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Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

Constitución (Constitution), by Melisa Aller

Friday-Sunday, October 2-4, 2020, All Day

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

Ism, Ism, Ism: Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities

Online

Q&A on Sunday Oct 4

More information: www.lafilmforum.org, (323) 377-7238

Tickets: Sliding scale

Promotional Support for these online screenings from Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive; WNDX Festival of Experimental Film, Winnipeg; Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque; Lightbox Film Center, University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

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 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.

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Habana Solo

Habana Solo

By Juan Carlos Alom

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

In Habana Solo some of the most important Cuban musicians from the most diverse musical tendencies of today, showing us the city in them and the city they inhabit with no other words than the music solos they improvise _ in solitary space and without restrictions, and we can see through the free lens of the camera, freedom based on undertaking the translation of the sounds of their music and the city’s, into an uninterrupted visual solo in which images concatenate each other, in the same way the musicians are composing in the real instant their improvised pieces, with the rhythmical and harmonical intensity of the music that happens, and with the same dose of abstraction _, making palpable the spirit of the city possessed by its musical sounds in the same proportion they sound, beat and visualize, with a texture that doesn’t betray its reality, possessed by her. -- Franklin J. Díaz

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Inùtil Paisagem

Inùtil Paisagem

By Louise Botkay

2010, 6 min, b&w, 16mm transferred to digital, Brazil

In a musical mood shifted and carried by the figure of Bob Estrela, a city and a girl blend into solitude in urban areas

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Machinery No. 1 (Maquinaria No. 1)

Machinery No. 1 (Maquinaria No. 1)

By Luis Soldevilla

2011, 3 min, color, sound, video, Perú

This video explores - in an abstract way - the motion generated by machines that "carry away" the citizens and how this machine at the same time transport the necessary energy to keep the city´s vital flow. By means of combining the inner motion of the devices (ladders, trains an elevators) with an external motion (camera movements) these ideas of motion, energy and transportation acquire a new meaning, generating a sort of vertigo and the idea of no point or direction.

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Constitución (Constitution)

Constitución (Constitution)

By Melisa Aller

2013, 4 min, b&w, sound, Super 8 transferred to digital, Argentina

No insides and outsides. The margins do not exist. Constitution is an intensive burst which does not seek individuals and forms, but seeks the different speeds and slownesses. Immanence. Distributing the affects, the intensities. There is no difference in the artificial from the natural. Because, the important is to know what a body is able to afford in a way of life.

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Despedida (Farewell)

Despedida (Farewell)

By Alexandra Cuesta

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

Shot in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, this transitory neighborhood resonates with the poetry of local resident Mapkaulu Roger Nduku. Verses about endings, looking, and passing through, open up the space projected. A string of tableaux gather a portrait of place and compose a goodbye letter to an ephemeral home.

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La Poubelle

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

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Rapsodia en Bogotá

Rapsodia en Bogotá

By José María Arzuaga

1963, 24 min, color, sound, 35mm transferred to digital, Colombia