Ela Troyano

Ela Troyano is a Cuban-born filmmaker currently residing in New York City. Ela explores themes encompassing cultural identity, gender and sexuality. Her Latin culture and background is a strong influence in her work, as she documents important cultural and historical events within the Latin community. Most notably, her documentary project, “La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul” spotlights pop singer and performance artist Lupe Yoli, offering a look at pre-revolutionary La Habana and the burgeoning Latin music scene in NYC in the 1960s and 1970s as well. In 1994, Her critically acclaimed filmsinclude “Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst is your Waffen” and “Latin Boys Go To Hell”


In 2013, Troyano presented a career retrospective of her work at the Arsenal in Berlin. She was a 2000 Creative Capital Individual Artist Grantee recipient, and her works have been shown at the MoMA in New York; the New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland; the Berlin International Film Festival; the Miami International Film Festival; PBS film network; and the University of Tennessee. She was also the recipient of numerous grants, including the Ford Foundation Grant, the Latino Public Broadcasting Grant, the New York State Council on the Arts Grant, and the Independent Service Television Grant.