WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 4:00 PM
THE JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF MAKING A SHORT FILM
LOS RETOS Y LAS ALEGRÍAS DE HACER UN CORTO
In this panel, experts from different sectors of film production relate the secrets and tricks filmmakers encounter when creating a short film. Panelists: Spaniard Alex Lora, winner of festivals such as Guadalajara and Berlin, and of a Goya and Gaudí award; and Alberto Ferreras, winner in OutFest festival and creator of HBO’s Habla series. Moderated by Diana Vargas.
Alex Lora is a Spanish writer/editor/director based in New York City who has screened twice at Sundance Film Festival as Official Selection. Winner of a New York Emmy®, finalist for the Oscars®-Student Academy Awards, and winner of a Gaudi® Catalan Academy Award after being nominated on three occasions. Listed as one of the top 10 promising Spanish directors to watch in Variety’s Cannes Edition of 2014, his work has received over 100 awards, and has been officially selected to participate in some of the most internationally-acclaimed film festivals. Alex has also participated at Berlinale’s Talent Campus, Guadalajara Doculab, Dok.Incubator, Screenwriting CineQuaNon lab, Sources2 writing lab, and IFP independent Film Week. He has taught film at several prestigious universities and received his MFA in Media Arts Production at City College of New York as a Fulbright scholar, mentored by Antonio Tibaldi and Chantal Akerman.
Alberto Ferreras was born in Madrid, raised in Caracas and currently lives in New York. He is a writer, filmmaker, and content creator known for HBO’s Habla documentary series, and the theatrical piece My Audition for Almodóvar. Moreover, he even was the translator of Madonna’s “Lo que siente la mujer” (“What It Feels Like for a Girl”, in English). He is the author of B as in Beauty, an award-winning novel that has left a lasting impact on the audience. The narrative has been described as “perfectly witty, funny, and truly engaging”. B as in Beauty won the International Latino Book Award for fiction, and has been published in Spain, Italy and the U.S. Ferreras’ cinematographic projects have been presented at the International Berlin Film Festival and the British Film Institute.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 8:00 PM
Is there a female cinema? Stories of women or for women?
¿Existe un cine femenino? ¿Historias de mujeres o para mujeres?
A film may have feminist, feminine or even sexist elements, but that does not mean that it is necessarily a feminist or sexist film. The absence of sexism doesn’t make a pro-feminist movie either. What are these elements, and is it really worth it to think about a “women’s cinema” and most importantly, a cinema for women without being exclusive. Filmmakers Ana Katz and Olivia Luengas, writer Carmen Boullosa and journalist Adalgiza Charria discuss.
Ana Katz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress, screenwriter, director and producer of film and theatre. She studied at the University of Cinema and in a diverse set of acting schools (Hugo Midón, Julio Chávez y Helen Tritek, among others). She has written and directed plays, and has directed various short films which have been presented at film festivals around the world. Her directorial credits include Musical Chairs (2002, Casa de América Award, special mention at the San Sebastián Festival), A Stray Girlfriend (2007, Cine en Construcción Award, Official Selection Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival), Los Marziano (Official Selection San Sebastián Festival), My Friend From the Park (2015, Screenplay Award- Sundance Film Festival), and Sueño Florianópolis (2018).
Olivia Luengas Magaña (MEXICO, 1981) is a director and DOP, and a graduate of Audiovisual Arts from the U de G. She has worked as DOP on projects such as Maripepa and The Naptime. For Lejos del sentido / Away from Meaning, her first film, she received the Proyecta fund from the Ministry of Culture of Jalisco, the Tribeca Latin America Fund and the support of Grodman Foundation UDG-USA. She currently heads Phonocular, a documentary production and post-production studio.
Carmen Boullosa was born in Mexico City in 1954. She is the author of seventeen novels, including Son vacas, somos puercos (They’re Cows, We’re Pigs) (1991), La otra mano de Lepanto (Lepanto’s Other Hand) (2005), La novela perfecta (The Perfect Novel) (2006), and Tejas (Texas: The Great Theft), which was published in 2013. She has also written fifteen collections of poetry, four plays, two collections of short stories, and one screenplay. Boullosa was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in 1989 and the Café Gijón Award in 2008. She is also the recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. She has been a visiting professor at San Diego State University, Georgetown University, the Sorbonne, New York University, and Columbia University. Currently she lives in Brooklyn where she is a professor in the City College, CUNY Foreign Languages Department and cohost of the CUNY-T.V. show, Nueva York.