" Art is a powerful way to expand our world because it provides a space to imagine, to play, to learn about who we are; to allow for our dreams to grow bigger and better."
Carmen Vidal is a Spanish writer, director and director of photography. Her documentary short film "6 a.m." received the Student Academy Award® (Oscar) 2006. Her short film "Slate" premiered at the MoMA (New York) as part of the New Directors/New Films festival.
As a TV producer, Carmen is the recipient of six Emmy® Awards for her work at the cultural magazine Nueva York (CUNY TV), about Latinos in New York. The show also airs in TV stations in Mexico, Panama and Colombia.
Carmen is the co-producer and director of the video content of the transmedia documentary project “Sonic Trace”, produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes with support of ITVS, NEA, Cal Humanities, KCRW, AIR, and PBS. This project, currently in production, tells the stories of Central American and Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles. As part of this project, Carmen recently finished the documentary "Still Dreaming", which will premiere on PBS during Fall 2015.
As a director of photography, Carmen has shot several projects, including "Of Kites and Borders" (Dir. Yolanda Pividal, Winner of Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival, 2013), “Sloan at 75” (Dir. Lisa Beth Kovetz, 2011, winner of a Communicator Award), “U.N. Fever” (Dir. Andrea Weiss, 2007) and “Silences” (Dir. Octavio Warnock-Graham, 2006, winner of three College Emmy Awards).
With and interest on social issues, Carmen has worked for non-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She has also taught as adjunct professor at the film program at CCNY (City College of New York). Carmen has studied filmmaking in Barcelona, New York, Cuba, and Prague. She graduated with an MFA in Media Arts Production from CCNY. She currently lives in Brooklyn.