Campus Calendar

Apr 4

Imperfect Cinema: Respond, Work, Play

From site: Perlman Teaching Museum

A series of three programs of short films curated by Carl Elsaesser, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.

Saturday, April 4th, 2020
Perlman Teaching Museum

This event takes place each day from January 10th, 2020 to April 26th, 2020.

This event occurs on:

Now!

A series of three programs of short films curated by Carl Elsaesser, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.

Respond • January 10–February 9
Sara Gómez - Iré a Santiago (1964)
Santiago Álvarez - Now (1965)

Work • February 10–March 11 
Nestor Siré - Overwhelmed (2012)
Marcel Beltrán - Swan, Black Neck, White Neck (2009)

Play • March 30–April 26
Adrian Melis Sosa - The Making of Forty Rectangular Pieces for a Floor Construction (2008)
Ovation (2013)

Taking its cue from the title of the canonical essay by filmmaker and scholar Julio García Espinosa, this exhibition upholds a politic of imperfection, or as García Espinosa says, a “partisan" and "committed" poetics, a "committed" art, a consciously and resolutely "committed" cinema — that is to say, an "imperfect" cinema.

Suspending traditional modes of cinema, these filmmakers seek personal and political agency through alternative and direct practices with film. Starting with two foundational figures in Cuban nonfiction cinema, the series moves through a history of alternative filmmaking practices, from the directly political (Respond), the indexical or observational (Work) to the playful (Play). While these films vary in tone and content, they all uphold a sense of the radical possibilities of imperfection for an active cinema that demands the audience watch, watch again, listen, take part in, do not ignore.

The curator would like to thank Bryan Konefsky and Experiments in Cinema for helping out with the initial research of these programs.

Sponsored by Perlman Teaching Museum. Contact: Steven Richardson, x4389