Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

CMAS-MALS PlaticArte: A Conversation Between Natalia Almada and Jim Mendiola

Tue, April 12, 2016 | Gordon-White Building Multi-Purpose Room (GWB 2.206), The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) are proud to host a platicarte event featuring a conversation between noted filmmakers Natalia Almada and Jim Mendiola.

Mendiola will engage Almada in a conversation about her films and the process of film production, cross-border collaborations, and the themes of history, memory and contemporary social and political issues.

Natalia Almada is a recipient of the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award for her film “El General.” Almada’s most recent film “El Velador” premiered at New Directors/New Films and the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight. Her previous credits include “All Water Has a Perfect Memory,” an experimental short film that received international recognition; “Al Otro Lado,” her award-winning debut feature documentary about immigration, drug trafficking and corrido music. Almada has received the MacArthur, Guggenheim, USA Artists, Alpert and MacDowell fellowships. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in Mexico City.

Jim Mendiola is an independent filmmaker, curator, and writer. A Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellow, Mendiola's films have screened in film festivals, museums, and colleges in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. His projects have been supported by ITVS, Film Independent, Mun2, and the Sundance Filmmakers Lab, among others. Mendiola created the film program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and has programmed for multiple festivals and galleries. He sits on the board of the National Association of Independent Filmmakers. Mendiola is currently an artist-in-residence at CMAS where he is working on a project to create a digital archive on the history of U.S. Chicano/Latino independent filmmaking. He is also the director of the San Antonio CineFestival.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS), the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Latitude (student group, UT Austin)

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