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Poetics of Space: 8mm Films from Argentina

  • UCLA Film and Television Archive 10899 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90024 United States (map)

Friday, 19 January 2018  - 7:30 pm
Billy Wilder Theater UCLA

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Poetics of Space: 8mm Films from Argentina  
In Person: Pablo Marín, curator and filmmaker

The arrival of Super 8, in the mid-1960s, meant the most radical expansion of the cinematic field of action until that historical moment.  By means of these inexpensive, light and automated small-format cameras, cinema began a new stage, distanced from the specific and exclusionary technical knowledge of historical filmmaking, Super 8 proposed an inclusive and informal amateurism.  Throughout Latin America, and in particular in Argentina (where Super 8 production remains active to this day), Super 8 was adopted early by occasional filmmakers, but, above all, by a handful of artists who saw in Super 8 an opportunity to capture personal explorations that would redefine the very limits of the technology.  Driven by concepts from painting, music and philosophy, the films of this program compose a challenging panorama of what could be called an aesthetics of reduction, concentration and innovation carried out during the last fifty years of Argentine experimental cinema. -- Pablo Marín 

These screenings are part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s 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 series—the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s 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. 


Earlier Event: January 16
ORG by Fernando Birri 
Later Event: January 20
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