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A Frame Apart 2: Short Films on Queens

Open Call for Submissions
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2012

Queens Museum of Art once again showcases Queens short films, as a complement to the closing celebration on May 19. 2012 of the Queens Museum’s biennale of Queens-based artists, Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle. Works should have been made 2009 or later with a maximum running time of 30 mins. All styles and genres welcome.

To submit please include:
1) DVD or miniDV (NTSC only) preview copy OR link to website where the media can be viewed (vimeo, youtube, etc)
2) Director(s) Name, Title, Synopsis, Running Time, Year, Country and Languages of Production (if in language other than English, English Subtitles required)
3) Director(s) bio, cast/crew list
4) Screening History, Awards
5) All possible screening formats available
6) Contact email, phone #, website if available
7) If above info provided on CD, please also include film stills at 300 dpi as tiff or jpeg as part of the EPK

Queens Shorts Submissions
Prerana Reddy
Director of Public Events
Queens Museum of Art
NYC Bldg., Flushing Meadows Park
Corona, NY 11368
tel: 718-592-9700 x222.


Monday April 9, 2012
6 – 9 PM

Immigrant Movement International will be hosting a free immigration clinic sponsored by the New York City Immigrant Advocacy Initiative (NYCIAI) on Monday April 9th. NYCIAI is a collaboration between the City Bar Justice Center and the New York Chapter of AILA’s Pro Bono Committee. Speak privately about your legal concerns with an immigration attorney including issues surrounding artists visas, Cuban immigration and family reunification.  Lawyers will be available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.  This workshops is an opportunity for community members to seek objective legal advice at no cost.  Attorneys will not be taking on cases.

March 30th is the last day to sign up!

**Participants must arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment**

City Bar Justice Center
Lunes 9 de Abril 2012
6 – 9PM
El Movimiento Internacional llevará a cabo una clínica sobre inmigración gratis patrocinada por el City Bar Justice Center y el American Immigration Lawyers Association el día Lunes 9 de Abril. Hable en privado con un abogado de inmigración sobre sus inquietudes legales que incluyen temas tales como visas para artistas, inmigración cubana y reunificaciones familiares. habrá abogados disponibles en Ingles, Español y Mandarín. Este taller es la oportunidad para que los miembros de la comunidad busquen ayuda legal sin costo alguno. Los abogados NO tomaran casos particulares.
**Los participantes deben llegar 30 minutos antes de su consulta**

Artist Alejandro Cesarco presents “The Same But Different”

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, NY 11368 (7 train to 111th St) Click here for Directions.

For his participation in Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle, artist Alejandro Cesarco will be conducting a a workshop focusing on an expanded definition of translation conceived as a creative and generative process. As a starting point, a scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Chinoise (1967) and a short film by Claire Denis, Vers Nancy (2002) will be screened and analyzed. These two works will be used as a lens to discuss cultural and aesthetic politics behind the impulse to adapt, translate, and appropriate.

With QMA Director of Public Events, Prerana Reddy

About the Artist

Alejandro Cesarco was born in 1975 in Montevideo, Uruguay. His most recent solo exhibitions include “Alejandro Cesarco,” Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas, “Two Films,” Murray Guy, New York (2009), “Three Works,” Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2009), “Now & Then,” Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2009), “Retrospective,” in collaboration with John Baldessari, Murray Guy, New York (2007), and “Margeurite Duras’ India Song,” Art in General, New York (2006). These exhibitions addressed, through different formats and strategies, his recurrent interests in repetition, narrative, and the practices of reading and translating. He has curated exhibitions in the U.S., Uruguay, Argentina and a project for the 6th Mercosur Biennial (2007), in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is director of Art Resources Transfer where he initiated and edits Between Artists, an ongoing series of conversation based books. He lives and works in New York.

About the Films

Still from “La Chinoise” by Jean-Luc Godard, 1967

La Chinoise (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1967, 96mins)
In an apartment painted brilliant shades of red and blue, five young people-including Véronique (Anne Wiazemsky), a philosophy student, and the actor Guillaume (an ardent Léaud)-attempt to live according to the precepts of Chairman Mao, their shortwave tuned to Radio Peking. In an assemblage of skits that bridges Pop and agitprop, Godard portrays the progress of these “petit Maoists” from playing at revolution to making it. It remained for the events of May 1968 to prove La Chinoise prophetic, and the film’s fascination only grows in retrospect

Still from "Vers Nancy" by Claire Denis, 2002
Still from “Vers Nancy” by Claire Denis, 2002

Vers Nancy 
(Claire Denis, France, 2002, 10mins, part of the portmanteau feature 10 Minutes Older: The Cello)

A train conversation between an immigrant French woman and novelist Jean-Luc Nancy centering on the idea of intrusion within every foreigner (a more philosophical precursor to L’Intrus). Denis’s social commentary on the inherent fallacy – particularly in nations with a strong national identity like the U.S. and France – of the social notion that assimilation and integration embrace cultural differences; rather, it erases them. The idea of intrusion is also present in the creation of the Schengen Zone which allows for free movement of people from European countries within the agreement signatory countries, creating a buffer between Old Europe and the “other” Europe that flouts the idea of globalism and a unified Europe, essentially establishing a segregated European “homogenous zone” where populations from outside the zone become “intruders” within it.

IM International: Year One

Wednesday March 14, 2012, 6:30 PM
The Cooper Union School of Art, Rose Auditorium

On Wednesday, March 14, join artist Tania Bruguera in conversation with Creative Time’s Chief Curator Nato Thompson and Tom Finkelpearl and Larissa Harris from the Queens Museum of Art as they review the first year of Bruguera’s ongoing Immigrant Movement International project in Corona, Queens. After the discussion, there will be a short question-and-answer session in which audience members are encouraged to participate.
Immigrant Movement International: Year One will take place from 6:30 to 7:45PM in the Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union School of Art, located at 41 Cooper Square on the corner of 3rd Avenue and East 7th Street. No RSVP is needed; tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.



Miércoles, 14 de Marzo, 2012, 6:30 PM
The Cooper Union School of Art, Rose Auditorium El día Miércoles 14 de Marzo acompañe a la artista Tania Bruguera en la conversación con el Curador Jefe de Creative Time Nato Thompson y con Tom Finkelpearl y Larissa Harris del Queens Museum of Art para resumir el primer año del Movimiento Inmigrante Internacional, el proyecto en marcha de Bruguera en Corona, Queens. Después de la conversación, Habrá una corta sesión de preguntas y respuestas en la cual miembros del público serán invitados a participar.
Movimiento Inmigrante Internacional: Primer Año se llevara acabo de 6:30 a 7:45PM en el Rose Auditorium en The Cooper Union School of Art, ubicado en 41 Cooper Square en la esquina de la 3ra Avenida y la calle 7 Este. No es necesario RSVP, las entradas serán distribuidas según llegada.



The Immigrant Manifesto and the Struggle for Social Justice
Organizer and Chair: Saskia Sassen 

March 17, 2012, 12 pm
Room W402


Immigration is at the forefront of the increasingly abusive control practices of the US government at diverse levels. The panel will examine what diverse organizations and initiatives are doing to a) contribute to a different type of analysis about immigration, and b) actively contest the abuses deployed by government agencies in the name of the law.


Tania Bruguera, a highly acclaimed artist, is active in the struggle for immigrant rights; she researches how art can be applied to everyday political life. Her work is in the collections of Tate Modern, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Museum of Modern Art, and several other museums around the world. She has received many honors, including most recently a Guggenheim fellow, the Prince Claus Prize, and the first Neuberger Prize.

Ujju Aggarwal is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center. Her focus is on the importance of the public sector within education as an actively contested arena in which neoliberal projects are generated and contested. This grows out of her work with the Center for Immigrant Families (CIF). She is a community organizer and popular educator on immigrants’
rights, the intersections of art and social justice, public education, and violence against women of color.

Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, organizes for equity and justice in public education; for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel; and against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism. She coordinates the Participatory Action
Research Center for Education Organizing (PARCEO) that operates in partnership with the Educational Leadership Program at NYU-Steinhardt, where she teaches PAR.

Sarahi Uribe coordinates the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) The aim is to advance and protect the civil, labor, and human rights of day laborer in the United States. NDLON has helped in the creation of dozens of worker centers, campaigns to overturn anti-day laborer solicitation ordinances, fought labor abuses including wage theft, and built strong alliances with labor unions. It is the national leader challenging the devastating impact of harsh immigration enforcement.

Chair: Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages, A Sociology o Globalization, and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy. Among older books is The Global City. She is the recipient of multiple doctor honoris causa and was selected as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2011 by Foreign Policy Magazine.