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Imperfect Cinema: Respond, Work, Play

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

This event takes place each day from January 10th, 2020 to March 12th, 2020.

Date: Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Location: Perlman Teaching Museum

Contact: Steven Richardson, x4389

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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.

This event occurs on:

  • Friday, January 10th, 2020
  • Saturday, January 11th, 2020
  • Sunday, January 12th, 2020
  • Monday, January 13th, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
  • Thursday, January 16th, 2020
  • Friday, January 17th, 2020
  • Saturday, January 18th, 2020
  • Sunday, January 19th, 2020
  • Monday, January 20th, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
  • Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
  • Friday, January 24th, 2020
  • Saturday, January 25th, 2020
  • Sunday, January 26th, 2020
  • Monday, January 27th, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
  • Thursday, January 30th, 2020
  • Friday, January 31st, 2020
  • Saturday, February 1st, 2020
  • Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
  • Monday, February 3rd, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
  • Thursday, February 6th, 2020
  • Friday, February 7th, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8th, 2020
  • Sunday, February 9th, 2020
  • Monday, February 10th, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
  • Thursday, February 13th, 2020
  • Friday, February 14th, 2020
  • Saturday, February 15th, 2020
  • Sunday, February 16th, 2020
  • Monday, February 17th, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
  • Thursday, February 20th, 2020
  • Friday, February 21st, 2020
  • Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
  • Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
  • Monday, February 24th, 2020
  • Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
  • Thursday, February 27th, 2020
  • Friday, February 28th, 2020
  • Saturday, February 29th, 2020
  • Sunday, March 1st, 2020
  • Monday, March 2nd, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
  • Thursday, March 5th, 2020
  • Friday, March 6th, 2020
  • Saturday, March 7th, 2020
  • Sunday, March 8th, 2020
  • Monday, March 9th, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
  • Thursday, March 12th, 2020

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