Cecilia Cornejo is a non-fiction filmmaker, teacher, translator, and artist currently living and working in Northfield, MN. She holds a Bachelorís 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. In early 2016, Cecilia completed her first feature documentary, MAKE NO NOISE: THE STORY OF A SKATEPARK, which premiered at Cine las Americas International Film Festival. The film chronicles the 17 year-long struggle of the skateboarders of Northfield, Minnesota, to secure a permanent place for their sport and is the first in a trilogy of films. Centered in and around Northfield, the trilogy explores the lives of local people who are removed from the geographic, social, and political heart of the town. Cecilia's next film, currently in pre-production, will focus on issues of displacement and belonging as experienced by the growing, yet invisible, local Latino community. (9/16)
I Wonder What You Will Remember of September
A film by Cecilia Cornejo, 2004, 27 min., Color/BW
Cecilia Cornejo presents a haunting personal response to the events of September 11, 2001, informed and complicated by her status as a Chilean citizen...