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Fall Quarter 2009 Statement
by FVC Director Catherine Benamou

This season, we look forward to partnering with several campus units as well as regional and international media and arts organizations, such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, and the Taiwanese Cultural & Economic Office, to exhibit a rich palette of works that navigate the shifting boundary between documentary and fictional representation, venture into the bio/technosphere, advocate for greater transparency on the part of the nation’s politicians and global business interests, contemplate the productive nexus between film and performance, unravel fruitful and tense collaborations among likeminded cineastes, reveal the joys and pains of global urban youth culture, or revisit local Southern Californian history through a culturally diverse lens.

Highlights of our fall program include: a retrospective glance – thanks to guest director Isaac Artenstein – at the intimidation and repatriation of Angelinos of Mexican origin in the 1930s, rare and newly preserved experimental works by Los Angeles filmmakers in the 1960s and 1970s curated by Academy preservationist Mark Toscano, an intensive seminar and screening showcase with visiting Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa, who will also present a fresh new film by his mentor, veteran filmmaker Jean-Marie Straub, activist performance team the Yes Men’s latest screen hit, an evening with Second Wave Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang, and faculty presentations of art films by noted directors Stanley Kubrickand Abbas Kiarostami. Each of these programs is linked to newly launched FVC seriesthat will help to define each year’s programming initiatives.

Our sincere thanks go to the UCI Humanities Center, the Departments of Chicano/Latino Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese, the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, and the UC Humanities Research Institute for their generous support of our fall programs.

—Catherine Benamou, Director

For more information, to subscribe, or to find out how to contribute towards the development of public programming at the FVC, please contact:

Dr. Catherine Benamou, Director:
Kimberly Yaari, Associate Director: