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Nov 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm


Screening to be followed by discussion with Tin Dirdamal

The unorthodox process of conceiving and pursuing an idea. Tin Dirdamal will share fragments of his 2 current films in process and will show obscure shorts he has gathered throughout the years that serve as reference and inspiration. Tin’s films take an average of 4.5 years in shooting and editing. He parts from the premise of using the lie to approach truth and attempts to document the future. He never perceives his work as finished pieces, but rather abandons them out of exhaustion.

One of his in-process projects is about a man who believes to be 500 years old who lives in the Yucatan Peninsula. The second is a house he is building in the middle of the jungle that attempts to escape any contemporary logic of conception, construction nor current ideas of “sustainability”.

The short work of other filmmakers he will show, he has attained and treasured in his travels.


Works in Progress by self taught filmmaker Tin Dirdamal

obscure shorts by other filmmakers he has gathered throughout the years.

120 min

Tin Dirdamal was born in the North of Mexico – 165km to the closest US border: Rome Texas. Accidental filmmaker with studies in physics and architecture his work are failed attempts to document the contradiction and flaw of “contemporary virtue”. He is greatly unknowledgeable of the current world affairs. He is a great advocate of plagiarism. Until now he has never read a book in his life and never finished a film- but abandoned them. On a lesser level it is believed he has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute and a Rockefeller Media Artists Grant thru the Tribeca Film Institute- yet this is uncertain.

Sebastian Diaz is a Mexican filmmaker and film programmer based in New York. He was a fellow at UnionDocs Collaborative Studio, Brooklyn 2013, where he directed ‘Toñita’s’ (MoMA Documentary Fortnight 2014). He co­-directed ‘Brilliant Soil’ (Material Culture & Archeology Film Prize at 13th RAI International Fest of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh 2011). Sebastian photographed and edited the documentary ‘Tijuaneados Anonymous’ (Ambulante Festival 2010; Best local film at San Diego Latino Film Festival). He co­founded ‘Bulbo Art Collective’, which produced a documentary series broadcast in US and Mexico about Tijuana/­San Diego border culture (Channels 22 & Univision). His work has been exhibited at ARCO (Madrid), The MAK Museum (Vienna), InSite_05 (Tijuana ­San Diego), among others. He curates contemporary Mexican films at several venues in New York City.

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Nov 19, 2016
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Free – $10.00

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