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

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

Mariana Botey, El dedal de rosas (1998)

Los Angeles Filmforum and REDCAT present

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

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

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. Heroic male figures and fantasies often define Latino identity, and women artists, especially filmmakers, are challenging this through radically different subjects and by exploring their own artistic voices. In bringing together Chicana and Latin American women filmmakers, this program considers gender, race, queerness and ethnicity as vintage points to approach displacement, exile and ways of inhabiting/appropriating the space of immigration – as well as strategies of desire, patterns of longing/nostalgia/memory, a creative approach to story-telling and a bold (re)definition of the visual field. Program curated by Bérénice Reynaud, with Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza. 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. TRT 111’

Los Angeles Filmforum is pleased to launch 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. 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.  The panel is free. 

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. 

The film series will continue through January 2017 at multiple venues, organized by Filmforum.

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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.

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Tickets: $12 general; REDCAT members $9; CalArts students and Filmforum members $6.  Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door.


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 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.

For more information:  Call 323-377-7238 or 213.237.2800