Two Pasadena filmmakers named MacArthur Fellows – Pasadena Now


Two Pasadena-based filmmakers were among the 25 MacArthur Fellows announced today.

Cristina Ibarra, a Pasadena-based documentary maker who focuses her work on narratives about border communities, “often from the perspective of young Chicana and Latina”, and

Alex Rivera, also a Pasadena-based filmmaker and “media artist” whose work explores “issues of migration, globalization and technology with an activist orientation” will receive an unconditional award of $ 625,000, which is intended as an investment in their creativity. and potential rather than an award for his entire career.

“As we emerge from the shadows of the past two years, this class of 25 scholars are helping us reinvent what is possible,” Cecilia Conrad, director of the scholarship program at the MacArthur Foundation, said in a statement.

“They show that creativity has no borders. This is happening in all fields of activity, among the relatively young and the more experienced, in Iowa and Puerto Rico, ”said Conrad. “Once again, we have the opportunity to exult in recognizing the potential to create objects of beauty and admiration, to advance our understanding of society and to foster change to improve the human condition. “

The foundation, which has awarded 1,086 scholarships since 1981, uses three selection criteria: exceptional creativity, the promise of significant future advances, and the scholarship’s potential to support creative work.

According to the MacArthur Foundation, the scholarship program “is intended to encourage exceptionally talented individuals to pursue their own creative, intellectual and professional inclinations.”

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