May 12, 2011
King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU


TropiChat presents a talk with Mexican filmmaker Pedro González-Rubio (Toro Negro, co-director; Alamar) interviewed by film journalist and curator Damon Smith. They discuss González-Rubio filmography, as well as the opportunities and challenges in filmmaking, within the context of the resurgence of Latin American cinema.

Pedro González-Rubio is a Mexican filmmaker born in Brussels. His initiation to visual arts came at the age of 16 while living in New Delhi. He studied media in Mexico before attending the London Film School. He worked as a cinematographer on the film Nacido sin (Born Without, 2007) by Eva Norvind. His directorial debut, Toro Negro (2005, co-director), received several awards including the Horizontes Award for Best Latin American film from the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at the Morelia Film Festival. Alamar is his feature film debut, which nonetheless remains true to real life. The film has won numerous awards including the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, The Jury Award for Best Iberoamerican Film at the Miami Film Festival and the Best Film Prize at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival.

Damon Smith is a New York-based film journalist and curator. He has written features, profiles, and reviews for Time Out New YorkThe Boston GlobeReverse ShotSenses of CinemaBright Lights Film Journal, The Boston PhoenixCinema Scope, and many other publications. Currently the Head of Curation/Story R&D at Thought Engine Media Group, he is also a biweekly columnist at Filmmaker Magazine, co-producer of the Reverse Shot Talkies/Direct Address video-interview series, and the editor, most recently, of Michael Winterbottom: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2010)

Presented in partnership with King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU and Reverse Shot.

Additional support provided by The Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Special thanks to Laura Turégano and Sumie García.

Presented as part of the film series 'In Focus: Cinema Tropical' (May 5 –16), organized by The Museum of Modern Art.