This program focuses on non-narrative, experimental works, usually by individual artists working by themselves, with strong parallels to movements in the other visual arts such as surrealism, abstract expressionism, Pop Art and minimalism. None of the films have any synchronized dialog, so none of them have any need for subtitled. I begin with a background lecture on the movement (about 20-25 minutes), then begin introducing and screening the films. I usually screen five in total, each quite different to introduce a wide range of styles.
Richard Peña has been at Columbia University's School of The Arts, 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.