Latinx filmmakers are pushing the boundaries of non-fiction, crafting urgent, deeply invigorating films. A conversation centered on race, class and representation featuring filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan (Body Parts), Rebeca Huntt (Beba) and Rodrigo Reyes (Sansón and Me). Moderated by Rick Pérez, Executive Director of the International Documentary Association. Co-presented by Cinema Tropical and the International Documentary Association.
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan has been making documentary and experimental films about gender, the Latinx community, and representation for nearly two decades. Her first feature-length film, GOING ON 13 (2009), covers four years in the lives of four adolescent girls and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her next feature, WONDER WOMEN!! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHERIONES (2013), traces the evolution and legacy of the comic book hero Wonder Woman as a way to reflect on society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. The film garnered numerous awards, premiered at the SXSW Festival and was broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2013. Her following short, WHAT HAPPENED TO HER (2016), explores our cultural obsession with images of the dead woman on screen. The film premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian Film Festival and won the Grand Jury prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. Kristy has won many accolades for her newest short film, ÁGUILAS (2021), about an all-volunteer organization that searches for migrants who go missing as they cross the border between Mexico and the United States. ÁGUILAS won Best Short Documentary at SXSW and is nominated for Best Short Documentary by the International Documentary Association and Cinema Eye Honors. It has subsequently streamed at The New Yorker online and aired on PBS’ POV. Her Sundance-supported feature documentary, BODY PARTS, continues her exploration on the themes of gender and representation. She is currently an Associate Professor at UCLA.
Based in California, Mexican director Rodrigo Reyes makes films inspired by the complex intersection of migration, history, violence and resilience. He has received the support of The Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), Sundance and Tribeca Institutes, ITVS, California Humanities, Latino Public Broadcasting and more. Rodrigo's work has been featured on PBS and Netflix, and he is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Award, the SF Indie Fest Non-Fiction Vanguard Award, and the Rainin Fellowship, and in 2021, he was awarded the William Greaves Fund by Firelight Media, and named one of the "40 Under 40" by DOC NYC. In 2020, his film 499 won Best Cinematography at the Tribeca Film Festival as well as the Special Jury Award at Hot Docs. Rodrigo is on the Board for the Video Consortium, and is the Co-Director of the Mediamaker Fellowship with BAVC Media. In 2022, he was selected as part of the inaugural cohort for the Spark Fund, by Firelight Media. Rodrigo’s latest film, SANSÓN and ME, will premiere at Tribeca in 2022 and broadcast on Independent Lens in 2023.
Rebeca Huntt is an Afro-Latina Writer/Director born and raised in New York City. She wrote and directed her first feature-length film, BEBA, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and will be released by NEON in 2022. She premiered her short film 1-800 LOVABLE at the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival, and has also screened at Oaxaca Film Festival, The Tide Film Festival, Athena Film Festival, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, and The Fader Magazine. Rebeca was recently included in DOC NYC's “40 under 40” list and was a participant in The Gotham Documentary Lab. Rebeca is currently repped by UTA.
“Rick” Pérez is the Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) where he oversees all IDA programs including film funding, filmmaker services, educational programs, and the IDA Awards. Pérez began his documentary career as a filmmaker. He directed and executive produced the feature documentary CESAR’S LAST FAST, a project that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and which the New York Times recognized as one of 20 essential films that captures the Latinx experience.