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Film screening: Special series from "Submerged: Alternative Cuban Cinema Festival"

October 2nd, 2013
6:00PM-8:00+PM

Location
Room 102, Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is screening a short Cuban film series conjointly with its Radical Caribbeans Conference. The series is a part of the traveling film festival Submerged: Alternative Cuban Cinema Festival, sponsored and collaborated by Florida Atlantic University, Tulane University, Rice University, and Princeton.
The first film will begin promptly at 6:00PM on Wednesday, October 2nd, in 102 Jones Hall, with the other films following. All who are interested are welcome to attend.

“Ruins and Specters” Series
Screening Schedule:
Model Town (2006) Laimir Fano, 15mins.
Synopsis: The residents of Hershey express nostalgia for the cultural and economic splendor of their town in the past.

About the director: Laimir Fano Villaescusa (Cuba, 1981) Born in Havana in 1981, he is a graduate of the International School of Cinema and Television of San Antonio de los Baños with a specialty in Directing. He also earned a degree in Communication from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). In 2008 he directed the short Oda a la Piña and recently completed the short, Waiting for Berta.

Nos quedamos / We Stayed (2009) Armando Capó, 12mins.
Synoposis: A home is invaded by a swarm of bees. The residents confront the dilemma of fighting them or living with them. Meanwhile, a Hurricane approaches.

About the director: Armando Capó Ramos (Cuba, 1979) After graduating of the Professional School of Plastic Arts in Holguín, Capó Ramos worked in his native Gibara, participating in art exhibitions, directing an art gallery and founding the local Cineclub. He then began his film studies at Holguín´s Advanced Institute of Art in the area of Directing in Radio, Cinema, and Television. He then transferred to Havana to continue studying at the ISA, where he graduated in 2007. He also earned a degree in documentary filmmaking at EICTV, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.

Melaza / Molasses (2012) Carlos Lechuga, 80mins.
Synopsis: With the closure of the sugar mill, the little town of Melaza (Molasses) is devastated, lifeless. Aldo and Monica are a young, married couple who search for a way to survive. By supporting each other, they try to save their world without losing their faith.

About the director: Carlos Lechuga (Cuba, 1983) Lechuga trained as a film director at the Instituto Superior de Arte (Higher Art Institute) in Cuba and continued studying in the International Film and TV School specializing in scriptwriting. Cuca y el pollo (Cuca and the Chicken), received national and international awards, including at the National Showcase of Young Filmmakers and the Cineplaza Festival. Los bañistas won the Hugo de Plata Prize for shorts in Chicago. His feature film Melaza was supported by the HubertBals Fund for the development of the script. Melaza is his first feature film as director.

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