Professor Richard Peña Curates "American Fringe: A New Look at American Independent Cinema" at Cinémathèque Française in Paris

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School of the Arts Professor Richard Peña launched a new film series, "American Fringe: A New Look at American Independent Cinema." The series ran November 25th through November 27th in Paris at the Cinémathèque Française and was part of the city’s prestigious Festial d’Automne.

"American Fringe" screened eight of America’s recent independent feature films that collectively and individually capture the irreverence and innovation that have always been at the heart of that movement. Organized and selected by Richard Peña and Alessia Palanti, the series is produced by the Arts Arena, a Paris-based, multidisciplinary non-profit initiative for the visual, literary, and performing arts, film, and issues of culture and society.

Richard Peña observed that “Even in a city as saturated with cinema as Paris, many of the most interesting American independents are rarely screened, as they often fall out of the established festival circuits and distribution networks; ‘American Fringe’ will hopefully provide a necessary showcase for these challenging, provocative works.”

Richard Peña served as the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival. He has organized retrospectives of Michelangelo Antonioini, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, Robert Aldrich, Gabriel Figueroa, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura, and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Chinese, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Arab, Korean, Japanese, Soviet, and Argentine cinema. He is co-host of Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.

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