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Los Angeles Filmforum and UCLA Film & Television Archive present

Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America

Luis Ospina
January 19, 2018 -
January 21, 2018
Pablo Marín (1/19, 1/21); Luis Ospina (1/20, 1/21); Poli Marichal, Jesse Lerner, Luciano Piazza (1/21).

Free admission for Los Angeles Filmforum members at the box office!

Los Angeles Filmforum’s screening series Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina) is the first comprehensive, U.S.-based film program to treat the full breadth of Latin America’s vibrant experimental film production.  The screenings feature key historical and contemporary works from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States.  Revisiting classic names and forms from the experimental canon, the series daringly places them within a completely novel scope and breadth.  It takes both the aficionado and open-minded viewer through a journey into a wealth of materials culled from the forgotten corners of Latin American film archives integrated with recent production from across the continent.

This series 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.

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.

Program notes by Jesse Lerner, Pablo Marín and Luciano Piazza.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
Misreadings/Malas lecturas

Misreadings/Malas Lecturas

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Luis Ospina

Luis Ospina: A Rational Act of Faith

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Meta: Cinema Critiques Cinema

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 3:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Poetics of space

Poetics of Space: 8mm Films from Argentina

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