Patricia Montoya is a video maker and educator transplanted to western Massachusetts via San Diego, California, to which she was transplanted via Brooklyn, NY, in turn transplanted via Queens, NY, from Medellin, Colombia.
At present, she is a visiting assistant professor of video and film in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College, and a research associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Five Colleges Incorporated (FCI) in Amherst, MA. In the summer of 2017, Patricia was the faculty director of the Screenwriting For Film and Video Program at Hampshire College. She lives in the neighboring city of Northampton.
In her creative work, Patricia draws on her bi-national identity and her Queer, U.S./Mexico border, and East-West North American experience to tackle the existential conditions and cultural contradictions experienced by immigrants from Latin America who are living in the United States. Her videos address issues of migration, memory, and identity through lyrical explorations of text, dialogue, theatrical adaptations, and the depiction of intimate human relations within the context of urban landscapes. Patricia is a product of the cultural and political movements of the 1990's, which were characterized by the impetus to express, in a personal voice, and with a sense of urgency, issues of identity and belonging.
Patricia Montoya is working with the feminist collective Kegels for Hagel, in the production of the music video for the song Take Me to Yr Borderlands (Love Song to Gloria E. Anzaldúa) with scholars and artists Dr. Sarah Luna, visiting assistant professor of Latin American Studies at Davidson College, and Alexis Salas, visiting assistant professor of art at Hampshire College. She has also collaborated in the production of The Real Women of Orange is the New Black, a documentary series co-directed by Carol Skelsky Soto and Braccus Giovanno, based on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. She is currently in the developmental stages of various projects including the production of La Niña de La Carta, an animation short about a young woman/spirit in NYC who engages in long, solitary, aimless walks in New York City and can’t satisfy her hunger for food and love.
Patricia has been a recipient of a Media Production Grant: New York Council for the Arts Individual Artists Program, NY; the University of California, San Diego Faculty/Fellow Award; the Transborder Interventions, Transcontinental Archives Graduate Student-Award: University of California San Diego, and an Artist-in –Residency at the then alternative art space, Lui Velazquez, Tijuana, Mexico in 2006.
Patricia holds an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego and is a graduate of the Film and Video Production Program at Third World Newsreel. She has served in the selection committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts and has curated several film and video programs in film and video festivals.
Patricia Montoya has shown her work in several venues in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Canada, the latest of which is Los Angeles Filmforum's Exhibition Ism Ism Ism: Experimental Cinema In Latin America (Ismo Ismo Ismo: Cine Experimental En América Latina) As Part Of Pacific Standard Time: La/La, (2017). Among others, she has shown at Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles; Here Not There San Diego Art Now, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA 2010; Compass 2007: New Art from the University of California’s MFA Programs, UC Riverside; San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego, California; BorDocs Foro Documental Tijuana, Tijuana, MX; The 11th Annual Freewaves Festival of Experimental Media Art, Los Angeles, CA; Interactiva07 Bienal de la Nuevas Artes, Mérida, México; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY: Third World Newsreel at Thirty, 1998; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY: Lesbian Genders, 1996; Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago; Images Festival of Independent Film & Video, Toronto, Canada; Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival; MIX, New York, NY.
The guest speakers for this summer will be listed soon. Take a look at the 2017 guest speakers below.
Charles Ramirez Berg: Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. Author of Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance (Austin: U. of Texas Press, 2002) and Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film, 1967-1983 (Austin: U. of Texas Press, 1992) as well as Posters from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema (Mexico City: The Mexican Film Institute and the U. of Guadalajara Press), reprinted as Cine Mexicano: Posters from the Golden Age, 1936-1956 (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2001). His latest book, The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films (2015, University of Texas Press), was the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 University Co-Op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association. He regularly teaches courses in film history and criticism, as well as screenwriting and narration in film courses, including: the introductory survey of film history; Latino Images in Film; Narration in World Cinema; Introduction to Screenwriting; Introduction to Film Criticism; Film History; and Alternative Poetics.
Kegels for Hagel: We are a conceptual project that makes music. We are an open collaboration of artists and academics. Our songs rehearse, reference, pervert, and pay homage to the ideas of philosophers and other thinkers. Alexis Salas, visiting assistant professor of art history in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College; and Sarah Luna, postdoctoral fellow at the rank of visiting assistant professor of Latin American Studies at Davidson College.
Susan Shilliday: Instructor in Screenwriting at Hampshire College, is a professional screenwriter for film and television. She began her career as a writer and producer of the Emmy-award winning “thirtysomething." For one of her many episodes, “Therapy,” she was awarded the Writers’ Guild Award. Among her other credits is the screenplay for the film adaptation of Jim Harrison’s “Legends of the Fall.” Shilliday has also for over twenty years been associated with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute as an advisor for the twice-yearly Screenwriting Labs. In addition, she is the owner of the Montague Bookmill, a used bookstore in nearby Montague Center.
Chris Perry: An award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with over 20 years of film experience, he is a professor of media arts and sciences at Hampshire College. Perry is also the founder of Bit Films, an independent production studio in western Massachusetts. Before settling in New England, Perry worked in VFX and feature animation at Pixar (A BUG’S LIFE, TOY STORY 2, FINDING NEMO) and won a technical Oscar in 2014 for the animation software he developed at Rhythm & Hues Studios.
Eric Henry Sanders: Award-winning playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and director. He began his film work as an intern and production assistant at Good Machine (co-founded by James Schamus and Ted Hope), and has taught screenwriting and narrative at Hampshire College as adjunct assistant professor of writing and multi-media since 2000. His plays and films have had productions and screenings in London, Paris, Berlin, Edinburgh, and from coast to coast in the U.S.
Emelyn Roberts: Screenwriter, editor, and director currently studying at Hampshire College. A native of Portland, OR, their screenplay “Repent” was screened at the 2016 All American High School Film Festival, and nominated for two awards. "Repent" was created at Interlochen Arts Summer 2015, where Emelyn took part in the Digital Filmmaking Program. Other projects Emelyn has worked on include “West Snap Story” as as director of photography, “Blue Moon” as assistant director. Most recently, Emelyn has been working on “Encapsulating Space,” a video installation project about the Norwottuck Rail Trail Bridge in Northampton.