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TENGO TALENTO:Eli Fantauzzi talks with DreadstarRadio segment on KPFA 94.1 fm Berkeley
by Jah Manchild
Monday Aug 11th, 2014 3:29 AM
Eli speaks with Lionface about his endeavours with his brother Khalil as they embark on a journey of discovery. From Cuba to Afrika, back to America with an enlightening documentary.
Film Screening: Tengo Talento, Cuba 2014, Dir. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Tengo Talento is about the new generation of talent in Cuba. Travel on a journey from Havana to Santiago as world-renowned artists search for the next stars in their respective fields - Jazz, Hip Hop and Rumba. The film features Julito Padrón, Jennyselt Galata Calvo and Yrak Saens.

About Director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
A graduate of UC Berkeley, he received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to graduation, the Pan-African Film Festival honored Eli with the Student Filmmaker Award for his first solo feature length film, Investos: Hip Hop Cubano. Eli continues to utilized music as a tool to provide insight into culture and socio/political community struggles. In 2010, he released his second film, Home Grown: Hip Life in Ghana. His current production Revolucion Sin Muertos "Revolution Without Death" captures a youth movement in Comuna 13 in Medellin, Colombia, where Hip Hop is utilized to empower a Peace Movement.

Capturing stories for non-profits, Eli has carved a niche working to further the missions of organizations like Ford Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity Inc., Microsoft Research India, Youth Speaks, La Pena, Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center, National Black Filmmaker Foundation and the National Institute of Culture & History in Belize. Other clients include the Sundance Channel, Luna Productions and Ted X. His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel and PBS.

Eli has been awarded grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He was honored in 2005 with a Webby Award for Best Political Website. His residencies include the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis and the University of North Carolina.

Currently, Eli is curating the Fifth Annual FistUp Film Festival in Berkeley, California. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film.