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MARATHON SCREENINGS is a series of salon-style film & video presentations that invites international and LA-based artists to share their work and engage in meaningful dialogue. The program includes films that range from short, conceptual videos to feature-length experimental documentaries, in addition to performances and lectures. The films discuss issues surrounding individual identity, representation, and historical consciousness in a shifting geopolitical landscape.

Note from the Curator: What began as an intimate gathering in my living room has since grown to include a roving series hosted by art-loving individuals in their homes, nonprofit art spaces, and now Zoom. The series was born from a casual conversation and a desire to give video art the platform it deserves. It has since grown to accommodate a growing appetite for presenting talented and challenging work in a non-hierarchical environment. With an emphasis on engaged, organic conversations, the screenings took place around a communal dinner, and plenty of wine. While Covid-19 has removed this wonderful feature, it has since introduced a new opportunity to connect with moderators and participants from all over the world. I look forward to reconnecting with all of you in person, but until then let’s savor this sliver lining and consider what we can do to make this world a more welcoming and safe home for everyone. Happy New Year!  

The series is produced by LA-based curator Asha Bukojemsky. BIO here

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Maura Brewer & Paul Pescador 
Alone, 2019, 16:00min, single channel video, color sound
Alone Too, 2020, 15:00min, single channel video, color sound
Hosted by JOAN Los Angeles

Conversation led by Paris-based researcher, filmmaker, and film curator Raquel Schefer

Alone, 2019, takes up the 1990 film Home Alone. A reflection on the Christmas season, the video explores the construction of holiday myths, including Santa Claus, Jesus and the happy nuclear family. The many continuity errors that famously characterize Home Alone are analyzed and compared to a child’s game of hide and seek, in which 
concepts of loss and absence are dramatized. Alone is a reflection on masculinity, violence and the longing to return to the mother’s body.

Alone Too, 2020, is a reexamination of the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. This video is a meditation on sequels, product placement and what it means to be “home alone” in an era of self-isolation. When we last saw Kevin, Paul and Maura, they were struggling to adapt to the loneliness of adult life - going to work, to the grocery
store, and coming home to an empty house. What will happen next? Mischief in Manhattan? Holiday cheer? Or just more drinking alone? Stay tuned to find out!

Maura Brewer and Paul Pescador are artists who collaborate on holidays. Together, they make videos and performances at the intersection of politics and pop culture. These investigations have been presented at Biquini Wax in Mexico City and 2601- 2603, Elevator Mondays, Garden, Human Resources, Machine Project, NAVEL, Roger’s Office, and Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles.

Raquel Schefer is a researcher, filmmaker, film curator, and lecturer at Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University. She holds a PhD in Film and Audiovisual Studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University, a Master in Documentary Cinema from the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires, and a degree in Communication Sciences from the New University of Lisbon. She published the book "Self-Portrait in Documentary" in 2008, in Argentina, as well as several book chapters and articles. She has taught at Grenoble Alpes University, Paris Est University, Rennes 2 University, the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires, and the University of Communication in Mexico City. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a post-doctoral FCT fellow at the CEC/University of Lisbon and the University of the Western Cape, and a co-editor of the quarterly of theory and history of cinema "La Furia Umana".

JOAN is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit space for exhibitions, performances, and screenings with a focus on emerging and under-represented artists.

Recorded Conversation with Paul Pescador, Maura Brewer and Raquel Scheffer on April 26th hosted by JOAN: 

Marathon Screenings on Vimeo.