The University of Chicago is pleased to present a two-part series on digital filmmaking in Cuba with invited Cuban filmmakers. Directors Esteban Insausti and Alina Rodríguez Abreu, editor Angélica Salvador, and actress Annia Bu Maure will present their films and discuss how digital technologies are transforming the face of filmmaking in Cuba today. The series concludes with a screening of digital shorts by some of Cuba’s most talented new filmmakers.

Since the late 1990s, the availability of affordable digital cameras and editing software has facilitated new modes of film production in Cuba. Whereas previously all filmmaking was centralized in the state film institute, the ICAIC, now increasing numbers of youth are making fiction shorts, documentaries, and even features either independently or through Cuba’s two film schools, the Department of Audiovisual Media at the national art school (FAMCA), and the international film school founded by the New Latin American Cinema Foundation (EICTV). These filmmakers in turn are taking the skills they’ve acquired in low-budget filmmaking back into work at the ICAIC, enabling it to return to national productions after a long period of dependence on foreign funding. This series explores how digital technologies are altering the dynamics of social criticism, state sponsorship, and national cinema, and how these changes participate in broader economic and political transformations in Cuba.

Screenings and discussions with the filmmakers will take place Friday, February 25th, Thursday April 7thand Friday, April 8th 2011.  Click here for more information.

Series coordinated by Laura-Zoë Humphreys and Davis Reek. Sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Arts Council, the Franke Institute, and the Film Studies Center Graduate Student Curatorial Program. Website designed by Brian Wyrick and Allan Lesage.

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