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Spain at Columbia: Filmmaker Nayra Sanz Fuentes

JOIN THE COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO Cinema and Television Arts, and Communication Departments in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes and the Fulbright Association for a special screening of the short films “Sub Terrae”, “Un día cualquiera” (“Yet another day”) & “Selfie.”

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with award-winning film director Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Cinema and Television Arts Assistant Professor Carolina Posse, and Journalism Associate Professor Elio Leturia.

DATE Monday March 2, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 9:00 pm
LOCATION Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., third floor, Room 310, Chicago, IL 60605
Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.
COST FREE

About The Short Films

SUB TERRAE
Spain, 2017 | Runtime: 7 min
Director, Writer, Cinematography, Editing: Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Producer: José Luis Sanz de Garnica, Javier Sanz Fuentes
Language: without dialogues
Synopsis: Shadows are not always under the earth…


UN DÍA CUALQUIERA (“Yet Another Day”)
Spain, 2014 | Runtime: 29 min
Director, Writer, Editing: Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Cinematography: Carlos Vásquez
Producer: Víctor Moreno
Cast: Teresa Soria, Ricardo Reguera, Puchi Lagarde, Sara Martín, Diego Villena, Gala García Cuerva, Vicent Andrés
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: Another day in the life of Ana, but her boyfriend, family and friends don’t know her actual reality, even being part of it.


SELFIE
Spain, 2019 | Runtime: 9 min
Director, Writer, Cinematography, Editing: Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Producers: Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Javier Sanz Fuentes
Language: English with Spanish subtitles
Synopsis: This conceptual and sensory miniature rethinks the concept of the social (self) portrait by playing with the distortions of a Big Brother impassively watching over us. A technological state of permanent control, of mechanization of a daily life ruled by a human-made inventiveness that has ended up taking control of our lives.

Spanish filmmaker Nayra Sanz Fuentes

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Nayra Sanz Fuentes, a Hispanic Philology major with specialization in contemporary literature, she did part of her doctoral thesis at Humboldt University in Berlin thanks to a grant from the DAAD, during which time she analyzed the National Socialist body through the work of Leni Riefenstahl. She then did a Master’s in Film Management in New York, where she began working on film productions.

Upon returning to Spain, she created the production company Rinoceronte Films, which focuses on film production and developing cultural projects. Her filmography features eight short films which have participated in more than 200 festivals (Anniversary, Encounter, Things in Common, Un día cualquiera, Sub Terrae, En esas tierras, Selfie and Drifts), and have won numerous awards. Her first feature film, Tan Antiguo como el Mundo, won the Precolombino de Oro Award at the Bogotá Film Festival. She was production director and editor on Edificio España, nominated to the Goya Awards, and co-producer and co-screenwriter on La ciudad oculta (The hidden city,) winner of the Feroz, the Spanish Cinema Critics Award.

2020 Winter Wonderland Reception with a jazz feel

Vocalist TJ Crawley

By Elio Leturia—ON FRIDAY JANUARY 24, 2019 Columbia College Chicago hosted this year’s Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at its Cinema and Television Arts building in the South Loop.

Among the attendees were Fulbright alumni, current visiting Fulbright students and scholars, members of the Chicago Chapter’s Board of Directors, members of the Consular Corps, friends, and family. The annual event was co-sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The reception took place at Columbia College Chicago in the South Loop.

Sixty-eight participants representing 22 countries got together to celebrate last year’s accomplishments and strengthen the Fulbright mission. For Fulbright students and scholars, it was a great opportunity to recharge for the start of a new semester.

Teuta Peja, Edel Marie Jose and Marilyn Susman welcoming the guests.

Besides the buffet style food served at the Winter Reception that included vegetarian options and complemented the festive atmosphere, vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley performed with pianist Amr Fahmy. TJ Crawley interpreted an array of pop songs with a jazz feel.

A Fulbrighter to Malaysia (1997,) Cyprus (2003) and Indonesia (2013,) Dr. Marilyn Susman, a long time member of the Chicago Chapter, welcomed the guests and shared a condensed story of our Chicago Chapter, one of the largest in the country. She introduced past president Meredith McNeil, a 2002 Fulbrighter to Turkey who directed our chapter during the past two years. McNeil announced our new president, Dr. Edel Marie Jose who did her Fulbright in The Philippines in 2004.

President Edel Marie Jose, Teuta Peja, Adam Fuss and Suzanne McBride

Dr. Jose, a medical doctor, shared how she got involved with our local chapter and thanked all board members present: Teuta Peja (USA, 2015,) Suzanne McBride (Ireland, 2012) and Adam Fuss (Russia, 2001.) She also invited all attendees to ask questions and to let her know what our chapter could do to serve our members better.

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

But the highlight of the night was the exciting and contagious music by Tina Jenkins Crawley. Yver Melchor, a Fulbright student from Mexico said: “The winter event is always a good opportunity meet charismatic and smart Fulbrighters. It’s also a learning experience about global affairs and the state of all field research in Chicago. I really enjoyed this year’s performance, the singer was amazing,” and Indonesian Fulbrighter Hendriana Werdhaningsih, added: “[I] love having Tina Jenkins Crawley at the Fulbright Chicago Winter Reception! The event was very pleasant and valuable for me. Meeting and talking with other Fulbrighters made me realized even more that we are the knots of intercultural relationships, which is significant in building trust and understanding.”

Board members Adan Fuss, Marilyn Sussman, Suzanne McBride, Edel Marie Jose, Meredith McNeil, Teuta Peja and past Fulbright Chicago Chapter President Don Garner

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

An image to remember: Fulbright scholars and students, Fulbright alumni and guests during the Winter Reception

The after party and Kitty O’Shea’s on Michigan Avenue

Photos Courtesy Gonzalo Varela and Edel Marie Jose

Vocalist TJ Crawley performing live at the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Winter Reception

TJ Crawley will be performing at the Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception at Columbia College Chicago

NAMED “BEST GOSPEL Entertainer of the Year” at the 2015 Chicago Music Awards, vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley will be performing at the 2020 Fulbright Chicago Winter Wonderland Reception.

Her repertoire includes upbeat jazz, familiar & current pop tunes with a jazz feel, upbeat hits from the decades—and all genre kind of background vibe. Tina will be accompanied by Amr Fahmy on piano.

DATE Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:30pm
LOCATION Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60605

RSVPs are required. Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$20 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni. You can pay in cash, or check, or credit card onsite.

Light fare and wine/beer will be provided.

Street parking is available on Wabash Ave. and in nearby lots. Visit Spothero for deals.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com
The building is walking distance to the Roosevelt Ave/State St. train stop.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Let’s celebrate 2020! RSVP for the Fulbright Winter Reception

 

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2020 Winter Wonderland Reception. Reconnect in the New Year with fellow Fulbrighters and alumni!

DATE Friday, January 24, 2020
TIME 6:30pm – 8:30pm
LOCATION Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60605

RSVPs are required by Monday, January 20, 2020! Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.


»Light fare and wine/beer will be provided.
»The program will feature live music by Tina Jenkins Crawley who will be performing along with a pianist.


COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps.
$20 per person for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright Alumni. You can pay in cash, or check, or credit card onsite.

Street parking is available on Wabash Ave. and in nearby lots. Visit Spothero for deals.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com
The building is walking distance to the Roosevelt Ave/State St. train stop.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This weekend a night of theater for $10; only for Fulbrighters!

“Exquisita Agonía” by Nilo Cruz, directed by Marcela Muñoz, Aguijón Theater.

IF YOU ARE A FULBRIGHT student or scholar, or a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, you can come and see “Exquisita Agonía” this weekend (Friday 15, Saturday 16 or Sunday 17) for only $10! The play by Pulitzer-Prize winner Nilo Cruz, directed by Marcela Muñoz, is opening the 31st season of Aguijón Theater.

You only need to use the code FULBRIGHT when purchasing your tickets HERE.

DATES | TIME Friday, November 15, 2019, 8 pm. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8 pm. Sunday, November 17, 2019, 6 pm.

LOCATION Aguijón Theater | 2707 North Laramie Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

COST $10 with code FULBRIGHT. Get your tickets HERE.

The play is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.

In “Exquisita Agonía,” world famous soprano Millie Marcel is unable to return to her elegant jet setting life after the death of her equally sophisticated and famous composer husband. An obsession with knowing exactly who received her husband’s heart leads Millie on a relentless pursuit to meet its recipient and, inadvertently, uncovering devastating truths within her own family.

Aguijón Theater is the oldest Latino theater company in Chicago and during the past 30 years has produced over 160 artistic events that include theater plays, monologues, music, poetry and dance shows, colloquia, recitals, staged readings, acting workshops, exhibitions, round tables, and book presentations.

The cast of “Exquisita Agonía” includes Cuban Sándor Menéndez (Imanol,) Colombian Andrea Leguizamón (Romy,) Mexican Víctor Salinas (Tommy,) Venezuelan Israel Balza (Amér,) Peruvian Elio Leturia (Dr. Castillo,) and Colombian Rosario Vargas (Millie.)

Check out what the Chicago Reader and Windy City Times had to say about “Exquisita Agonía.”

The show opened its 31st season on October 17 as part of the third edition of the Destinos Chicago International Latino Theater Festival organized and produced by the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) and runs through November 24 at Aguijón Theater, located at 2707 North Laramie Avenue in Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

 

 

PASSPORT to the World–International networking reception

THE ROTARY CLUB of Chicago, the Chicago Consular Corps and the Chicago International Trade Commissioners’ Association invite you to a unique networking reception.

More than 250 guests from Chicago’s diplomatic, academic and business communities will explore over 40 country display tables in a trade show like environment. Heavy appetizers will be provided as well as an open bar.

DATE Tuesday, November 5, 2019

TIME 5:30-7:30 p.m.

VENUE Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604

COST $40.00

RSVP Please RSVP by November 1 by visiting www.rotaryone.org or by clicking on the invitation or link below:     https://rotaryone.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=501199&item_id=651975

Questions: contact Don Garner at dgarner@llmlaw.com

Attire: Business Special note: Photos and video will be taken at the event.

“Aguijón 30 Years” Book Launch & Reception

In 2011, Aguijón Theater produced two versions of Antigone.

THE CONSULATE OF PERU in Chicago,  the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Columbia College Chicago Communication Department invite you to attend the “Aguijón 30 años | Aguijón 30 Years” book launch and reception.

The 146-page bilingual book presents over 300 photographs.

Aguijón Theater, the oldest Latino theater company in Chicago, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of an illustrated bilingual book. The historical research was led by Peruvian journalist and Columbia College Chicago Associate Professor Elio Leturia (Fulbright USA, 1990-91) and was supported by Mexican writers Andrea Ojeda and Marcopolo Soto.

DATE Monday, October 21, 2019

TIME 6:30-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION Hokin Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, 623 South Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60605

RSVPs are required by Wednesday, October 16, 2019!  Please R.S.V.P. clicking HERE.

In eight chapters, in Spanish and English, 146 pages and more than 300 photographs, you will find the history of Aguijón Theater since its inception. The book includes the congratulations of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, as well as 14 testimonies of playwrights and theater scholars from Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain, Peru, Mexico and the United States.

Director and actor Rosario Vargas founded Aguijón Theater in 1989.

So far, Aguijón Theater has produced three plays: “Casa Propia,” “No se vende” and “La gran Tirana.” “Exquisita agonía” opens on October 17, 2019 as part of Destinos, III Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

Street parking is available.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with CTA Trip Planner 

If you have questions about the event, please email eleturia@colum.edu

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Consulate of Peru in Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.