A Talk with Fern Silva, Rafael Ramirez and Jim Lumbera
Labs is the festival's annual showcase of recent analogue works by artist run laboratories from around the world curated by Vassily Bourikas.
Labs Radio Talks is part of the online section of Labs on the Channel. Structured as a series of radio broadcasts and recorded with a small live audience, the Talks focus on aspects of analogue film and the photochemical processes as these are regarded by individual artists, viewers and thinkers from the lab communities and beyond.
Labs is dedicated to collective structures but this episode of the Talks takes a look at individual and solitary efforts. Three filmmakers, active in different parts of the world, discuss their involvement and experiences with do-it-yourself celluloid processes. A Filipino, a Cuban and a Portuguese-American who hand-developed celluloid for different purposes, tell us when, how and why this can also happen outside of the community.
The images of Jim Lumbera (Philippines) grace some of the most prominent films of his country and generation. His cinematography includes La última película (by Raya Martin and Mark Peranson), one of the last features screened on 35mm, partially hand processed on location by Lumbera. The most striking, decidedly hand-developed imageswe find in the films Lumbera wrote and directed, culminating with the mythical feature Anak Araw. His filmmaking applies celluloid as fuel in a time machine, with a unique vision of his country and its people.
Rafael Ramírez (Cuba) is a writer, musician and experimental filmmaker. His work is focused in what he named as ''collision'': a blend of alternate realities, dystopian cartographies, micro-history, experimental anthropology, post-archive research and heteronimics. He is the director of the Master Film Program for the S.Antonio de los Baños Cuban International Film School.
Fern Silva (USA/Portugal) is an artist who primarily works in 16mm. His films consider methods of narrative, documentary, and ethnographic filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of work that has been screened and performed at various festivals and museums, he has taught filmmaking at the University of Illinois and Bard College a.o. and is currently a fellow at the Film Study Center at Harvard University.
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