Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) - Sala Redenção
It’s now clear that the vast proliferation of films just about everywhere – from shopping malls to IPhones – poses more of a threat to film culture than it does a promise. Opportunities for alternative kinds of cinema often seem diminished rather than expanded; the reach of corporate-produced media seems ever-more extensive.
This situation has in fact made the roles of the film programmer and film curator even more crucial in today’s culture maelstrom. Faced with a seemingly endless supply of media choices, audiences more than ever need and seek guidance and direction about the cinema’s past, present and possible future.
Using examples culled from film programs around the world, from festivals, media centers, repertory houses, the new wave of “micro-cinemas,” and even the internet, Richard Peña will discuss both the history, development and the purpose of film programming and curatorship, discussing strategies behind the creation and promotion of successful film and media programs.
Richard Peña has been at Columbia University's School of The Arts since 1989, becoming full time in 1996 and being named Professor of Professional Practice in 2003; from 2006 - 2009 was a visiting professor in Spanish at Princeton University. Peña has also served as the program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 to 2012. At the Film Society, he has organized retrospectives of Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Aldrich, Gabriel Figueroa, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Chinese, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Arab, Korean, Japanese Soviet and Argentine cinema. He is also currently the co-host of Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.