EPFC | June 6th, 2017
Welcome to June, cinefriends! We’re excited to announce the artist who will be taking the curatorial helm of MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS for the month of June. Please join us in welcoming…
Elena lives between Oaxaca and Mexico City, where she has worked as a documentary, experimental cinema and animation filmmaker. Her short films have been selected at festivals and have been part of curatorial projects and experimental film compilations in Mexico, United States, Spain and France. She’s part of Trinchera Ensamble, an expanded cinema collective that recycles film equipment and footage for its performances. This interest in reusing materials resulted in her joining the community of filmmakers, programmers and scholars that carries out the Encuentro Internacional de Archivistas Audiovisuales (International Audiovisual Archive’s meeting) in Oaxaca every year since 2014. Since 2007, Elena has participated as a teacher of video production and animation with young people from diverse communities in Oaxaca. In 2013, she cofounded the Laboratorio Experimental de Cine (LEC), a non profit association dedicated to screening, producing and teaching about experimental cinema. An important part of this project is the preservation and dissemination of film-lab techniques and knowledge.
I grew up surrounded by film crews and equipment because my parents were involved in television commercial production. I found some of my favorite childhood toys on set or in the editing room. Some of these toys I still use. Later in life I had the chance to learn about experimental film and animation from Naomi Uman and Lourdes Villagómez. My work now is a continuous exploration on the possibilities of moving image, on the film material itself and on the communities that surround me. Together with other filmmakers we’re building the project called Laboratorio Experimental de Cine with the purpose to have a shared space to produce and screen films and to exchange knowledge with other colleagues.
And now, time to check out Elena’s film “Mi Barrio”: