As things amp up in the lab for Blow Up with breakfast meetings, filming, interviews, Super 8 Tri-X Lomo processing, optical printing, 16mm hi-con sound stock bucket processing, gear repair, and 16mm color and black & white projections and all the associated emotions (hope! depression! elation! confusion! resignation! hope!) all happening at the same time, the festival is wrapping up with a screening of Fernandi Birri’s monumental/experimental/political and verrrrry long ORG and one more shared meal. Take a bow, organizers… MVD Cine Experimental 2 was a smashing success!
A fabulous feria; a queso contest judged by discerning senior citizens; a whirlwind trip to the El Cerro for churros, candombe and cine; a little Uruguayan tango; and The Sound We See: LA (on 16mm!) & Hanoi at the fabulous Sala Zitarrosa (muchas gracias, Patricia!!!) with a lively post-screening Q&A. Now… time to telecine into the wee morning hours!!!! Onward!
On this happy Saturday, the LAB is rocking with a lady-magick caffenol workshop and Marto y Ana’s Blow Up S8 shoot/process (Ravela!!!!) in between a powerful presentation of feminist film and video work at FAC and a wild style expanded cinema extravaganza at EAC… Film can be ferocious and fun!
Morning: film processing (3 rolls!).
Afternoon: dance party/bread breaking/guest lecture with my lady pals Kathy Brew, Cristiana Miranda and Ángela López Ruiz for dynamo Profesora Ana Laura López de la Torre’s feminist social practice class at the School of Fine Arts.
Twilight: walk through the city, rubbing shoulders with the Uruguayos in that free-n-easy post-work mood.
Early Evening: screening of a fab program of experimental Brazilian animation curated by Cristiana Miranda as part of Montevideo Cine Experimental at the Centro Cultural de España Montevideo, late evening group dinner at Ciudadela Bar, home of–yes, I’ll say it–the BEST PIZZA IN MONTEVIDEO!
Fun Fact: The components for R9 photographic chemical bleach (sulphuric acid and potassium dichromate) are illegal and impossible to find in Urugay but weed has been decriminalized since 1974 and it’s been legal to buy since 2017…but just for citizens and registered residents! Locals are welcome to pass the dutchie to their international visitors, though…
Now the fun really begins! We’ve got 8 rolls of SWS: Montevideo Super 8 to process, the Blow Up project is starting, and it’s the first day of the Montevideo Cine Experimental with the Ping Pong performance at Colección Engelman-Ost, a massive private collection of contemporary Uruguayan art hiding behind an unassuming door on an unassuming block in an unassuming neighborhood… The local gym has a fancier façade! Montevideo, you’re full of surprises…