorium

    Explore what the late renowned Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz called "trembling images," in the intersection of anthropology and filmmaking.  In Latin America, this has often resulted in the manufacturing of social utopias that challenge the limits between nationalist and cosmopolitan fantasies.  Curator Tarek Elhaik in person.

  • Constitución (Constitution), by Melisa Aller

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

    Date: Oct 6, 2017 7:00PM
    Location: Los Angeles State Historic Park, under the Historic North Broadway Bridge

    This FREE program offers a range of urban visions—some more celebratory, others more critical—of the architecture, daily life, public spaces, and transportation of cities such as Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Bogotá, Los Angeles, Santiago, and London.

  • Light at the Edge

    Ism, Ism, Ism: David Lamelas: Screening of Three Films

    Date: Oct 8, 2017 5:00PM
    Location: University Art Museum, Cal State University Long Beach,

    David Lamelas in person for the presentation of three of his films, including a rare 16 mm screening of Film 18 Paris IV 70 (People and Time-Paris), made with artist Daniel Buren, journalist Raúl Escari, and filmmaker Pierre Grinberg for the conceptual exhibition 18 Paris IV.70, curated by Michel Claura and Seth Siegelaub.

  • Cuarteto (1978), La escena circular (1982), Un enano en el jardín (1981), Vadi-Samvadi (1981)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Claudio Caldini in person at Con+tagion

    Date: Oct 21, 2017 4:00PM
    Location: Fanny Brice Theater, SCA 110, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex

    A major force of Argentine and Latin American experimental cinema for 45 years, Claudio Caldini is a dedicated 8mm filmmaker, performance artist, composer, and curator.  This is his first visit to Los Angeles from Argentina, with three different shows in different locations, at the USC School of Cinematic Arts on October 21; at the Echo Park Film Center on October 22; and at REDCAT on October 23!  Almost every film is a Los Angeles premiere!

  • Cuarteto (1978), La escena circular (1982), Un enano en el jardín (1981), Vadi-Samvadi (1981)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Claudio Caldini - 8mm film master

    Date: Oct 22, 2017 7:30PM
    Location: Echo Park Film Center

    A major force of Argentine and Latin American experimental cinema for 45 years, Claudio Caldini is a dedicated 8mm filmmaker, performance artist, composer, and curator. Screening with Caldini in person and multiple super 8 mm films!

  • Fantasmas Cromáticos

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Fantasmas Cromáticos: 8mm Visions of Claudio Caldini

    Date: Oct 23, 2017 8:30PM
    Location: REDCAT

    The third night with Claudio Caldini, visiting from Argentina, includes several LA premieres of super 8 films, and live performances with multiple films!

  • Zona intertidal, by Grupo Los Vagos

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Dark Matter: Collective, Singular and Parodic Resistance

    Date: Oct 29, 2017 7:30PM
    Location: The Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Created during and between military coups, civil wars, diverse authoritarian regimes, and invasions led by the United States, experimental cinema in Latin America has not escaped the impact diverse forms of social upheavals and violence.  In many of these contexts, resistance, even social commentary, can be a precarious, even dangerous, project, and tonight’s program surveys some of these expressions.  

    Featuring the California premiere of the Pardino d'argento award in Locarno in 2015, Impresión de una Guerra, by Camilo Restrepo and the US premiere of Materia Oscura (Dark Matter), by Bruno Varela!

  • ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Indian’ Film, by Rafael Montañez Ortiz, 1958

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Cine reciclado

    Date: Nov 2, 2017 7:30PM
    Location: The MAK Center

    In the spirit of Oswald de Andrade’s landmark 1928 provocation, the Manifesto Antropófagio, this program features a works of artists, dating from the 1950s up to today, that engage in found footage filmmaking, a practice of decolonization and critique through the collage of appropriated images and audio.

  • Desde la Havana ¡1969! Recordar, by Nicolás Guillén Landrián

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Cine reciclado

    Date: Nov 3, 2017 12:00PM
    Location: The Intimate Theater, Luckman Fine Arts Complex

    Repeating yesterday's show, at noon for free at CSULA, this program features a works of artists, dating from the 1950s up to today, that engage in found footage filmmaking, a subaltern practice of decolonization and critique through the collage of appropriated images and audio.

  • Agrippina é Roma-Manhattan, by Hélio Oiticica

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Poets, Artists, and Anarcho-super8istas

    Date: Nov 9, 2017 7:00PM
    Location: MOCA, Ahmanson Theatre

    A brief overview of experimental Brazilian Super 8, in all its aesthetic diversity.  Curator Rubens Machado Jr. in person from Brazil.

  • Bolivar, Tropikal Symphony

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Diego Rísquez’ Amérika Trilogy, part 1: Bolivar, Tropikal Symphony

    Date: Nov 15, 2017 8:00PM
    Location: Downtown Independent


  • Ism, Ism, Ism: Diego Rísquez’ Amérika Trilogy, part 2: Orinoko, Nuevo Mundo

    Date: Nov 19, 2017 4:00PM
    Location: Autry Museum of the American West

    Isabel Arredondo presents Orinoko, Nuevo Mundo. The film, surreal and multi-faceted, presents a speechless vision of the history of Venezuela and the Orinoco River basin before and after conquest.

  • Amérika, Terra Incógnita

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Diego Rísquez’ Amérika Trilogy, part 3: Amérika, Terra Incógnita

    Date: Nov 20, 2017 8:30PM
    Location: REDCAT

    35mm print!  The third film of the trilogy, Amérika, Terra Incógnita (1988), originally shot in Super 16mm and later blown-up to 35mm, is composed in tableaux vivants offering a visual journey into the reverse perspective of European colonialism - the journey of a captive Indian into the Spanish court.

  • Taller, by Narcisa Hirsch (1975)

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Talleres: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

    Date: Nov 30, 2017 7:30PM
    Location: Hammer Museum

    Female filmmakers who sought to carve out a place within the male-dominated world of Latin American independent audiovisual production.  Curator Ángela López Ruiz and filmmakers Poli Marichal and Vivian Ostrovsky in person!

  • Electric Arthropods, by Manuel DeLanda - California premiere!

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Altered Surfaces

    Date: Dec 3, 2017 7:30PM
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    A rich set of films incorporating abstraction in many ways, with filmmaker Manuela De Laborde in person!

  • Soga de Muerto, by Felipe Esparza

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Views from outside (La mirada foránea)

    Date: Dec 10, 2017 7:30PM
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    This program grows out of points of departure and traveling shots: the sensations of movement, displacement, exile, as well as not understanding what’s being said, being out of place, and entering into foreign exchanges.