Sin Cámara / Cameraless
Sin Cámara / Cameraless
“On the Road by Jack Kerouac is one of an unfolding series by the filmmaker, who is fast becoming to our contemporary art world what infamous ’70s Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal was to the imperialistic nation states of the West.”
—Senses of Cinema
"In Jose Castillo’s work we find beautiful declarations in favor of peace, against the violation of men and women’s human rights, in defense of the oppressed, of the exploited, of the world’s downtrodden. Castillo’s cinema is a cinema in search of something, a cinema that negates stereotypes and we therefore find, in the intersection between his work’s major themes and the artist himself, a revolutionary who creates works that revolutionize art"
—Fundación Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela
In Person: Curator Antoni Pinent
Surveying an extraordinary body of works produced since the 1950s, this program maps South American “Camera-Less” or “Direct” filmmaking. In "Direct animation or 'camera-less' filmmaking, figures are painted, scratched, or inked directly onto film leader. Highly tactile, textured and abstract, these films dramatize the essential properties of the medium of film itself. It's also a technique favored by many key figures of the avant-garde, from the Scottish-Canadian Norman McLaren to New Zealand's Len Lye and the legendary New Yorker Harry Smith. Less well known is the extensive filmography of the numerous Latin American practitioners. Based on extensive interviews, travels, and archival research by curator Antoni Pinent, this program introduces a handful of these shorts, from Argentine, Uruguayan, Brazilian, Peruvian, Colombian, Venezuelan, Mexican, and Chicana filmmakers who have chosen this most rudimentary (yet powerful) of film techniques.
The program will comprise 22 short films, including Abecedario / B by Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (2013. México. 4’55”), Prueba by Rosario Sotelo (2014. México. 1’), Breathe by Leonardo Zito (2014. Argentina. 7’), Begin by Sameer Makarius (1953. Argentina. 1’), O Átomo Brincalhão by Roberto Miller (1981. Brasil. 4’), Cocktail de Rayas by Eduardo Darino (1964. Uruguay. 1’41”), TM by Pablo Marín (2008. Argentina. 2’10”), Abismo by Sebastian Wiedemann (2012. Argentina / Colombia. 3’35”), Ideítas by Víctor Iturralde Rúa (1952. Argentina. 1’05”), Kimono by José Castillo (1992. Venezuela. 3’56”), Al trance by Guillermo Zabaleta (2013. Uruguay. 1’30”), Tourist Hitchcock by Marco Pando (2003. Países Bajos / Perú. 4’39”), On the Road by Jack Kerouac by Jorge Lorenzo (2013. México / Colombia. 14’), and more.
The film series and publication are produced by Los Angeles Filmforum under the direction of Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza. Made possible through grants from the Getty Foundation as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
Curated by Jesse Lerner, Luciano Piazza, Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.
G - General Audience
M - REDCAT Members
ST - Students
CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff