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Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

Constitución (Constitution), by Melisa Aller

Los Angeles Filmforum and Los Angeles State Historic Park present

Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

At The Viaduct @ Los Angeles State Historic Park. Under the Historic North Broadway Bridge, 1799 Baker Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Enter at the north end of the Park.)

Screening takes place under the Broadway bridge.

Free; no tickets needed.  Site available at 7:00 pm; screening starts about 8:00 pm.

INFO:, 323-377-7238,, 323-441-8819

At the end of the silent era of cinema, there was an international cycle of films that depicted the nature of the modern city. These films, known as city symphonies or film symphonies, were edited as if following a musical score. The rhythm and succession of the images were immensely important for the filmmakers. In Latin America, some of the earliest experimental films participated in this cycle of city symphonies. For example, São Paulo: a Sinfonia da Metrópole (1929), by Rodolfo Rex Lustig and Adalberto Kemeny, and Humberto Mauro’s film-poem about his home town in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Sinfonia de Cataguases (1929). Ever since those early efforts many filmmakers have maintained a fascination with the city, as Latin American cities were transformed by unfettered growth, industrialization, and massive rural to urban migrations. 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.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required

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.

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,, and

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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Constitución (Constitution)

Constitución (Constitution)

By Melissa Aller

2013, 4min, b&w, sound, digital, Argentina

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Habana Solo

By Juan Carlos Alom

2000, 15 min., b&w, 16mm transferred to digital, Cuba


Machinery No. 1 (Maquinaria No. 1)

By Luis Soldevilla

2011, 3 min., color, sound, video transferred to digital, Perú


Rapsodia en Bogotá (Rhapsody in Bogota)

By José María Arzuaga

1963, 24 min., color, sound 16mm transferred to digital, Colombia

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Despedida (Farewell)

By Alexandra Cuesta

2013, 10 min., color, sound, 16mm transferred to digital, Ecuador/USA

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La Poubelle

By Felipe Ehrenberg

1970, 16 min., color, sound, video transferred to digital, México

La Poubelle a film by Felipe Ehrenberg about his garbage walks around London at the time of the strikes in 1970