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


Minding the Gap 

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(2018, 4k, 93mins)’

“Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.”

Practice (Criterion Collection Trailer)

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(2018, 4k, 93mins)

“How does an individual become a part of a larger group of human beings and learn to move in unison? Filmed near a Shaolin temple in Henan, China, Practice expresses the director’s love for individuals engaging in collective practice. Filmed masterfully with the creative use of a drone, the film is a mesmerizing visual choreography where hundreds of people dance like one.“

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

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(2016, HD, 88mins)

From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus: Small Enough To Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves--and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community--over the course of a five-year legal battle.


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(2020, HD, 93 mins)

Hamtramck, USA is a documentary film exploring life and democracy in America's first Muslim majority city.

A Poet Long Ago

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(2013, HD, 13 min)

Hamtramck, USA is a documentary film exploring life and democracy in America's first Muslim majority city.