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Georgetown Latin American Film Festival

April 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment

I just noticed a big increase in hits on my page related to Latin American film, I’m guessing because of Georgetown’s own festival that starts tomorrow. I blogged about the one held at AFI in Silver Spring before, so to avoid any confusion, I’m providing a link to more information about Georgetown’s here. It was a pleasure working with Jenni Chaves on the festival, I’m sure it will be fantastic.

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Latin American Film Festival in Silver Spring, September 19-October 9

August 23, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Tudo bom? Just a quick fyi about the Latin American Film Festival at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring. The “early bird” pricing for their pass ends on August 29, so now is a great time to get it. More info about the festival is here.

I also use festival listings to make collection decisions, so if you do see a film that you think would be good for other students and faculty to see, please let me know and I’ll likely purchase them when they’re available on DVD. Have a great weekend.

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“Video indígena” panel

May 21, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Greetings again from Miami! Today I had the pleasure of being the note-taker for a panel about “video indígena” here at SALALM. The speakers were Daisy Domínguez, Latin American Studies librarian at CUNY-City College, Nicole Karsin of Todos Los Pueblos Productions, filmmaker and director of We Women Warriors, David Hernández Palmar, a filmmaker based in Mérida, Venezuela, and finally Amalia Córdova of NYU. Together the talks presented a cohesive look at the challenges and joys of “video indígena,” and also presented some excellent collection strategies for librarians. We will try to make the presentations public, and I will be typing up the notes when I return to work after Memorial Day.

For now, however, during the presentations, I learned about the Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Cine y Comunicación Indígena (CLACPI), which provides one place for the promotion and distribution of video indígena. Please check out the link and enjoy their informative and excellent videos on their linked Vimeo page.

Recently at Georgetown, via interlibrary loan statistics, I have learned that the demand for indigenous resources is stronger than I originally thought. Of course I knew that there were professors and graduate students who worked with indigenous languages and literatures, but I am seeing that there is a good deal of demand from undergraduates enrolled in general Latin American history courses as well, just as an example. So expect more material by and about indigenous Latin American people to appear in the collections within a few months! Along with my colleague Maura Seale, I will also be creating a research guide related to indigenous peoples in throughout the Western Hemisphere. I meant to do this earlier this year, but, well, that whole school thing postponed it a bit! 🙂

More on this later, I just want to give a brief rundown on this excellent panel. Have a great rest of the week.

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Funding for documentary films (quick post)

September 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Via Third World Newsreel, I just found out that the Tribeca Film Institute offers funding for video and films artists living and working in Latin America and the Caribbean. More info here.

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Online film resources

September 20, 2012 · Leave a Comment

When we think of “streaming media,” we more than likely think of fun cat videos on YouTube, Netflix, or TV shows on the less restrictive networks’ websites, yet probably rarely as a library resource. However, Lauinger has paid for access to several excellent sites for streaming media…and no commercials! I have already written about Filmakers Library Online here, and I’ll highlight a couple more now.

Films on Demand has over 6000 films on a wide variety of topics (link). Under “Area Studies” you’ll find almost 140 films on Latin America, 275 titles relating to Spain if you search by title, and dozens of videos relating to Portuguese-speaking Africa. (Overall I found searching to be more fruitful than browsing, so my number of films about Latin America may be a little low.) Under “World Languages,” you will find many videos about Hispanic culture, literature and drama, and the Spanish language itself, all of which have optional or no subtitles.

A subset of the Internet Archive, the Moving Image Archive (here), has hundreds of thousands of freely accessible video/film resources. Admittedly, some of the films are of questionable value (a search on Colombia has a result described as “Camille feeding the pig in a new mall in Medellin”), but this is when it’s best to search using more specific terms.

If you need to cite these, all the major bibliographical styles now accommodate online streaming media. We have the latest editions in reference and some information online.

Finally, we have a list of several streaming resources on our Film & Television Studies research guide (link). We hope you find them to be useful, and of course let me or anyone else here know if you have any questions. I’m off tomorrow, so have a good weekend!

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Latin American Film Festival at the AFI in Silver Spring, September 20-October 10

September 4, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Note!, 3/23/15: You may have arrived here because of CLAS’s Latin American Film Festival being held this coming weekend (27th and 28th). Information for that is here (scroll down): This post is about the Latin American Film Festival held at AFI in the fall.

I went to see 2001: A Space Odyssey yesterday at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring yesterday. In the previews, they advertised the 23rd annual Latin American Film Festival, which will also be held there. A few titles are up now, but the official schedule has not been posted yet, and this year they are also including films from Spain and Portugal. Excellent passes and discounted tickets are available as well, so you can go for as low as $10 (a steal in DC) if you chip in with your friends! More info about the festival is here.

You’re likely very busy with schoolwork, grading, writing, researching, etc., but if you’re new to DC this school year, I recommend taking a few hours out of your week to enjoy the many cultural resources that the area offers. (Also, in Silver Spring, word on the street says that the tater tots at the Quarry House are to die for.)

The AFI Silver Theatre is easily accessible via the Red Line Metro, just two blocks northeast of the Silver Spring station. If the Red Line is misbehaving, which happens more than occasionally, check the Metrobus routes here.

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Online Spanish film festival

July 18, 2012 · Leave a Comment

From my colleague at the University of Virginia, I just received word of the second Festival de cine online. Learn more and watch the films here.

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Searching for films

April 16, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Films in languages other than English are found in two places at Georgetown, the Gelardin New Media Center in Lauinger, and also the Learning Language Technology Center in ICC. If, for example, you knew of a Brazilian film that had the word “sol” in the title, but you couldn’t quite remember it, you can limit the search to only search these locations so your results won’t be overwhelming. Here’s how:

1. Starting at the library webpage,, click on “Library Catalog” on the upper left.

2. On the next screen, click on “GEORGE” classic.

3. On the next screen, beneath the search boxes, you’ll see a list of option under “Limited to.” There you can limit by location (LAU Gelardin Media Center for example.) Unfortunately, as of this writing, it is not possible to search only two places at the same time, but you can just go back to this search page and change the location.

Also note that you can limit the kind of materials and the language as well. So using our “sol” example, you can limit it to both LAU Gelardin and Film & Video, and also Portuguese, since you know it’s a Brazilian film. This will produce only a few results, which in this case is a good thing!

You can also use the other kinds of limits to distinguish between screenplays and the films themselves, such as the case with Almodóvar’s ¡Átame!

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Online documentary film resource

April 10, 2012 · Leave a Comment

We have just added a new database, Filmmakers Library Online, by the Alexander Street Press. This resource contains over 1000 documentary films from all over the world, including many Latin American and Caribbean countries, Portugal, and Mozambique, for those interested in Portuguese-speaking Africa. (None from Spain yet, but let’s hope there will be soon!) You can access it here.

If you are logging in from off-campus, it may be easiest to first log in the library site by clicking on the “Off-Campus Access” button on the main library page. Then go to the resource’s URL above after verifying your Georgetown information. Feel free to contact me or the library if you are having problems with off-campus access.

We welcome feedback on this and any other of our resources. Enjoy!

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