Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Cecilia Aldarondo

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Upper Hudson Valley, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014, 2018

Cecilia Aldarondo is a documentary director-producer from the Puerto Rican diaspora whose work has been supported by ITVS, HBO, A&E, the Sundance Institute, Cinereach, Firelight Media, Field of Vision, IFP, the Jerome Foundation, and many others. Her feature documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in 2017. She is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2017 Women at Sundance Fellow, two-time MacDowell Fellow, recipient of a 2019 Bogliasco Foundation Residency, and was named by Filmmaker magazine as one of 2015’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” She teaches at Williams College. In residence in 2018, she conducted research and writing for two feature-length documentaries: Landfall and You Were My First Boyfriend.



Cecilia Aldarondo worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

Learn more