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Real Women Have Curves filmmaker Patricia Cardoso is next p.a.v.e. speaker

April 15, 2009

The ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film p.a.v.e. arts entrepreneurship speakers’ series features Patricia Cardoso, director of the acclaimed HBO Films Real Women Have Curves.

The p.a.v.e. arts entrepreneurship speakers’ series brings nationally renowned artists to the ASU Tempe campus; all events are free and open to the public. Crystal A. Griffith is an associate professor in the School of Theatre and Film and is hosting the April 22 speaker series featuring Patricia Cardoso, director of the acclaimed HBO Films Real Women Have Curves. Cardoso shares her vision of working in independent film.

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Cardoso came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar. Her UCLA student film The Water Carrierwon a Student Academy Award and two Directors Guild of America awards. Cardoso directed the HBO feature Real Women Have Curves, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and gave actress America Ferrera her first role. Real Women became the first HBO film to be released theatrically. Cardoso’s films have shown at festivals including Toronto, London, Sundance, Telluride and New Films/New Directors at MOMA. She has been awarded a National Board of Review, Excellence in Filmmaking, a Smithsonian Institute Recognition Award, a UCLA Filmmaker Of The Year Honor, the Youth Prize from the San Sebastian Film Festival, a California Governor’s Commendation and the Hubert Bals Fund from the Rotterdam Film Festival, among others.

Cardoso also worked for the Sundance Institute for five years, first as an intern, eventually becoming director of Sundance’s Latin American program and a programmer for the Sundance Festival. She has developed feature projects with Universal, Disney, Ciby 2000 and Open City Films. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America and its Independent Director’s Committee. She has served in the nominating committee for the Spirit Awards and in the juries for the Aspen and Los Angeles Film Festival and has taught filmmaking across the Americas. Cardoso is a mentor for Film Independent’s Project Involve and teaches directing at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.

Read the spring p.a.v.e. series press release for more information about other featured speakers at: For more information about p.a.v.e., visit: p.a.v.e. is part of the Entrepreneurship at ASU program funded by part of a $5 million grant to ASU by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is an example of the benefits a research university like ASU brings to the state. Each year, Arizona universities pump almost $1 billion into the Arizona economy through grants funded by the U.S. government and other entities. Research funding is legally restricted and cannot be used for instructional purposes.

Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

April 22, 6 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Public Contact
School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
ASU Herberger College 
School of Theatre and Film