WIFI Cuban Showcase 2013 - Filmmakers

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Filmmaker Bios

Adriana Fernandez Castellanos

adriana-fernandezHavana,1986. Adriana Fernandez graduated from the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media of the Higher Art Institute in the specialty of Direction. She now works as a director and a scriptwriter in Madrid.

 

 

 Ana Rodriguez

ana-rodriguezLa Habana, 1952. Graduated in History of Arte by the University of Havana. She enter ICAIC in 1975 as cinematic analyst. In 198, Ms. Rodriguez started her work asan assistant director,and worked with the foremost Cuban directors, including Tomás Gutierrez Alea. In 1990 she directed the short narrative Laura, included in the long feature film Mujer Transparentewhich granted her several awards in national and international festivals. She passed away in september, 2005.

 

 Claudia Rojas

claudia-rojasHavana, 1971. Claudia Rojas graduated in method acting, Mexico D. F, with Rene Pereyra, a student of Lee Strasberg. She was the main character in La vida es silbar (Life Is Whistling, 10997) by Fernando Perez (Cuba) for which she received the Revelation Award in the New Latin American Film Festival; La novia de Lázaro (Lazaro’s Girlfriend) by Fernando Merinero (Spain), awarded as Best Actress in the Malaga Film Festival, 90 millas (90 Miles) by Francisco Rodriguez (Spain), awarded as the Best Actress in the Huelva Film Festival, Islantilla. She took a script workshop with Pedro Loeb in Madrid, Spain; studied direction with Juan Carlos Tabio, Spain, Madrid, and graduated from the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Literary Training Center. She also works in independent projects.

 Gloria Rolando

gloria-rolandoHavana, 1953. Gloria  Rolando graduated in History of Art in 1976 and began to work in ICAIC Film Studios as a historic researcher.  She was assistant director of outstanding documentary filmmakers: Santiago Alvarez, Rogelio Paris, Rigoberto Lopez and Enrique Colina, as well as of fiction filmmakers Pastor Vega and Sergio Giral, among others. She started on her own documentary films In the ‘90s. Since 1995 she directs the group Imágenes del Caribe (Caribbean Images). Her filmography approaches cultural, religious, historical and social topics which are part of Afro- Cuban collective memory.

Gretel Medina

gretel-medinaCienfuegos, 1981. Ms. Medina graduated in Sociocultural Studies. She also graduated from the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media in the Higher Art Institute, specializing in Direction. She leads the TV program "X Distante" for Cuban Television. She is the author of numerous shorts and documentary films.

 

 

 Heidi Hassan

heidi-hassanPinar del Río, 1978. Ms. Hassan graduated as a photographer in the San Antonio de los Baños Film and TV School. She studied in the Fine Arts School in Geneva, Switzerland. As a photographer, director and scriptwriter she has directed about twenty shorts and documentary films.

 

 

 Hilda Elena Vega

hilda-elena-vegaCamaguey, 1984. Ms. Vega graduated in the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media in the Higher Art Institute, specializing in Direction. She works as a director, scriptwriter and editor of independent films. Her short La Bestia (The Beast) has received numerous awards and honorable mentions.

 

 

 Irene Lopez Kuchlan

 

 Ivette Avila

ivette-avilaHavana, 1977. Ivette Avila graduated in Biology and made a master in Anthropology. She now works as an animator in the Cuban Radio and Television Institute. Many of her animated shorts have been awarded in national and international events.



 

 Jessica Rodriguez

jessica-rodriguezHavana, 1986. Ms. Rodriguez graduated from the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media in the Higher Art Institute (FAMCA). She won the Cinergia Award with the feature film project Espejuelos oscuros (Dark Glasses). Her documentary films have been awarded in national and international contests. She now studies scriptwriting in Spain and is preparing to shoot her first feature film in Cuba.

 

 Lisette Villa

lisette-vilaLa Habana, 1949. Ms. Vila has directed more than 30 documentaries that deal with women subjects. She has taught several seminars on theory and practice of documentary cinema in universities and Art centres in Colombia, Venezuela and United States. She is founder professor of the International Film School in Havana. She has been juror in different festivals in Cuba, Italy and Germany.

 

 

 Lourdes de los Santos

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She was born in Havana, in 1955.  She graduated as Bachelor of Arts in History of the Arts from the University of Havana and she has taken courses on production and Assistant director in ICAIC (Cuban film institute). She has worked as movie producer and assistant director, and video documentary maker at the Cuban Film Institute. As a professional, she has also carried out musicological, historical and sociological research work.   She has been a member of the jury in different Festivals and Events.


 Marilyn Solaya

marilyn-solayaHavana, 1970. Ms. Solaya studied in the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media in the Higher Art Institute, specializing in Direction. She also studied Theater Direction in the National Art School. She started her film career as an actress. In 1993 she was "Vivian, David’s girlfriend", in the film by Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate). In 1992-1993 she worked as an assistant director for television in dramatized series, and from 1992 to 1994 she worked in the National Center of Experimentation and Promotion of Art Schools, where she held various workshops and productions for the Fifth and Sixth Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on Art Education. In 1996 she worked in the Argentinean film Despabílate amor (Wake Up, Love) directed by Eliseo Subiela. She has participated in various ICAIC co-productions and in shorts in the International Film and TV school.


 Marina Ochoa

marina-ochoaHolguin,1946. Scriptwriter and director. Graduated in Journalism and Sociology. She made studies in architecture and took postgraduate courses on television news, film script playwriting, acting, direction of actors, sociology of communication, etc. She entered ICAIC in 1974 as an assistant director. She directs the independent video group ARO and participates in the independent video group TRIVISION. She has taken part as a jury in several film festivals and is the author of the play Nunca dejes de soñar (Never Stop Dreaming). She has done research for scripts, art direction and film direction. Her work has received national and international awards. Ms. Ochoa is member of the Latin American, North American and Caribbean Documentary Makers Association (ADLAI), the National Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba (UNEAC) and the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE).
 Marisol Trujillo

marisol-trujilloHavana, 1946. A filmmaker with a delicate tact in the topics she approached: architecture, arts in general, women. She took her first steps in the film industry in 1971, as a critic in ICAIC’S Film Information Center. Two years later she entered into film production as a scriptwriter. She was the assistant director in Miguel Littin’s El recurso del método (Resource on the Method) and in 1978 directed her first documentary film. She received the Distinction of National Culture.

 

 Maryulis Alfonso

maryulis-alfonsoCiego de Avila, 1988. Ms. Alfonso graduated in Visual Arts (Medium Level) in Ciego de Ávila and is now in her fifth year in the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media in the Higher Art Institute. She has worked as an editor in National Television. Her shorts have been screened in numerous national events. She is part of the organizing committee of the KINOCUBA Audiovisual Workshop.

 

 Milena Almira

milena-almiraHavana, 1986. Milena Almira graduated from the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media of the Higher Art Institute in the specialty of Direction. She works as a director and scriptwriter in Cuban Television and the Cuban Institute of Film Art and Industry. She has taken part in film script workshops in the San Antonio de los Baños International Film and Television School and has graduated from the Onelio Jorge Cardoso Literary Training Center. She coordinates KINOCUBA audiovisual workshop. Her shorts and documentary films have been awarded in national and international events.


 Miriam Talavera

miriam-talaveraHavana, September 29, 1942. Ms. Talavera graduated in French Language and Literature. She worked in the Cuban Broadcasting Institute from 1962 to 1970 as an editor of shorts for television. She also edited some newsreels. She began in ICAIC in 1970 as a documentary and feature film editor. In 1985 she became a documentary director while continuing with her work as an editor. She has offered editing workshops in the International Film and Television School. She is a member of the National Union of Cuban Artists and Writers (UNEAC).

 

 Niurka Pérez

niurka-perezLa Habana, 1961 . Ms. Pérez graduated as Art Historian by University of Havana. Her documentaries have been nationally and internationally awarded. She has been juror in national and international films festivals.

 

 

 

 

 Patricia Ramos

patricia-ramosShe was born in Havana, in 1975.  She graduated as Bachelor of Arts in Letters from the University of Havana.  She also graduated from the Escuela Internacional de Cine, Televisión y Video de San Antonio de los Baños (San Antonio International School of Cinema, Television and Video) in the specialty of screenplay.  She has been a member of the jury in film contests.  In addition, she works as a scriptwriter and she has given workshops on film screenplay.

 

 Rebeca Chávez

rebeca-chavezShe is a Bachelor in History of Arts and journalism.  In1984 she begins her career as documentary director and her work has been given different national and international awards.  She is the second woman in Cuba who has made feature films.  She has taught several seminars on theory and practice of documentary cinema and on the Cuban experience in the genre in different institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, England and Spain.  She has worked as advisor for scripts of documentaries and feature films.
 Sara Gomez

sara-gomez-4(1943-1974), born in Havana.  She studied six years of music at the Conservatorio de La Habana (Havana conservatory).  She exercised journalism in the students’ newspaper Mella and in the weekly publication HOY.  She related to ICAIC (Cuban film institute) in 1961, as an assistant director of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Jorge Fraga. She had the opportunity to accompany the renowned French filmmaker Agnès Varda in her trip through our country and to collaborate with her in the documentary Saludos cubanos (Cuban greetings).  While she was carrying out her work as assistant director, she began her career as documentary director. The main themes of her work were the people’s culture and traditions, delinquency, racism and women.  She got a promotion as director of fiction films and in 1974 she made De cierta manera (In a certain way), her first and only feature film, finished by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Julio García Espinosa and Rigoberto López, due to her early death that same year. She was the first woman in the Cuban film industry who directed a fiction feature film.
 Susana Barriga

susana-barrigaHavana, 1981. Ms. Barriga graduated in Social Communication in Havana University and in the San Antonio de los Baños Film and Television School, specializing in Documentary Films. She studied in the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. Her documentary films have been awarded in national and international film contests.

 

 

 Tamara Morales

tamara-moralesSanta Clara, 1969.  Actress and Filmmaker.  Graduated from the National School of Art in the specialty of Acting and from the Art Faculty of Audiovisual Communication Media of the Higher Art Institute in the specialty of Direction  Has taken part in numerous TV series and TV movies produced by Cuban Television. Currently works as assistant director at Cuban Institute of Cinematic Arts and Industry. She has also received a wide recognition for her work as filmmaker.

 

 Yanahara Mauri

yanahara-mauriHavana, 1984. Yanahara. Mauri graduated in History of Art in Havana University. She now works as a museologist in the Castillo de la Real Fuerza (Royal Force Castle). She makes shorts and animated films on her own.

 
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