Kristal Sotomayor is a bilingual (English & Spanish) director, cinematographer, and editor based in Philadelphia. Currently, she is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Scribe Video Center and a Festival Programming Coordinator with the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. In addition, she is working on a documentary about the Latinx immigrant community in Philadelphia.
A non-existent piece of paper is the difference between a family and a broken home. A daughter discovers that her mom is an undocumented immigrant. As this harsh reality sets in, she searches desperately for any means to prevent her mother’s separation. Only a document threatens her mother’s belonging. MORE→
To My Motherland is a personal essay film that blends personal photographs and home videos to explore the complexities of immigration, language, and returning to the motherland. MORE→
Correinte, which means “current” of air or water in Spanish, is a bilingual personal essay film that documents the memories, imagination, and ideas of a young Latina women learning to navigate her identity. MORE→
POST-PRODUCTION: Untitled Chifa Documentary
Supported by the Hanna Holborn Gray Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Bryn Mawr College.
The Hanna Holborn Gray Undergraduate Research Fellowship is a highly selective program giving 15 fellows a $4,500 stipend to spend the summer, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, conducting independent research. My research, “Translation of Chifa in Chinatown in Lima, Peru”, examines the history and importance of chifa, or Peruvian Chinese food. I spent two months researching, networking, and scouting locations to film four interviews with prominent Chinatown chefs and restaurant owners in Peru to create a documentary film on chifa. My research was presented at Bryn Mawr College as well as at the University of Pennsylvania Honors Diversity (PhD) Symposium (9/29/2016 to 10/1/2016).
PRODUCTION: Untitled Immigrant Rights Documentary
Supported by the Film Scholar Fellowship Program through Scribe Video Center. Special support for this program is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The fellowship awards a full tuition scholarship to the inaugural class of Scribes Film Scholar’s program, a new comprehensive series of documentary production workshops. The program develops the skills to plan, raise funds, produce and complete new documentary media works. My documentary will be on undocumented immigration in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
As part of their Annual Appeal campaign, Scribe Video Center produced videos showcasing different programs and members. Check out this video showcasing our Film Scholars Program, a series of courses designed to guide emerging documentary filmmakers from conceptualization through completion of their projects. Kristal Sotomayor is a 2017-2018 Film Scholar Program participant in post-production on …
Good Pitch Local Philadelphia is a day-long networking event showcasing short-form non-fiction media projects that are deeply relevant to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. An opportunity for organizers to connect with media makers within their communities in a model of radical creative collaboration. It was such an honor to present my documentary at Good Pitch Local! The …
As part of the 27th annual Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), I was a festival screener watching and reviewing films. Every October, the Philadelphia Film Society hosts the Philadelphia Film Festival which gathers more than 25,000 dedicated film lovers and scores of talented filmmakers for eleven exceptional days of cinematic splendor. As a world-class film festival, …