WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL and HUDSON VALLEY PROGRAMMERS GROUP present
PORTRAIT OF THE CUBAN-AMERICAN ARTIST AS A YOUNG NEW YORK FILMMAKER
(Woodstock, NY) March 24, 2010: As part of an upcoming Hudson Valley Programmers Group tour, the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) and
92YTribeca will co-present a program of shorts by and conversation with filmmaker Hugo Perez, Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30pm, at the
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St, NYC.
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A Woodstock Film Festival Alum, Hugo Perez is a filmmaker and writer whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. April 14th will be the premier of his latest short Seed (which shot in the Hudson Valley.) Along with other short films, Hugo candidly will share his experiences producing documentaries in Cuba, making the transition from non-fiction to fiction filmmaking and his experiences as a Latino filmmaker who has been described as a ‘Latino Almodovar.’ The screening will be followed with a conversation and Q&A. Screening is open to the public
SHORTS PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Seed (NY Premiere) Produced as part the groundbreaking new series FutureStates, SEED is a near future science fiction drama set in farm country. After a decade of famine and food riots, the Mendelian Corporation feeds (and controls) the world through its genetically modified seeds. Twelve-year old Juan is a member of the Sprouts –the Mendelian corporate youth program in which young boys are trained to be the eyes and ears of local authorities. When Juan inadvertently discovers that his father Mateo is involved in a local seed-running ring, he is forced to decide just how far his commitment goes to the Sprouts motto ‘Duty First’.
Betty La Flaca The winner of the 2006 HBO Short Film Award, BETTY LA FLACA went on to air for two years on HBO, becoming their most successful Latino short film ever. In this Latino comedy, the character of ‘skinny’ Betty decides she needs to enhance her figure through homegrown plastic surgery and hijinx ensue.
The Old Man and Hemingway A portrait of 100 year old Gregorio Fuentes, Ernest Hemingway’s boat captain in Cuba, as he talks about his twenty year friendship with Hemingway. The film was named an Outstanding Short Film for 2004/2005 by the Museum of Modern Art.
Immaculate Conception Never before screened publicly, these scenes are work in progress sketches from the feature film Perez is currently developing as his feature narrative directorial debut. Darkly comic in tone they show how the style of Perez short BETTY LA FLACA will translate into the feature format.
Hugo Perez is the recipient of the 2009 Estela Award for Documentary Filmmaking presented by NALIP – the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. In 2008, he was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute Emerging Artist Fellowship in support of his feature screenplay IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Perez’ short film BETTY LA FLACA was the winner of the 2006 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Award and was broadcast on the HBO networks through Fall 2008. Perez previous short film JULIETA Y RAMON was broadcast as part of the 2005 Showtime Latino Filmmaker Showcase, which spotlights the work of emerging Latino directors, and was recently re-broadcast on the PBS series REEL NEW YORK.
Perez has studied writing with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, collaborated with Pulitzer prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, and served as a guest artist for acclaimed theater director and artist Robert Wilson. His writing has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and Salon, and his films have screened at venues such as MoMA and the Smithsonian.
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92YTribeca is the 92nd Street Y's exciting new arts and entertainment venue located at 200 Hudson Street at the corner of Canal and Hudson Streets in New York City.
As part of the 92nd Street Y, our mission downtown is to bring together and inspire a diverse community of young people from New York City and beyond, including musicians, artists, filmmakers, performers, writers, educators, humorists, directors, speakers, sports enthusiasts and many others.
ABOUT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL:
The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 29-October 3, 2010. The “fiercely independent” festival includes more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. For more information visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
Celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501©(3) organization whose mission is to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.
For more information please call (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE HUDSON VALLEY PROGRAMMERS GROUP
The Hudson Valley Programmers Group (HVPG) administers a year round touring exhibit
that features films by established & emerging filmmakers, with an emphasis on presenting
NY State filmmakers. Screenings provide artists an opportunity to exhibit work that is rarely
exhibited and gives audiences an opportunity to interact with filmmakers. The Group consists
of programmers, filmmakers, advisors and screening venues throughout the Hudson Valley.
For More Information visit www.hvpg.org
The Hudson Valley Programmers Group tours are made possible by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts.
SAVE THE DATE:
PORTRAIT OF THE CUBAN-AMERICAN ARTIST AS A YOUNG NEW YORK FILMMAKER,
Presented by the Hudson Valley Programmers Group.
Hudson Valley screenings are scheduled as follows
Friday, April 30 at 7pm SUNY New Paltz
Sunday, May 2 at 3pm at the Rosendale Theater (with reception to follow)
SAVE THE DATE:
Holy Rollers, screening and reception to benefit the Woodstock Film Festival at Soho House, NYC, May 6, 2010