Women FilmmakeRs on the edge
THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING
242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
July 27th, 2018 at 8:00pm
In this panel the guests will discuss issues facing women filmmakers in the Dominican film industry such as: challenges particular to female filmmakers & methods used to overcome them; approaches for dealing with important societal issues via cinema; how the availability of newer technologies would impact their cinema; unique ways in which Dominican women filmmakers have developed to communicate their ideas cinematically and how these can be further developed; any problems involved in being a female filmmaker in a largely male dominated industry including working with all male production crews.
Yvette Marichal is General Director of the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCINE), and has first-hand experience with the growth and development of the film industry in the country. She graduated in Communication Arts and later obtained a master’s in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University. Since then she has worked as a magazine editor and on a series of television shows as both a presenter and producer. She also served as the Dominican Republic’s Global Film Festival’s Creative & Communications Director until 2014, when she was appointed to her current position.
Laura Amelia Guzmán graduated from the School Fine Arts and Design in Altos de Chavón and later received her degree in Cinematography from The International School of Film and Television in Cuba ( EICTV). She has directed a feature films in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and has worked with her husband on a variety of titles including COCHOCHI (2007) and JEAN GENTIL (2010), which both premiered in the Venice Biennale; the documentary CARMITA (2013); DÓLARES DE ARENA (2014), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; SAMBA (2017); and her latest film, NOEMI (2018), which will screen at this year’s Dominican Film Festival NY.
Zumaya Cordero, was born in the Dominican Republic but grew up in Puerto Rico, where she attended the Central University of Bayamón, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. She went on to receive an M.A. in Senior Management from the University of Phoenix. Since 1998 she has worked in the theater chain Caribbean Cinemas- first in Puerto Rico where she was promoted to Regional Manager, and later in the Dominican Republic as Director of Operations. Currently, she is the General Director of both the chain and the Fine Arts International Film Festival, where she handles the distribution of Dominican films within Caribbean Films Distribution and the programming of cutting-edge independent cinema. Cordero also worked as producer on the films COLAO and QUE LEON.
Sharinna “Shary” Allan is an actress, voice-over talent and model for commercials and editorials in New York. Her credits in Television include an appearance on Law & Order: SVU and national commercials for Coffee-Mate, Bud Light and Bank of America. She was worked in voice-overs for commercials for companies such as Delta, Heineken, McDonald’s, Pull-Ups and AT&T. Outside of commercials and acting, Shary has experience as a TV host in both English and Spanish, and has worked for Latin channels such as Univision and Telefutura (now known as UniMás) She received her B.A. in TV and Production at Barry University in Miami, FL.
Dilia Pacheco Méndez is a director and producer from the Dominican Republic. Her directorial debut, GIRASOL (2017), won Best Feature at the Toronto Independent Film Awards (2017) and was nominated for Best First Feature in the Premios Iberoamericanos Platino, as well as the Dominican La Silla awards. From TV commercials to short films and feature-length pictures, Pacheco has directed and produced a number of projects, including NURIA (2012), a prime-time investigative journalism program along the lines of 48 HOURS or 60 MINUTES. Currently, Pacheco is developing her second feature, ALL ITS GLORY, a darkly humorous criminal drama.
Sonalii Castillo is native of Dominican Republic born in France, and completed her formal education in Europe. Her family eventually transitioned to New York City. Striking and an undeniable beauty, Sonalii caught the eye of several modeling agencies where she worked in print and commercials. She has also landed high profile roles on top-rated network shows such as CBS’s NCIS:LA, WITHOUT A TRACE, CSI: MIAMI and NBC’s HEROES. She has recently completed filming REBOOT, a cyberpunk short film that is quickly creating buzz on the net and building a following worldwide.