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filmmaker / video artist


Cuban-born, Zaldívar (aka Violenta Flores) lives and works in the United States.

Zaldivar completed both a BFA and a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and also taught as an adjunct faculty there.

• tenured as full-time faculty at Miami International University's Institute of Art and Design.

• started a film career as a sound editor and designer, and worked in Academy Nominated films such as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility;" "On the ropes" and on HBO’s America Undercover, which garnered an Emmy nomination.

• has had video artworks screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE.

• received numerous grants and awards.

• directing credits include "90 Miles" (PBS), "The Story of the Red Rose" (Showtime), "Palingenesis" and "Soldiers Pay" (IFC), co-directed with David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) and Tricia Regan (Autism, the musical).

• served as a Juror for several mayor film festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival.

• recently tenured with Doc Society (previously Britdoc Foundation) as the Outreach Director for Good Pitch Miami 2017 https://goodpitch.org/events/gpmia2017

• associate produced the theatrical feature doc "Buena Vista Social Club, Adios" 2017

• co-produced the VR film "A history of Cuban dance" (Sundance & SXSW 2016)

• directed the VR doc entitled "SwampScapes" with Elizabeth Miller and Kim Grinfeder

• is producing a feature-length art film.