Fogo – Yulene Olaizola
Buzz: Here’s a look at an under-30 filmmaker quietly working her way up in the world. Yulene Olaizola was born in Mexico who just last year produced and directed Paraísos artificiales, a fiction feature that premiered in Rotterdam and went on to win a Best Cinematography award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Having recently finished an Artist in Residency program at the Fogo Island Arts Corporation, it’s clear that she was inspired by this place enough to use it as the subject for her next feature.
The Gist: The deterioration of a small community in Fogo Island is forcing its inhabitants to leave and resettle. Places once occupied by humans are now becoming part of the tundra landscape. In spite of a condemn future, there are some residents who decide to remain, holding on to their memories and grieving for the past, when life in Fogo was different.