On Friday, June 4th, Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica got a tribute retrospect in her honour organized by Festivalissimo, a film festival, at the Ex-Centris movie theatre. Besides, Chica got decorated.
First of all, the 150 people who attended this event in Montreal saw twelve film and video works of the past twelve years, in chronological order, in order for the viewers to witness the evolution of her narrative and visual style as an artist. There was the short film The Promise, some music videos directed by Chica, teasers of the documentaries Rockabilly 514 and Twice K.O., as well as her latest film Day Before Yesterday.
Among the personalities that showed up at the screening there were various actors and protagonists from her films such as Francine Grimaldi (The Promise), Michelle Boback and Richard Robitaille (Day Before Yesterday), The Richard and Eric Paradis (fetish scene celebrities).
Moreover, Ms. Elisa Pierna (founder and director of the festival) and Ms. Veronica Pichinte-Chacon, consul of El Salvador, gave a diploma of distinction to Patricia Chica for her career and "her contribution to the Salvadorian culture (sic)".* The diploma was signed by Mr. Juan José Garcia, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador.
Finally, Patricia Chica is preparing a new autobiographical documentary project entitled Lost in Salvation which will be shot in her home land El Salvador. She is also directing, in New York, a fifth music video for American singer-songwriter Kelly Padrick. Patricia was recently selected in the Top 5 list of the Best Montreal Filmmakers by the readers' poll of The Mirror. She's the only woman to be part of the list!
* Note that Patricia Chica's films are mostly Canadian if you look at the fundings. Therefore, Salvadorians should stop trying to steal what doesn't culturally belong to them.