The U.S. Embassy Introduces First American Independent Film Festival in Nicaragua, projecting a selection of 12 recent films from independent filmmakers from the U.S. The Festival will be held from September 26 to October 3 in Managua, with additional screenings in the cities of Matagalpa and Masaya.
These films offer an alternative perspective of the United States, focusing on topics such as popular culture, human experience, physical and emotional disabilities, and social issues affecting the U.S. and Central America. Through the unique lens of these independent filmmakers, most of whom work outside the film industry of “Hollywood”, these films offer new perspectives on the United States, its citizens, the social and the uniqueness of Americans .
The festival will attend three American independent filmmakers. They are: Harrod Blank (Automorphosis, 2010), son of the internationally renowned filmmaker Les Blank and excellent cinematography by itself; Anayansi Prado (Paraiso for Sale, 2011), educational documentary filmmaker originally from Panama, and Xavier Vanegas (Abby and the Lights in the Sky, 2011), a young American independent director Nica.
The films will be screened every night in Santo Domingo Galleries Cinemas, with presentations at 6:25 pm and at no cost to the general public. The Festival also special screenings will be attended by the directors on Friday September 28 at the Cultural Center of Matagalpa Guanuca, and Saturday, September 29 at the headquarters of the Institute of Hispanic Culture (INCH) Masaya. The projections in Matagalpa and Masaya are equally free. On Wednesday night, October 3, the Festival will host the premiere of the film in Nicaragua “Dreaming Nicaragua” (2009), a co-production of the U.S., Nicaragua and Spain, which follows the lives of four Nicaraguan children and their hopes in the future.
In collaboration with the Cultural Center of Spain in Nicaragua (NECC), the Embassy will offer a series of lectures on American independent cinema, highlighting their art, challenges and responsibilities. These lectures are aimed at anyone interested in independent film, professional and amateur filmmakers, film students and audiovisual communication with interest in developing their own film projects. The sessions will be held on 25, 27 and 29 September and on 1 and 2 October 4 to 6 pm, except on Saturday, 29 will be from 10 am – 12 pm.The three American directors will offer sessions focused on the independent film industry in the U.S. The conversations are open to the public, free and include the study material.
This Festival has been made possible through the support of ICUS, a U.S. documentary film, and the coordination of the Nicaraguan Association of Cinematography (ANCI), the hosts of the festival: Cinemas Galleries, NECC, INCH, and the Cultural Center Guanuca.Special thanks to the Foundation for the premiere Fabretto “Dreaming Nicaragua” and the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the accommodation of guest conductors.