Ism, Ism, Ism: Estrellas del ayer: Latin Camp
Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents
Ism, Ism, Ism: Estrellas de ayer: Latin Camp
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
At MOCA Grand Ave Ahmanson Auditorium, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012
Presentation partner Outfest
Filmforum’s series Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America, resumes in January with a bang, with nine screenings, a workshop, and a book signing between now and the end of the month. This week we have a screening of Latin “camp” films on Thursday, and a workshop and two screenings with Cuba filmmaker Juan Carlos Alom on Friday through Sunday. First is Thursday’s screening at MOCA, with presentation partner Outfest.
If nostalgia is the impossibility of a return to origin, queer nostalgia is the salvage of a symbolic past. These filmmakers borrow an alternative origin from Hollywood stars; these figures are also a site for mining, appropriation, and excess, forming private and collective mythologies that work against linear conceptions of time or history. This program proposes a new constellation of Latin/o American fascination with Hollywood glamour, starlets, and performative extravagance: Ecuadorian artist Eduardo Solá Franco's recreation of Hollywood’s Herculean heroes and mythological fantasies, José Rodríguez Soltero’s classic Lupe (1966); Teo Hernandez's Estrellas del Ayer (1969) where he pays homage to Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lupe Vélez, Marlene Dietrich, replete with campy nods to the star system; and a raunchy and provocative interpretation of "the Queen of the Bolero" Olga Guillot in A Olga by Horacio Vallereggio (1975).
Tickets: $15 general admission, $8 students with valid ID, $10 senior (65+). FREE for MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum members. Tickets available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/258310 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. www.ismismism.org
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, https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296084.
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 www.ismismism.org, lafilmforum.org, and www.pacificstandardtime.org.
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, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Edison International, Joseph Drown Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Michael Asher Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, The Rhonda S. Zinner Foundation, The Winnick Family Foundation, and Pazia Bermudez-Silverman.
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Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Jan 11 – Thurs, 7:00 pm – Ism, Ism, Ism: Estrellas de ayer: Latin Camp – at MOCA
Jan 12-14 - Juan Carlos Alom workshop - at the Echo Park Film Center
Jan 12 – Fri 8:00 pm - Ism, Ism, Ism: Havana Solo: Films by Juan Carlos Alom, part 1 - at the Echo Park Film Center
Jan 14 – Sun, 7:30 pm - Ism, Ism, Ism: Films by Juan Carlos Alom, part 2 - at the Echo Park Film Center
Jan 16 – Tues, 7:30 pm - Ism, Ism, Ism: Fernando Birri's ORG – at the Downtown Independent (co-presented with Acropolis Cinema)
Jan 19 – Fri, 7:30 pm - Ism, Ism, Ism: Super 8 films, with Pablo Marin, guest – at the UCLA Film & TV Archive Billy Wilder Theatre
Jan 20 – Sat, 3:00 pm - Ism, Ism, Ism: Meta Cinema (Luis Ospina guest)– at the UCLA Film & TV Archive Billy Wilder Theatre
Jan 20 – Sat, 7:30 pm - Ism, Ism, Ism: Luis Ospina – at the UCLA Film & TV Archive Billy Wilder Theatre
Jan 21 – Sun, 3:00 pm - Ism, Ism, Ism: Misreadings & Book launch -– at the UCLA Film & TV Archive Billy Wilder Theatre
Jan 21 – Sun, 7:30 pm – Ism, Ism, Ism: Films by Narcissa Hirsch, introduced by Federico Windhausen – at the UCLA Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theatre
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Estrellas del ayer
By Teo Hernandez, 1969 7 min., 8mm transferred to digital, color, sound, France/Mexico
Encuentros imposibles, Eduardo Solá Franco, 1959, 7:35 min., color, silent, 8mm transferred to digital, Ecuador/Spain
A Olga, Horacio Vallereggio, 1975 , 7 min., Super 8 transferred to digital, color, sound, Argentina
By Jose Rodriguez-Soltero, 1966, 49 min., 16mm transferred to Blu-Ray, color, sound, United States
Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives, New York
"Strangely neglected for way too long, Jose Rodriguez Soltero's Lupe is an underground classic of the stature of Flaming Creatures, Scorpio Rising, Hold me While I'm Naked, or The Chelsea Girls. It is ostensibly a biopic of Lupe Velez inspired by Kenneth Anger's sketch of the Mexican spitfire in Hollywood Babylon and, stylistically, by Von Sternberg's Marlene Dietrich vehicles. Rodriguez Soltero takes some liberties with the facts and produces a color-saturated, gorgeous dime-store baroque that tells of Lupe's rise from whoredom to stardom, her fall into fractured romance and suicide, and her ascension into the spirit world." --- Juan Suarez