Cuban Filmmaker Marcelo Martín to Tour US, Fall 2014
This is AMI'S fifth US Cuban filmmaker tour, these tours have traveled to 33 college campuses and presented to over 2000 college students and faculty. In the fall of 2013, AMI brought filmmaker Marilyn Solaya, with her film In the Wrong Body, on a tour of nine universities. AMI is currently looking for sponsors of our Fall 2014 Tour with Marcelo Martín. The tour dates range for two weeks from the beginning of November and are schedule on a first come, first serve basis.
The tour will be screening Mr. Martín's most recent documentary, ELENA. AMI will be asking for an honorarium plus housing and transportation for two people.
The new Cuban documentary, Elena follows several residents in the Elena building located in Central Havana over a three-year period and represents one of the first contemporary investigative documentaries made in Cuba about a serious problem that is affecting many Cubans. Elena was filmed with a small mini-dv camera by Director, Marcelo Martín. Mr. Martín is part of the new generation of documentary filmmakers living in Cuba who are documenting the many serious issues facing Cuban society with the intent to provoke discussion within Cuba.
Bio: Marcelo Martín
Marcelo Martín graduated from Visual Communication Design at the Superior Institute of Design (ISDI), and began as a director of television commercials. Marcelo has directed numerous documentaries and advertising and commercial productions. He currently works as a Director and Publicist connected to various film production companies and advertising agencies inside and outside of Cuba.
SYNOPSIS: ELENA, Dir. Marcelo Martín, 42:20, 2012 (Spanish with English subtitles)
Since 1988, following a decision by the government to demolish the bathrooms and kitchens of a wing of the building Elena, the inhabitants still await the repairs.
These tenants of Elena are experiencing an alarming deterioration of their property along with the social degradation that has affected their daily life. Threatened by an imminent collapse of their building these residents are also victims of endless broken promised by the government. Some await a miracle while others have adapted to coexist with misery, where even death doesn’t scare them anymore. Elena is just one example among thousands of buildings in Havana in similar conditions.
Script and Direction: MARCELO MARTÍN
Production: MARCELO MARTÍN / VICENTE SENDRA
Editing: DANIEL DIEZ, Jr.
Camera: MARCELO MARTÍN / DANIEL DIEZ, Jr.
Investigation: MAYELÍN NÚÑEZ
Soundtrack: ESTEBAN VÁZQUEZ
Original Music: DARIAN CABANELAS
Produced by: ABARCA FILMS / ORPROSEN INC
Nov 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
The Center for the Humanities
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5103
New York, NY 10016-4309