"Kavery Kaul's beautifully rendered CUBAN CANVAS draws attention to the island's fine artists by taking us into their ateliers, galleries and mindset, and connecting their imagery to the island's physical and cultural landscape ... brilliantly pacing the painterly whirlwind tour so that viewers have time to inhale images and ideas."
- Jennifer Merin
Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Check out the trailer and get tickets HERE
3:30pm at AMC Loews 34th Street
312 W 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Join artist Roger Toledo, with doctoral students Ramey Mize and Francesca Bolfo, for a color-focused tour of Soy Cuba / I am Cuba: The Contemporary Landscapes of Roger Toledo. Following the tour, participants will visit the Materials Library of the Fisher Fine Arts Library, just downstairs from the Arthur Ross Gallery. The librarians will provide examples of collection specimens that speak to color and pigment in relationship to Roger Toledo’s practice. Spots are limited!
Color Mixing Program
Friday, April 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Color-focused exhibition tour with Roger Toledo and doctoral students Francesca Bolfo and Ramey Mize
No registration necessary, open to the public.
Color Mixing Workshop
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Color mixing workshop in the Materials Library
Space is limited for the workshop. Email Meg Pendoley to register: email@example.com.
Produced by Mosfilm and ICAIC, this film started production only a week after the Cuban Missile Crisis, inspired both by Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece Potemkin and Jean-Luc Godard’s freewheeling Breathless. I Am Cuba turned out to be something quite unique—a wildly schizophrenic celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality. The plot, or rather plots, feverishly explore the seductive, decadent (and marvelously photogenic) world of Batista’s Cuba. deliriously juxtaposing images of rich Americans and bikini-clad beauties sipping cocktails poolside with scenes of ramshackle slums filled with hungry children and gaunt old people. Using wide-angle lenses that distort and magnify and filters that transform palm trees into giant white feathers, Urusevsky’s acrobatic camera achieves gravity-defying angles as it glides effortlessly through long continuous shots. But I Am Cuba is not just a catalog of bravura technique — it also succeeds in exploring the innermost feelings of the characters and their often desperate situations. Mikhail Kalatozov’s mobile, hallucinatory film was initially rejected by both Cuban and Soviet officials for excessive naiveté and an insufficiently revolutionary spirit, and went largely disregarded and almost unknown for nearly 30 years.
Milestone Film & Video’s 4K restoration from the original Gosfilmofond 35mm interpositive and mag tracks was done at Metropolis Post with Jason Crump (colorist) and Ian Bostick (restoration artist). 4K scan by Colorlab, Rockville, MD.
This screening is co-presented in partnership with the Lightbox Film Center. Admission is free for all Penn students and faculty and is offered through the generous support of the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation. Partial support for this screening was provided by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.