JUAN MANDELBAUM, Writer, Producer and Director
Juan Mandelbaum has been recognized as a documentary filmmaker, and has also worked as teacher, curator and consultant. He is President and Creative Director of GEOVISION, a Massachusetts multicultural communications agency.
Juan’s work has been broadcast on a variety of venues, from AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE to SESAME STREET, and has won multiple awards, including EMMY awards and nominations, CINE Golden Eagles, GABRIEL awards, CHRIS award, and SILVER APPLE award. Juan 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, for which he co-produced In Women’s Hands and produced Builders of Images.
Juan’s independent productions have been aired on PBS and in many festivals and are in worldwide distribution. These include Caetano in Bahia, Ringl and Pit, A New World of Music, and the Poetry Heaven series, on The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. 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.
Juan has served as reader and panelist for the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Hampshire Council on the Arts and the New England Film and Video Festival. He is past president of International Film Seminars, organizers of the Flaherty Film Seminars.
Juan studied sociology in his native Argentina, and worked as a journalist, photographer and educator until he left for the US in 1977 to leave behind the military dictatorship. He holds an MA in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, which in 1998 gave him the Merrill Panitt Citizenship Award, given every year to a distinguished alumnus.
DAVID CARNOCHAN, Editor and Co-producer
David Carnochan has a long track record in editing award-winning long format documentaries for PBS. He has been a core member of Richard Gordon’s and Carma Hinton’s Low Bow Group since its inception. He has edited all of their films about China including two Peabody Award winners Small Happiness and The Gate of Heavenly Peace, which had its premiere at the New York Film Festival. David also edited two hours of the Peabody Award-winning series I’LL MAKE ME A WORLD for Blackside, Inc. In addition to working on numerous short and feature length independent documentaries that have appeared on PBS, he has edited for FRONTLINE and NOVA.
GUSTAVO MORETTO, Composer
Pianist and composer Gustavo Moretto is considered one of the most relevant Argentine musicians of the last thirty years. A native of Buenos Aires, he started his music career as a trumpet player, composer and pianist for Alma y Vida, one of that country’s most famous bands. He later left the band to form Alas (together with Alex Zuker and Carlos Riganti) where he was the composer and keyboard player. Gustavo toured extensively through Argentina and Chile and recorded six LP’s (for RCA and EMI). He also worked as a studio sessionist and guest performer with many prominent Argentine musicians.
In 1979, due to the generalized repressive climate, Gustavo decided to leave Argentina and traveled to the United States to pursue formal training in composition. He holds a BA from the New England Conservatory and a PhD. in Music Composition from Columbia University. He is currently a professor in charge of the instrumental program at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.
Gustavo Moretto has received a number of honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Norton Stevens Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, ASCAP’s Raymond Hubbell Music Scholarship Award, a Fellowship at the Composer’s Conference at Wellesley College, and a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation sponsorship at Yaddo.
His classical works have been performed by the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, the Earplay Music Ensemble of San Francisco, the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble of Boston, the Chamber Players of The Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Speculum Musicae at Columbia University, the Agrupación Nueva Música of Buenos Aires, the Grupo de Cámara de Buenos Aires, and others.
Juan Mandelbaum and Gustavo have collaborated on several films, including Ringl and Pit, A New World of Music and Poetry Heaven.