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Fall 2020

  • Ism Ism, by Manuel DeLanda

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Countercultures and Undergrounds

    Start Date: Sep 8, 2020 1:00AM
    End Date: Sep 10, 2020 11:00PM
    Location: Online via Berkeley Art Museum * Pacific Film Archive

    A program of short films from Latin America united by their allegiance with countercultural movements, ideas, or expressions, from radical politics to underground art. Works by Enrique Pineda Barnet, Manuel DeLanda, Narcisa Hirsch, Sérgio Péo, Rolando Peña, and Alfredo Gurrola.  Online Sept 8-10, with a Livestream conversation on Wed, Sept 9, 7 PM PDT with Curator Jesse Lerner, and filmmakers Alfredo Gurrola, and Rolando Peña

  • Materia Oscura (Dark Matter) by Bruno Varela

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

    Start Date: Sep 29, 2020 1:00AM
    End Date: Oct 1, 2020 11:45PM
    Location: Online via Berkeley Art Museum • Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

    These experimental films respond to Latin America’s history of social upheaval and violence with courageous commentary, poetic reflection, or satirical humor. Works by Grupo Los Vagos, Paz Encina, Bruno Varela, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Zigmunt Cedinsky, and Camilo Restrepo.  Online from Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2020, with a live Q&A on Wed Sept 30 at 8:30 pm PDT with co-curator Jesse Lerner and filmmakers Zigmunt Cedinsky, and Bruno Varela.

  • Constitución (Constitution), by Melisa Aller

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

    Start Date: Oct 2, 2020 1:00AM
    End Date: Oct 4, 2020 11:30PM
    Location: Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

    This 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.  Online from Oct 2-4, with Q&A on Sunday October 4 with curator Jesse Lerner and filmmakers Melisa Aller, Juan Carlos Alom, Azucena Losana and Luis Soldevilla!

  • Copacabana Beach, by Vivian Ostrovsky

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

    Date: Oct 8, 2020 5:00PM
    Location: Online via WNDX

    Free livestream event hosted by WNDX Festival of Experimental Film! This program showcases female filmmakers who sought to carve out a place within the male-dominated world of Latin American independent audiovisual production.  Live conversation after the screening moderated by members of Mujer Artista, Winnipeg, with Co-Curator Jesse Lerner and filmmakers Ximena Cuevas, Silvia Gruner, Poli Marichal, and Cecilia Vicuña!  7 pm Central Time; 5 pm Pacific Time.

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

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Recycled Cinema (Cine reciclado)

    Date: Oct 10, 2020 7:00PM
    Location: Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

    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 subaltern practice of decolonization and critique through the collage of appropriated images and audio.  Online Saturday, October 10, 8:30 pm, including a Q&A with Curator Jesse Lerner, and filmmakers Atremio and Eduardo Menz.

  • Sophia Nahli Allison, Dreaming Gave Us Wings, 2019. Courtesy of the artist

    now is the time to dream

    Date: Oct 12, 2020 8:00PM
    Location: Online via REDCAT

    Co-presented by Film at REDCAT and Filmforum and curated by Jheanelle Brown.  Online with discussion following the screening.  The films presented herein are imaginative in their daring and fullness, but also grounded and assured in their terrestrial obligations. Crystal Campbell, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Rabz Lansiquot, and Sophia Nahli Allison orbit the archive, but push past its limitations: rebuilding it, deconstructing it, and critically fabulating it in service of Black people.

  • As without so within, by Manuela de Laborde

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Altered Surfaces

    Start Date: Oct 18, 2020 7:00PM
    End Date: Oct 18, 2020 10:00PM
    Location: Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

    Online October 18, 7:00 pm; Q&A on Sunday October 18, 2020, 8:30 pm PDT
    Abstraction has been a recurring strategy in Latin American visual cultures since long before the European Conquest. These filmmakers pursue colors, light, shadows, and forms as the basis for their work. Including film by Eduardo Dariño, Willie Varela, Teo Hernández, Enrique Pineda Barnet, Pablo Mazzolo, Manuela de Laborde, and Claudio Caldini

  • Anal Shah: Observational Poetry

    Date: Oct 25, 2020 7:30PM
    Location: Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

    Trained as a photographer and a filmmaker, Shah’s work—which he describes as focusing on issues of “identity, migration, and other things… usually ‘lost in translation,’”—occupies a hybrid mode between visual art, documentary, and essay. Working in a tradition of observational cinema while largely focused on his travels in India, Shah’s films are replete with careful looking and quiet beauty intercut with raucous surprises.  Discussion via Zoom with filmmaker Anal Shah after the screening!

  • Disarm the Right to Violence!

    Disarm the Right to Violence!: Recent Mexican Experimental Short Films

    Date: Nov 8, 2020 7:30PM
    Location: Online via Los Angeles Filmforum

    Rescheduled from March.  A selection of films produced between 2018-2020 in intensive filmmaking workshops at Catedra Ingmar Bergman and Filmoteca UNAM, in collaboration with DocsMX, led by Travis Wilkerson. The films open an impelling window into a dynamic, emerging Mexican avant-garde—at once deeply political, highly engaged, and formally stunning.  Multiple filmmakers online for discussion after the online screening.

  • Estela, by Bruno Varela

    Ism, Ism, Ism: Bilingual Aesthetics: Negotiations Between Languages

    Start Date: Nov 10, 2020 1:00AM
    End Date: Nov 12, 2020 11:59PM
    Location: Online via Berkeley Art Museum • Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

    The linguistic diversity of Latin America is unleashed in this program of short experimental works by Vincent Carelli and Dominique Gallois, Sérgio Péo, Felipe Esparza, Bruno Varela, Poli Marichal, Ximena Cuevas, and others. Screening online from tues-Thurs Nov 10-12, 2020 with a conversation on Thursday, November 12, 7 PM PST with co-curator Jesse Lerner and filmmakers Ximena Cuevas, Alex Halkin, Poli Marichal, and Bruno Varela.

  • Residue, Courtesy of ARRAY

    A Conversation with Merawi Gerima

    Start Date: Dec 18, 2020 7:00PM
    End Date: Dec 18, 2020 8:30PM
    Location: Online

    Los Angeles Filmforum presents Merawi Gerima and Chrystel Oloukoi in conversation discussing Gerima’s film Residue. Gerima’s film, semi-autobiographical and made with almost no-budget, defies easy categorization. Memory, loss, love, gentrification, and the remnants of the carceral system are part of the film’s unique orbit.