CONGRATULATIONS MARCH 2021 IACA ARTIST MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, OCTAVIO DANIEL RODRIGUEZ JUAREZ!
Click here to learn about our March nonprofit grant winner,
Darkness RISING Project Nonprofit.
The following are excerpts from his grant proposal:
I am a MFA candidate in Multidisciplinary Media Arts with experience in the creative arts field as a filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist, focusing primarily in documentary production across multiple formats, such as film, multimedia, video installation, and podcasting. I first gained experience working independently in documentary production having fully developed three short films to date, two of them competing in short film festivals as well as appearing in special screenings and academic venues.
The practice-based MFA program at SIU Carbondale has enabled me to bold my understanding of the media arts environment from a multidisciplinary perspective. For over the past two years, I have focused my creative interests in investigating the intersections across human rights, memory, and the environmental crisis through an expanded documentary perspective. Since then, experimentation both in form and language has become a key element of my artistic process as a documentary filmmaker, allowing me to approach my subjects through a participatory perspective, opening up the space for improvisation, performance art, and constructing narratives within the documentary framework.
I will use this grant to support the post-production process of "Footprints in the sky," my thesis project, set to be completed in the Summer of 2021. I have been working on it for a year now, documenting Purepechas and Monarchs in the Southern Illinois region. Now, I need funds to support its completion, particularly two key post-production components: sound design and sound mixing, as well as an additional period of production in Cobden, Illinois.
Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to support independent media artists. Just as for all of us, last year has brought challenges and difficulties, and grants like yours have become key to ensure the continuation and completion of many of our projects.
Here is a link to my web portfolio, which includes additional samples of photography, film, promotional videos, and audio pieces I have created over the last years.