51st Humboldt Int’l Film Fest
is an award-winning director whose credits include Real Women Have Curves (Sundance ́s Audience and Special Jury Awards), The Water Carrier (Student Academy Award and Ida Lupino DGA Award), Lies in Plain Sight (IMAGEN and NAMIC Awards, NAACP nomination), the Web Series Ro and the short The Air Globes (two Premio Mesquites).
Her most recent film, El Regalo, will be released theatrically on December 25 in Colombia. Cardoso has been a trailblazer becoming the first Latino woman in the US to direct a feature film that was commercially successful; the first Latino woman to win a Sundance ́s Audience Award; she received the first Fulbright scholarship for film in Colombia; she was the first Latino to win a Student Academy Award; she directed the first HBO movie that was released theatrically. As a director Cardoso creates stories and characters that are truthful, meaningful and entertaining, often giving audiences unexpected insights into the lives of others. In the process she has broken several stereotypes: she gave actor Lupe Ontiveros, after more than 150 roles playing a maid, her first role playing a professional; she created the character of Ana, a Latina teenager who is smart, confident and over-weight, and gave America Ferrera her first role for it; she portrayed East Los Angeles with the raw beauty of its reality and cultural richness.
Cardoso ́s work has been released theatrically, broadcasted on television and cable, and streamed in the internet, earning millions of dollars around the globe. Her films have screened at festivals like Telluride, San Sebastian, London, Guadalajara and Toronto, winning more than forty awards, including a Humanitas Prize. She holds an MFA in film and television from UCLA and a BA in anthropology from Universidad de los Andes. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Originally from New Jersey, Hal is a lifelong lover of cinema and performance and studied film production and theater both here in the States as well as abroad in Sweden. In 1989, Hal began working for the Seattle International Film Festival where he spent three years engaging with actors and filmmakers from across the globe. At the same time, Hal booked arthouse movie theaters up and down the west coast for Northwest Diversified Entertainment.In 1991, Hal moved to Los Angeles where he made his career in multiple capacities ranging from studio-writer for Sony, Paramount, Disney, and STARZ, to Casting Session Director for both commercial and theatrical auditions. Through his over two decades of casting, Hal has worked with many of the biggest casting directors and actors in the industry on such films as Lasse Hallström’s WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE and Spike Jonze’s I’M HERE, as well as on hundreds of commercials for directors such as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek, Mark Webb, Tony Kaye, Roman Coppola, Mike Mills, Ted Melfi and hundreds of others. Throughout that time and into the present, Hal has been an active writer and filmmaker and his second feature, the documentary JAZZ NIGHTS: A CONFIDENTIAL JOURNEY, is currently playing film festivals around the world and recently won the Audience Award at the 2017 Copenhagen Jazz Film Festival.
Hal continues to write, make films, and follow his passion for working with actors as both a director and as a teacher/coach at “Hal Masonberg’s Commercial Acting Workshops” in Los Angeles. Hal was recently a guest artist and teacher at the 2017 Cal State Summer Arts Program in Fresno, CA.