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Forms of Cinema, Sam Ishii-Gonzales

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During Thanksgiving Break, Sam Ishii-Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Film, traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to run a three-day workshop at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca on “Forms of Cinema.”

The workshops explored the generative role played by form in the development of the medium as a twentieth century art form and the necessity, in our present moment, to continue (via digital and other new technologies) our search for new modes of cinematic expression. It attracted people from all walks of life, from young filmmakers to philosophy graduate students to local and international artists (working in a variety of mediums, from ceramics to painting to photography).

The workshops were followed by screenings in the museum’s courtyard and were open to the general public. Screened over three nights were Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954), The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975) and Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, 2007).

Discussions have already begun about the possibility of another workshop or lecture series in 2013.