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.

(Thanks Rob!)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Wise Kwai & Rob for the fast update. Here are the full programme of screenings and presenters' talks in case people are interested.

    Keep up the good work


    Screenings at Birkbeck Cinema (21 – 22 March)
    41-43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

    21 March

    The More Things Change, 11am
    ‘Oh what a beautiful coup.’ Filmmakers respond to Thailand’s political merry-go-round. Highlights from the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 2008 (BEFF5).

    Bangkok Tanks (Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, 2007, 5:50, Thailand)
    3-0 (Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2007, 8:00, Thailand)
    The Duck Empire Strikes Back (Nutthorn Kangwanklai, 2007, 2:30, Thailand)
    Escape from Popraya 2526 (Paisit Punpruksachat, 2008, 9:00, Thailand)
    Burmese Man Dancing (Nok Paksnawin, 2008, 11:00, Thailand)
    Man with a Video Camera (Jakrawal Niltumrong, 2007, 9:00, Thailand)
    Observation of the Monument (Michael Shaowanasai, 2008, 5:00, Thailand)
    National Anthem (Chai Chaiyachit, 2008, 27:00, Thailand)
    Roi Tai Phrae (Uruphong Raksasad, 2008, 3:00, Thailand)

    Raiding the Archive, 1.30pm
    Iconoclastic uses of footage and recreation of old images prise open Southeast Asia’s colonial past. Includes Marlon Fuentes’s Bontoc Eulogy – a recounting of the Filipino filmmaker’s ancestral tale via “powers of the false at work” (Laura Marks).

    Kalawang (Cesar Hernando, Eli Guieb III & Jimbo Albano, 1989, 6:00, Philippines)
    The Great Smoke (Rox Lee, 1984, 6:00, Philippines)
    Infancia en las Islas de Filipinas, sin fecha/Childhood in the Philippines Islands, undated (Raya Martin, 2005, 30:00, Philippines)
    Bontoc Eulogy (Marlon Fuentes, 1995, 57:00, Philippines)

    Apichatpong Shorts and Videos, 4pm
    A special programme of recent shorts and rarely seen videos by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This screening coincides with the launch of the Austrian Film Museum’s major international project “Year of Apichatpong.”

    Vampire (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2008, 19:45, Thailand)
    Luminous People (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2007, 16:37, Thailand)
    Emerald (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2007, 12:10, Thailand)
    Haunted Houses (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2001, 59:54, Thailand)

    22 March

    Intimate Portraits, 11am
    Filmmakers document the private and the everyday in Southeast Asia, and in the process provoke questions about the ethics of seeing. Includes Match Made, Mirabelle Ang's subtle look at Vietnam's export brides network (Viennale 2006). The filmmaker will be present.

    Salat (John Torres, 2004, 12:00, Philippines)
    Kamunting (Amir Muhammad, 2003, 15:00, Malaysia)
    Rumah/Home (Oty Widasari, 2007, 6:00, Indonesia)
    Match Made (Mirabelle Ang, 2006, 48:00, Singapore)

    Introducing Lav Diaz, 1.30pm
    Experience the rough-cut of Heremias Book II, Lav Diaz’s bold experimentation with cinematic duration. “[A] great contemporary filmmaker..whose art is constantly haunted by History, poetically mingling a documentary approach and fictional narrative” (Cinéma du Réel 2008 homage).

    Purgatorio (Lav Diaz, 2008, 20:00, Philippines)
    Heremias Book II rough-cut (Lav Diaz, 2009, 1:59:00, Philippines)

    Second Nature, 57pm
    Highlights from BEFF 5. Playful explorations of the essence of film and video at the intersection between nature, the quotidian and pop. Includes experimental music video by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and work by ace illustrators Lolay + Giam Eee.

    Krasob (Nitipong Thinthupthai, 2007, 8:00, Thailand)
    Endless Rhyme (Tanatchai Bandasak, 2008, 26:36, Thailand)
    Black Mirror (Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2008, 3:00, Thailand)
    Because (MV dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, song by Petch Osathanugrah, 2007, 4:00, Thailand)
    Repeating Dramatic (Arpapun Plungsirisoontorn, 2008, 8:08, Thailand)
    The Time We Had (MV dir. D.I.E, song by Goose, 2006, 4:00, Thailand)
    Promethean Invention (Tintin Cooper, 2008, 5:00, Thailand)
    Hero Project (Lolay + Giam Eee, 2007, 21:51, Thailand)

    Symposium at The Pavilion, Cavendish Campus, University of Westminster
    115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

    23 March, 10am – 6pm

    Digital, Aesthetics and Discourses of Independence in Southeast Asian Cinema

    Panel One: 10.30-11.45am
    Dr David Teh (curator, BEFF5 and Unreal Asia)
    The Video Agenda in Southeast Asia, or, “Digital, So Not Digital”

    Dr Khoo Gaik Cheng (Australian National University)
    "Here In My Home": Exploring Space, Identity and Belonging in Independent Malaysian Films

    Panel Two: 12.00-1.15pm
    Alexis Tioseco (editor-in-chief, Criticine)
    Lav Diaz’s Digital Experimentation and Duration

    Philippa Lovatt (University of Glasgow)
    Film Form and the Aesthetics of Memory: A Comparative Study of the Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Jia Zhangke

    Filmmaker’s Talk: 2.15-3.00pm
    Mirabelle Ang
    Reflections on Making Match Made

    Panel Three: 3.15-4.30pm
    Dr Arnika Fuhrmann (PhD, University of Chicago)
    ‘I’m Living’: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and the Creation of a Contemporary Thai feminist Aesthetic and Anatomy of Desire

    Benjamin McKay (Monash University, Malaysia)
    Queering Race and Place: Amir Muhammad's Pangyau (2002)

    Panel Four: 4.45-6.00pm
    Dr Mariam Lam (University of California, Riverside)
    Media Ruptures and Transformation in Post-socialist Viet Nam

    Dr May Ingawanij (CREAM)
    Observing Death: Patterns of Framing and Participation in Contemporary Southeast Asian Videos


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