Filmmakers and Producers

Tania Cypriano

Tania Cypriano has been working between the United States and her native Brazil for more than twenty-five years. Her work has been shown around the world in places such as the MoMA, the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, and the Berlin Int'l Film Festival. She has been honored with a retrospective at the Robert Flaherty Seminar, and is a grant recipient of the NY State Council on the Arts, the NY Foundation for the Arts, the Soros Documentary Fund, the Jerome Foundation, Experimental Television, and many others. Strong themes in her documentaries have been health and the body in the context of individuals and communities. Her first documentary “Viva Eu!”, which won five international awards including Best Documentary at the Joseph Papp’s Festival Latino in New York, is about the first man diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Brazil. “Ex-voto” is a video offering to Our Lady of Aparecida, in gratitude for saving the artist from an accident with fire when she was a child. As a producer, Tania has worked with Bill Moyers, Martin Scorsese, Kent Jones, Heddy Honigmann and Nelson Pereira dos Santos. She has also co-organized film series with MoMA, the Anthology Film Archives, Exit Art, the Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo, and the Grazer Kunstverein in Austria.

2017-present Transformation – feature documentary
2012- 2016 Booker Travels – travel webseries
2013 Charlayne Hunter-Gault – short documentary
2012 Slash and Burn – documentary webseries
2007 Grandma Has A Video Camera – 1-hour documentary
2003 Health and Faith– 2-hour documentary
1997 Odô Yá! Life With AIDS– 1-hour documentary
1996 Brazilian Images: The 1940's Photographs of Genevieve Naylor- 30 mins. documentary
1991 No Mirror­- short experimental
1990 Ex-Voto – short experimental
Tattoo & Symphony – short experimental documentary
1989 Viva Eu! – short experimental documentary


Tania Cypriano
1990, 7 min., Color
Both artistic production and spiritual offering, EX-VOTO was created by the artist as an expression of her gratitude for surviving near fatal burns in a fire when she was ten years old. Cypriano mixes super 8 and video footage to create a personal homage to Nossa Senhora da Aparecida, the National P...

Viva Eu! (Long Live Me!)
Tania Cypriano
1989, 18 min., Color, US/Brazil/Spain
This documentary is a tribute to Wilton Braga, a visionary artist who was one of the first people to be diagnosed with AIDS in Brazil. As Braga travels to Barcelona, New York and Sao Paolo, the film follows the quixotic journey of his last days....

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