Arturo R. Jiménez is a filmmaker from Chihuahua, Mexico. He started his professional career in Mexico City where he wrote for Rolling Stone México, La Ciudad de Frente, and El Universal. During that time he hosted a late-night radio show on Ibero 90.9 FM and was a part of the music programming team. He has worked as an Assistant Curator at Museo Rufino Tamayo and as a studio manager for contemporary artist Mario García Torres. His first professional work in the film industry came in 2009 as a Cinematographer for the feature documentary El Árbol Olvidado. The film screened at SXSW, SF DocFest, Morelia International Film Festival, Ambulante, and many others. The film was nominated for an Ariel Award by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, for Best Documentary. He has also worked as a Script Supervisor for projects including Eisenstein in Guanajuato, directed by Peter Greenaway. His most recent film as a director is El Fantasma, a short narrative film inspired by Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico City two months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film stars Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) as Oswald and Fernanda Rivera (Son of Monarchs) as Silvia Durán. Currently doing the festival rounds, the film has screened at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, CAMERIMAGE, Rhode Island International Film Festival, PBS, and Cinefestival San Antonio, where it won Best Texas Short. In 2023 he received the Latino Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship (LEFF) from Latino Public Broadcasting for his short documentary Sangre Violenta/Sangre Violeta, co-directed with Edna Diaz.
Arturo has been a professor and instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Film Society, Austin Community College, the Travis County Correctional Complex, and AMBULANTE Documentary Film Festival. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from The University of Texas at Austin.
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