BIRTH OF A NATION
Jonas Mekas. USA. 1997. 85’. 16mm
“Why BIRTH OF A NATION? Because the film independents IS a nation in itself. We are surrounded by commercial cinema Nation same way as the indigenous people of the United States or of any other country are surrounded by Ruling Powers. We are the invisible, but essential nation of cinema. We are the cinema. 170 portraits and glimpses of the avant-garde: P Adams Sitney, Robert Breer, Chantal Akerman, Adolfo Arrieta…”.
2019 PUNTO DE VISTA AWARD CEREMONY
Session where the decision of the jury will be announced, which will award the Festival prizes to the Official Selection films.
El Sexto Sol is an immersive movie experience, performed live, exploring the cosmovision, nature, the need for man to make sense of the world in order to understand its process of creation and, therefore, to be in a position to control it and... destroy it. The audiovisual score is composed for different instruments / interpreters of sounds and images.
This piece of expanded cinema is designed for a specific 360º projection device set in planetariums, and will be performed by some filmmakers and musicians, exploring improbable landscapes of suns, moons, planets, constellations and other elements of the cosmos and proposing a return trip towards a future myth of creation.
John Price is an independent filmmaker who has produced experimental documentaries, dance and diary films since 1986. His love of analog photography led naturally to extensive alchemical experimentation with a wide range of motion picture film emulsions and camera formats. He has received production support from The National Film Board, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and his work has been exhibited at festivals and galleries internationally.
PAISAIA includes the most recent works on the Basque-Navarra scene, within the documentary film area that is more open to exploring and experimenting with aesthetic and narrative forms.
In this edition, the theme line linking the different films at the festival is the reflection on the passage of time and its effects, from very different formal approaches and perspectives: going back over events of the past; analysing changes that entail transformations in the landscape; shedding metaphorical light on our current inclinations and trends; or addressing generational differences as a manner of understanding affectionate relationships at different periods in time.
Robert Beavers (Brookline, Massachusetts, 1949) is an American experimental filmmaker. He left Deerfield Academy in 1965 before graduating to move to New York to make movies. He lived in New York until 1967 when he and his partner, Gregory Markopoulos, left the United States for Europe. Although in the seventies and eighties his films were rarely shown, in recent years many institutions have made retrospectives of his work: the Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and the Filmmuseum in Vienna, among many others.