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Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America

Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America
Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America

Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America
Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine Experimental en América Latina


Presented in conjunction with the Block’s exhibition Pop América:1965-1975, Block Cinema screens selected programs from Ism, Ism, Ism, a groundbreaking touring film series that offers the first comprehensive survey of Latin America’s vibrant experimental film history. Organized by filmmakers and curators/critics Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA initiative, these programs feature key works made between the 1930s and the 2000s across the Americas. The Block will host five programs from the series, and will co-present another six programs at venues around Chicago.

Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina) was organized by Los Angeles Filmforum as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Ism, Ism, Ism surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today.

Ism, Ism, Ism 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. Available worldwide,

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.


Programs in Series


Thursday, October 3, 7 PM

Dialogues with Che: Appropriations of a Revolutionary Figure 

(Various Artists, 1968-1997, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 96 min total)


Friday, October 11, 7 PM

Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster 

(Various Artists, 1933-1998, Various Countries, digital, 70 min total)


Friday, October 18, 7 PM

Countercultures and Undergrounds 

(Various Artists, 1967-1979, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 77 min total)

Friday, November 1, 7 PM 

Recycled Cinema 

(Various Artists, 1958-2012, Various Countries, digital, 61 min total)


Friday, November 1, 8:30 PM

Estrellas de Ayer: Latin Camp

(Various Artists, 1959-1975, Various Countries, digital and 16mm, 73 min total)

Ism, Ism, Ism: Chicago Screenings

Block Cinema is proud to co-present additional Ism, Ism, Ism screenings at micro-cinema venues around Chicago. 


Nightingale Cinema  (1084 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL)

Meta: Cinema Critiques Cinema - Wednesday, October 9, 7 PM

Umbrales - Wednesday,November 13, 7 PM


Filmfront  (1740 W 18th St, Chicago, IL)

Dark Matter - Saturday, October 12, 7 PM, with co-curator Jesse Lerner in person

Bilingual Aesthetics - Saturday, October 19, 7 PM


Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL)

Psychedelia and Abstraction - Wednesday, November 6, 8 PM


ACRE (1345 W 19th St, Chicago, IL)

Urban Harmonies/Dissonant Cities - Saturday, November 16, 7 PM