Puerto Rico

  • Where: San Juan and Ponce
    When: June 10-15, 2013

    FILM FORWARD heads to Puerto Rico for a third year collaborating with the Puerto Rico Film Society.  Filmmakers Josh Penn (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Musa Syeed (Valley of Saints)  join the program for five days of film screenings and discussions.  All eight FILM FORWARD films will screen in Puerto Rico and new this year is the ShortsLab which will take place on Friday, June 14.

    Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the story of a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee where a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphan hood.  Valley of Saints is a moving drama that explores the relationship between two best friends and the female researcher, studying environmental degradation on Kashmir’s Dal Lake, who threatens to distract them from their dreams of escape.

    Other films that will be screening with this program but without filmmaker representatives are: Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, Chasing Ice, The Light In Her Eyes, The Loving Story, Town of Runners, and Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna).

    Schedule Of Events

    All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

    Monday, June 10
    San Juan
    7:30pm: The Light In Her Eyes
    Discussion following the film
    Museo de San Juan

    Tuesday, June 11
    San Juan
    1:00pm: Chasing Ice 
    Discussion following the film
    Taller de Fotoperiodismo

    7:30pm: Town of Runners 
    Discussion following the film
    Museo de San Juan

    Wednesday, June 12
    San Juan
    7:30pm: Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Producer Josh Penn will be in attendance for a discussion following the film 
    Teatro Arriví

    Thursday, June 13
    San Juan
    10:00am: Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Producer Josh Penn will be in attendance for a discussion following the film 

    1:00pm: Valley of Saints 
    Director Musa Syeed will be in attendance for a discussion following the film 

    2:30pm: Film and Ecology Discussion
    Discussion with filmmakers Josh Penn and Musa Syeed moderated by Carmen Oquendo

    7:30pm: Valley of Saints 
    Director Musa Syeed will be in attendance for a discussion following the film 
    Casa Blanca

    Friday, June 14
    San Juan 

    ShortsLab 9:00am – 1:30pm
    Archivo Nacional

    First Session: 9:00am - 11:00am 
    Filmmakers and a Short Film Programmer from the festival will present short films and talk about the process of making them, and how to navigate the film festival world at large, with plenty of time for questions from the attendees.

    Second Session: 11:10am - 1:30pm
    In a second part, the speakers will work with local filmmakers on more specific topics, such as:
    Sundance Film Festival Overview: What types of shorts are programmed at Sundance and what is the selection process?
    Festival Experience: How Festivals help filmmakers.
    Original Voice: Qualities of an auteur and suggestions for developing your unique voice.
    Collaboration: Working with actors.
    Producing with Limited Resources: Strategies for making films with limited resources.
    Global Filmmaking: A discussion of the global nature of the filmmakers and films.

    1:30pm: Bones Brigade
    Skype discussion with Director Stacy Peralta following the film

    2:30pm: Work-In-Progress Feedback Session (Private)
    Archivo Nacional 

    Saturday, June 15
    3:00pm: The Loving Story
    Discussion following the film
    Biblioteca Municipal Mariana Suárez de Longo

    5:00pm: Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Producer Josh Penn will be in attendance for a discussion following the film 
    Museum of Art of Ponce 

    7:30pm: Valley of Saints 
    Director Musa Syeed will be in attendance for a discussion following the film
    Museum of Art of Ponce

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  • Program Collaborators

    Puerto Rico Film Society
    The Puerto Rico Film Society is a bridge to underserved communities that do not have immediate exposure to independent films. The Society has partnered with museums, educational institutions and local organizations which provides access to free monthly screenings. Our mission is to encourage and build conversation through independent and international cinema, that brings Puerto Rican audiences together to unite, educate and create dialog around contemporary, cultural and current issues.


    Pimienta is a Puerto Rican corporation dedicated to the development, production and promotion of local and international film projects. The company provides all type of production advisory services related to the production process. Pimienta is run by a remarkable team of film professionals dedicated to make films happen in Puerto Rico with the skills and passion, to handle effectively every step of the process, from development to delivery. The Team is headed by Luillo Ruiz, who is one of the leading producers in Puerto Rico, with over fifteen years of experience producing commercials and feature films.

    The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture
    Mission: To conserve, promote, enrich, and divulge the cultural values as well as the arts of the people of Puerto Rico in order to provide citizens with a more extensive and profound knowledge. (Spanish: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña), or ICP, for short, is an institution of the Government of Puerto Rico responsible for the establishment of the cultural policies required in order to study, preserve, promote, enrich, and diffuse the cultural values of Puerto Rico. Since October 1992, its headquarters have been located at the site of the old colonial Spanish Welfare House in Old San Juan. The ICP was created by order of Law Number 89, signed June 21, 1955, and it started operating in November of that year. Its first Executive Director was Dr. Ricardo Alegría

    The Center of Cinematography, Arts and Television (CCAT) was founded in December 1993, when Mr. Jorge Garcia and Mr. Jorge Fusaro, committed to the education and development of sciences, arts and television, acquired the Ofelia D ‘ Acosta Academy of Art, founded in 1979. In the same month the name was changed to College of Sciences, Arts and Television, and it was moved to its new facilities located in Lot 15, Escorial street in the Industrial Urbanization Mario Juliá de Caparra Heights in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. During the past years, CCAT has maintained a steady growth, responding to market demands and to the community it serves.

    In May 2002, CCAT moved its operations to Bayamón, in order to continue its growth plans and expansion of academic offerings, and in May 2008, open its branch campus in Miami, FL

    The Photojournalism Workshop is a nonprofit organization created in 1994 by a group of photographers and journalists, led by Ismael Fernández Reyes, president and founder.

    The motivation behind the workshop was to promote education and the use of technology in children and youth. We held summer camps and educational projects during the semester.

    From 1994 to present have benefited from the educational offerings of the workshop at least 25,000 children and young people from 7-18 years old.

    Beta-Local is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practice through various programs:

    La Práctica, a post-academic study and production program, through which Fellows coming from diverse disciplines take a project from concept to production.

    The Harbor: a residency program for visiting international artists, architects, designers and other cultural producers. Visitors to Beta-Local, develop projects, workshops and offer lectures on a variety of subjects related to art and other creative disciplines to the general public and to La Práctica Fellows.

    La Ivan Illich, an open experimental school through which the participating public suggests, requests and creates courses and workshops and a full schedule of public programming which includes exhibitions, lectures, Pin-ups (open critiques), screenings and publications.

    We also have a small reference library, La Esquina, focused on art and designopen once a week to the general public.

    Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico
    In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

    Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. We are truly The Positive Place For Kids. Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico have seven clubs located at Santurce, Río Piedras, Mayagüez, San Lorenzo, Carolina, Arecibo, Aguas Buenas and Loiza.

    Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP), is an art museum located on Las Americas Avenue in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is considered the finest art museum in Puerto Rico. It houses a collection of European art, as well as work by Puerto Rican artists. The largest art museum in the Caribbean,it has also been called one of the best in the Americas. The museum contains one of the most important pre-Raphaelite collections in the Western Hemisphere, holding some 4,500 pieces of art distributed among fourteen galleries. It is the only museum in Puerto Rico accredited by the American Association of Museums. It was founded by politician and philanthropist Luis A. Ferré, and its current building was officially inaugurated on December 28, 1965.

    The Municipality of Ponce, officially the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce, is located in the Southern Coastal Plain region of the island, south of Adjuntas, Utuado, and Jayuya; east of Peñuelas; west of Juana Díaz; and bordered on the south by the Caribbean Sea. The municipality has a total of 31 barrios (wards), including 19 outside the city's urban area and 12 in the urban area of the city. The historic Ponce Pueblo district, located in the downtown area of the city, is shared by several of the downtown barrios, and is located approximately three miles inland from the shores of the Caribbean. Ponce is a principal city of both the Ponce Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Ponce-Yauco-Coamo Combined Statistical Area. The municipality of Ponce is the second largest in Puerto Rico by land area, and it was the first in Puerto Rico to obtain its autonomy, becoming The Autonomous Municipality of Ponce in 1992.

    Ponce, Puerto Rico's most populated city outside the San Juan metropolitan area, is named for Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the great-grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. Ponce is often referred to as La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South), La Ciudad Señorial (The Noble, or Lordly, City), and La Ciudad de las Quenepas (Genip City). The city serves as the governmental seat of the autonomous municipality as well as the regional hub for various Government of Puerto Rico entities, such as the Judiciary of Puerto Rico. It is also the regional center for various other commonwealth and federal government agencies.

    The Ponce Municipal Library, formally, Biblioteca Municipal Mariana Suárez de Longo (English: Mariana Suárez de Longo Municipal Library), and also known as Biblioteca Publica de Ponce (English: Ponce Public Library), is the library system of the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Founded in 1870, it is the oldest public library in Puerto Rico. The system has its main library on Miguel Pou Boulevard, in barrio San Antón, in the city of Ponce, and seven “satellite” library branches, three in the city proper and four elsewhere in the municipality of Ponce. In August 2007, a new facility, designed specifically as a library, was inaugurated on Bulevar Miguel Pou.

    Y no había luz
    The theatre company Y no había Luz was founded in 2005 . Arises for the purpose of carrying out artistic projects to contribute to the growth and development of Puerto Rican culture and educational art, providing direct access to underserved communities to the visual and performing arts through workshops or other cultural management projects.

    Project Corporation Martin Martín Peña ENLACE
    The Project ENLACE Caño Martín Peña was forged as a result of hundreds of citizen participation activities. The public corporation that bears his name was designed by the community, and links to public, private and community to implement the Comprehensive Development Plan and Land Uses, including home improvements, infrastructure, urban planning, economic development and Caño dredging. The Land Trust of Caño Martín Peña is the mechanism adopted by communities to ensure that the community remains as the major player in this area of the city, becoming protagonists of their future, working collectively to enable the implementation of the Plan and thus overcome social exclusion and poverty.

    The LINK Project promotes reconciliation, integration and productive relationship between the communities on both sides of the spout, between these communities and the city, between the urban environment and the natural environment, including physical development strategies space, housing and socio-economic and between social actors implement the Development Plan. This gives rise to its name: LINK. Link works directly with seven communities in coordination with Project Cantera Peninsula.

    The G-8 Inc. , is a nonprofit organization, incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, in the Department of State on June 28, 2004. It brings together the community leadership of the eight communities surrounding the Caño Martín Peña.

    The G-8, Inc., becomes the unifying entity that brings together community-based organizations, civic and recreational activities of each of the communities. The main purpose is to ensure the continuance of the same, before the proposed relocation processes in the Comprehensive Development Plan Special Planning District Martín Peña.

    Through the G-8, Inc. is able to create legislation that recognizes community participation of communities in the Caño Martín Peña.

    Through Act No. 489 of September 24, 2004, Article 5 empowers the G-8, Inc., to submit the list of candidates that both the Governor and the Hon Hon Mayor of San Juan used to designate the members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation Link Project Caño Martín Peña, who represent the community sector.

    Our vision is to develop, maintain and strengthen the communities surrounding the Caño Martín Peña, promoting a sustainable and prosperous economy. That they can enjoy a secure infrastructure, adequate and habitable, in a natural, healthy, clean and in harmony for the enjoyment of residents. Promote real and effective participation of the residents of our communities in all aspects, including the development of the work plan and the decision-making process.

    Our mission is to promote interest and effective and assertive participation of the residents of each of the eight communities through the development and implementation of programs, strategies and activities for permanence, self-management and integrated development, improving our quality of life.

    The ACLU is the guardian of liberty in the United States. We work daily incourts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individualrights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the Constitution and lawsof the United States, and in the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law is settled in the City of Ponce, Puerto Rico on the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico main campus. It was established in 1961.It was the first private law school established in Puerto Rico. The law school is located in the Spellman Building and was founded in 1961 by Monsignor Fremiot Torres Oliver. The law school received the accreditation from the Puerto Rico Superior Education Council of Puerto Rico on April 13, 1964. The American Bar Association granted provisional accreditation on April 13, 1967, and final accreditation on August 1972. The Law School offers the course of study leading to the J.D. degree through a three year full-time day and a four year part-time evening programs.

    Movimiento Amplio de Mujeres de Puerto Rico
    A group of nonprofit organizations, feminists in their individual character with the primary mission to work from a gender perspective for the welfare of the women of our country. We currently have representatives from across the island.

    Casa Blanca
    Casa Blanca was built in 1521 as the first "fort" in Old San Juan. This "strong-house" was lived in by the descendants of Ponce de Leon. It was used by the Spanish military, then later by the United States as a residence for military commanders until 1966. Today the mansion is a National Historic Monument. Part of the building has been refurnished with a valuable collection of furniture and decorative objects from the 16th -18th centuries. It depicts domestic life of a well-to-do family. One of the best parts of the facility is the large, cool gardens. It has many water features and lovely lush greens and beautiful views of the bay.

    Archivo Nacional de Puerto Rico
    The General Archive of Puerto Rico currently occupies the building formerly known as Puerta de Tierra Jail.'s Edificaci originally oncebida ng c Civil Hospital then became Provincial Jail after cigar factory of Porto Rican-American Tobacco & Co and later Distillery Bacardi Rum. This building, completed in 1887 was the last monumental construction Spanish government made in America.

    The General Archive of Puerto Rico is the institution that provision of the Act No. 5, (Approved December 8, 1955 and amended by Act No. 77 of June 13, 1960 and No. 63 of June 4, 1979), "To establish a conservation program and Disposal of Public Documents", serves as the official custodian of any public document transferred by him under the said Act, and provided that it would respond administratively to the University of Puerto Rico and its operation was subject to supervision of the President, who appointed Ms. Georgina Washerman of Raffucci as the first Archivist in office. In 1956, Governor Luis Muñoz Marín issued an executive order in which file management pierced the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. Regulation 23, written in relation to this legislation, states that government agencies prepare lists of documents available to send to the General Archivist so that those who have permanent value to become part of the collection of AGPR. Regulation applies to all agencies of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Among other things, it provides the general rule that the original tax documents are retained for six (6) years or until an intervention made by the Comptroller, whichever occurs first.

    Museo de San Juan
    Located in a Spanish colonial building at the corner of Calle MacArthur, this cultural center was the city's main marketplace in the mid-19th century. Local art is displayed in the east and west galleries, and audiovisual materials reveal the history of the city. Sometimes major cultural events are staged in the museum's large courtyard.

    Municipality of San Juan
    Officially Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista (Municipality of the Capital City, Saint John the Baptist), is the capital and most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 395,326 making it the 46th-largest city under the jurisdiction of the United States. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City"). Puerto Rico's capital is the second oldest European-established city in the Americas, after Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. Several historical buildings are located in San Juan; among the most notable are the city's former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas.Today, San Juan is one of Puerto Rico's most important seaports, and is the island's manufacturing financial, cultural, and tourism center.

    Teatro Arrivi
    This art deco theater was built in 1939-40 (formerly known as Teatro Matienzo). Located in Santurce Puerto Rico.

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