September 10, 2009
Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater


Presented in partnership with NALIP-NY.
Presented as part of Latinbeat 09 organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Photo by Javier Castaño

Photo by Javier Castaño



Natalia Almada owns Altamura Films, an independent documentary film production company, and is a freelance documentary film editor. She has been a Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts and of the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital and the Sundance Institute. A native of Mexico who spent her childhood on both sides of the border, Almada received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in both Mexico City and Brooklyn, New York.

Cruz Ángeles was born in Mexico City and raised in South Central Los Angeles. His feature film directorial debut, Don't Let Me Drown, premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival in competition for the Grand Jury Prize and garnered enthusiastic reviews. The film won the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Lee Marvin Best Feature Narrative Award and the James Lyons Award for Best Editing at the Woodstock Film Festival. Cruz was recently nominated for a Gotham Award in the Breakthrough Director category.

Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, premiered at Sundance 2008, and won two awards, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Rivera is a Sundance Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow. His work, which addresses concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, has also been screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, The Guggenheim Museum, PBS, Telluride, and other international venues.