MISSION

Bronx World Film, Inc., founded in 2011 exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, cultural and scientific purposes as a not-for-profit corporation, is a pioneering New York City organization dedicated to world cinema as an artistic form with the potential to create alternatives for integral human development. It has as part of its mandate a commitment to the budding Central American film movement, and has created a unique vehicle, not only for film from the region, but also for its various cultural expressions along with films from all over the world.

 

Its 6th annual film and multiarts event, called Bronx World Film Cycle, takes place this year on December 9th through 11th in its traditional Manhattan venue, La Nacional (239 West 14th Street). Its catalogue of films is also available to screen at community centers, educational institutions, places of worship, public and private spaces and any place where people have an interest in non-commercial film with a poetic dimension.

WALTER KROCHMAL

Founder and Executive Director

A New York City-based actor of stage and screen, his career has taken him throughout the US, to El Chamizal Siglo de Oro and SUNY Purchase, and abroad to National Theater of Honduras., Festival de Cannes, Edinburgh Fringe, Germany, Canada and Mexico. His one-man show Deadly Transgressions won the Franklin Furnace Performance Art Award. He produces original performances and has narrated documentaries, commercials and over 250 audiobooks in all genres. As simultaneous interpreter he has voiced for Pope Francis, the Oscars, Billboard Music Awards, HBO Sports programs, CNN, ABC and major news networks. A lifelong Central Americanist, in 2011 he founded Bronx World Film, Incorporated, a not-for-profit dedicated to arthouse film for integral human development. In 2016 he founded <San Pedro Sula>[Reset], a not-for-profit arts incubator based in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which builds new avenues for integral human development and security through film, theater and the arts with particular attention to youth, underserved populations and diversity. <San Pedro Sula>[Reset] is the counterpart organization for Bronx World Film in Honduras. Walter Krochmal has been cited by former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión for his contributions to the arts in his borough. He is also a literary translator, writer, expert witness, non-profit development specialist, radio producer, civic activist, photographer and long-distance cyclist.

JULIE ORTIZ

Visual Artist and Graphic Designer

Julie C. Ortiz is a self-taught Painter, Graphic designer and Illustrator. She was born and raised in The Bronx and was educated at Lehman College, BA, where she studied theatre and dance. She began creating works of art in 2005. Her artwork was first displayed in Lizzy Alejandro's art show titled "Fantasies" in Lehman College. In 2012 she had her first solo silent auction art gallery titled "Spiritual Journey" showcased in Covo Trattoria located on West 135th St NY, NY. The gallery depicted Photoshopped works of art that portrayed her transition to a more enlightened life. She began painting in January 2015 and has participated in several galleries such as the PopUp Gallery NYC series in April, May, and June of 2015, Pancakes and Booze 2015 and 2016 events in New York City, and several of the "Love it or Hate it" gallery series in "The Love Craft" and "The Skinny" located in NYC. In October of 2016, she received another Solo Art show titled "A Glimpse Into my world" located on the Lower East Side at the Stanton Street Yoga Studio.

CHING WEN TSAI

Creative Consultant

Ching Wen Tsai (b.1989 Taipei, Taiwan) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to create greater awareness of the mystery of the spiritual world. She works primarily in mixed-media installations and sculpture voice. Her chosen medium and core values come from constant relocation both in her native land and internationally. She holds a BFA in interdisciplinary sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as certificates in advertising design from Taiwan and western painting from Singapore. She has studied on scholarship in Europe and South Africa, and exhibited in Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, France, U.K, and the U.S.A. She recently won an award from the Modern Japan Art Society, and became a member. Her design work won the permanent installation of Tracing Memories on the Downtown Line - Bencoolen Station from Land Transport Authority Singapore in 2011. She currently resides in New York City after receiving the O-1 Extraordinary Ability Artist visa from the U.S.A.