WHAT’S NEW AT THIS YEAR’S PHILADELPHIA LATINO FILM FESTIVAL? by Jesenia De Moya Correa
The work-in-progress lab centers on immigrant rights, as two filmmakers — Kristal Sotomayor and Melissa Beatriz — present their documentary ideas and the challenges they’ve faced trying to produce them.
APPLAUDING OSCAR DIVERSITY, PHILLY FILMMAKERS SAY IT’S JUST A START By Ximena Conde
Still, Kristal Sotomayor, another Philadelphia filmmaker and programming coordinator for the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still has a long way to go, calling the institution classist and elitist.
SHOWCASE FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: KRISTAL SOTOMAYOR by Travis Trew
A recent graduate of Bryn Mawr college, Kristal Sotomayor parlayed her interest in filmmaking into an internship with PBS’s POV series, and has received a fellowship with Scribe Video Center to produce a documentary about immigrant rights in Philadelphia. A very personal essay film incorporating poetic narration and family photos, To My Motherland explores the complexities of immigration and integration in the United States.
TO CALL IT HOME: KRISTAL SOTOMAYOR ’17 BRINGS “THE TRADITION OF BRYN MAWR FEARLESSNESS” TO HER FILMMAKING
Kristal Sotomayor ’17 was living her dream this spring when her film, To My Motherland, screened at the Kurzfilmfestival in Germany. Her exploration of identity and the meaning of home appeared in a curated program of 11 films about belonging and acceptance. Her film has also had showings at the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Rough Cut Film Festival, and Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival, and was shortlisted for the Independent Women Films at The Lost Format Society in London.
COMING TO THE NEWTOWN THEATRE: AN EVENING OF INDEPENDENTS AND NEWTOWN’S FIRST PECHA KUCHA NIGHT
To My Mother Land: Blending family photographs and home videos, this experimental personal essay explores the complexities of immigration and integration to life in the United States, the difficulties of returning to the Peruvian motherland, and struggling with a forgotten, decaying language, culture, and ancestry. Directed by Kristal Sotomayor, a comparative literature student at Bryn Mawr College.