David Winton Bell Gallery

Event Details

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Who Cares About Actresses? | Elisabeth Subrin: The Listening Takes

List Art Center, Auditorium

Join filmmakers Isabel Sandoval and Elisabeth Subrin for a screening and conversation on acting, directing, representation, and Maria Schneider, 1983 (directed by Subrin and co-starring Sandoval). Moderated by Iván Ramos, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, this event expands on Subrin's immersive installation The Listening Takes (2023) currently on view at the Bell Gallery through June 4, 2023. Included in the program are Subrin's short films Maria Schneider, 1983 (2022) and Sweet Ruin (2008) as well as Sandoval's recent short film Shangri-La (2022).

Wednesday, May 3, 6pm
List Auditorium, List Art Center, 64 College Street, Providence RI
Free and open to the public

Director, actress, writer, producer, and editor Isabel Sandoval is a Filipina filmmaker who made history with Lingua Franca at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival, which was nominated for the 2021 Film Independent John Cassavetes Spirit Award. Isabel was the 21st commission of the acclaimed short-film series Miu Miu Women's Tales with her short, Shangri-La, which was directed, acted, written, and edited by Sandoval. Sandoval has most recently directed the penultimate episode of the Emmy-nominated FX limited series, Under the Banner of Heaven, based on the book by Jon Krakauer. Sandoval made her directorial debut with the noir-inflected Señorita, which world-premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and earned her the Emerging Director Award at the Asian American International Film Festival. Her second feature as director was the Ferdinand Marcos-era nun drama Apparition, which won the Lotus Audience Award at the Deauville Asian Film Festival following its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival.

Elisabeth Subrin is a New York-based award-winning director and artist who creates works in film, video, photography, and installation. Her critically acclaimed projects explore intersections between cultural history and subjectivity through a feminist lens. Known for her use of re-enactment, Subrin's previous short films, video art, and installations have screened and exhibited widely in the US and abroad, including at Cannes, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Vienna Viennale, The Whitney Biennial, and film festivals globally. A Sundance, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, Subrin's 2016 award-winning feature narrative, A Woman, A Part, had its world premiere in competition at The Rotterdam International Film Festival and traveled to festivals throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. It was released theatrically in 2017. A retrospective of her work as an artist was mounted at the Sue Scott Gallery in New York and portions traveled to MoMA/PS1's Greater New York; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; La Musée D'Art Contemporain de Val De Marne, Paris; The Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee; and in a solo exhibition at The Jewish Museum, New York.

Iván A. Ramos is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, and works at the nexus of performance studies, queer and feminist theory, Latina/o/x American Studies, and media and film studies. Originally from Tijuana, Mexico, Iván’s broader research investigates the links and slippages between transnational Latino/a American aesthetics in relationship to the everydayness of contemporary and historical violence. His first book, Unbelonging: Inauthentic Sounds in Mexican and Latinx Aesthetics, will be published this summer by NYU Press.

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