March 30, 2010: Film Screening and Reception: Birds of Passage / Aves de Paso by Rachel Lears

 Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 6pm

Birds of Passage/ Aves de Paso (2009)
Run Time: 52 minutes

A screening of the film by Rachel Lears, with reception to follow.

RLears_Aves_de_Paso_xsmAves de Paso/ Birds of Passage presents a lyrical journey through the everyday lives of two young Uruguayan songwriters. Ernesto and Yisela have moved to the capital, leaving behind their respective hometowns on the borders of Brazil and Argentina. The film fuses the arts of documentary film and music, interweaving the songs and stories of these two young composers. With vérité cinematography and an unforgettable soundtrack, Aves de Paso/ Birds of Passage explores the challenges of being a young artist, and the art of searching, inside and outside of oneself.

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Rachel Lears is a filmmaker, musician, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MPhil in cultural anthropology from New York University and a BA in music from Yale University, and studied documentary production as part of NYU’s Program in Culture and Media. In 2005, she received a Fulbright grant to Uruguay for the production of the documentary Birds of Passage. While her short documentaries have screened in festivals in the United States and Uruguay, her video art piece Ethnography of No Place (2008), created with visual artist Saya Woolfalk, is currently screening in galleries, museums and festivals. In 2008-09, she is serving as Managing Editor of e-misférica, the online journal of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. She is the founder of Honeycomb Films, and performs her original music with the band The Mystery Keys.