riverrun Global Film Series

The riverrun Global Film Series aspires to create a dialogue between local community and institutions of higher education in Buffalo through a selection of films that provide a better understanding of our present existence in the globalized networked world.

Past Series

Cuban Cinema and Culture

Date: October 12-14, 2017

Venue: Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York

GREAT FILMS OVER 3 DAYS

Free admission made possible this year by riverrun and the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Cuban-inspired cuisine available at the Burchfield Café

Series Curator: Tanya Shilina-Conte, UB English

Assistant Directors: Jocelyn E. Marshall and Ajitpaul Mangat, UB English

ABOUT the riverrun Global Film Series:

The riverrun Global Film Series aspires to create a dialogue between local community and institutions of higher education in Buffalo through a selection of films that provide a better understanding of our present existence in the globalized networked world.

The riverrun Global Film Series presents a curated selection of quality films that moves beyond national frameworks to account for an increasingly transnational imagination of film production, reception and distribution. This annual three-day film series runs from Thursday evening through Saturday night at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY. The Global Film Series builds on the success of riverrun’s continuing Cinegael Buffalo program, which has focused on Irish film since 2004. A film scholar and/or filmmaker will provide context for the focus of each year’s series in an opening address. The series is free and open to the public and welcomes film enthusiasts, students and scholars. The inaugural riverrun Global Film Series was held in September 2016 and focused on Iran. In 2017 the series will focus on Cuban cinema and culture.

Thursday, October 12

4 pm- 5:30 pm  riverrun Fellows Public Presentations

Opening remarks: Damien Keane, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, UB  

6 pm - 7:00 pmPublic Lecture: "Cameras in Cuba: Reflections on Revolutionary Cinema," Ann Marie Stock, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Vice-Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, College of William and Mary

Opening remarks: Donald Metz, Burchfield Penney Art Center; Tanya Shilina-Conte, Curator of the riverrun Global Film Series

7:15 pm - 9:30 pm   Restored Classics

Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo, 1968, 1hr 44min.), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

Re­stored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation at Cine­teca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata.

Followed by a Q&A with Ann Marie Stock   

Friday, October 13

October M&T Bank Second Friday at the Center

4 pm - 5:40 pm  Documentary: By Women/About Women

Treasure Island  (Isla del Tesoro, 1969, 10min.), Sara Gómez

Tania Libre (2017, 1hr 13min.), Lynn Hershman-Leeson. Narrated by Tilda Swinton.

Introduced by: Dalia Antonia Muller, Associate Professor in Latin American and Caribbean History, Director of the Honors College and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, UB  

Opening Remarks: Jocelyn E. Marshall, Assistant Director of the riverrun Global Film Series 2017-18

5:30 pm - 7 pm Happy Hour. Cuban Music:  Wendell Rivera, Buena Vista Social Club

Cuba and Immigration: Waters off of Caibarien (2004, film installation); An Unkept Promise (2005, film installation). Artist: Alberto Rey, painter, filmmaker and Professor of Visual Arts and New Media, State University of New York at Fredonia

7 pm – 7:45 pm Cuban Poetry Reading

Jorge Guitart (Cuban-born poet and Professor of Spanish, UB)

Olga Karman (Cuban-born poet and educator)

Opening remarks: Donald Metz, Burchfield Penney Art Center

 8 pm – 10:15 pm Cuban-Soviet Productions

In memory of Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017)

I am Cuba (Soy Cuba, 1964, 1hr 48min.), Mikhail Kalatozov

Introduced by: Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the James Agee Professor of American Culture, Department of English, UB

Opening remarks: Patrick Martin, President of riverrun; Tanya Shilina-Conte, Curator of the riverrun Global Film Series

Saturday, October 14

2 pm - 4 pm  Environment: Nuclear Narratives

The Project of the Century (La obra del siglo, 2015, 1hr 40min.), Carlos Quintela (with scenes from One Way or Another (De Cierta Manera, 1974), Sara Gómez)

Introduced by: Alberto Rey, Professor of Visual Arts and New Media, State University of New York at Fredonia

Opening Remarks: Jocelyn E. Marshall, Assistant Director of the riverrun Global Film Series 2017-18

The Companion (El Acompañante, 2016, 1hr 44min.), Pavel Giroud

Introduced by: Christopher Schobert, critic for The Buffalo News and writer for Buffalo Spree

Opening Remarks: Tanya Shilina-Conte, Curator of the riverrun Global Film Series

7 pm – 9:15 pm Old Cuba/ New Cuba Shorts

In memory of Julio Garcia Espinosa (1926-2016)

Part I: Old Cuba 

El Megano (1955, 25min.), Julio Garcia Espinosa, Courtesy of Dolores Calviño (Espinosa), Cinemateca de Cuba;

Chiaroscuro: The Making ofEl Megano’ (2011), Stephen Hart (clip, the last interview with J.G. Espinosa)

For the First Time (Por Primera Vez, 1967, 10min.), Octavio Cortázar;

Coffea Arábiga (1968, 18min.), Nicolás Guillén Landrián;

Now! (1965, 6min.), Santiago Álvarez

Part II: New Cuba

Close (2016, 4min.), animation by Ernesto Rodríguez Piña;

House for Sale (Casa en Venta, 2016, 14min.), Emanuel Giraldo;

Connection (Conectifai, 2017, 18min.), Zoe Garcia;

Great (Muy Bien, 2017, 15min.), Sheyla Pool

Introduced by: Richard Reitsma, Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures, Canisius College  

Opening remarks: Tanya Shilina-Conte, Curator of the riverrun Global Film Series

Further information about the riverrun Global Film Series at:

globalfilmseries.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/globalfilmseries/

www.buffalo.edu/cas/english/news-events/upcoming_events/global-film-series.html

The riverrun Global Film Series is produced by riverrun, with support from the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the UB Department of English, the Juxtapositions Lecture Series, and James Agee Chair in American Culture, SUNY Distinguished Professor Bruce Jackson. Advisory and coordinating board: UB Assistant Professor Tanya Shilina-Conte, UB Professor William Solomon, President of riverrun Patrick Martin, Associate Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Donald Metz, and Buffalo State Lecturer Laurence Shine. For more information, contact the riverrun Global Film Series Curator Tanya Shilina-Conte, tshilina@buffalo.edu, or Assistant Director Jocelyn E. Marshall jm225@buffalo.edu.