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I am very pleased to announce that ¡Viva Chile Mierda! has been selected for the National Competition at this year’s FIDOCS: Festival Internacional Documentales in Santiago, Chile.
Here is the description of the festival from their website:
“Along with the annual screening of the International Panorama, and other focuses, hommages and retrospectives, FIDOCS has three main competitive sections: Latin American Competition, National Competition and International Short Film Competition Monsieur Guillaume. In this way, FIDOCS has positioned itself as one of the most renowned festivals of Latin America, has achieved the re-emergence of the genre in the country, and has explored the relationship between documentary short films with other audiovisual genres like fiction, video art and experimental cinema.”
Now I just have to figure out how I am to get myself there for the screening…
On March 16th, 2014 ¡Viva Chile Mierda! screened at the historic Athena theater in Athens, Ohio as part of the Ohio University’s FILM 5010: Symposium course taught by Dr. Louis-George Schwartz. This screening series this year was titled, Series Sea Here and was also open to the public. The film was one of two films on this year’s programme dealing with Chile’s traumatic and tortured history, the other being Nostalgia for the Light (2010) by Patricio Guzman. This makes me very happy indeed given that Patricio Guzman is a hero of mine. I have long admired his work, particularly his film, Chile: Obstinate Memory (1997).
Apparently the screening was well attended and prompted a lively discussion. I am grateful to Dr. Schwartz and to Ohio University for organising this screening.
I am very pleased to announce that the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile has acquired my film and added it to their audiovisual archives. The film is now available to the public in their “Centro de Documentación Audiovisual, CEDAV“ and will form part of their “Memories of Exile” project. The film will also screen at the museum later this year as part of a series of public screenings connected to the Memories of Exile project.
This is the perfect home for my film and I am grateful to the archivists at the museum for their generous help when I was researching in their archives back in 2012. This is a fantastic institution and I am proud to be associated with them. If you are in Santiago please do go and visit. There is a wealth of fantastic material there.
Having just finished editing the final cut of my film, I am pleased to announce that on Tuesday, December 10th at 6pm, Anthology Film Archives will premiere ¡Viva Chile Mierda! as part of their ongoing NewFilmmakers series. This screening kicks off a concerted effort on my part to screen the film as widely as possible. If you are interested in screening this film in your area or have suggestions for venues please let me know.