Laimir Fano Villaescusa

Graduate Student, PhD Program
Documentary theory, history, and practice: Movement across geographical and political boundaries are also elemental in his thinking and experience.
Education and Training: 
B.A. Theater and Audiovisual Communication, ISA University de Arte, in Havana, Cuba
Certificate in Film, Escuela International de Cine Y TV in Artemisa, Cuba
MFA, Film and Video, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Research Interests: 

Laimir's research emphasis for Ph.D. study is in documentary theory, history, and practice. His interest in blurring the boundaries between film theory and creative practice has been embodied in his work “that could be defined as invitation to participate in ongoing carnivals in which excess, visual spectacle, sensorial experiences, and references to the Cuban culture prevail over dramatic action.” Characters display the artificial nature of their constructed identities by performing the process of becoming in liminal spaces such as theaters and film sets, in order to challenge rigid notions of cubania (the way in which Cubans envision themselves). Movement across geographical and political boundaries is also elemental in his thinking and experience. His short films have screened at venues including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema.