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Recycled Cinema at Bucknell University

  • The Campus Theatre 413 Market Street Lewisburg PA 17837 (map)

Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. In the spirit of Oswald de Andrade’s landmark 1928 provocation, the Manifesto Antropófago, the Recycled Cinema program features works that engage in found footage filmmaking, a subaltern practice of decolonization and critique through the collage of appropriated images and audio. For ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Indian’ Film (1958), Nuyorican artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz took a print of Anthony Mann’s Winchester ’73 and hacked the reels to pieces with a tomahawk “to release their evil.” Placing the film fragments in a medicine bag, he performed a ritual exorcism inspired by his Yaqui grandfather before splicing together the random fragments, some upside down and others right side up. The progeny of such an approach are diverse in their strategies and aims, ranging from Ricardo Nicolayevsky’s cinematic sprint to Artemio’s mash-up of Walt Disney’s adaptations of Winnie the Pooh and Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Introduced by Ism Ism Ism’ Project Director and Co-Curator, Luciano Piazza. Co-sponsored by the Bucknell Departments of Philosophy, Spanish and Latin American Studies, and Bucknell’s University Lectureship Committee.