A documentary report on the 7th Havana Film Festival, produced and directed by Michael Chanan and Holly Aylett, commissioned by Alan Fountain’s Independent Film and Video Department for the weekly Eleventh Hour slot on 30th June 1986 as part of the channel’s second season on New Cinema of Latin America. The festival focused on new Latin American Cinema and features a speech by Fidel Castro at the closing ceremony.
Marc Karlin – Look Again, edited by Holly Aylett. Book published by Liverpool University Press.
‘Overdue reader on British independent filmmaker and advocate Marc Karlin’.
Many thanks to LUX Artist Moving Image
The Marc Karlin Archive is please to announce Marc Karlin – Look Again, edited by Holly Aylett, published by Liverpool University Press, is on sale now!
So please come and celebrate with us at our book launch at BFI Southbank on Thursday 30th April, courtesy of Liverpool University Press and the British Film Institute.
The launch will follow on from an Essential Experiments screening of Between Times (50′), curated by William Fowler, in NFT3, April 30th at 6.15pm, with a panel discussion led by Gareth Evans with Holly
Aylett, Sophie Mayer, Steve Sprung, and John Wyver.
There will then be a foyer break with wine on the house and books available.
At 8.40pm there will be a further double bill with The Outrage (50′) and The Serpent (40′). See the link below to book! If you are interested in attending both screenings, then please call the BFI box office to purchase a joint ticket – 020 7928 3232 – 11.30am to 20.30pm daily.
Hope to see you there!
To mark Fernando Birri’s 90th birthday, Michael Chanan, documentarist, writer and contributor to the forthcoming book Marc Karlin-Look Again, recalls his first meeting with Birri. He also includes a film made with Marc Karlin Archive co-founder, Holly Aylett, on the Havana Film Festival broadcast on Channel 4 in the early 1980s.
There was something magical about the first time I met Fernando Birri, who celebrated his 90th birthday a few days ago. I had just arrived in Cuba for the first Havana Film Festival in 1979. Checking in to the Hotel Nacional in the late afternoon, I looked for a bar to quench my thirst, where I found this strange but very friendly figure—all the more mysterious in the dim light—with his long straggly beard and wearing the hat which I later discovered he never took off. I found out who he was—happily still is—over the following days. Three years later, he became a key figure in the documentary I made for Channel Four about the New Cinema movement in Latin America, of which Fernando is one of the founding figures. This portrait is drawn from those films (with a snippet—the short sequence with Fidel—taken from the film I made a couple of years later on the Havana Film Festival with Holly Aylett, also for Channel Four.) Enhorabuena, Fernando!
Designer, Roland Brauchli, recently traveled to Barcelona to sign off and supervise the printing of Marc Karlin – Look Again. Here are some behind the scene glimpses of the printing process.
What will become Marc Karlin – Look Again.
Some of the pages cut to size.
Marc Karlin – Look Again. First Edition. Edited by Holly Aylett. Liverpool University Press.
Pre-order now – Release 31 March 2015
Carlos Fernando Chamorro invites Hermione Harris and Holly Aylett to discuss the cinema of Marc Karlin on his chat show Esta Noche. Thanks to Confidencial. (Sorry no English subs).
Hermione Harris and Holly Aylett have returned to Nicaragua this week to screen Marc Karlin’s Nicaragua Series (1985/1991), the first time the series has been seen in Nicaragua. Here is the trailer presented by Carlos Fernando Chamorro’s company Confidencial.
Holly Aylett gave a talk
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ DOCS) is an annual festival for documentary films presented jointly by Gyeonggi province, Goyang city and Paju city. Held in a buffer zone, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, DMZ Docs 2014 aims to present documentaries with the themes of peace, reconciliation and coexistence and to promote the documentary genre as a means of communication. Despite its short history, DMZ DOCS is growing as one of the most important documentary showcases in Asia.
The festival held last month presented more than 110 documentaries from around the world, including a retrospective on Marc Karlin’s work in Passage – a section committing to experimental form in documentary. Marc Karlin Archive’s Holly Aylett was present in Paju city to introduce the work of Marc Karlin.
DMZ’s artistic director, Jeon Sungkwon with Claire Kim, principal programme co-ordinator, in the DMZ office in Paju city.
Chris Marker is co-curated by Christine van Assche, Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou, Paris, writer and film critic Chris Darke, and Whitechapel Gallery Chief Curator Magnus Af Petersens.
Symposium: Chris Marker: In Memory, Part 1, Saturday 10th May
Holly Aylett will be introducing extracts from Marc Karlin’s For Memory (1982) in the Whitechapel Gallery’s Symposium: Chris Marker: In Memory, Part 1, Saturday 10th May – a series of presentations, screenings and discussions respond to the theme of memory, illustrating how the concept is interwoven throughout Marker’s life and work, providing new approaches to understanding Marker’s practice.