Woodstock Film Festival & Rosendale Theater

Portrait of the Cuban-American Artist as a Young New York Filmmaker

A Program of Shorts and a conversation with Filmmaker Hugo
*Featuring the Hudson Valley Premiere of SEED, which filmed in Ulster County in 2009

Independent Filmmaker Hugo Perez 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’s been described as a ‘Latino Almodovar.’ 

Four of his critically acclaimed short films will be screened and followed with a conversation and Q&A with the audience, He will discuss how he straddles the line between fiction film and non-fiction film as well as Latino and non-Latino subject matter.

April 14, 7:30pm
Friday, April 30, 7pm

Sunday, May 2 @ 3pm

92Y Tribeca
*Screening and Q&A
200 Hudson Street (Hudson & Canal)
New York, NY, 10013
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212. 601.1000

SUNY New Paltz CSB Auditorium
*Screening and Q&A
New Paltz, NY 12561
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Use Woodster Parking lot 21
off Route 32
(845) 257-SUNY (7869)

General Admission

Rosendale Theater
408 Main St, NY
Rosendale, NY 12472
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(845) 658-8989

Screening and Reception

Tickets are $10 and available
at Rosendale Theater

The Hudson Valley Programmers Group is made possible by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts
*Hudson Valley Premiere
written and directed by Hugo Perez
2010, 15 minutes

Produced as part the groundbreaking new series FutureStates and filmed in Kerhonkson, NY, 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’. Co-stars Jason Downs as the Medelian spokesman.

SEED was shot in the Hudson Valley in Summer 2009.

Produced, written, and directed by Hugo Perez
2004, 8 minutes

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.

Produced, Written, and Directed by Hugo Perez
2006, 8 minutes

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.

Written and Directed by Hugo Perez
Work-In-Progress, 7 minutes

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 a filmmaker and writer whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. He 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.

Perez is Producer and Director of NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC a feature documentary that explores the life, work, and legacy of the Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti who died in 1944 during the Holocaust. The film is narrated by the Academy-Award Nominated® Patricia Clarkson and edited by Academy Award Nominated® filmmakers Francisco Bello and Tim Sternberg. Perez is also the Producer and Director of the ITVS funded documentary SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON that follows quirky composer and conductor Rob Kapilow and Blackfeet poet Darrell Kipp through the process of creating a symphony about the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803 from the point of view of American Indians today. SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON had its national PBS broadcast in November 2009. Currently, Perez is currently developing his feature film directorial debut, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION a Spanish language dark comedy that re-imagines the Virgin Mary story in Miami’s Little Havana.

On location with Hugo Perez
during the filming of SEED

Perez was a co-producer and writer on “Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight,” a feature documentary shot over the course of three years in Cuba on 24pHD which reflects on life in contemporary Cuba through the experiences of dancers and others involved in the Cuban dance world. In conjunction with The New York State Writer’s Institute, WMHT/Albany, and Pulitzer prize-winning novelist William Kennedy and Donald Faulkner, he produced and directed “The Writer” a half hour series of video portraits of contemporary writers and poets that aired regionally on PBS stations. Since creating “The Writer” in Spring of 1997, Perez has produced forty-eight episodes, spotlighting such writers as Russell Banks, Frank McCourt, Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, David Sedaris, Ken Kesey, Studs Terkel, Chinua Achebe, Andrea Barrett, George Plimpton, and many others. Perez has also produced and directed two short documentaries in Cuba: “The Ecstasy” and “The Old Man and Hemingway” the latter of which has received numerous awards at film festivals in 2004 and was selected as one of nine ‘Outstanding Short Films’ for 2004-2005 by the Museum of Modern Art. Perez currently serves on the board for the New York Council for the Humanities. Additionally through his M30A Films production company, he services a wide array of corporate and institutional clients.

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.

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