Friday, March 6, 2009
Apichatpong masterclass postponed, Thai experimental shorts still on at CineSEA
A masterclass by Apichatpong Weersethakul at CineSEA later this month in London has been postponed due to "an unforeseen delay with his visa application".
CineSEA is cut a day shorter from March 21 to 23, but the remaining parts of CineSEA's program will still be held, including a screening of Apichatpong's recent shorts and rarely seen videos. The March 21 screening will coincide with the launch of the Austrian Film Museum’s "Year of Apichatpong."
The More Things Change, a package of shorts from last year's Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF5) in response to Thailand's political situation will be shown, as well as more experimental films and videos from BEFF5 in a program called Second Nature, which are "playful explorations of the essence of film and video at the intersection between nature, the quotidian and pop."
Dr. May Ingawanij of the University of Westminster's Center for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) is the organizer. She'll be speaking, along with BEFF5 curator Dr. David Teh, Dr. Khoo Gaik Cheng from Australian National University, Dr. Mariam Lam from the University of California, Riverside, Criticine editor-in-chief Alexis Tioseco, Dr. Arnika Fuhrmann (PhD, University of Chicago), Benjamin McKay from Monash University in Malaysia and Philippa Lovatt (University of Glasgow). The topic will be "Digital, Aesthetics and Discourses of Independence in Southeast Asian Cinema."
There's also Raiding the Archive, which features Marlon Fuentes’ Bontoc Eulogy and Introducing Lav Diaz, in which a short rough cut of his Heremias will be shown.
The shows at the Birkbeck Cinema are free, but you have to reserve your seat by e-mail. For details, check out the program at the cineSEA website.
Hopefully, Apichatpong's masterclass will be rescheduled for September or October.