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Ism, Ism, Ism: Views from outside / La mirada foránea
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian
Los Angeles, CA
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Ism, Ism, Ism: Views from outside / La mirada foránea
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Ism, Ism, Ism: Views from outside /  La mirada foránea
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

INFO:, 323-377-7238

A travelling shot, in which the camera moves horizontally and smoothly through space, is a basic element of film language. Filmmakers themselves often find that they have to travel, either to visit production locations and to attend film festivals.  This program takes these as points of departure: the sensations of movement, displacement, exile, as well as not understanding whats being said, being out of place, and entering into foreign exchanges. Leandro Katz takes a rigorous, deceptively simple approach to a roll of super-8 film shot on the periphery of an archaeological site in Guatemala.  This modest short film conflates the preoccupations of structural film, the fundamental tension between still photography and the illusion of cinematic movement, and the complex calendric calculations of the ancient Maya architects of the nearby ruins of Quiriguá. At the celebrated film festival on the Mediterranean coast, the self-exiled superochero Michoacano Téo Hernández didnt simply feel out of place; he also created a space from which he could critique the media spectacle unfolding around him. A generation later, Dalia Huerta follows the circulation of commodities around the globe, especially that archetypical Latin American export, the banana, and weaves together an idiosyncratic essay about the values associated with these objects, while Macarena Cordiviola takes the writings of French modernist poet Blaise Cendrars on a road trip and José Luis Bongore visits southern Colombia, a region impacted by violence, illicit commerce, and civil conflict.

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Los Angeles Station
Leandro Katz, 1976, 10 min., super 8 projected as digital file, color, silent, Argentina/Honduras/USA.

Olvidó usted algo?
Dalia Huerta, 2012, 28 min., super 8 projected as digital file, color, sound, Mexico.
Caifornia premiere

Souvenir de Cannes
Téo Hernandez, 19??, 12:25 min., super 8 projected as digital file, color, sound, min. Mexico. REQUIRES SUBTITLES

Ultimos Brillos
Macarena Cordiviola, 2008, 9:38, super 8 projected as digital file, color, sound, Argentina.

Soga de Muerto
Felipe Esparza, 2015, 6:26, digital, b&w, sound, Peru. No subtitles

José Luis Bongore, 2014, 8 min., digital, color, sound, Colombia/España.

Dalia Huerta is a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. Registers art from and for artists and museums. Has made several formal film studies in Mexico, The Netherlands and Cuba. Was supported by CECA (Jalisco) in 2007 and 2010 on film and video making and won the grant for post production IMCINE 2015. Her work has been selected, exhibited and awarded at film festivals around the world.

This sceening is part of Los Angeles Filmforums 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 seriesthe first in the U.S.that surveys Latin Americas 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 citys longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2017 is our 42nd year.

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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States

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