Chris Escobar: “The Atlanta Film Festival is for everyone else, which is most people”

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features Christopher Escobar, director of the Atlanta Film Society and the new owner of the Historic Plaza Theater. He talks about his Colombian heritage, the mission of the Atlanta Film Festival, and why he decided to buy the oldest (and only independently owned) cinema in the city. Hybrid Atlanta is a video series of interviews with local artists and creatives … Continue reading Chris Escobar: “The Atlanta Film Festival is for everyone else, which is most people”

Adron: “I access language through music”

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features local musician and singer-songwriter Adron. She talks about her musical connections to Brazilian Tropicalia, the time she opened for Os Mutantes in Atlanta, her love for languages, and her obsession with water (condensed in her latest album Water Music). Hybrid Atlanta is a video series of interviews with local artists and creatives whose work establishes a dialogue with LatinX … Continue reading Adron: “I access language through music”

Polivision S1 E6: Chumel Torres and Mexican DIY online comedy

This episode of Polivision is about “El Pulso de La República”, a Mexican online satiric news show created in 2012 by comedian Chumel Torres, who, after four years of producing his show independently in YouTube transitioned as the host of a late-night show in HBO (“Chumel con Chumel Torres) with a regional projection. Inspired by Seth Macfarlane and John Oliver, Torres’ work is also a … Continue reading Polivision S1 E6: Chumel Torres and Mexican DIY online comedy

Ben Shirley: “Argentina’s Rock Nacional has the true spirit of rock that was lost”

Based in Atlanta, musician Ben Shirley plays with the experimental noise orchestra “Faun and a Pan Flute” and the improvisation duo “Whispers of the Night.” He is originally from North Carolina, but his time in Buenos Aires was “a transformative experience.” In this episode of “Hybrid Atlanta,” he speaks about Argentina’s rock nacional and the importance of international musical flows. Hybrid Atlanta is a video series … Continue reading Ben Shirley: “Argentina’s Rock Nacional has the true spirit of rock that was lost”

Polivision S1 E5: Malena Pichot, Argentinean feminist comedy

While comedy is still a very male-dominated environment, there is also an increasing feminist trend in Latin America. This episode of Polivision is about Malena Pichot, a feminist comedian from Argentina. Pichot became a YouTube star with her videos about a break-up with her boyfriend, and later with Cualca, a series of television satiric sketches that criticized sexism, racism, homophobia, and other prejudices. Created by … Continue reading Polivision S1 E5: Malena Pichot, Argentinean feminist comedy

Jessica Caldas: “There is space after trauma”

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features local artist and activist Jessica Caldas. She talks about being a bad Puerto Rican, her experience as a rape survivor, the importance of story-telling, and creating art to change the way people understand the world. Hybrid Atlanta is a video series of interviews with local artists and creatives whose work establishes a dialogue with LatinX and global cultures. Created … Continue reading Jessica Caldas: “There is space after trauma”

Polivision S1 E4: Peter Capusotto and Argentinean satire

A nazi pop singer from Buenos Aires who talks about the dangers that the poor, the dark-skinned, and the ugly represent. A new age singer of the 60s that combines political revolutionary slogans with cheesy love songs. A drunk old woman who rants against de cultural decay of our time while she remembers her days as the pioneer of punk rock in Argentina. These are … Continue reading Polivision S1 E4: Peter Capusotto and Argentinean satire