At the Helm: Women Filmmakers

Terra Hall

The School of Film presents "At the Helm: Women Filmmakers," a visiting artist program with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The new program continues with a master class, film screening and Q&A session by award-winning filmmaker Natalia Almada.

The "Natalia Almada: Expanding the Boundaries of Documentary" master class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in 1408 Terra Hall. The class is free and open to the public and the University community, but there is limited space and pre-registration is required. Please e-mail to reserve your spot.

Almada will discuss the making of her critically acclaimed film "El Velador (The Night Watchman)." From shooting solo in a Mexican cemetery to finding the cinematic language and structure that would best express her vision, Almada will discuss the "improvisation with reality" in her latest film.

A screening of "El Velador (The Night Watchman)" will be held at 8 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium, 806 Terra Hall, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. The screening is free and open to the public and the University community.

About "El Velador (The Night Watchman)"
Night after night, Martin watches over the extravagant mausoleums of Mexico's most notorious drug lords like a guardian angel. Set in a massive, labyrinthine cemetery in the hours between dusk and dawn, "El Velador" is a peaceful mediation on violence. Almada's haunting documentary reminds us that even today, during the turmoil of Mexico's bloodiest conflict since the revolution, ordinary life persists.

About Natalia Almada
A recipient of the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award for her film "El General," Almada's most recent film "El Velador" (2011) is a haunting look at violence through the eyes of the night watchman of Mexico's most notorious narco-cemetery. Her previous credits include "All Water Has a Perfect Memory," an experimental short film that received international recognition, and "Al Otro Lado," her award-winning debut feature documentary about immigration, drug trafficking and corrido music. Almada's films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Biennial. Her three feature documentaries were all selected for broadcast on POV, the award-winning PBS television series. Almada is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 USA Artist Fellow, a 2011 Alpert Award recipient and a 2011 TEDx Speaker. Almada graduated with a MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and lives in Mexico City and Brooklyn, New York.

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