Sunday February 25, 2018


Documentary Focus: On Screen at HFFNY

Feature 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.

“Juan of the Dead:” The Making of A Cult Film Hit, Part One

Tomorrow 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.

Bilko Cuervo: "I want the best of human beings"

Bilko Cuervo is the youngest of Cuban filmmakers focusing on short music videos, known on the island as "videoclips." In Jamaica, where he’s currently working, he spoke with Cuban Art News about this little-known Cuban genre, his experiences making videos, and working methods.

Chucho Valdés: A Birthday Tribute

This month, legendary musician and composer Chucho Valdés turned 70. Joaquín Borges-Triana gives us a view of his life and the keys to his infinite creativity.

Exhibition Focus: José Bedia as “Transcultural Pilgrim”

At the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia surveys the artist’s work from an interesting angle, blending his creative and spiritual practices into a seamless whole. The show’s curators, Judith Bettelheim and Janet Catherine Berlo, talked with Cuban Art News about the exhibition, Bedia’s work, and his position in the contemporary art world.
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