Juan Mandelbaum

Watertown, Massachusetts, United States


Juan Mandelbaum studied sociology in his native Argentina and worked as a journalist, photographer, cameraman and educator until he left for the U.S. in 1977 to leave behind the military dictatorship. Juan is Creative Director at Geovision, a multicultural agency specializing in health communications. He holds an M.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Juan’s films have been broadcast on a variety of venues, from American Playhouse to Sesame Street, and have won multiple awards, including Emmy awards and nominations. He was a producer/director at WGBH on the prime time PBS series Americas, for which he co-produced “In Women’s Hands”, on women’s participation in public life in Chile, and produced “Builders of Images”, on the special role that artists play in Latin American societies. Juan’s independent productions include “Caetano in Bahia”, “Ringl and Pit,” "A New World of Music", and the "Poetry Heaven" series, on The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Juan’s film “Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos”, on people he knew who were kidnapped and disappeared by the Argentine dictatorship in the 70s, was supported by the Sundance Institute, Latino Public Broadcasting and ITVS. It played in over thirty festivals worldwide and aired on the PBS series Independent Lens and Global Voices. Most recently he was Senior Producer on "Ice Warriors", a PBS special produced by WGBH on the USA sled hockey team’s road to victory in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. Juan’s work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive and Corcoran Gallery among others.