Updated: Dec 6, 2022
Hi everyone. So I made a webpage, finally, with a blog. Here I'll be posting what I am thinking about and what I am doing: these days: film, art, life, Fotofocus, Cincinnati.
So what am I doing right now? I am very excited about being in the Fotofocus Biennial, starting this week. Wow. Fotofocus has a ridiculous number of events focusing on photography and lens-based arts like film, for the entire month of October in Cincinnati., and I get to be a part of it. I've gone to some of them already and met some of the artists.
The arts scene in Cincinnati is very particular. If you don't know about it, you just don't know. There are tons of artists here, including some people working on a very high level. And like the small city that it is, it is a place where people are accessible and friendly. I just keep on meeting artists. It's a process of constant discovery.
Coming from teaching film and working with filmmakers in Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean in general, what I am thinking about is film and the Caribbean. More specifically, I am thinking about hurricanes. The theme of the biennial is climate change. and the film series I am doing for it is called Jurakán: four films that all focus on hurricanes from Caribbean perspectives: Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic. Check out the flyer I made posted here. Each presentation will start with short films by students from the Film Certificate at UPR-Mayagüez and the School of Fine Arts in San Juan, followed by a feature, followed by a conversation with filmmakers and scholars, and finally a reception. I like a dialectic approach. I like to start conversations. I hope that there are things that people see in these films that surprise them, that get them asking questions. I want people from different places to talk to each other.
If by any chance you are in the area, come by the Garfield Theater, watch the films, meet people, eat, drink, talk.