Juan Carlos Zaldivar


Juan Carlos Zaldivar.

Juan Carlos Zaldivar


Juan Carlos Zaldivar


Research Topics

Ethical media practices discourse, responsible and engaged storytelling, including works of fiction, experimental work, video art works and emerging frameworks, media technologies, and formats.; Exploring new forms and functions of storytelling using emerging technologies and cross-platform frameworks. ;The philosophical, psychological and ethical impact of film, and media arts within society at large. ;The role of media arts as memory archive and as an educational tool in relationship to aging, end of life, disabilities and new identity constructs. ;The evolution of culture through media arts; including impact producing and outreach measuring using time-based media and new technologies.


Juan Carlos Zaldivar (he/they) completed both a BFA and a Master of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

• is developing a feature-length art film with the support of La Biennale di Venezia College Cinema 2019, the Sundance Writers Lab and Locarno Open Doors, which they will hopefully produce before they die.

• is currently working on a cross-platform project that includes a limited series podcast, a documentary and a VR community screening tour to reframe how we look at dementia with the support of The Warhol Foundation through Locust Projects in Miami, Oolite Arts, LPBP and other grants.

• associate produced the theatrical feature doc "Buena Vista Social Club, Adios" 2017.

• co-produced the VR film "A history of Cuban dance", Sundance & SXSW 2016.

• co-directed the VR doc entitled "SwampScapes" with Elizabeth Miller and Kim Grinfeder in 2018.

• started a film career as a sound editor and designer, working on the Academy Nominated films such as "Sense and Sensibility", "On the Ropes," and on HBO's America Undercover, which garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Sound.

• has had video artworks screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime, and WE.

• received numerous grants and awards.

• has served as a Juror for several major film festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival.

• was thrilled to work with Doc Society (previously Britdoc Foundation) as the Outreach Director for their first PanAmerican event, Good Pitch Miami 2017


• directing credits include "90 Miles" (PBS), "The Story of the Red Rose" (Showtime), "Palingenesis" and "Soldiers Pay'" (IFC), among others.