Richard Pena visits Mumbai for lecture presentations on world cinema
The celebrated New York-based film programmer and curator Professor Richard Pena (former programming director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and for 25 years the head of the selection committee for the highly regarded New York Film Festival) is currently in Mumbai presenting a series of wide-ranging lectures on world cinema. His week-long trip has been made possible possible by Columbia Global Center, Bhau Daji Lad Museum and in some parts by the US Consulate.
During his two and a half decade tenure as head of the New York Film festival and programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Pena was known for his interest and support of Indian cinema. The New York Film Festival has featured select and unusual films by Mani Kaul and Buddhadeb Dasgupta, paid a special tribute to Shabana Azmi and held retrospectives of Ritwik Ghatak and Amitabh Bachchan.
Pena’s packed schedule started on March 9th with a lecture on the celebrated American filmmaker and film theorist, Maya Deren (1917-1961). The late Deren is considered a pioneer and champion of American independent and experimental cinema. This well attended lecture was organised by the U.S. Consulate, Mumbai and the Asia Society, India. Pena brought alive the charismatic presence and far-reaching achievements and influence of Deren through three of her best known films which also related to choreography and dance, and her work as an anthropologist in Haiti.
On March 10, the Columbia Global Center organized a workshop on short film making. In the afternoon he heads towards Whistling Woods addressing their students in a session organised by The US Consulate.
Richard Pena will then start his four day lecture series, “A Panorama of Latin American Cinema”, presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in collaboration with Columbia Global Centers Mumbai at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum. These Bhau Daji Lad lecture series on Latin American Cinema starts at 5 p.m, from March 10 to 14 except Saturday, March 11 which will be in 2 sessions – from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
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