Monthly Archives: August 2015
The MacDowell Colony has announced that filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has won the Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship—the first of four such awards made possible by grants from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation.
During her residency at MacDowell, Ms. Aldarondo and her collaborator, Hanna Buck, worked on the script for a documentary entitled Memories of a Penitent Heart. The film chronicles the life and death of Ms. Aldarondo’s uncle Miguel, a gay Puerto Rican playwright who died of AIDS in the 1980s, and explores why Miguel, on his deathbed, repented the “sin” of being gay, leaving behind a long-time lover and a lot of unanswered questions. Informed by experimental as well as documentary techniques, the film unfolds through encounters with found documents and archival materials that offer clues about Miguel—love notes between Miguel and his partner (now a Franciscan monk), a religious radio show hosted by Miguel’s devout Catholic mother, videos of Miguel’s theater productions, and the unfinished musical about Carmen Miranda that Miguel was writing when he died.
The foundation congratulates Ms. Aldarondo on the award.