MA alums Daniel Loría and Carlos Gutiérrez took part in a panel discussion at the Americas Society in NYC, in conjunction with Cinema Tropical, which Gutiérrez co-founded.
Entitled “From Luis Buñuel to Alejandro González Iñárritu: The Pitfalls of the National Cinema Debate”, the event took place February 17th to a packed crowd in the Society’s conference hall. Exploring the limitations on the debate of what constitutes “national cinema” in
filmmaking, the panelists discussed the ways in which this discourse has failed to illuminate the intercultural and international nature of cinema.
Moderated by Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Co-Founding Director of Cinema Tropical
- Gerard Dapena is a scholar of Hispanic Cinemas and Visual Culture. He has published and lectured on different aspects of Spanish and Latin American film and art history and taught at a number of colleges in the U.S.
- Daniel Loria’s writing on cinema and the film industry has appeared in indieWIRE and Not Coming to a Theater Near You. He holds an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University and a B.A. in the same field from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Paul Julian Smith is Distinguished Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of 15 books including: Amores Perros (BFI 2003), Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar (Verso, 2001) and Spanish Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television (Liverpool UP, 2009). He is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and Film Quarterly.
A full description of the event and archive audio can be found on the Cinema Tropical website: http://cinematropical.blogspot.com/2011/02/tropicast-national-cinema-debate.html