Fresh off her wins at the recent Dusty Film and Animation Festival, Ana Maria Hermida (BFA 2009 Film and Video) will be screening her film El Elefante Rojo on Friday, May 29, 9pm, at Red Bull Space, 40 Thompson Street. Earning the awards for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Hermida’s film is about a young girl who grows up in a brothel in Colombia and receives her first client on the night of her 15th birthday. “During times of tragedy life tends to get blurry, making the things you love lose their ability to make you happy,” said Hermida. “Winning these awards was very reassuring, and knowing that other people understand my work has helped me get my life back in focus.” The screening is free and open to the public, but an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is required.
Hermida has already received media attention for her film, including a recent article in Tempo Espresso, a blog for the New York Post. Also, she and Jake Armstrong (BFA 2009 Animation), winner for Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Animation for his film The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!, appeared on the NBC show Sunday Today in New York following the awards.
Click here to see the complete list of winners of Dusty Film and Animation Festival on the SVA News page.
Image: (top) El Elefante Rojo, written and directed by Ana Maria Hermida; (bottom) actor Kevin Kline presenting Hermida with an award, photo by Michelle Labriola.