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Thursday, October 15th '15 – Friday, December 11th '15
International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Experimental Grounds/Unexpected Sources excavates the expanded media landscape that significantly shaped urban cinema culture in 1990s Mexico. The fiction, documentary, and experimental shorts and features in the series were the product of a vast, cross-medial horizon that was catalyzed by a vibrant video scene and a rising cinema culture.  Energized by the sense of the present as a unique moment, and by a dynamic and vital youth culture, the films draw from a rich audiovisual repertoire that includes music videos, talk shows, avant-garde video and performance practices, advertising, as well as established genres and styles. 

All of the films explore the meaning of the urban by focusing on a distinct neighborhood of Mexico City  (Perfume de violetas, Cómodas mensualidades) or by highlighting the city’s cosmopolitan, trans-urban connections (Fronterilandia, ¿Quién diablos es Juliette?). Three veritable “indies,” rarely screened outside Mexico – TequilaTodos están muriendo aquí, and the riotously nonsensical Coapa Heights – unravel the experimental art and music scenes that thrived in 1990s Mexico City by documenting the venues, practices and artists that constituted these milieus.  Marked by the youthful energy of directors and actors, a distinctive sense of irreverence and contestation, as well as a defiant, DIY attitude in the face of precariousness, these works constitute unique registers of the thrills and challenges of making moving images in Mexico City during a turbulent decade. Each feature will be preceded by a short film.

Preceded by: Amanecer en Disneylandia / dir. Santiago Huerta & Tonatiuh González / 1991 / 35 min.

Preceded by: Víctimas del pecado neoliberal / dir. Ximena Cuevas & Jesusa Rodríguez / 1995 / 15 min.

Friday, November 6  /// 7PM & 9PM (double feature!)
Cómodas mensualidades (Easy Installments) / dir. Julián Pastor /1992 / 90 min.
Preceded by: Retrato de la generación de la crisis / dir. Roberto López / 1998 / 8 min.
Preceded by: El secuestro de montserrat / dir. Guillermo Fadanelli / 1994 / 22 min.

Saturday, November 21 /// 7 PM
Tequila / dir. Rubén Gámez / 1992 / 85 min.

Preceded by: Uno x 5, 3 por diez /dir. Jorge Prior / 1992 / 11 min.

Friday, December 11 /// 7PM & 9PM (double feature!)
¿Quién diablos es Yuliet? / dir. Carlos Marcovich / 1997 / 91 min.
Preceded by: En un abrir y cerrar de ojos / dir. Paulina del Paso / 1999 / 8 min.
Perfume de violetas dir. Maryse Sistach / 2001 / 90 min.
Preceded by: Tómbola / dir. Ximena Cuevas / 2001 / 7 min

Experimental Grounds/Unexpected Sources is curated by Walter Forsberg, Paulina Suárez and Eduardo Thomas and presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia (IHP). The series is organized in conjunction with Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000, on view in The Galleries September 19 – December 12, 2015.  

Major support for Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000 has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Mexican Cultural Center and the Consulate General of Mexico in Philadelphia. Experimental Grounds/Unexpected Sources is also supported by the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía.
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