UCLA Film & Television Archive & Los Angeles Filmforum Present:
Experimenta India: Films from the Indian Avant-Garde
Wednesday, June 28, 7:30pm @ The Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum
Filmmakers/curators Shai Heredia & Shumona Goel in person for both shows!
Don't miss a completely different program of Indian experimental cinema on Monday, June 26, 8:00pm @ Echo Park Film Center!
Find information on Experimenta India program #1 here:
Los Angeles Filmforum is thrilled to present two distinct programs of historical and contemporary experimental Indian films curated by filmmakers Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel who will be in person from India for these two unique and rare screenings.
Despite a long and internationally celebrated cinematic tradition, the Indian avant-garde is much lesser known to American audiences than the many canonical works of Indian feature filmmaking. With generous support from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Filmforum has invited Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel to present their own acclaimed works along with a specially curated selection of short films that will attempt an abbreviated survey of India’s experimental cinematic landscape. Their joint visit to Los Angeles to share and discuss their and other artists’ work is an incredibly rare opportunity not to be missed!
Over two different programs, a necessarily fractional but illuminating view of the extensive and eclectic Indian avant-garde will be traced by our guests, spanning 1960s experimental classics by artists such as Pramod Pati to contemporary artists working today.
PROGRAM 2 (88min.):
CAMERA THREAT by Bernd Lützeler
2017, color, sound, 29min.
Somewhere in the dreary nooks of Mumbai's film industry, Camera Threat explores the ambivalent relationship this film city has with the moving image. Seated on a casting couch, two actors are getting stuck in impromptu conversations on the side effects of a world that no longer bothers to tell facts from fiction.
AN OLD DOG'S DIARY by Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia
2015, b/w, sound, 12min.
An Old Dog’s Diary assembles, in puzzle-piece evocations, a portrait of an artist. The film links fragments of his writings, letters and drawings that are charged with memories of an unsettled life.
NOON DAY DISPENSARY by Priya Sen
2014, color, sound, 27min.
Filmed at the government run free dispensary at Savda-Ghevra Resettlement Colony in Delhi, as part of a fellowship exploring urban resettlement, this video was amongst several others that were produced spontaneously, attempting to reclaim the style and philosophies of cinema verite. Through the ‘performance’ of the filmmaker and her frame, it bears witness to a moment in the transition between being illegal occupants of the city, to being legally resettled, and the range of negotiations and subjectivities that accompanies this shift.
I AM 20 by SNS Sastry
1967, b/w, sound, 20min.
Twenty years after India's independence, the filmmaker travels across the country and interviews its youth, those born in 1947. What does independence mean to them? What are their dreams?
Program and notes by Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia. All films showing digitally.
“Our complex history of experimenting with film has created a fragmented and yet influential filmmaking culture, with its own traditions and modernity. This program will present some rarely seen films by artists who have lived and worked on the periphery of the Indian film industry.” —Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel.
What: Experimenta India: Films from the Indian Avant-Garde Program 2
co-presented with UCLA Film & Television Archive
Artists/curators Shai Heredia & Shumona Goel in person!
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 7:30pm
Where: UCLA Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available by credit card in advance from UCLA Film & Television Archive's website at cinema.ucla.edu/events/2017/08/28/experimenta-india
or at the door.
— Shumona Goel
Shumona Goel is a Mumbai based artist working in film, video and photography. After finishing her BA in Film from Bard College, New York, Shumona completed her MA in Anthropology from School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has directed and produced several documentaries, short films and commercials since.
Her films have been screened at numerous film festivals and since 2008 she has been exploring expanded forms of cinema. Shumona especially enjoys working with low-tech, outdated formats such as VHS cassettes and slide projections. She is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award 2008 from the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art.
Shai Heredia is a filmmaker and curator of film art. She founded Experimenta — the international festival for experimental cinema in India — in 2003 in Mumbai. Over the years, she has rapidly developed the festival into a significant international forum for artists' film and video. Shai has also curated experimental film programmes for various film festivals. Shai holds an MA in documentary film from Goldsmiths College, London. She is currently a Programme Executive at the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore.
— This program is supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts; the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2017 is our 42nd year.
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