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

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

Agrippina é Roma-Manhattan, by Hélio Oiticica

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00pm

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents

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

At MOCA, Ahmanson Theatre, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

In person: Curator Rubens Machado, Jr., from Brazil!

Multiplicity is one of the hallmarks of audiovisual production in Brazil in the 1970s, a response to the authoritarian regime of the military dictatorship (1964-1986). Alongside the development of "marginal," "underground," "new," and "poetic" cinemas, and the success of state-sponsored Embrafilme, the proliferation of experimental film production in authoritarian Brazil was unprecedented. Often marginalized, censored, or ignored, these Super 8 shorts circulated by way of festivals, art shows, and a myriad of below the radar events. Using Agrippina é Roma-Manhattan (1972), the unfinished short by Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980), as a point of departure, this program presents a brief overview of experimental Brazilian Super 8, in in all its aesthetic diversity. 

Tickets: $15 general admission, $8 students with ID, FREE for MOCA & Los Angeles Filmforum members; must present current membership card to claim free tickets.

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Rubens Machado Jr. is a professor of history and aesthetics in the Department of Cinema, Radio and TV in the School of Arts and Communication of Sao Paulo University, Brazil. He is the author of São Paulo em movimento: A representação cinematográfica da metrópole nos anos 20, among many other publications ranging from urbanism to aesthetic theory, from Walter Benjamin to the history of experimental cinema in Brazil. He was the curator of the groundbreaking film series Marginália 70: o experimentalismo no Super-8 brasileiro, in the Itaú Cultural Center (2001-03).

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.



Education Programs at MOCA, including Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio, and the MOCA Teen Program, are generously supported by The Hearst Foundations, Banc of California, MOCA Projects Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, MOCA Projects Council, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Edison International, Joseph Drown Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Michael Asher Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, The Sherman Family Foundation, The Rhonda S. Zinner Foundation, The Winnick Family Foundation, and Pazia Bermudez-Silverman.

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA furthers MOCA’s mission to question and adapt to the changing definitions of art and to care for the urgency of contemporary expression with bimonthly screenings of film and video organized and co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum—the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, video, documentary, and animation.

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Jogos frugais frutais

Jomard Muniz de Britto, 1979, 10 min., Super 8 transferred to digital, color, sound, Brazil. 


Edgard Navarro, 1978, 7:30 min., Super 8 transferred to digital, color, sound, Brazil.