Sat, Sep 30|
Clarion Performing Arts Center
499 (2020) by Rodrigo Reyes, Film Screening
Mixing fictional and nonfictional elements, 499 is a creative documentary that explores the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico, nearly five-hundred years after Cortez conquered the Aztec Empire.
Time & Location
Sep 30, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Clarion Performing Arts Center, 2 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
About the Event
Special Jury Award at Hot Docs,
Best Cinematography at Tribeca Film Festival
Watch trailer HERE
Mexican director Rodrigo Reyes (Mexico City, 1983), makes films deeply grounded in his identity as an immigrant artist, crafting a poetic gaze from the margins, using striking imagery to portray the contradictory nature of our shared world, while revealing the potential for transformative change. He has received the support of The Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), Sundance and Tribeca Institutes, while his films have screened on PBS and Netflix. His film “499,” won Best Cinematography at Tribeca and the Special Jury Award at Hot Docs. Rodrigo is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim and Creative Capital Awards, as well as the Rainin Fellowship and the SF Indie Vanguard Award. For years, he has worked to mentor the next generation of diverse artists through his work as a member of the Board of Directors for Video Consortium and Co-Director of the BAVC Mediamaker Fellowship, and teaching masterclasses at renowned institutions such as Berkeley's Journalism School, Princeton, The New School, UCLA and Stanford. In 2022, Rodrigo won the Best Film Award at Sheffield DocFest with his latest feature, “Sansón and Me,” which is being distributed by Cinema Guild and will broadcast on Independent Lens in 2023.
R.Reyes: "As a documentary filmmaker, I ground my work in my identity as a Latinx immigrant, crafting cinema rooted in the margins of Mexico and the United States. Through the use of intimate narratives, combined with striking, poetic imagery, I hope to portray the contradictory nature of our shared world, while revealing the potential for transformative change. I am interested in how systems of control and power interact with reality and impact the lives of individuals whose voices have been erased. While often vast in scope, grappling with issues as complex as immigration, the legacy of colonialism or the carceral system, I always build my stories on a deep bond with real people. I engage their lives with active listening and respect, helping to construct bonds of deep trust and collaboration that aim for artistic excellence. My goal is for audiences to feel moved, outraged and empowered to reimagine our world."
A post-discussion will be moderated by Jeff M. Giordano.
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