La película infinita

In this online event we presented Leandro Listorti’s The Endless Film (La película infinita), originally scheduled for the 2020 Essay Film Festival. Following the film, there was an online Q+A between Leandro Listorti and researcher Nicholas Freeman.

The Endless Film is an expansive multi-layered compilation film assembled in the archives of the Buenos Aires film museum where the filmmaker is employed. This cinematic experiment retrieves fragments of films that were unfinished or lost, investing new life into objects considered incomplete and invisible, were it not for their reappearance in this new artistic context. The film acts as a valuable film-historical document, showcasing the various thematic and aesthetic currents that Argentinian filmmakers have engaged with from the 1950s to celebrated directors of the so-called ‘New Argentine Cinema’. Archives, memories, traces and remains, these are of fundamental importance for understanding the past, present and future of a country whose records have been routinely buried, burnt and destroyed. In this way, The Endless Film offers a window to forgotten memories, and the work becomes an elegy for the ghosts of Argentina’s dictatorial past. At the same time, the film offers an insight into the materiality of filmmaking, subtly drawing our attention to aspects of production processes such as countdown timers and pen-marked film strips, while the soundtrack makes use of extracts of dialogue and other extraneous audible elements that emerge from behind the camera on a film set. The use of damaged film footage (tramlines, scratches, faded colours, etc.) incorporates new physical elements into the texture of Listorti’s ‘endless film’.

SESSION FIFTEEN: DRYLONGSO

Thursday 2 April, 6.00, Close Up Cinema

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16mm Screening of the recently released debut film by Cauleen Smith

Film: Drylongso
Cauleen Smith, 1998, 87 min, 16mm

Seeing Cauleen Smith‘s debut feature (and only full length fiction film to date) today offers audiences a snapshot into both a community and a specific moment in time. Set in Oakland, California, the film centres around a young African American woman navigating her responsibilities as a breadwinner, daughter and student whilst coming to terms with the threat of violence befalling young men in her community. The film captures real social issues being faced by the working class African American community and the vibrant Afrocentric art scene whilst, through the central character Pica, Drylongso can be seen as a nuanced coming of age tale. The recent restoration has allowed the film to find a new audience and in doing so can now be seen to connect to both the celebrated 90’s independent cinema boom alongside the iconic works of African American cinema made in this period.

Supported by the Arts Council England

Call for proposals: The Essay Film Festival: Research, Critique, Practice

The Essay Film Festival: Research, Critique, Practice

A call for proposals for a student-led symposium reflecting on EFF 2020

As part of its new collaborative partnership with CHASE, the Essay Film Festival is inviting proposals from doctoral students for a student-led symposium exploring essayistic forms and their relationship to academic research, social critique and artistic practice.

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ESSAY FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 2020

ESSAY FILM FESTIVAL INTRODUCTION

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SESSION ONE: YUGANTAR FILM COLLECTIVE

Thursday 26 March, 18:00-21:00, Birkbeck Cinema 

Is This Just a Story? Celebrating the Yugantar Film Collective

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SESSION TWO: FOUND FOOTAGE RESEARCH EVENT

Friday 27 March, 12:00-17:00, Birkbeck Cinema 

Archive/Fictions: Found Footage and the Essay Film

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SESSION THREE: OTOLITH GROUP/O HORIZON

Friday 27 March, 20:30-22:30, ICA 

Essay film exploring the educational philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore

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SESSION FOUR: TORRES/LISTORTI

Saturday 28 March, 18:00-19:30, ICA 

UK premieres of found footage works by Leandro Listorti and John Torres

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SESSION FIVE: RUCHIR JOSHI/ELEVEN MILES

Saturday 28 March, 20:00-23:00, ICA 

UK premiere of restored classic Indian essay film

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SESSION SIX: RICHTER/BEAUVAIS

Sunday 29 March, 18:00-20:00, ICA 

Double bill of experimental works by Hans Richter and Frank Beauvais exploring the personal and the everyday

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SESSION SEVEN: RUCHIR JOSHI/SHORT FILMS & CONVERSATION

Sunday 29 March, 20:30-22:30, ICA 

Ruchir Joshi: short film programme and conversation

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SESSION EIGHT: RUCHIR JOSHI/SYMPOSIUM

Monday 30 March, 10:00-19:00, Birkbeck Cinema 

Ruchir Joshi Symposium: Essays in Text and Image

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SESSION NINE: TAMAR RACHKOVSKY/HOME IN E MAJOR

Tuesday 31 March, 14:00-16:00, Birkbeck Cinema 

A first-person essay film about unlikely friendships and what it means to find a home

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SESSION TEN: SARAH WOOD/SHORT FILMS PROGRAMME

Tuesday 31 March, 20:55-23:00, ICA 

To bring the world into the world: a programme by Sarah Wood

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SESSION ELEVEN: WORKSHOP WITH GARRETT BRADLEY

Wednesday 1 April, 14:00-16:00, Birkbeck Cinema

Workshop with Garrett Bradley

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SESSION TWELVE: GARRETT BRADLEY/AMERICA AND OTHER WORKS

Wednesday 1 April, 21:00-23:00, ICA

Screening of America and conversation with Trevor Mathison

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SESSION THIRTEEN: WORKSHOP WITH CAULEEN SMITH

Thursday 2 April, 14:00-16:00, Birkbeck Cinema

An illustrated lecture by Cauleen Smith

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SESSION FOURTEEN: CAULEEN SMITH/SHORTS PROGRAMME

Thursday 2 April, 21:00-23:00, ICA 

Cauleen Smith: short film programme and conversation

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SESSION FIFTEEN: SAAB-ROUXEL

Friday 3 April, 14:00-17:00, Birkbeck Cinema

A tribute to the work of Jocelyne Saab presented by Mathilde Rouxel

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SESSION SIXTEEN: DERKAOUI-MORIN

Friday 3 April, [exact timings tbc], French Institute

UK premiere of restored Moroccan essay film banned forty years ago

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SESSION SEVENTEEN: TRANSIT/ESCAPE ROUTE TO MARSEILLE

Saturday 4 April, 14:30-19:30, Goethe-Institut

UK premiere of restoration of Escape Route to Marseille adapted from the novel Transit

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