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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #40: Juan Pablo Cadaveira Follows Famous Fighter for ‘Maravilla’

Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #40: Juan Pablo Cadaveira Follows Famous Fighter for 'Maravilla'

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Juan Pablo Cadaveira comes from a background of editing narrative, documentaries and commercials. As an editor, he has worked on “Handsome Harry” (Tribeca Film Festival), “History Detectives” (PBS series); and documentary “License to Thrive: Title IX at 35.” “Maravilla” is his first film as director/producer/writer, which has already won “best editing” award at “Mar del Pata” Film Festival.

Biggest challenge in completing this project? I think the biggest challenge was to follow a high profile athlete, who travels around the globe, while not knowing how the story was going to develop. We wanted to follow Sergio’s life until he got the chance to regain his title in the ring, but we didn’t know if that would ever happen while we were in production. Knowing Sergio’s personality, I knew he would not stop fighting, so I knew no matter what there would be a great ending to this film, whether it would be inside or outside the ring. His promoter, Lou DiBella, who is also in the film has that same mentality, they don’t give up, so I knew it would be worth it to keep filming during the uncertainty.

Did you crowdfund? No, I did not crowdfund for this project. We didn’t want to crowdfund, we couldn’t crowdfund, because we needed to be low-profile to capture the story. It’s controversial and it wasn’t something we wanted to advertise while we were working on it. It was funded by private investors, none of them involved in the business of boxing.

Did you go to film school? I studied film production at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was working as a camera man while going to film school. It helped me put into play what I was learning in books. One of the reasons this project was important to me was because Sergio wasn’t recognized for his talent in Argentina. I wanted to document him and for people to know about his life, effort and greatness. I wanted Argentina to know they had a true champion.

What films have inspired you? For this particular project I watched a lot of films where there was a bigger story behind the sport. Inspirations included, “When We Where Kings,” “Senna,” “The Two Escobars,” “Facing Ali” and “Rocky.”

What do you have in the works? I am developing a new documentary about the life of a high profile athlete that will be a completely different story than “Maravilla.” I am also working on a narrative script about one of the most famous Argentine writers.

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about
their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and
what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up
to the 2014 festival. Go HERE to read all the entries.

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