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“La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla” wins DOC NYC Audience Award

Raquel Cepeda’s feature documentary La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla, about the life of South Bronx matriarch Lorine Padilla, has taken home the Audience Award at this year’s ...
December 1, 2020

Raquel Cepeda’s feature documentary La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla, about the life of South Bronx matriarch Lorine Padilla, has taken home the Audience Award at this year’s DOC NYC festival.

The film (pictured), which had its world premiere at DOC NYC, tells the story of Padilla, who rose to prominence as the “first lady” of the Savage Skulls gang in 1970s New York City.

La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla is executive produced by Sacha Jenkins and Henry Chalfant. Cepeda serves as producer and director, with Djali Brown-Cepeda and Nicholas Pacchiano associate producing.

DOC NYC’s 11th edition, held online, wrapped Sunday (Nov. 29). The festival recently announced the winners of this year’s Jury Awards, with Cecilia Aldarondo’s Landfall, Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple’s Five Years North and Garrett Bradley’s Time among the films honored.

The 2020 program ran for 19 days and offered more than 200 documentary features and shorts, including 22 world premieres from 25 countries, via DOC NYC’s streaming platform.

“In a challenging year for festivals and other arts organizations, we are overjoyed that DOC NYC 2020 was able to reach audiences across the U.S., allowing us to draw our biggest number of attendees ever,” said DOC NYC executive director Raphaela Neihause in a statement.

The DOC NYC Live events devoted to the festival’s Short List: Shorts and Short List: Features programs will be held Dec. 8 and 9, respectively. Each day will feature conversations with filmmakers, organized by thematic groupings and moderated by DOC NYC artistic director Thom Powers and shorts programmer Opal H. Bennett.

The festival’s 12th edition will take place Nov. 10 to 18, 2021.

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