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Sebastian Diaz

 

Sebastian Diaz is a New York based filmmaker and Emmy awarded editor (THE AND web series) originally from Mexico. His short documentary TOÑITA'S was a part of MoMA Documentary Fortnight 2014. His feature doc BRILLIANT SOIL was awarded the Material Culture & Archeology Film Prize at RAI Fest of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh 2011. Sebastian photographed and edited the award winning documentary TIJUANEADOS ANONYMOUS. He co-founded BULBO Art Collective, which produced a documentary series broadcast in US and Mexico about Tijuana-San Diego border culture where he was raised (Univision & Channel 22). His work has been exhibited internationally at MoMA (NY), ARCO (Madrid), The MAK Museum (Vienna), InSite_05 (Tijuana-San Diego), among many others. He has recently produced work for organizations such as the BBC, the Guggenheim Museum and Carnegie Hall. Sebastian curates Mexican cinema in different venues in New York with his 'Proyector' film series. MELISSA SAUCEDO is a documentary filmmaker from Northeast Mexico. She moved to NYC with The Fulbright Scholarship in 2011. Her documentary, The Coalmen, about the harsh working conditions of coal miners in Mexico, was awarded at Monterrey International Film Festival in 2010. She cofounded the production company Trenza Films where she produced short films for nonprofits and organized documentary film screenings. In NYC she currently works at The Documentary Group and previously she worked at Quit Pictures, American Documentary - POV, and UnionDocs. As an independent filmmaker she focuses on issues of health, gender, education, and immigration. She won the Jamses Aronson Award for Social Justice for her film 'Before David' regarding women's mental health during pregnancy. She holds a MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. She is part of the Diverse Filmmakers Alliance and curates Mexican films for Proyector.