"Could something be built in theatre that actually lasts?" Director Mariano Pensotti on Cineastas Jan 27, 2015

by Erin

I am the ultimate artist
My time is personal, excessive.
If a guy lives until he is fifty,
I want to spend fifty years filmmaking.
Leonardo Favio

I started with fiction and discovered the real;
but behind the real is again fiction.
Jean-Luc Godard

Only the ephemeral lasts.
Ingmar Bergman


Are works of art time capsules that preserve our ephemeral lives for posterity? Or are our lives actually the vehicles through which works of art become eternal, making us repeat the things that we’ve seen in them hundreds of times before? Do our fictions reflect the world, or is the world a distorted projection of our fictions?

Cineastas revolves around the stories of four filmmakers in Buenos Aires, and the four movies they film over the course of a year in this city. The performance...

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"It's remarkable how many films are made here" - Mariano Pensotti on Argentinian cinema and inspirations for Cineastas Jan 23, 2015

by Erin

Straight.com talks with Mariano Pensotti about the creation of Cineastas:

Cineastas began, the genre-jumping artist reveals, as a documentary project to interview filmmakers involved in Buenos Aires’s booming movie industry. “It’s remarkable how many films are made here and how much variety there is. They really reflect a city in the eyes of a filmmaker,” says Pensotti. “There has been a democratization of different classes of people to make movies. The mix of technology has changed but there has also been a strong contribution from the state in funding movies. There’s also been a generational change: people from other fields that are making movies, coming from theatre or literature.”

As Pensotti became more and more interested...

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ART SCHOOL | OntheBoards.tv Screening | Argentinian cinema! Jan 22, 2015

by Erin

Join us in the OtB lobby on Friday, Jan 23 at 5pm for the 4th OntheBoards.tv Birthday celebration and a FREE film screening of Mariano Pensotti’s 2012 performance El pasado es un animal grotesco. What better way to celebrate 4 years of filming contemporary performance (in gorgeous HD) than with drinks, snacks, friends, and a screening of the work of this Argentinian theater auteur?

In addition we will have a discussion led by film critic Jay Kuehner on the recent wave of Argentine cinema, in anticipation of Pensotti's ...

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The Universal Latin American Theater of Mariano Pensotti - essay by Analola Santana Jan 21, 2015

by Erin

Anatola Santana breaks down preconceptions about Latin American theater and Mariano Pensotti's singular vision:

Mariano Pensotti’s Cineastas leads us to the question most often associated with Latin American theatrical production: what is Latin American theatre today? Often, this question is addressed as if Latin American theatre is in a process of emergence. Actually, what is now called modern Latin American theatre emerged in the midst of the past century as artists came together with a common ideal for a theatrical movement that took into account the social and cultural revolutions throughout Latin America. The appearance of new protagonists, new stories, new actors, new audiences, and new spaces required the development of a different and complex dramaturgy capable of representing the diversity found...

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"...a marvel of theatrical wit and ingenuity." - Mariano Pensotti at The New York Times Jan 20, 2015

by Erin

The New York Times on Mariano Pensotti's Cineastas:

Mr. Pensotti... was a screenwriter before becoming one of Argentina’s leading theater auteurs. And an affectionate and enlivening cynicism about the industry he once served infuses “Cineastas,” in which we watch four directors assembling four highly personal movies.

On the ground level of Mariana Tirantte’s two-tiered set, we observe the everyday lives of this foursome, all suffering from some form of existential crisis that they hope to resolve on film. The upper level is where those movies are acted out, suggesting animated thought bubbles from cartoons. A...

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"Give this man a show on cable!" City Arts covers The Holler Sessions Jan 12, 2015

by Erin

City Arts gets it right:

...From there, Ray riffs. He plays songs by Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington and Ben Webster and Charles Mingus. He talks about them like a relatable amateur musicologist—"here comes the ride cymbal" and "every time I hear Ben Webster play I realize again that horns are played via human breathing." Jazz is the lens through which he examines American culture, its triumph and amnesia, its obsession with celebrity, its racism, its materialism, its ignorance of the most crucial contributions to its own cultural legacy. 

Ray is to jazz what Anthony Bourdain is to food: blessedly self-aware, hopelessly enamored, scathingly articulate and eager to share enthusiasm for one of life's great shareable pleasures. (Give this man a show on cable!) He makes...

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The Holler Sessions Playlist Jan 12, 2015

by Erin

Curious about the music you heard in The Holler Sessions? Want to listen again or learn more? Thoroughly educate yourself with this playlist:

Moanin’ – Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 

Blues for Yolande – Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster

Bird Gets the Worm – Charlie Parker – The Complete Savoy and Dial Master Takes

Koko – Charlie Parker – The Genius of Charlie Parker


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"Portrait of a Radio Jazz Evangelist" - The Holler Sessions at the Seattle Times Jan 12, 2015

by Erin

The Seattle Times takes on The Holler Sessions:

The word “fan” is an abbreviation of “fanatic.” In both cases, Ray qualifies.

Holed up in a cramped broadcast studio, this Kansas City radio jock plays vintage jazz records and waxes poetic and pissed-off between tunes for, one guesses, a very small late-night audience.

Ray, the sole character in Frank Boyd’s humorous, impassioned solo show “The Holler Sessions” at On the Boards, also sleeps, eats and drinks in this hoarder’s cubbyhole.

He inhabits the place, body and soul. The flurry of stick-’em notes, the piles of newspapers and boxes of files, the tacked-up photos of jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus, the bottle of whiskey in a drawer — all are projections of Ray’s total devotion to a seminal American art form and his evangelical advocacy for it.

Worshipping at the...

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