Belén

Adriana Vila Guevara is a Venezuelan filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist. Her work moves between the realms of documentary creation, ethnographic research, and experimental film. In 2008, she began ethnographic field work on Afro-Venezuelan memory and representation that led her to meet and live with Belén Palacios for 4 months in her community, Tapipa. From that experience and upon completion of her Master’s degree in Anthropology and Ethnography, she decided to go back to Tapipa and make a documentary about Belén. Guevara is a co-founder of the independent analog film lab Crater-Lab and the expanded cinema duo Crater. She has screened her work in festivals, art centers, and alternative venues in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Belén
with guest Venezuelan filmmaker Adriana Vila
Guevara 
Sunday, November 12, 7:00 PM
Rice Cinema

On view at Rice Media Center (November 9-24)
Guevara’s installation: From the Act of Remembering, A Constellation of Observations

“Making us think about the ultimate nature of the cinema is what Adriana Vila achieves with her optical reflection on the people who knew Belén, that woman whose life as a cultural activist inspired a documentary portrait that she died before seeing. As in a spiritualist session, those summoned to watch attend and participate in envisioning someone who has already left them and whose glance they do not forget and to which they return, in an exercise that reminds us of our own spectatorship.”  

— Manuel Delgado Ruiz


Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot

Director and Executive Producer, Barbara McCullough is a filmmaker, who emerged from the UCLA L.A. Rebellion experience to create works emblematic of the reality of African American life seen beyond the usual stereotypic view. Before documentaries, experimental film and video were her first love, as she strove to “tap the spirit and richness of her community by exposing its magic, touching its textures, and trampling old stereotypes, while revealing the untold stories reflective of African American life.”  Her film and video projects include “Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification”, winner of the 2010 Avant-Garde Masters Award from National Film Preservation Foundation and the Film Foundation USA. Her works are screened in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. A twenty-five-year veteran of the visual effects industry, McCullough, before returning to the Los Angeles area, was professor and chair of the Visual Effects Department at Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD.

Her recently completed film project, Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot, is a documentary on musical genius, community activist, and mentor to a generation of accomplished jazz musicians, Horace Tapscott. 

Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot
with guest filmmaker Barbara McCullough
Friday, November 10, 6:00PM
Rice Cinema

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