From the 1920s on one can locate a fascinating, global convergence of avant-garde anthropology and experimental cinemas. In Latin America, this has often resulted in the manufacturing of social utopias and calls for radical figurations of the New Man, often by blurring nationalist and cosmopolitan fantasies dreamt up between Old and New Worlds. Chilean exile film artist and theorist Raúl Ruiz belongs uneasily and dissonantly to this tradition.
Peter Hutton (1944-2016) was a revered filmmaker and teacher whose life and work had a lasting impact on generations of moving-image artists. His films, which he modestly compared to looking at photo albums or daydreaming, are remarkably reserved, often creating profoundly moving portraits of cities and landscapes from little more than subtly shifting plays of light. His themes were focused and few—the city, the sea, and the landscape, especially the Hudson River Valley—and he brought a keen eye to them all, producing luminous images that seem to float upon the screen.