CURRENT FILMMAKER TOURS

Cuban Filmmaker Marcelo Martín to Tour US. Nov. 5-11, 2014

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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.

 

 

 

TOUR SCHEDULE

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Thursday, Nov. 6. 3:30pm

Drexel University
URBN Center Screening Room 349 

Email: inclusion (at) drexel.edu  

New York City Dates

Friday, Nov. 7. 6pm

POV
20 Jay Street, Suite 940
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, Nov. 8. 7:30pm

Maysles Documentary Center
343 Lenox Avenue/
Malcolm X Blvd

Monday, Nov. 10. 5pm

New York University
The Center for Media,Culture, and History
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
Screening Room
53 Washington Square South

Tuesday Nov. 11. 6:30pm

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue.
Room 5103

This is AMI'S fifth US Cuban filmmaker tour. These tours have traveled to 33 college campuses and presented to over 2,000 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's current tour will be screening Mr. Martín's most recent documentary, ELENA

SYNOPSISELENA, 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. Image

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.

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.

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