wednesday 12 february


(dir Kimi Takesue, Peru/USA, 2013, 43 min)

The pleasures, strains, and choreography of group tourism in Peru, structured as formally beautiful tableaux exploring tensions between the commodification of Peruvian culture for foreign consumption and the tourist’s desire for adventure. Premiere, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival.

Introduction by Shawn Shimpach, UMass Amherst.

The director will be present for discussion.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management


Looking for Adventure

“Whether working in documentary or narrative, I’m fascinated by cross-cultural encounters. I’m interested in the meeting point when people from very different worlds come together and search for communication and connection. However, my work often investigates forms of communication that occur outside of language. Like Looking for Adventure, many of my films explore non-verbal communication expressed through body language and the gaze.” – Kimi Takesue [Event poster]

Kimi Takesue bio [view/hide]

Photo: Kimi TakesueKIMI TAKESUE is an award-winning filmmaker and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film. Her recent feature-length documentary WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? (2010),shot in Uganda, was commissioned by the International Film Festival Rotterdam and theatrically released by Icarus Films. Takesue’s films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Locarno, SXSW, London’s ICA, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Her films have been televised on the Sundance Channel, PBS and the Independent Film Channel (IFC). Among her fellowships and grants are a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, two artist fellowships from the New York Foundation in the Arts, an Eastman Kodak Cinematography Fellowship; grants from the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Ford Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, National Asian American Telecommunications Association, The Arts Council of England and artist residencies at Yaddo Artist Colony and the MacDowell Colony. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark.

VIDEO: Looking for Adventure trailer [view/hide]
Shawn Shimpach bio [view/hide]

SHAWN SHIMPACH is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Undergraduate Director for the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at UMass Amherst.  He teaches courses on Hollywood and popular cinema, genre, film history, and media historiography.  His research interests cover cinema studies, television studies, media and audience studies, and cultural studies, focusing on the social and institutional construction of the media audience, the cultural history of film and media, and the value and meanings created at the conjuncture of cultural, institutional, and textual practice.  His book Television in Transition: The Life and Afterlife of the Narrative Action Hero (Wiley-Blackwell 2010) combines and connects analysis of recent television industry practices with close readings of four individual, popular programs to explain the shifting media terrain within which innovation takes place and meaning is produced.  His work has also appeared in such journals as Cultural Studies, Social Semiotics, and American Quarterly as well as such collections as Media and Public Spheres, The Handbook of Media Audiences, The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies, and Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (where he wrote about HGTV and the show House Hunters).  He is currently on sabbatical, writing a piece for the Routledge Companion to Popular Culture as well as his next book, tentatively titled Progressive Viewing, that will trace the origins of the commodity media audience’s links to meaning and governance.