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Palu Abadia is a Colombian-born filmmaker and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has worked as a cinematographer, director, and video editor for different international projects, including short and long documentaries and media content for companies like Maki Creative, Lucuma Films, Make it Happen, Maracuya Productions, Vision Media, La Maraca Producciones, and Media-Tank Productions.

 In 2016 she completed her first film, “Monologues in the Artist’s Studio,” awarded as a best documentary on architecture and design. In 2022 she premiered her feature film "Catapum, Nowhere to Fall", a documentary that unfolds between New York and Colombia, delving into themes of music, tradition, identity, and women empowerment. Since then, the film has resonated with global audiences through screenings around the world. 

Her personal work ranges from experimental videos to documentary films, specializing in complex topics that intermingle identity, culture, gender, and immigration. Beyond her filmmaking roles, she's also engaged in postproduction, contributing to a company specializing in content related to public policy and advocacy. Her work has graced festivals, galleries, and educational institutions both in the USA and abroad.

Work Experience

2021-now  Media-Tank Productions

                  Producer & Video Editor

2020-now  Creative Director and Editor Artitled

2017-now  Documentary: Catapum. Nowhere to Fall. US / Colombia. 

                  Director and Producer.

2020          Documentary "Estamos Unidos" / Sumak Stories / USA

                  Film Editor / NYC

2019-20     Investments News

                  Freelance VideoEditor / USA

2018-20     Documentary / Multimedia Project: My Intention Is  / Dir.: Nicole Riggs

                  Camera and Video Editor / Colombia / USA

2019          Documentary Driven to Abstraction  Dir. Daria Price

                  Camera  / USA

2018-19     Documentary Worker´s Studio  Dir. Sol Aramendi

                  Camera and Video Editor / USA

2019-20     MoMI (Museum of Moving Image) Digital Media Program at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria 

                  Teacher / NYC

2017-9       Crossmedia Project  Video-Installation Sonus - Firenze

                  Visual Director, Editor /  Italy

2019          Mix Media / VideoseoPro

                  Freelance Editor / USA

2018-9       Short documentary All That Connect Us / Dir. Codi Barbini

                  Camera / Colombia / USA

2017-19     Documentary: Return to the Andes  / Director: Mitchell Teplitsky.

                  DP and Video Editor / Peru / USA

2017-8       Documentary: Berta didn't Die, She Multiplied, directed by Sam Vinal

                  Video Editor / NYC

2018-20     Women Immigrant Background Media Production Workshop & Theory of Montage

                  Teacher / Third World Newsreel / Museum Moving Image /NYC

2017          Documentary: In the Divine Image: The Path of LGBTQ Inclusion 

                  Camera / NYC

2017          Documentary "The creative High", directed by Adriana Marchione

                  Camera / Venice, Italy

2016          Documentary: A Barber’s Dream, directed by Daniella Duarte 

                 Video Editor / NYC

2016         Various - Likeable Media

                 Freelance Videographer and Editor / NYC

2016         Short fiction film: Dean's dream,  directed by Dean Chi

                 Video Editor / NYC

2016         Short doc: Corri la Vita, Florence, Italy. Produced by GA Service for the  

                 city government. 

                 Camera / Italy

2016-7      Crash Course on documentaries for immigrants, Third World Newsreel / Teacher / NY

2016         Video, camcorders and DSLR, Project Luz / Teacher / NYC

13-16        Freelance Video Editor  for Vision Media / NYC

13-16        Documentary: “Sebastian Errazuriz. Monologues in the artist’s studio”

                 Director, DP and Video Editor / USA

2015         Wage Theft App Video

                 Camera and Video Editor / NYC

2014         Corporate Documentary: Life After Care. Produced by NET Philadelphia

                 Camera and Video Editor / Philadelphia

2014         Documentary: Egyptian Winter /  DP and Video Editor  / Egypt / USA
2013         Short documentaries: New American Girls, for Latin American Broadcast

                 Video Editor / USA

2013         Educational and Commercial Videos for Maki Creative

                 Video Editor and Motion Graphics Artist  / NYC

2012         Next Media NBC, TV Educational Clips 

                 Bilingual Video Editor / NYC

2012         Sandy’s Tales

                 Director, Camera, and Editor / NYC

2011         Last Rites Gallery, NY,  Videographer and Video Editor / NYC

2010         Documentary: Beatriz Gonzalez. Why are you crying? Monologue in three voices   

                 Produced by La Maraca Producciones

                1st Asst. Director, Camera and Editor / Colombia

2008         Documentary:  Whaddya Mean Art? -Documentary about the regional Art Halls of       Colombia / Produced by the Ministry of Culture 

                 1st Asst. Director and Video Editor  / Colombia

2008         Colombian TV Channel 13: Rojo red, En Agosto, The zone, La máquina del tiempo, 

                 Prod. Señal Creativa TV. 

                 Director, and Video Editor / Bogota

2008         Fusion Total by Productores Asociados / Content Director for magazine / Colombia




2018    Video-mapping, School of Visual Arts, NYC

2016    Artist Residency, The Studio at Santa Maria a Rignana, Italy

2016    Da Vinci, DCTV, NYC

2015    Adobe Premiere Certification, BRIC, Brooklyn, NYC

2013    Photo Studio, School of Visual Arts, NYC

2007    MA in Documentary Films , Universidad Del Cine,  Argentina

2004    BFA in Visual Arts, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia


Film Festivals,  Screenings, and More

​2023     CATAPUM Official selection: FAMMA, Colombian Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, Afro Latino Film Festival,

             FICDEH, MUICA, Africa Human Rights Film Festival, Seattle Latino Film Festival.

2023     Collective show, Videoinstallation Madremonte, Aha Fine Art, Chelsea, New York.

​2022     POST PRODUCTION Official selection: Docco / Doc Society: Lab on Social Impact

2021     FICG 36 / DOCULAB12  Recipient of the award Hassan (Sound Design) + Cinecolor for the film "Nowhere to Fall" a

2021     Official selection Doculab12 for the film  "Nowhere to Fall"

2021     FDC (Colombia's Film Development Fund Awards) for the film  "Nowhere to Fall"

2021     Recipient of the award Hassan (Sound Design) + Cinecolor for the film "Nowhere to Fall"

2019     Sonus Selections, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy

2019     Sonus Selections, Galeria La Balsa, Bogotá, Colombia 

2018     "We were displaced".Video Exhibition: America Late. Casa de America, Madrid, Spain.

2018     "We were displaced". Group Exhibition WeartColombia, Consulate of Colombia in New York

2018     "We were displaced".Video Exhibition, Group Show, Capital Art International, Frankfurt, Germany

2017     "Sebastian Errzuriz. Monologues in the artist's studio". Master of Art Film Festival 

2017     Animation Shorts Film Festival

2017     American Documentary Film festival

2017     Salem Film Festival

2017     Yale University, CLAIS Spring Film Series

              Asian Centum Film Festival / Seoul International Architecture Film Festival / New York School of Interior Design

2016     Pecos Bill / Fakelore Series.  Screening at: Directed by Women - Short & Fun in NYC 

2015     How We Learn to Die.  Video Art, Simultan Festival Selection, Romania.

2014     BAC Community Arts Fund Grand

             Stop-motion Animation Fakelore: Fables and Legends of the Americas

2012     In a blink of the eye. Here &There - En un parpadeo. Aqui & allá.

             Experimental Video, Latin-American video art tour Videoarte en movimiento    

             The Object of Self. Photography, Darkroom Gallery, Junction, Vermont,  USA

2011     Beatriz González: Why Are You Crying? / Biarritz Film Festival, Biarritz, France / International Film Festival, Barichara, Colombia

             / Atlantidoc / International Documentary Film Festival, Uruguay / International Film Festival – Cali, Colombia

Photo Exhibitions


2018     "Urban Interferences #1 - Static". Group Exhibition WeartColombia, Consulate of Colombia in New York

2017     ¨Cityscape¨. Group Show, Blank wall gallery, Greece.

2016     Photo exhibition at Santa Maria di Rignana, Italy

2015     Greens. Photo Prints on Magazine Book  Eat /Ate by Jangle Fine, USA.

2014     Fakelore: Fables and Legends of the Americas. Stop Motion Animation and Installation at Rabbithole Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

2014     Waiting. Photography, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, USA

2012    ¨The Object of Self¨. Photography, Darkroom Gallery,  

             Junction, Vermont,  USA

2012     Juror Award of Merit in Still Life, International Fine Art Photography Competition

2005     30-76. Solo Show, Public Art Photo Installation. Bogotá, Colombia.

2004     “Penoso” & “Material”. Video and animation for the Contemporary Art Museum,  Bogotá,  Colombia


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