Cinema Tropical's Shortlist 2018
Latin American Films
Cinema Tropical, announces its Second Annual Shortlist, comprising 25 Latin American titles from nine different countries that the organization has selected as the best of the year.
Featuring productions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela, the films selected will compete for the 9th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards in the categories for Best Film, Best Director, and in some cases, for Best First Film.
The winners of the 9th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards will be announced at a special evening ceremony at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York City on Wednesday, January 10, 2019, and the winners will be showcased at Museum of Moving Image, February 1-3.
All the films under consideration had a minimum of 60 minutes in length and premiered between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.
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Molly O'Keefe was most recently Senior Director of Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. She oversaw all aspects of TFI’s Artist Programs with a focus on scripted grants and workshops. Notable programs include Through Her Lens: Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program, AT&T Untold Stories, Tribeca All Access, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, IWC Filmmaker Award and TFI Latin America Fund for which she manages filmmaker outreach, program implementation and assessment, expense tracking, industry and mentor cultivation, and event production both year-round and at Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to joining TFI in 2015, Molly was Director of Development and Production at Sundance Productions where she developed series for CNN, FX, HBO, Ovation, EPIX, Sony and Paramount. Before returning to New York, she worked for Ben Stiller's Los Angeles-based Red Hour Films and produced Roger Kumble's critically acclaimed play Girls Talk starring Brooke Shields and Constance Zimmer in West Hollywood. She is a graduate of Emerson College.
Richard Peña is Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema. From 1988 to 2012, he was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, King Hu, Robert Aldrich, Roberto Gavaldon, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Fei Mu, Jean Eustache, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Israeli, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab, Korean, Swedish, Turkish, Taiwanese and Argentine cinema. A frequent lecturer on film internationally, in 2014-2015, he was a Visiting Professor in Brazilian Studies at Princeton, and in 2015-2016 a Visiting Professor in Film Studies at Harvard. In May, 2016, he was the recipient of the “Cathedra Bergman” at the UNAM in Mexico City, where he offered a three-part lecture series “On the Margins of American Cinema,” and December, 2017, gave a course in “International Cinema After 1990 at Beijing University. He also currently hosts WNET/Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.
Juana Suárez is a scholar, film critic, and media archivist/preservation activist. She is currently Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program and Associate Arts Professor at New York University. She is the author of Sitios de Contienda. Producción Cultural y el Discurso de la Violencia (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2010), and Cinembargo Colombia. Ensayos críticos sobre cine y cultura colombiana (Universidad del Valle, 2009), published in English by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. She is the co-editor of Humor in Latin American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and is currently forwarding a research project entitled Audiovisual Archives, Cultural History and the Digital Turn in Latin America. She has been an organizer and a participant in the Archival Exchange Program (APEX) from NYU-MIAP (Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Brazil 2013-2018). She holds a MA and a PhD in Latin American Literature (University of Oregon and Arizona State University, 2000) and an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (New York University, 2013).
Dan Sullivan is the co-editor of the Film section of the Brooklyn Rail and a programmer for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Jesse Trussell has worked in programing at BAM since 2013. As a film programmer he’s worked for institutions across the nation, from SXSW and the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas to the Philadelphia Film Festival where he was Associate Director of Programming. His film industry experience has also included stints at IFC Films and the distributor/technology company B-Side Entertainment.
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