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Pati Cruz Martinez

Pati Cruz Martínez, 2023 Virtual

Born cuir (queer) and brought up catholic in the colonized archipelago of Borikén (Puerto Rico). The catholic slowly disappeared, the cuir stuck around.
Spent a few years in New York (Bachelor of Arts at Vassar College, 2008-2012), then another few years in Cuba (Film Directing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, 2015-2018). In 2019, they co-wrote and directed the short film “La amante” (“The Mistress”) which was selected at international film festivals, such as Raindance Film Festival, trinidad+tobago film festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (LOLA award), and Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival (Silver Image Award). Their video art piece “pari/no/pari” (2020), made during the pandemic of COVID-19, was shown at the online exhibition aquí estamos / here we are by the Queer Cultural Center in the Bay Area. They are currently working on the documentary “Nació Simón”, which has received support from beta-local’s El Serrucho 2020, North Shorts Grant & Residency 2020, and is part of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab 2021-23. In 2020 they co-founded the queer boricua filmmakers collective, Colectivx Colectivx. Pati currently works as a Freelance Editor, Director, and Videographer in Santurce, Borikén.