The Cuban son and sound films were born out of the same generation in the 1920s. Their respective families have been intermingling and intermarrying for almost a century. This presentation will explore the entangled branches of those family trees. Over the decades they have served the needs of Hollywood’s tropical exoticism, the Good Neighbor Policy, Revolutionary Socialism, post-Soviet economic development, and independent Cuban digital filmmaking. Clips will be screened to see how each branch takes its shape and shakes its leaves, frequently en clave.
Jerry W. Carlson teaches film & literature at The City College & Graduate Center CUNY. He is currently Chair of the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College. He is also an active producer, writer, & director. For CUNY TV he is Senior Producer of Nueva York, which has garnered eleven Emmy Awards for its coverage of the Spanish speaking peoples of La Gran Manzana. He has been actively involved in Cuban studies for several decades. His most recent publications are interviews with novelists-screenwriters Leonardo Padura & Senel Paz. He has a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
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