The Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program invites you to join us for a roundtable conversation with award-winning filmmaker, Milton Xavier Trujillo and his film crew to discuss filmmaking with immigrant communities, navigating the industry as an undocumented filmmaker and aspects of independent DIY film production today. He will also be screening a scene from his most recent narrative feature, Histories And Auguries (For a Certain Place), which in part was shot at the Queens Museum’s Panorama as part of a hands-on workshop with young filmmakers from Queens and other boroughs.
About Milton Xavier Trujillo
Milton is an award winning filmmaker and poet who arrived to the United States from Quito, Ecuador at 15 years old with his family, and is proud to have been raised in Jackson Heights and Corona. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College for studying Film Production and Theory, Psychology, Honorary Interdisciplinary Studies, and Religion. Since completing his undergraduate studies, he has worked on his poetry and serves in the board of the immigrant youth organization Atlas DIY.
Milton is now working to complete his first narrative feature film as a director. He has also completed work as a director of photography for the film Terrestrial (dir. Nick Rumaczyk), and is at work in a documentary about classical music activists who have formed The Dream Unfinished. Besides work on his own film productions, he is devoted to facilitate access and educate his community on film history and aesthetics through various collaborations with community organizations.
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About the Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program
Open A.I.R. draws on the Queens Museum’s resources, staff expertise, and networks to provide workshops and lectures that help artists grow their practice, advance their career, and develop sustainable lives as artists. Given the Museum’s commitment to socially-engaged art that crosses sectors, as well as attention to its role in neighboring communities, Open A.I.R. works to expand the notion of who is an artist and, moreover, utilizes a holistic view of how to support their potential to thrive and contribute to the cultural landscape of Queens and New York City more broadly. Tailored to artists in the outer boroughs, Open A.I.R. prioritizes the needs of artists of color, queer artists, and immigrant artists, facilitating conversations where art meets activism, and organizing experiences that bring together artists and non-artists.
Open A.I.R. is made possible by a generous grant from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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