Founded in 2008 by husband and wife team Eduardo Montes-Bradley (writer and director) and Soledad Liendo (producer), the Heritage Film Project specializes in documenting the lives and works of the creative class—artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, scientists, and scholars.
Current projects include two films (The Other Madisons, The Legacy of John Clay) in collaboration with African-American families who, in narrating the lives of their black and white ancestors, have composed a profoundly creative and compelling model for accepting difference and practicing reconciliation. A third, Black Fiddlers, takes the biography of Eston Hemings, the third son of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, as a starting point for the very first exploration of the extraordinary contributions of local African American fiddlers, famous in their time but now neglected, to American music. Heritage Film Project subjects typically work against the grain, a grain that is artistic, intellectual, and political, and in their unconventionality Eduardo and Soledad find a special stimulus to their own creativity.
Previous Heritage Film Project documentary biographies include Evita, Julian Bond, Samba on Your Feet, Rita Dove: An American Poet, and A Soldier’s Dream. These, as well as some fifty additional Heritage Film Project films, are accessible to a worldwide audience in public and academic libraries through Kanopy and Alexander Street Press.
Soledad is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), with a master’s degree in filmmaking; a self-taught cinematographer and photographer, Eduardo also has enjoyed a distinguished career as a journalist and lecturer writing and speaking about contemporary politics and cultural issues. His biographical essays on Latin American writers have been published in several languages by Random House and Sperling & Kupfer.
Eduardo and Soledad live in Charlottesville, Virginia with their three children, two cats, and a rescue dog named Kameer.