(San Francisco, CA)—They live and work in a place where la revolucion is not an event from the past but a way of life. What does perpetual revolution mean to an artist? And how do we take its picture? REVOLUCION: Five Visions explores the Cuban revolution through the personal stories of five photographers whose lives and work span over four decades.
From Havana to Miami, photographers on both sides of the political divide—Raúl Corrales, José Figueroa, Rogelio López Marin (Gory), René Peña, and Manuel Piña—reveal changing and radically different ideas of the Cuban revolution. Whether it is the passionate resistance of the revolutionary, or the individual artist's struggle to emerge as an independent voice in a collective society, the photographers in REVOLUCION reveal the defiance of revolutionaries and artists alike, and discover the power of art to liberate.
EVOLUCION: Five Visions will have its television premiere on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Terrence Howard, on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at 10pm. The film airs as part of Independent Lens’s month-long salute to Writers and Artists that also includes A SAD FLOWER IN THE SAND, about Los Angeles novelist John Fante (December 12) and SHORT STACK, our annual salute to the art of short filmmaking (December 26).
The interactive companion website for REVOLUCION: Five Visions (www.pbs.org/independentlens/revolucion) features detailed information on the film, including an interview with the filmmaker and links and resources pertaining to the film’s subject matter. The site also features a Talkback section for views to share their ideas and opinions, preview clips of the film and more.
About the Filmmaker
Producer/Director Nicole Cattell is a 2003 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2004 NYFA Fellow and an award winning documentary producer/director. Her first documentary was the Emmy-award winner, Come Unto Me: The Faces of Tyree Guyton, a much heralded portrait of a Detroit artist. Cattell was the recent recipient of a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts for Mermaids: The Documentary, which is currently in development. Cattell, who received her Master's Degree from University of Michigan, has been a freelance writer, director and producer in New York City for nine years; she also recently completed several videos for the American Institute of Architects.
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