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

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

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

Saturday October 21, 2017, 4:00pm

Los Angeles Filmforum and First Forum present

Claudio Caldini in person at Con+tagion

At The Fanny Brice Theatre, SCA 110, George Lucas Building Lobby 

USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

In Person: Claudio Caldini

Part of First Forum, USC Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Conference, "Con+tagion", Oct 20-21.

Q&A Moderated by Professor David E. James.  LA premieres!

A major force of Argentine and Latin American experimental cinema for 45 years, Claudio Caldini was an active member of the "Cine Ex" group gathered at the Goethe Institut Buenos Aires between 1974 and 1983 to promote production, screening and lecturing on experimental film.  Join us for his first visit to Los Angeles!  Caldini is a dedicated 8mm filmmaker, performance artists, composer, and curator.  He has mentored several generations of younger 8mm filmmakers who have gained international prominence over the past decade, and has collaborated with artists in many media.  His small–gauge films are remarkable for their sensuality, intimacy and precision. Caldini’s visit to California 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) and was made possible by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Tickets: Free, RSVP through

First Forum is the annual conference curated by graduate students of the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. We aim to bring together graduate students and faculty from around the country and the world to engage in discourse relevant to the current state of cinema and media studies. This year's conference explores the multiple valences of the term ‘contagion’ in relation to the movements of cinema and media. In addition to panel presentations, we will have a faculty roundtable, and a keynote address by Dr. Bliss Cua Lim. The conference will also feature screenings of the Argentinian experimental filmmaker Claudio Caldini's Super 8 films followed by a Q&A with Dr. David James as part of the series "Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America," in collaboration with Los Angeles Filmforum.

The screening includes: Aspiraciones (1976, Super 8mm); Vadi Samvadi (1981, Super 8mm); Ofrenda (1978, Super 8mm); Gamelan (1981, Super 8mm); La escena circular (1982, Super 8mm); S/T (2007, Super 8mm); Consecuencia (1992, video); Prisma (2005, video); Deadline (2015, video)

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). 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, México, Paraguay, Perú, 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 2018 at multiple venues, organized by Filmforum.

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,

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, and

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.