1. Juan Mandelbaum, Producer/Director

    In addition to his work as an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Juan Mandelbaum has also worked as a teacher, curator and consultant. He is president and creative director of GEOVISION, a Massachusetts multicultural communications agency.

    Mandelbaum’s work has been broadcast over a variety of venues, from American Playhouse to Sesame Street. He has been nominated for and won numerous Emmy Awards, CINE Golden Eagles, Gabriel Awards, the Chris Award, and the Silver Apple Award. Mandelbaum was a producer/director at WGBH-Boston on Americas, a 10-part series on Latin America and the Caribbean for PBS and Channel 4-UK. He also co-produced In Women’s Hands and produced Builders of Images for Channel 4-UK.

    Mandelbaum’s independent productions have been aired on PBS, screened in many festivals, and are in worldwide distribution. His films have received grants and funding from the Sundance Institute, ITVS, Latino Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts/Massachusetts Cultural Council. Among his independent films are Caetano in Bahia, Ringl and Pit, A New World of Music, and the Poetry Heaven series on the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

    Mandelbaum studied sociology in his native Argentina and worked as a journalist, photographer, and educator until he left for the United States in 1977 to escape the military dictatorship that had taken over the country. He holds an MA in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Mandelbaum is past president of International Film Seminars, organizers of the Flaherty Film Seminars.