J. Xavier Velasco
J. Xavier Velasco is an award-winning Mexican filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. His short film Juan & La Borrega (2011) got a Mexican Academy Ariel Award nomination in 2012 for Best Short Fiction Film and it has its US premiere at the AFI Fest 2012. His latest short film Zerch (2015) world premiered at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea and was acquired by the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival to be released on DVD. Both short films were supported with grants from the Mexican Film Institute IMCINE. Velasco produced the movie Mi America (2015), which is being distributed by HBO. He collaborated as associate producer on the movie En el Séptimo Día (2017), which premiered at the BAMcinemaFest and screened at the Locarno Film Festival; and he also co-produced the feature documentary I'm Leaving Now (2018) which premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2018.
Velasco is about to release a new short film titled Above and Below the Waves (2018), and he is currently in the postproduction of the Sci-Fi short film Atl and also developing his first feature film as director.
NLW 2018, Proyector Film Program
Proyector presents a selection of short films from New York-based, Mexican filmmakers.
From science fiction to hybrid documentary, pure non-fiction, stop-motion animation, and even a music video, the diversity of styles of this program provides a glimpse at the interests and points of view of an array of expats, now living in the big apple.
Featuring several New York premieres, the program’s filmmakers are: Lindsey Cordero, Claudia Zamora, J. Xavier Velasco, Armando Croda, Gabriel Noguez, Rodrigo Olivar and Fernando Ruiz.
Curated by Sebastian Diaz and Melissa Saucedo.
Proyector is a showcase of contemporary Mexican films that, despite receiving praise and recognition at international festivals, often get limited exposure in the US. The series opens a platform to discuss the films’ atypical production conventions and Mexico's diverse realities with panels of filmmakers and experts.
PERDIMOS LA RUMBA (Non-fiction)
Dir. Rodrigo Olivar
An old musician sharing a taxi cab claims that San Antonio, his home town, was cursed; they had lost the "Manana", a term Cubans use to describe 'the magic musicianss have in their heart to connect with their audience”. He was fleeing to prove his talent before he also lost the Manana.
Dir. Claudia Zamora
An audiovisual meditation of the reconstruction of space and memory along the Coney Island boardwalk. Brooklyn, NY.
Dir. Gabriel Noguez
Dir. Armando Croda, Fernando Ruiz
The Last Light
Dir. Angelita Mendoza
The innocence and the developing evils of youth collide when two children’s paths cross in an abandoned house.
PELON (Hybrid fiction/non-fiction)
Dir. Lindsey Cordero, Armando Croda
MANGLE VERDE (Experimental)
Dir. Lindsey Cordero
SLV “BARRAS DE ORO” (Music Video)
Dir. Lindsey Cordero
SLEEPER’S EYE - CHAPTER 1 (Narrative, Science fiction)
Dir. J. Xavier Velasco
A charming girl napping, dreams herself in a haunting moment of oneiric reality.
Part of a one-minute film series created by J. Xavier Velasco.
JUAN Y LA BORREGA (Narrative)
Dir. J. Xavier Velasco
Juan works in a uniforms store. A safe, mundane life without ambition. Until one day, La Borrega came along.
ZERCH (Narrative, Science fiction)
Dir. J. Xavier Velasco
Zerch asks his boyfriend Cano to do something terrible for him. Cano, driven by a powerful love, agrees without knowing he is about to sacrifice more than he imagined.
Gabriel was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico.
He received his B.A. in Film and M.F.A. in Design Media Arts from UCLA.
Gabriel has worked as a cinematographer and editor for film, television, and online platforms for over a decade.
He worked as a cinematographer for Big Boys Gone Bananas, a documentary featured at Sundance in 2011.
Gabriel worked at GoPro as a senior creative where he traveled around the world capturing stories from people doing amazing things.
Most Recently, Gabriel co-founded a media company named Ceremony working with brands such as: Nike, Jordan, Foot Locker, New York Magazine, Conde Nast and 88 Rising. He’s currently developing a coming of age high school metal band feature film at Ceremony and shooting a documentary in Oaxaca on the indigenous textile arts.
Claudia Zamora Valencia uses photography, video and sound to explore the borders between art, community work and ethnography. Her work focuses on the act of documentation, social processes, and memory, particularly as they relate to issues of migration, labor, class, consumption, and nature. She works with grassroots organizations that promote access to services for undocumented immigrants, and has taught at Hunter College, CUNY, where she earned a MFA in Integrated Media Arts. She is active member of Meerkat Media Collective. Her writing has been published in academic journals, and her personal and collaborative films have screened at various festivals. She is from Oaxaca, Mexico and lives in Brookly, New York.
Fernando Ruiz is the co-director of the film ASYNC (2017).
Rodrigo Olivar is a Mexican born filmmaker, who has been working in the film, video and graphics arts fields since 2003. He obtained his BA in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. His work ranges from gallery installations and live show visuals, to animation and documentaries. He currently works in Brooklyn as video manger in Latin Media company Remezcla.
Originally from Mexico, he has been working in art and film in the US, Europe and Mexico for the past 15 years. He recently premiered his documentary "I’m Leaving Now (Ya me voy)" at Hot Docs 2018. He is currently editing the documentary “Out of Many, One” (2018) for Netflix by John Hoffman and Nanfu Wang. Edited the documentary “Jay Myself” (2018) on the iconic New York City photographer Jay Maisel. He edited the three channel documentary “Two Meetings and a Funeral“ (2017) by Naeem Mohaiemen. He edited the feature documentary “Samantha and her Amazing Acrocats” (2017) by Jacob Fiering. He was additional cinematographer and editor of the documentary “Havana Motor Club” (2015) by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, about Cuba’s top drag racers and their quest to hold the first official race since the revolution that premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Co-director, cinematographer and editor of the tv documentary “Firmes, Mexicans in the Bronx” (2013) for Nat Geo Latino, about undocumented Immigrants who have left the gang life behind and formed a Lowrider car club on the East Coast. Armando also completed the feature film, “Victorio” (2008) as co-director and editor, which was awarded Opera Prima at the Guanajuato Film Festival, and screened in various festivals in Europe and Latin America, including Valencia, Huelva, St. Petersburg, Havana and selected for the Human Right competition in Bilbao film festival.