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Cineastas Review Feb 2, 2015

I went to see Cineastas because I wanted to get away from the Superbowl. It sounded like the opposite of a Superbowl party. A foreign performance about the creative process presented in a theater known for showing experimental performance art.  

Or I can go to some party and watch TV eating 7 layer bean dip....  I'll take the play. (Nothing against bean dip, I love bean dip.)

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Mariano Pensotti's Cineastas Feb 2, 2015

To what extent does art influence real life, and real life influence art? This is the question the audience consider during Cineastas, On the Board’s most recent installment. A two-tiered stage, stocked with the artifacts of both daily life and cinematic endeavor, serves to frame the dramas of four Argentinian filmmakers struggling to reconcile fiction with reality, and, likewise, reality with fiction.  

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Step Inside the Camera Obscura: Mariano Pensotti’s Cineastas Feb 1, 2015

Standing on a typically cobbled San Telmo street corner in Buenos Aires, I unintentionally stumble upon Bar Sur, the milonga eternalized on screen to quite ambient effect by the presence of a careening Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) in Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together.

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Yeah Yeah Einstein Jan 30, 2015

Cineastas presented two worlds implying a third, that third one composed of a romanticized version of humanity and self-reflection (or self-absorption, depending on your mood).

My mood was kind of nostalgic and sappy and sure, self-absorbed, so I clung to a few moments as if they represented some type of sexy truth about my life that no one else knew.

Particularly relevant was a deeply-buried memory of how my first job ever was working at a McDonalds. The reason this memory came up will be pretty damn obvious about 30 minutes into the show.

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Notes scribbled during a performance of Cineastas, expanded upon and turned into ten rules to live by Jan 30, 2015

  1. Two lives are more balanced than one. A double life is preferred, and keeps people guessing.
  2. Objects reconstruct life. Look around a space, how everything is placed tells our story.
  3. The juxtaposition of two things paves the way for a third idea. The superimposition of fiction upon a life creates a hybrid existence, clarified, rare, potentially immortal.
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