Oct 18th 2019

Ism, Ism, Ism
Friday, October 18, 7 PM

Countercultures and Undergrounds
(Various Artists, 1967-1979, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 77 min total)

This program explores countercultural and underground practices across a range of local and global movements. Several films document performances, ephemeral actions, or public interventions, as in Narcisa Hirsch’s Marabunta, which documents her interaction with an audience coming out of a screening of Antonioni’s Blow Up. Manuel Delanda’s Ismism captures the filmmaker’s own interventions on Manhattan billboards, rendered across the city with an X-Acto knife. Films by Sérgio Péo and Rolando Peña disrupt urban spaces, while Alfredo Gurrola’s Segunda Primera Matriz uses poetry to in the service of radical, alternative culture.

Juventud, rebeldía, revolución
(Enrique Pineda Barnet, 1969, Cuba, digital, 30 min)
(Manuel DeLanda, 1979, Mexico/USA, 16mm, 6 min)
(Narcisa Hirsch, 1967, Argentina, digital, 8 min)
Esplendor do martírio
(Sergio Peo, 1974, Brazil, digital, 10 min)
Cotorra 2
(Rolando Peña, 1976, Venezuela, digital, 10 min)
Segunda Primera Matriz
(Alfredo Gurrola, 1972, Mexico, digital, 13 min)

About the Ism, Ism, Ism Series:
Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina) was organized by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Ism, Ism, Ism surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. 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.

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.

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