The Film Studies Program is pleased to welcome Cecilia Cornejo as a faculty member teaching film this year at St. Olaf. Cecilia will be offering sections of Film 101 (Intro to Film) in both fall and spring semesters, and a Film 225 (Documentary Film: the Challenge of Representing Reality) during Interim 2014.
Cecilia Cornejo is a non-fiction filmmaker, teacher, translator, and artist currently living and working in Northfield, MN. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from the University of Iowa and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she taught in the Film & Video and Art History departments while also working as an academic advisor.
Cecilia’s work lies at the intersection where private and public worlds meet. Through the use of written and visual poetry, combined with documentary techniques, she creates works of non-fiction that bring a personal dimension to the documentary tradition. Her films have been shown nationally and international at venues such as Arsenale, in Berlin, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, and most recently, at the Minneapolis International Film Festival.
Aside from her artistic practice, and while still living in Chicago, Cecilia was the co-founder of The Nineteenth Step, a collective of artists, teachers and curators who used cinema as a tool to foster a deeper understanding of Latin American culture.
Cecilia recently finished an essay film titled The song of the apprentice, which was screened in Madrid in early July as part of a conference on Capitalism and the Role of Culture. She is currently in the editing stages of her latest project, With the Skateboarders, a feature-length experimental documentary that chronicles the efforts of the skateboarders of Northfield, MN, to secure a permanent place to skate.