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Fernando Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts - Escritos

Scope & content

This is Subgroup 1: Escritos and contains correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, essays, and screenplays created and collected by Fernando Birri. Birri organized his files, photographs, documents, and films in broad categories. He created the system based on how he worked and the major projects that occupied his time. He was not always consistent in the way he applied the categories to items and many naturally belong to many different categories. He chose the one most applicable. To see all the materials related to a particular topic, film, or art project the researcher is advised to consult each of the 4 Subgroups. See the Arrangement page to get an overview of his classification scheme and links to each Subgroup.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Birri is also an artist, writer, poet, and educator. The materials within Escritos reflect all aspects of his work. For example, to see poetry written by Birri consult Series E1.1: Poéticos. For information about Birri as an educator look in Series E1.5 Didácticos, Series E2.5 Didácticos, and Series E3.5 Didácticos. The majority of information specifically about the creation of his films is in Series FE: Escritos Fílmicos but there is also information about his films scattered throughout Series C: Correspondencia and Series E4: Prensa y Difusión.

Twelve of the Series are empty because no items were included with the materials sent to Brown University by Birri. The empty series are identified with the word "NONE."

C: Correspondencia - This is arranged chronologically and contains all types of correspondence with colleagues, friends, and family. The letters date from 1981-2008 with just 2 items from the 1940s. The contents and titles of the folders are as Birri arranged them and titled them.

E1: Escritos de Fernando Birri – This section contains writings by Fernando Birri divided into the varios categories of his work.

  • Series E1.1: Poéticos
  • Series E1.2: Diarios
  • Series E1.3: Ensayos
  • Series E1.4: Políticos
  • Series E1.5A: Didácticos - Escuela Documental de Santa Fe
  • Series E1.5B: Didácticos - Escuela de Tres Mundos (Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV))
  • Series E1.5C: Didácticos - Laboratorio Ambulante de Poéticas Cinematográficas
  • Series E1.5D: Didácticos - Seminarios y Conferencias
  • Series E1.6: Teatro
  • Series E1.7: Otros Escritos

E2: Escritos con Fernando Birri - This section contains writings created by Fernando Birri with other individuals divided into the varios categories of his work.

  • Series E2.1: Poéticos
  • Series E2.2: Diarios - NONE
  • Series E2.3: Ensayos
  • Series E2.4: Políticos - NONE
  • Series E2.5A: Didácticos - Escuela Documental de Santa Fe
  • Series E2.5B: Didácticos - Escuela de Tres Mundos (Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV))
  • Series E2.5C: Didácticos - Laboratorio Ambulante de Poéticas Cinematográficas
  • Series E2.5D: Didácticos - Seminarios y Conferencias
  • Series E2.6: Teatro
  • Series E2.7: Otros Escritos

E3: Escritos sobre Fernando Birri - This section contains writings about Fernando Birri divided into the varios categories of his work.

  • Series E3.1: Poéticos
  • Series E3.2: Diarios - NONE
  • Series E3.3: Ensayos
  • Series E3.4: Políticos
  • Series E3.5: Didácticos
  • Series E3.5A: Didácticos - Escuela Documental de Santa Fe
  • Series E3.5B: Didácticos - Escuela de Tres Mundos (Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV))
  • Series E3.5C: Didácticos - Laboratorio Ambulante de Poéticas Cinematográficas - NONE
  • Series E3.5D: Didácticos - Seminarios y Conferencias
  • Series E3.6: Teatro - NONE
  • Series E3.7: Otros Escritos

E4: Prensa y Difusión – This series contains press and publicity written by, with, and about Fernando Birri. The publicity relates to every type of activity in which he was involved – films, festivals, film schools, film classes, art installations, and interviews.

  • Series E4.1: Prensa y Difusión de Fernando Birri
  • Series E4.2: Prensa y Difusión con Fernando Birri
  • Series E4.3: Prensa y Difusión sobre Fernando Birri

E5: Escritos de Otros – This series contains writings and documents by and about individuals working in film and the arts that did not otherwise fit into one of Birri’s categories.

  • Series E5.1: Recortes de Prensa
  • Series E5.2: Diversos

FE: Escritos Fílmicos – This large group relates to all the materials used either in the production of his films or about his films.

  • Series FE0: Biofilmografía
  • Series FE1: Materiales Preparatorios
  • Series FE2: Ideas y Guiones
  • Series FE3: Materiales de Postproducciones
  • Series FE4: Producción
  • Series FE5: Distribución
  • Series FE6: Retrospectivas, Proyecciones y Seminarios
  • Series FE7: Festivales, Instalaciones
  • Series FE8: Prensa y Difusión
  • Series FE9.1: Escritos sobre el Film - Poéticos - NONE
  • Series FE9.2: Escritos sobre el Film - Diarios - NONE
  • Series FE9.3: Escritos sobre el Film - Ensayos
  • Series FE9.4: Escritos sobre el Film - Políticos
  • Series FE9.5: Escritos sobre el Film - Didácticos
  • Series FE9.5A: Escritos sobre el Film - Didácticos - Escuela Documental de Santa Fe
  • Series FE9.5B: Escritos sobre el Film - Didácticos - Escuela de Tres Mundos (Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV))
  • Series FE9.5C: Escritos sobre el Film - Didácticos - Laboratorio Ambulante de Poéticas Cinematográficas - NONE
  • Series FE9.5D: Escritos sobre el Film - Didácticos - Seminarios y Conferencias - NONE
  • Series FE10: Films de Otros
  • Series FE11: Fernando Birri como Actor

FFB: Fundación Fernando Birri – These materials document the formation and activities of La Fundación Fernando Birri de Artes Multimediales located in Santa Fe, Argentina. The mission of the foundation is to collect, organize, preserve, and disseminate the work of Fernando Birri and all other artists that contributed to the birth, growth, and consolidation of the Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. The foundation also seeks to support the creation of new art works in all forms of art (film, video, theatre, literature, music, painting) including new forms that have not yet been invented.

  • Series FFB.1: Estatuos
  • Series FFB.2: Actividades
  • Series FFB.3: Sede - NONE
  • Series FFB.3A: Administración - NONE
  • Series FFB.3E: Equipamiento Técnico - NONE
  • Series FFB.4: Prensa y Difusión