Pinzón Silva

Sebastián Pinzón Silva is a Colombian documentary filmmaker. He studied film and television at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a master's degree in documentary media at Northwestern University in Chicago. His directorial work has been screened at festivals such as Locarno, Cínema du Réel, MoMA Doc Fortnight,  True/False, RIDM, and New Directors / New Films and has received support from Catapult, Sundance, Visions SudEst, the National Cinematography Fund of Colombia, and Nia Tero. His film Palenque won Best Latin American Short in FICValdivia in 2017. Sebastián was an assistant editor for MINDING THE GAP (2019 Oscar Nominee). He has since worked as editor and cinematographer for productions for National Geographic, Honnold Foundation, and the Truth Commission of Colombia. Sebastián was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in the United States by Filmmaker Magazine in 2019. He is co-founder of Jarana Cine, SITE Collective, and Video Consortium Colombia, a global network of support and connection between documentary filmmakers.

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Pinzón Silva

Cinematography - Camera

La Bonga

(in post-production)

Nearly twenty years after fleeing the violence of civil war, a displaced community embarks on a symbolic journey through the jungles of northern Colombia to resurrect a home that exists only in their memory.

Directed by Canela Reyes y Sebastián Pinzón Silva producer Gabriella Garcia-Pardo Edited by Laura Huertas Millán, Canela Reyes, and Sebastián Pinzón Silva

Moor Mother - Barely Woke

(2022, 4k, 3mins) - Cinematographer

Woody Shaw is part of a triptych shot for the release of Moor Mother´s album “Jazz Codes” .

Directed by Cyrus Moussavi Edited by Cyrus Moussavi

Moor Mother - Jazz Codes (film)

(2022, 4k, 14mins) - Cinematographer

Short film for Moor Mother composed of a music video triptych for the release of her album “Jazz Codes”.

Directed by Cyrus Moussavi Edited by Cyrus Moussavi

Moor Mother - Woody Shaw

(2022, 4k, 6mins) - Cinematographer

Woody Shaw is part of a triptych shot for the release of Moor Mother´s album “Jazz Codes” .

Directed by Cyrus Moussavi Edited by Cyrus Moussavi 

City So Real

(2020, 4k, 330mins) - Camera

“Academy Award ®-nominated filmmaker Steve James’ fascinating and complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election, and the tumultuous 2020 summer of COVID-19 and social upheaval following the death of George Floyd.”

Directed by Steve James  Produced by Zak Piper

Giving Voice

(2020, 4k, 90 mins) - Camera

Directed by Fernando Villena, James D. Stern  Director of photography Jonathan Narducci Producers Karen Bove, Schoen Smith, Craig Pilligan Editor Rose Corr, Wes Lipman

“Executive produced by Viola Davis and John Legend, Giving Voice follows students in the annual August Wilson Monologue Competition inspired by the late playwright.”

Charles Joseph Smith ft. Angel Bat Dawid - Flourishing Cities of the Undead

(2019, 4k, 4mins) - Cinematographer
Directed by Cyrus Moussavi Producer Brittany Nugent Editors Cyrus Moussavi and Sebastián Pinzón Silva

Music video for "Flourishing Cities of Undead" from the album "War of the Martian Ghosts" by Chicago composer, dancer, and DIY artist Charles Joseph Smith (Sooper Records, 2018). Shot at the Fine Arts Building, Downtown Chicago, late 2019.

Dilemma of Desire

(2020, 4K 108 mins) - Camera

Directed by Maria Finitzo Producer Diane Quoun Editor Liz Carr

“An exploration of “cliteracy,” and the clash between gender politics and the imperatives of female sexual desire. A feature length documentary by two-time Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo the film explores the work of four women who are shattering myths and lies about female sexual desire, bodies and - ultimately - power.” 


(2018, HD, 7mins) - Cinematographer

“As Colombia’s new president, Ivan Duque, is inaugurated, many Colombians displaced from their homes are concerned for their future under new government leadership. During the country’s 52-year war, which ended almost two years ago, seven million people were internally displaced as the Colombian government fought against leftist guerrilla fighters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC. Maria de los Santos Caseres was one of them.“

Of a Few Days

(2016, HD, 14mins) - Camera

Directed by Timothy Fryett

“Inside a family-owned, community funeral home on the south side of Chicago, a series of workplace vignettes carefully reveal the peculiar, highly charged intersection of existential drama and banal routine.”