Catherine GUND Daresha KYI 2017 USA Documentary b/w & color 90min Spanish, English DCP
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela's songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.


Catherine GUND

Catherine Gund, the Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and the environment. Her completed films - which include , Born to Fly, What's On Your Plate, A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! - have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Sundance Channel. She co-founded the Third Wave Foundation which supports young women and transgender youth, and DIVA TV, an affinity group of ACT UP/NY. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. She lives in NYC with her four children.

Daresha KYI

Daresha Kyi is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer with over 25 years in the business. She graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received a degree in Film &TV. She also won a full fellowship from TriStar Pictures to attend the Directors Program at The American Film Institute (AFI) based on her multiple award-winning short film. She wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in Land Where My Fathers Died with Isaiah Washington. She also served as executive producer of the award-winning short, Thugs, The Musical!. Most recently she was a field producer on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, story producer on La Voz Kids (Telemundo's The Voice for children), and the writer for the weekend morning talk show Arise & Shine, hosted by Richard Pryor's daughter, Rain. A natural born story teller, Daresha has produced television for WE, AMC, OXYGEN, E!, BRAVO, and FUSE among many others. She also has acted in numerous short films and TV programs and has served as a reporter, correspondent, and host of numerous film, fashion, and music programs. Her love of music goes back to numerous childhood musical theater productions. Daresha has also performed with and recorded an album with Chilum, a popular Hawaii based reggae band, was a member of the LA based Angel City Chorale, and was the lead singer in a rock and R&B cover band called Reciprocity.

Director's Statement ▾

Catherine GUND
  • 2017 Dispatches from Cleveland
  • 2017 Chavela
  • 2014 Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity
  • 2009 What's on Your Plate・
  • 2004 Making Grace
  • 1998 Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance
Daresha KYI
  • 2017 Chavela

Director,Producer : Catherine GUND, Daresha KYI
Cinematography : Natalia Cuevas, Paula Gutiérrez Orío
Editor : Carla Gutierrez
Composer : Gil Talmi
Production : Tanya Selvaratnam

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