With two homeless lovers’ journey as the through-line, DIRTY FEATHERS weaves in and out of an overwhelmed shelter and a forsaken landscape with fervent echoes of the unheard and neglected: a grieving father who lost his child is paralyzed by unshakable guilt; a veteran living under a bridge recalls his past glory serving the very country that has long abandoned him; and a 16-year-old girl who has seemingly transcended trauma embraces life on the streets with holy righteousness, becoming the haunting conscience of the film.
About the Filmmakers
Carlos Alfonso Corral (Director-Producer)
Carlos was born in the borderland of El Paso, Texas, just a stone’s throw away from Juarez, Mexico. His film education began at the local arthouse theater, Fellini Film Cafe, where he worked for owner Betty Zaltsman as a projectionist and barista. There, he had access to massive archive of films, binders filled with xerox copies of old director interviews, and two classic film screenings each night. In lieu of film school, Carlos dove into professional filmmaking within the camera department of Roberto Minervini’s Stop the Pounding Heart (2014), The Other Side (2015), and What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (2018), with the first two premiering at Cannes and the latter at the Venice Film Festival. In his free time, he likes to read and work on audiovisual projects, short films and photography.
Roberto Minervini (Producer)
Roberto is an Italian-born film director and producer, who lives and works in the U.S. His recent films, focusing on American rural life and marginalized populations, have been praised for their “disarming directness.” Minervini’s films are notable for their use of both documentary observation and dramatized elements, sometimes in combination.
After completing a Master’s Degree in Media Studies at the New School in NYC in 2004, he moved to the Philippines to teach Documentary Filmmaking at the university level. In 2007, he moved to Texas, where he directed three feature films, The Passage, Low Tide and Stop the Pounding Heart, a Texas Trilogy that played at renowned film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Rotterdam. In 2014, Stop the Pounding Heart won the David di Donatello Award (Italian Academy Award) for Best Documentary. The Other Side (aka Louisiana), his fourth film, premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, competing in the Un Certain Regard Section. His latest film, What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?, is distributed by KimStim and won three awards at the 2018 Biennale – Venice Film Festival, the Grierson Award for best Documentary Film at the 2018 London Film Festival, and Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Editing awards at the 2018 Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
Denise Ping Lee (Producer)
Denise Ping Lee is a producer and writer, who was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently lives in Texas. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Wharton School of Business, at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in finance. After working at Goldman Sachs in London, she went on to pursue her law degree at Columbia University, and later worked at the law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in NYC. Upon moving to Texas in 2007, she and her longtime partner and collaborator Roberto Minervini together founded Pulpa Film, and created, produced and directed five feature films, The Passage, Low Tide, Stop the Pounding Heart, The Other Side, and What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?, awarded and distributed around the world. They are currently producing the work of select documentary filmmakers who embody a vision and practice similar to their own, to further the reach and impact of direct cinema made by singular voices.
Denise Dorado (Producer)
Denise Dorado is a filmmaker and actor born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from Baylor University, and spent two years abroad studying Arabic and Urdu throughout the Middle East and South Asia. Thereafter, she moved to Los Angeles to begin her studies in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she wrote and directed her first short film, “Behind the Plastic Curtain”, a dark comedy depicting the sacrifices one must make when marrying outside their culture.
To complement her studies in cinema, Denise has also delved into the world of performance. In 2017, after starring in many short films and TV guest spots, she was cast in her first leading role in a feature film, “Amalia” (2018), Omar Rodriguez- Lopez’s latest psychological thriller, and her second lead shortly thereafter, Graham Streeter’s “I May Regret” (2018).
Biliana Grozdanova (Associate Producer)
Biliana is a Bulgarian-born, world-traveling music documentarian. She has directed two feature films, The Last Kamikazis Of Heavy Metal and ORTIGUEIRA: Ecos DevFinis Terrae. She is currently developing her third feature, on NASA’s Golden Record. Biliana earned a BA in Audiovisual Communications from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an MA in Film from the University of Chicago. Most recently, she was Production Manager for Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire? She is currently based in Brooklyn and works as Production Manager for Civil Society Media.
Cameron Wheeless (Editor)
Cameron Wheeless is an Editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Cameron studied film at the University of New Orleans. In New Orleans, he worked on numerous Hollywood productions from 2011- 2017 (in Production, Camera and Visual Effects Departments), including Underwater (20th Century Fox), Never Go Back (Skydance Media) and The First (Hulu).
Adrian Blanco (Director of Photography)
Adrian Blanco is known for Omar Rodriguez Lopez’s music videos, and current film Amalia (2018) which premiered at Film Festival in Paris.
Bernat Fortiana-Chico (Sound Editor)
Having studied at ESCAC Escola Superior de Cinema I Audiovisuals de Catalunya from 2001 to 2003, Bernat went on to work on many feature documentary and fiction films with acclaimed directors such as Carlos Reygadas (Our Time 2018) Nicolas Pereda (Los Ausentes), Everardo Gonzalez (La Libertad del Diablo 2017), Roberto Minervini (The Other Side 2013 What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?” 2018), Amat Escalante (Esclava 2014), amongst many others.