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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.

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.

Oct. 23rd Speech, Boston MA

The Occupy Movement gave me back the possibility of believing in democracy and in the power of the people. This is beautiful. I love you.

The first “free” elections I witnessed in my life were in the United States in the year 2000. I was extremely excited. After so many years hearing about democracy, I was here in the United States – the place FOR and ABOUT democracy. Now I would learn what that was all about.

The night of the election, I remember listening to my American friend’s explanation of the electoral college. My friend, a citizen who voted, was not as excited about the process and went to the other room to keep working. I wondered why she would not want to be with me, looking towards next 4 years of her country, when she was always in front of the TV to see every detail of a football game. I did not understand this seemingly misplaced enthusiasm. Did she not care or was it that working and earning money was more important than who governs? I was truly disturbed, alone in the living room locked into the TV reports, pen-in-hand, tracking the election on a color map of the country I’d taken from the newspaper, with of course a glass of Coca Cola. I was so excited, I was extremely attentive, I didn’t want to miss any detail, I was learning. I felt this knowledge could benefit my country – Cuba – at another moment. I could spread the word of what democracy was and how it functions. I felt I was being given a very special gift.

Then the Florida vote was announced. Gore wins! I run to inform my friend, who is surprised and kind of glad, but keeps typing, seeming amused by my enthusiasm. In a little bit I come back to inform my friend that the Florida vote has gone to Bush. My friend was enraged –  because I was interfering in her work. She explained to me again with frustration how I did not understand democracy and how my lack of English didn’t help.  She said an immigrant could not understand democracy, of course. But I had understood. In the next days, the controversy unfolded, and my fears were justified. As an immigrant, my first encounter with democracy was witnessing a broken system. I was devastated. Where would I look to now?

In the following days of deception, I kept telling my friends to go to the streets, to go and protest.  I wanted to see here what I could not see in my country – free expression, direct democracy, the power of the people. My friend told me that Americans believed in the system and they had to go with the law.  I was paralyzed, I was not given “permission” to participate, I was told that it was not “my” problem. I was wandering around like a political zombie, confused while I was witnessing the birth of a capitalist dictatorship, something I could identify because I had seen it in the country I came from.

I’m always surprised when people dismiss the knowledge an immigrant brings with them.

Immigrant is a word that I struggle to understand. I don’t understand the need to separate people because of the place they were physically born. One can be born more than once, one can decide to start over, and that is what happens when people leave their countries of origin, when they come to the United States. They are re-born.

But to have a second chance in the United States comes with a handicap. As an immigrant you are considered a second class citizen, you have to see your daughter go to work as an eternal waitress even when she has the best grades in her high school and wants to go to college and become a great biologist. That dream is not going to happen because of laws made to separate people, and to perpetuate modern slavery. The fact that you came here with a dream will not give you access to that dream.

We speak mostly of the immigrants who “made it” – the ones that have millions and are celebrities – but what of those many amazing people who are immigrants and have not been allowed to make it? Why do they have to be criminalized for the sole reason that they are not part of the 1%? The immigrants that I know are the bravest people I have ever met. They are the ones believing, they are they ones keeping the American Dream alive, even when it is evident that they hardly have access to it, when the American Dream has become a mirage.

Nobody has the right to kill someone’s dream. Nobody has the right to make the American Dream illegal.

Yesterday we were at ROCA in Chelsea, talking with a wonderful group of people, mostly immigrants. We ended the conversation by talking about what each of us want for the children of our communities – immigrant children. Everyone said to be treated as an equal.  I have heard that before, when people talk about the years of the civil rights battles. Immigration is today’s civil rights battle. Immigration is a war, created by the 1%.

Immigrant is a word that does not represent us, we are not defined by being a person that comes from another place, we are not cheap labor for wealthy companies, we are a new global class. We are the engine of change – and the Occupy Movement is proof of that.

The call for this movement came from Adbusters, a Canadian magazine. A few weeks before we started to occupy Wall Street, the first planning meetings included people, living in the United States, who came here from Greece, Spain, Tunisia and Egypt, people who were transmitting their knowledge, their experience with earlier movements. It was from them that we learned the ways in which the General Assemblies were conducted, the contradictions and challenges we were going to go through with our movement. They were here and they were part of our movement. Some of them where undocumented immigrants and their status was not important to any of us planning the occupation – nobody asked about their legal status. We were all living together. The movement grew, more people joined, many immigrants blending with the rest as equals, dedicating their knowledge and sleepless hours, so that we could together build this amazing movement – a global movement redefining the very idea of democracy.

In this movement – a movement that speaks beyond borders – it makes no sense to cling to an old definition of national identities that restrict who people can be, what they can contribute and whether they can participate. This is a time of responsibility – a responsibility first to make this space safe for all, including immigrants, and then a responsibility to take this new democracy beyond this square.

Tania Bruguera, October 23, 2011

‘Make a Movement’ Sundays: 9/11 (The War on Immigrants), September 11, 10-5pm

‘Make a Movement’ Sundays: 9/11 (The War on Immigrants), September 11, 10-5pm
The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the emergence of The War on Terrorism have produced aggressive networks of punishment, mass warehousing, and criminalization that deploy an unjust system of detention and deportation. Recent reports and academic research indicate that the U.S. government’s trend has been to increase the privatization of the detention center system as a way to increase national security measures. With the help of scholars, activists and legal advocates, awareness about the conditions and treatment of detained immigrants help in pressuring government officials to adopt reformative detention guidelines. To address this current reality, ‘Make a Movement’ Sundays: 9/11 (The War on Immigrants)” IRATE/First Friends will train people to participate in a visitor program to visit immigrants detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, NJ. After the training the participants will travel to Elizabeth to visit immigrants who have been converted into prisoners of the ”nation of immigrants.”

Please RSVP before Sept. 9 at 5pm to Please note that it is important to bring a valid ID or a passport and proof of residency (like a bill sent to your house).

Event Schedule:
9:30 – 10:00 am : Everyone arrives at Immigrant Movement International HQ. We will also be doing a pick up in Manhattan, let us know if you would rather meet there.
10:00 am: Leave to Elizabeth
11:00 am: Arrive at St. Mary – The Assumption Parish (321 South Broad St., Elizabeth, NJ 07203)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Visitor training session led by Sally Pillay
12:00 pm: Leave to the detention center
12:10 pm: Arrive at Elizabeth Detention Center (625 Evans Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201)
12:10 pm – 1:00 pm: Visit male immigrants
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Visit female immigrants
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Meet with group, start drawings
3:00pm - Transportation back to IM International HQ
4:00pm – Arrive back at IM International HQ.

‘Make a Movement’ Sundays is a community-oriented event series which takes place the first Sunday of every month.

‘Make a Movement’ Sunday May 1st

‘Make a Movement’ Sunday April 3rd

Part 7. Discussion

Part 3. Mel Chin: Revival Field

Part 4. Rick Lowe: Project Row Houses

Part 6. Pase Usted: Genera