Role will include two events—Sept. 27 & Oct. 16

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Filmmaker and actor Isabel Sandoval, A/P/A's 2023-34 Artist in Residence. ©Emilio Madrid

NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute has named filmmaker and actor Isabel Sandoval as its 2023-24 Artist-in-Residence—a role that will include a discussion on Asian diasporic cinema (Sept. 27) and a screening of Sandoval’s film, Lingua Franca (Oct. 16).

US-based, Philippine-born Isabel Sandoval has emerged as “one of the most exciting and multi-talented filmmakers on the indie scene with a bold approach to cinematic style,” according to the Criterion Collection. Meanwhile, the Museum of Modern Art has recognized her as a “rarity among the young generation of Filipino filmmakers.” She has directed three feature films. Her debut, Señorita, premiered at Locarno. Her critically acclaimed third feature, Lingua Franca, premiered in Venice and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. She starred in the César Award-winning short film Maria Schneider, 1983, directed by Elisabeth Subrin.

She has directed for television, including the acclaimed limited series Under The Banner of Heaven starring Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington and The Summer I Turned Pretty. Sandoval is developing her fourth feature, Tropical Gothic, which won a development prize at the 2021 Berlinale. In 2022, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “having demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in the field of theatrical motion pictures,” the Academy stated.

Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Artist-in-Residence Welcome Event: Isabel Sandoval on Migrant Asian Cinema
20 Cooper Square, Room 101

A conversation and screening event exploring the aesthetics and politics of first-generation Asian American cinema. Featuring Isabel Sandoval, Devika Girish (co-deputy editor, Film Comment; talks programmer, New York Film Festival), and Aliza Ma (producer, Criterion Collection).
Register on the A/P/A Institute’s events page

Monday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.
In Conversation: Isabel Sandoval & Clint Ramos
Screening: “Lingua Franca”
20 Cooper Square, Room 101

Isabel Sandoval and creative director Clint Ramos discuss major projects, including Sandoval’s Apparition and Ramos’s Here Lies Love, which explore life under martial law in the Philippines. Lingua Franca, on which the two artists collaborated, will be screened.
Register on the A/P/A Institute’s events page.  

Artists-in-Residence are invited to bring their notoriety, artistic work, and history of involvement with the Asian/Pacific American community to NYU. Artists-in-Residence use their time at A/P/A to create important new work, artistic retrospectives, forums, or conferences. Scholars, fellow artists, and community members familiar or new to the artists’ work, gain a unique opportunity to engage with the Artists-in-Residence within a university setting. For more information, please visit its website.


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