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Ism, Ism, Ism: Developing Works - Three Film Generations From Cuba

Ism, Ism, Ism: Developing Works - Three Film Generations From Cuba

A Base De Viandas, by Arien Chang

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

Ism, Ism, Ism: Developing Works - Three Film Generations From Cuba

Curated by Juan Carlos Alom and Aimara Fernández

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 7:30 pm

At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Curators Juan Carlos Alom and Aimara Fernández in person!

INFO:, 323-377-7238

Filmmakers/curators Juan Carlos Alom and Aimara Fernández in person!

Juan Carlos Alom is a Cuban photographer and filmmaker who weaves his unmistakable personal voice together with collective concerns in his hand-processed 16mm black-and-white films. This, the second part of his mid-career survey, presents recent films in dialogue with the work of Nicolás Guillén Landrián, and with that of a new generation of young filmmakers who work in 16mm film developed by hand. The program begins with the emblematic film of Nicolás Guillén Landrián, Return to Baracoa (1966, Cuba), in which the director portrays the inhabitants of Baracoa, the city located on the site of Columbus' first encounter with the Americas. Nicolás Guillén Landrián is a major figure in Cuban film production in the 1960s and 1970s, whose work has begun to circulate internationally only in the last decade. Once censored by the Cuban state, the radical montage of his films has become a beacon for filmmakers of future generations, of which Alom is one of the most notable examples. Alom will present a recent short filmed during the 9 days (2017) of national mourning after the death of Fidel Castro. Aimará Fernández will present the short film Cocina Minuto (2018), along with other recent short works that offer an intimate and personal gaze of daily life in Havana.

Juan Carlos Alom’s visit made possible by a grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

There is a 16mm workshop with Alom at the Echo Park Film Center, January 12-14.  Information at

Tickets: $5 general, students, seniors.  Free for Filmforum members.  Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door.

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.


This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2018 is our 43rd year.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:

Jan 16 – Tues, 7:30 pm - Fernando Birri's ORG – at the Downtown Independent (co-presented with Acropolis Cinema)

Jan 19 – Fri, 7:30 pm - Super 8 films, with Pablo Marin, guest – at the UCLA Film & TV Archive

Jan 20 – Sat, 3:00 pm  - Meta Cinema (Luis Ospina guest)– at the UCLA Film & TV Archive

Jan 20 – Sat, 7:30 pm - Luis Ospina – at the UCLA Film & TV Archive

Jan 21 – Sun, 2:00 pm - Misreadings & Book panel -– at the UCLA Film & TV Archive

Jan 21 – Sun, 7:30 pm – Films by Narcisa Hirsch (Federico Windhausen guest) – at the UCLA Hammer Museum

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