Grainy Texture

EDUARDO MONTES-BRADLEY

HERITAGE FILM PROJECT

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.

Upcoming Events

  • The Other Madisons | Liberation and Freedom Days
    The First Amendment Museum
    Mar 07, 3:00 PM EST
    The First Amendment Museum
    3pm: The Other Madisons, film screening and conversation with filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley and Bettye Kearse, author of “The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family (film 40 min).
  • The Other Madisons | The First Amendment Museum
    The First Amendment Museum
    Mar 18, 7:00 PM EDT
    The First Amendment Museum
    "The Other Madisons" screening at The First Amendment Museum. Q&A with author Bettye Kearse and director Eduardo Montes-Bradley will be moderated by historian Christian Cotz.
  • The Other Madisons | Harvard University
    Harvard University
    Mar 23, 2:00 PM EDT
    Harvard University
    "The Other Madisons” screening, followed by Q&A with author Bettye Kearse and director Eduardo Montes-Bradley. Presented by Harvard Medical School | Office for Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership.
  • The Other Madisons
    The Center for Contemporary Arts
    Mar 23, 8:00 PM EDT
    The Center for Contemporary Arts
    "The Other Madisons” screening at The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM. followed by Q&A with author Bettye Kearse and gust historian Christian Cotz from The First Amendment Museum. The screening and follow Q&A will be moderated by Pamelya Herndon, President of the KWH Law Center...
  • The Other Madisons
    The African American Performing Arts Center
    Mar 26, 9:00 PM MST – Mar 27, 1:00 AM MST
    The African American Performing Arts Center
    "The Other Madisons” screening at The African American Performing Arts Center, NM, followed by Q&A with author Bettye Kearse and director Eduardo Montes-Bradley.
  • The Other Madisons | Book Passage
    Book Passage
    Apr 06, 6:00 PM
    Book Passage
    "The Other Madisons" screening at Book Passage, in San Francisco, CA. The film will be introduced by the Dean of the Medican School. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with author Bettye Kearse and film director Eduardo Montes-Bradley.
  • The Other Madisons | The Marietta House Museum
    The Marietta House Museum
    Apr 08, 4:00 PM EDT
    The Marietta House Museum
    "The Other Madisons” screening organized by The Marietta House Museum, Glenn Dale, Maryland, followed by Q&A with author Bettye Kearse.

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