Juan Mandelbaum has been recognized as a documentary producer/director, and has also worked as teacher, curator and consultant. He is President and Creative Director of Geovision, a multicultural communications agency.
His work has been broadcast on a variety of venues, from AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE to SESAME STREET, and has won multiple awards, including EMMY awards and nominations, CINE Golden Eagles, GABRIEL awards, CHRIS award, and SILVER APPLE award.
Juan was a producer/director at WGBH-Boston on AMERICAS, a 10-part series on Latin America and the Caribbean for PBS and Channel 4-UK, for which he co-produced In Women’s Hands and produced Builders of Images .
Juan’s independent productions have been aired on PBS and in many festivals and are in worldwide distribution. These include Caetano in Bahia, Ringl and Pit, A New World of Music, and the Poetry Heaven series, on The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. He is currently in post-production on Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos.
Juan has also curated several series of films from Latin America, including LATIN VISIONS, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and CINE ARGENTINO, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the largest-ever retrospective of Argentine film and video held in the United States.
Juan studied sociology in his native Argentina, and worked as a journalist, photographer and educator until he left for the US in 1977 to leave behind the military dictatorship. He holds an M.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Juan is past president of International Film Seminars, organizers of the Flaherty Film Seminars.