The Fund aims to honor filmmaker Roberto Guerra’s life and legacy in the field by supporting and encouraging an emerging Latin-American or US-based Latino filmmaker living in New York in the creation of his or her documentary work. Media artist Kathy Brew, Roberto Guerra’s long-time collaborator and wife, established the Fund in partnership with UnionDocs as the non-profit administrator. To date, the fund has raised almost $15,000.
A select group of people in the field were invited to nominate potential candidates and then a selection panel convened on September 11th. Cecilia Aldarondo will receive $ 2,500 to support the completion of her first feature-length documentary, Cheap Memories of a Penitent Heart. In the film, twenty-five years after her uncle Miguel died of AIDS, Aldarondo tracks down his gay lover and cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama. The film is currently in post-production and the grant funds will be used towards costs of an original music score for the film. Buy Order
Buy A toast to celebrate Cecilia Aldarondo and the first grant awarded by the Roberto Guerra Documentary Fund will be held at UnionDocs on Friday, December 4th and will include clips from the film and a reception.