Hugo Perez

Hugo PerezHugo Perez is a director, producer, and writer whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. Perez is Producer and Director of Neither Memory nor Magic a feature documentary that explores the life, work, and legacy of the Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti who died in 1944 during the Holocaust. Perez is also the Producer and Director of the ITVS funded documentary Summer Sun Winter Moon that had its national PBS broadcast in November 2009. Perez recently served as Executive Producer of Rodrigo Reyes feature documentary Purgatorio and of David Felix Sutcliffe’s documentary Adama. He is currently Co-Director of Melissa Montero’s work-in-progress Isabel. Perez was the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute Emerging Artist Fellowship in support of his feature screenplay Immaculate Conception. Perez’ short film Betty La Flaca was the winner of the 2006 HBO/NYILFF Short Film Award and his short film Julieta y Ramon was broadcast as part of the Showtime Latino Filmmaker Showcase. Currently, Perez is in development on his feature film directorial debut, Gabacho, with actor and co-writer Adrian Martinez. Perez’ film Seed was part of ITVS/PBS groundbreaking original online science fiction series FutureStates. Over the last few years, Perez has worked extensively as a Producer and Editor with VICE Magazine’s online media portals Vice.com and Motherboard.TV. Perez was a co-producer and writer on Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight, a feature documentary shot in Cuba reflecting on life in contemporary Cuba through the experiences of those in the Cuban dance world. Between 1997 and 2001, Perez produced forty-eight episodes of The Writer, a half hour series of video portraits of contemporary writers and poets that aired regionally on PBS stations. His writing has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and Salon, and his films have screened at venues such as MoMA and the Smithsonian. Perez currently serves on the board for the New York Council for the Humanities. Perez is the host of  “After Hours with Hugo Perez”—an ongoing series of lectures, panels, and conversations in New York City. He is also the frequent guest host of the celebrated Stranger Than Fiction documentary series at New York City’s IFC Center. Perez has developed a Documentary Storytelling workshop that he has taught under the auspices of organizations such as the Tribeca Film Institute, the Association of Yale Alumni, and Docs DF in Mexico City.

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