Milton Guillén named 2023-24 Film Study Center-LEF Foundation Fellow

Portrait of Milton Guillen

We are delighted to join the LEF Foundation in announcing that Milton Guillén has been selected as the 2023-24 recipient of the Film Study Center-LEF Foundation Fellowship. Guillén is working on a feature-length speculative non-fiction film, My Skin and I (working title), co-directed with Fiona Guy Hall. Via images of the Nicaraguan authoritarian regime, the filmmakers address questions of aesthetics, power, and discipline. The film builds lyrical realms in collaboration with artists in exile, visualizing ongoing tragedy in a multi-linear timeline that traces what led to the national protests of 2018. At the core, the film explores Guillén’s personal relationship to political power and exile via fictional embodiments of his family, as well as archival material, and a collage of experiences interwoven into a long poem.

Milton Guillén is a Nicaraguan filmmaker, editor, and the senior programmer for the Camden International Film Festival/Points North Institute in Maine. His work explores the cinematic intersections of radical collaborative non-fictions and political dreamscapes. Milton’s films have screened globally at CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, DOK Leipzig, True/False, DMZ, Camden, and more. Milton has received support from the Tribeca Film Institute and ITVS. He also was named fellow at the Points North Institute, the Flaherty, BAVC, Kartemquin, IDA, and other international artists’ residencies and grants. He is currently a post-MFA fellow at the University of Vermont.

The FSC-LEF Fellowship is awarded annually to one Boston-area nonfiction filmmaker not currently affiliated with Harvard. The filmmaker receives a $10,000 grant (jointly funded by FSC and LEF Foundation), access to FSC production and post-production equipment, and the opportunity to participate in Harvard FSC work-in-progress screenings, workshops, and other activities.

We look forward to welcoming Milton into the FSC community for the academic year 2023-24!