Kristal Sotomayor is a bilingual Latinx documentary filmmaker, journalist, and curator based in Philadelphia.
To My Motherland
Alx Through the Labyrinth
Kristal is in-production on Expanding Sanctuary and in-development on Alx Through The Labyrinth. Their work has been supported by the If/Then North Shorts Residency, MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute Visiting Fellowship, BAVC Serial Storytelling Lab, DCTV Docu Work-In-Progress Lab, Justice For My Sister Sci-Fi TV Screenwriting Lab, Good Pitch Local: Philadelphia Lab, Independence Public Media Foundation, and NeXtDoc Fellowship.
Programmer & Curator
They are a festival programmer for SFFILM, True/False Film Fest, and Frameline. Formerly, served as the Programming Director of the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and Awards Competition Manager for the IDA Documentary Awards. They have assisted with curation for the “Spotlight on Documentaries” at IFP Week, Philadelphia Film Festival, and POV | American Documentary. They received training from the Film Festival Alliance’s Film Festival Leadership Lab Fellowship.
Journalist & Film Critic
Kristal is the Editor in Chief of the cinéSPEAK Journal and Co-Founder/Journalist of ¡Presente! Media. They have written for ITVS, AL DÍA, WHYY, Autostraddle, Modern Brown Girl and Documentary Magazine. Kristal’s writing has been supported by the Sundance Institute Press Inclusion Initiative, TIFF Media Inclusion Initiative, Documentary Magazine Editorial Fellowship, NBC University Visual Storytelling During Breaking News Program, and Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative.
Drawing inspiration from their Peruvian heritage, Kristal’s community-based work practice focuses on Latinidad, immigration, and belonging. They are an organizer for The Video Consortium: Philadelphia. Formerly, Kristal was the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the community media arts organization Scribe Video Center. They have received leadership training from the Rockwood Documentary Leaders Fellowship, NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute and the Arts + Business Council [Virtual] Creative Exchange Program.
“Although this event was virtual, Kristal was an engaging participant with honest and poignant responses. We look forward to being able to host Kristal Sotomayor again at the University of Pennsylvania.”
– Akira Drake Rodriguez, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
“Kristal led an impactful hour-long discussion, responding to students’ questions around form, process, and ethics in their film, Expanding Sanctuary, and lending critical insight to building a career as an artist.”
– Drew Swedberg, Teaching Assistant for the Doc Storymaking program at Muhlenberg College
Rita Moreno Off-Screen: An Interview with the Puerto Rican Women Behind the Intimate Documentary – cinéSPEAK
The American Masters documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, directed by Mariem Pérez Riera,paints a detailed picture of icon Rita Moreno’s background, challenges and successes. Read More
Philadelphia Has a Long History of Fights Over Criminal – Independent Lens
In order to understand the rich history of criminal reform work, up through the vivid stories of crime and punishment presented in the docuseries Philly D.A., it is important to recognize Philadelphia’s origin story, as it were. Read More
Sundance and TIFF Press Inclusion Initiatives: Reflections from an Awardee – Documentary Magazine
While I am thankful for the continued support, the Sundance Press Inclusion Initiative has proven to be a vital, albeit flawed, program for underrepresented film critics to cover the Sundance Film Festival. Read More
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