Special Fundraising Event for Pulse Victims
Memories of a Penitent Heart
This is a special fundraising event for the victims of the Pulse shooting. All proceeds from this film, along with food and beverage, will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund. Enzian members must purchase tickets to this event before making a table reservation. In an effort to raise money, there will be no discounts for this screening.
A panel discussion will follow the screening, which is supported by Equality Florida and the Rollins Graduate Counseling Program. The panel will feature Dr. Samuel Sanabria from Rollins, Kaleb Quast from Enzian, LGBTQ activist Roxy Santiago, and Carlos Guillermo Smith from Equality Florida.
Twenty five years after Miguel died from AIDS, his niece, filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, embarks on an excavation into a quagmire of unresolved family drama. Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, Cecilia locates Miguel’s lover Robert, who has been shunned and demonized by the family, in order to understand the whole story. Braiding recently discovered home movies, interviews, and contemporary vérité footage, Memories of a Penitent Heart dissects a family secret while exploring the AIDS crisis and the rarely heard story of Latino artists who died in the early days of the epidemic. Filmed in Winter Park, Florida, New York City, and Puerto Rico, this is a moving story about mistakes of the past and second chances that also questions how faith is used in times of crisis.
Florida Film Festival alumnus, Cecilia Aldarondo is one of FILMMAKER Magazine’s ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’ of 2015. Her directorial debut Memories of a Penitent Heart received support from the MacDowell Colony, Sundance Institute, IFP, Jerome Foundation, Firelight Media and NYSCA among others. She is Assistant Professor of Film at Skidmore College.
USA/Puerto Rico, 2016, In English and Spanish with English subtitles, 72 minutes, Unrated, Directed by Cecilia Aldarondo