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Research is a natural habit of EQZE

For Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, research is a way of being at the cinema. A natural habit. A true work methodology that involves and makes demands on students, teachers and professionals.

The school of the Basque Film Archive, the San Sebastian International Film Festival and Tabakalera is also a school for the Film Archive, the Festival and Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture: a place for reflection and innovation. And ultimately, a school for the school itself, through the permanent questioning of film pedagogy.

The research activity at the centre is structured around four lines of research:

1. Teaching and learning about cinema.

2. Theoretical approaches to innovative techniques in archiving, curating and filmmaking.

3. The interconnection of cinema with other scientific, humanistic and aesthetic disciplines.

4. New perspectives on Basque cinema.

Work on these four lines is carried out through interdisciplinary, cooperative and open research projects. These are interdisciplinary projects because they will have the active participation of EQZE students and will be enriched by the contributions of the teachers from the three curricular programmes of the school, thus developing methodologies based on exchange and learning between disciplines and knowledge. They are cooperative projects, as they are conceived in close collaboration with local and international film and academic institutions. And they are open projects because both the results and the questions they generate will be socialised through different media, formats and languages, that will include creative pieces, specialist and informative publications, public programmes, online content and exhibition projects.

Pablo La Parra
Coordinator of the Department of Research

Pablo La Parra Pérez is a researcher specialized in film and visual studies. He holds a PhD from New York University (NYU), where he has also taught. He holds a M.A. in Comparative Studies of Literature, Art, and Philosophy (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and B.A. in Art History (Universitat de València). His academic work has been published in international journals such as Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies or Sociologias and in volumes such as 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2018), Antoni Abad: megafone.net/2004-2014 (Turner-MACBA, 2014), and Facing Humanities. Current Perspectives from Young Researchers (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2014). He has received research and graduate fellowships such as the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Social Sciences Research Council), the MacCracken Fellowship (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NYU), and La Caixa Masters Fellowship, as well as different awards for academic excellence, including the Spanish National University Award. In 2016 he directed an artistic research project about the militant film archives entitled Europa, futuro anterior, co-sponsored by Tabakalera and Donostia-San Sebastian European Capital of Culture Foundation.

Projects

Women’s past is always present

Research on the collection of Cinenova a London-based feminist film distributor

This project proposes the restoration of a selection of materials from the London distributors collection and a critical and gender perspective research aimed at contributing to the knowledge and dissemination of the history of cinema made by women.

Team:
María Palacios Cruz, Charlotte Procter, Clara Sánchez-Dehesa (lead investigators)

Elizabeth Dexter, Paloma Hernández, Andrea Navarro, Agustín Ormaechea, Jugatx Otero, María Laura Ríos, Carlos Saldaña, Andrea Sánchez, Sisu Satrawaha

Related institutions:
Cinenova, LUX, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Chronology:
2018/09/01 - ongoing

Research line:
Theoretical approaches to innovative techniques in archiving, curating and filmmaking

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This Film is dangerous

Restoration of the unique copies of two nitrate films

"This Film is Dangerous" proposes an extensive research and the restoration on two rare 1924 nitrate films (The Price of the Party directed by Charles Giblyn and Die Vier letzten Sekunden des Quidam Uhl by Robert Reinert).

Team:
Silvia Casagrande, Clara Sánchez-Dehesa (lead investigators)

Anna Ferrer, Lucía Ferreyra, María Laura Mastantuono, Estíbaliz Miñana, Eva Sacristán

Related institutions:
Basque Film Archive, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Chronology:
2018/09/01 - ongoing

Research line:
Theoretical approaches to innovative techniques in archiving, curating and filmmaking

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Amateur Movie Database

Research of the Basque amateur cinema

In what will be the first international expansion of the The “Amateur Movie Database” project of the University of Calgary (Canada), Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola will lead a new line of research on the heritage of Basque amateur cinema.

Team:
Clara Sánchez-Dehesa, Enrique Fibla Gutiérrez (lead investigators)

Irma Baldwin, Andrés Fernández-Albalat, Nerea Ganzarain, Milica Jovcic, Arnau Padilla, Alfredo Ruiz, Unai Ruiz

Related institutions:
Basque Film Archive, University of Calgary, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Chronology:
2018/09/01 - ongoing

Research line:
New perspectives on Basque cinema

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Zinemaldia 70

All possible stories

The San Sebastian Festival has created, together with the research department of the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, Tabakalera and the Basque Film Archive the project Zinemaldia 70. All possible stories, with a view to generating a living Festival archive, the first stage of which will culminate with its 70th edition, in 2022.

Team:
Pablo La Parra (lead investigator)

Antonio Miguel Arenas, Irati Cano, Telmo Edurza, Sara Hernández, Julieta Juncadella, Felipe Montoya, Clara Rus, Neus Sabaté

Institutions:

San Sebastian FestivalTabakalera, Basque Film Archive, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Chronology:
2018/05/02 - ongoing

Research line:
Theoretical approaches to innovative techniques in archiving, curating and filmmaking

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Lost lessons of Andrei Tarkovsky

Research, study and dissemination of the unknown sound recordings of the russian director

After the extraordinary discovery in the archive of one of his collaborators of 90 hours of recordings of film classes given by Andrei Tarkovsky, EQZE will be taking part together with the Tarkovsky Institute in a project to research, restore and disseminate these recordings.

Team:
Masha Chugonova
Andréi Andréievich Tarkovski
José Manuel Mouriño

Related institutions:
VGIK
Istituto Internazionale Andreij Tarkovskij
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Chronology:
2017/07/01 - ongoing

Research line:
Transmission and teaching of cinema

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