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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART

TFF 2016 Directed by Cecilia Aldarondo
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART [TFF 2016]
Twenty five years after Miguel died from AIDS, his niece, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, embarks on an excavation into a quagmire of unresolved family drama. Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, Cecilia locates Miguel’s lover Robert, who has been shunned and demonized by the family, in order to understand the whole story. Braiding recently discovered home movies, interviews, and contemporary vérité footage, Memories of a Penitent Heart dissects a family secret while exploring the AIDS crisis and the rarely heard story of Latino artists who died in the early days of the epidemic. This is a moving story about mistakes of the past and second chances that also questions how faith is used in times of crisis.

—Dan Hunt
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Female Director(s), Documentary, Latino Director(s)
Twenty five years after Miguel died from AIDS, his niece, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, embarks on an excavation into a quagmire of unresolved family drama. Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, Cecilia locates Miguel’s lover Robert, who has been shunned and demonized by the family, in order to understand the whole story. Braiding recently discovered home movies, interviews, and contemporary vérité footage, Memories of a Penitent Heart dissects a family secret while exploring the AIDS crisis and the rarely heard story of Latino artists who died in the early days of the epidemic. This is a moving story about mistakes of the past and second chances that also questions how faith is used in times of crisis.

—Dan Hunt
Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 74 minutes
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA, Puerto Rico
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Cecilia Aldarondo
Producer: Cecilia Aldarondo, Patricia Benabe
Editor: Hannah Buck
Cinematographer: Brennan Vance
Executive Producer: Esther Robinson
Composer: Angélica Negrón
Contacts

Press Contact
David Magdael
David Magdael & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827
dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com

Print Source
Cecilia Aldarondo
Blackscrackle Films
Stillwater, NY 12118
Phone: 917 375 0081
cecilia@penitentheart.com

US Sales Contact
Cecilia Aldarondo
Blackscrackle Films
Stillwater, NY 12118
Phone: 917 375 0081
cecilia@penitentheart.com

International Sales Contact
Cecilia Aldarondo
Blackscrackle Films
Stillwater, NY 12118
Phone: 917 375 0081
cecilia@penitentheart.com

Press Contact
Jack Song
David Magdael & Associates
LOS ANGELES, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827
JSONG@TCDM-ASSOCIATES.COM

Press Contact
Francisco Sanchez
David Magdael & Associates
LOS ANGELES, CA 90015
Phone: 213 624 7827
FSANCHEZ@TCDM-ASSOCIATES.COM

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About the Director(s)
Cecilia Aldarondo is one of FILMMAKER Magazine's ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’ of 2015. Her directorial debut Memories of a Penitent Heart received support from the MacDowell Colony, Sundance Institute, IFP, Jerome Foundation, Firelight Media and NYSCA among others. She is Assistant Professor of Film at Skidmore College.

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