JUMP CUT
A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

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"The all-encompassing sequence shot," by Jorge Sanjinés, 1989, translated by Cecilia Cornejo and Dennis Hanlon

 

Cecilia Cornejo

Cecilia Cornejo is a Chilean non-fiction filmmaker who lives and works in the United States. She became interested in filmmaking while attending The University of Iowa where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications Studies. She later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she taught in the Film/Video and Art History departments before moving to Northfield, Minnesota.

Cecilia’s work lies at the intersection where public and private worlds meet. Through the use of written and visual poetry, combined with documentary techniques, she creates works of non-fiction that bring a personal dimension to the documentary tradition. Her work, distributed by Women Make Movies, has shown widely throughout Europe and the Americas, and was part of MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight.

Aside from her artistic practice, while still living in Chicago, Cecilia was co-founder and co-curator of The Nineteenth Step, a collective of artists, teachers and curators who used cinema to foster a deeper understanding of Latin American culture. During its five years of existence, The Nineteenth Step showcased works that spoke of situations affecting the region through a visual language that did not seek to imitate the Hollywood style. The Nineteenth Step presented three major series at the Gene Siskel Film Center of Chicago to great popular and critical acclaim.

Currently, Cecilia is in the editing stages of a piece on work and the near impossibility of leisure, and in the production stages of a film about skateboarding.

For more information on her work, please visit www.artelamilpa.com  

http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/makers/fm620.shtml (Women Make Movies)

http://gfry2011.com/ (Video production workshop taught in Chile in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake)

http://kidonhip.com/ (DVD compilation of works made by women through the lens of motherhood)