May 03, 2012Movie audiences around the island saw a different side of American life and culture when a program of short U.S. documentaries made a two-week tour of Cuba this spring. Presented by a curator from MoMA’s film department, Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias was a first-time experiment for all concerned—one that its organizers would like to continue.
April 18, 2012Feature films usually grab the spotlight at festivals. But this year’s Havana Film Festival New York is showcasing an exceptionally rich selection of documentary films about Cuban life and culture, all made within the past two years. Documentary film expert Nadine Covert surveys the top picks, including films screening today, tonight, and tomorrow.
March 08, 2012Tomorrow night, the Cuban comedy-horror film Juan of the Dead makes its Florida debut at the Miami Film Festival. The hottest ticket of the festival, it sold out its initial 1,700-seat screening weeks in advance, and more screenings have been added. Cuban Art News caught up with the film’s director, Alejandro Brugués, and producer Inti Herrera for a lengthy conversation about independent film production on the island, the zombie-film genre, and the making of Juan of the Dead.