ELIÁN

Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

USA, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland | 108 MINUTES

ELIÁN

Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
As the new millennium began, one news story captured the attention and hearts of nearly every American. On Thanksgiving 1999, a young Cuban boy named Elián González was found floating in the Florida Straits by himself after his mother drowned trying to seek refuge in the United States. Before long, the 5-year-old González became the centerpiece of an intense custody battle between his father back in Cuba and his relatives in Miami, which, in turn, brought attention to the long-brewing tensions between Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the U.S. Throughout the news coverage, though, one voice was too young to join the heated international conversation: that of Elián himself. Eighteen years later, in the wake of Fidel Castro’s monumental death last November, ELIÁN lets the now 23-year-old tell his story, along with the other key players, of one of the biggest news events in modern times. Executive produced by Alex Gibney, Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell use Elián’s intimate details as the jumping-off point for a powerfully relevant historical account.

—Matt Barone

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, Tim Golden has covered Cuba from Havana, Washington and Miami during a 20-year career at The New York Times. Twice nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award, Ross McDonnell’s work has screened at festivals around the world. His first documentary Colony won the First Appearance Award at IDFA in Amsterdam.
Director
Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell
Screenwriter
Tim Golden
Cinematographer
Ross McDonnell
Editor
Michael J. Palmer, Hannah Vanderlan
Composer
McKenzie Stubbert
Executive Producer
Alex Gibney, Amy Entelis (CNN Films), Kate Townsend (BBC Storyville), Mary Callery (Irish Film Board), Andrew Reid (Northern Ireland Screen), Greg Phillips (Content Media), Jonathan Ford (Content Media), Maiken Baird, Brendan J. Byrne, Richard Perello, Stacey Offman
Producer
Trevor Birney
Associate Producer
Oisín Kearney
Co-Producer
Erin Edeiken
Line Producer
Jenny Kubo
Financiers
CNN, Content Media, Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board and The Silver Fund
Production Companies
Fine Point Films, Jigsaw Productions

CONTACTS

Print Source
Trevor Birney
Fine Point Films
Belfast, BT14GJ
Phone: +44 289 031 5522
tbirney@finepointfilms.com
Press Contact
Donna Daniels
Daniels Murphy Communications
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212 414 0408
ddaniels@danielsmurphy.com
International Sales Contact
Jonathan Ford
Content Media Corporation
London, BT1 4GJ
Phone: +44 773 460 6996
jonathan.ford@contentmediacorp.com
Print Source
Oisín Kearney
Fine Point Films
Belfast, BT14GJ
Phone: +44 774 631 3982
okearney@finepointfilms.com
US Sales Contact
Jonathan Ford
Content Media Corporation
London, BT1 4GJ
Phone: +44 773 460 6996
jonathan.ford@contentmediacorp.com