Rodolfo Hermida, an outgoing figure in audiovisual production, direction and teaching, died this Sunday in Buenos Aires, at the age of 78. His remains will be veiled this Monday at the Buenos Aires headquarters of the National School of Experimentation and Cinematographic Realization (Enerc), an entity that he knew how to direct. So far, the cause of death is unknown.
"With deep regret, Enerc bids farewell to Rodolfo Hermida, whose name has been synonymous with tenacity and constant growth in the audiovisual industry. Director, producer, writer, teacher, lecturer, his life was completely intertwined with his passion for film, television and teaching, achieving an outstanding career as an audiovisual teacher," the School said in a statement.
For this recognition, the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Enerc, in Moreno 1199, was erected as the place to say goodbye to Hermida, this May 29 between 9 and 13.
Film people: Rodolfo Hermida, between Juan José Campanella and Pablo Rovito.
The National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (Incaa) also expressed its sorrow on Sunday: "We say goodbye with great sadness to the director and producer of film and television Rodolfo Hermida, who died today at the age of 78. Rodolfo was director of the Enerc and manager of Educational Development of the Incaa, where he was also in charge of the Bicentennial Program.
To bid him farewell, filmmaker Juan José Campanella wrote on Twitter:
"Rodolfo Hermida, a great film teacher, passed away. In 1980, with a moviolita modified by him, he explained to us cut by cut the editing of the documentary A París. I never learned so much in a class alone. My head exploded and that's when my love for editing was born. A goodbye hug, Rodolfo! Thank you so much for everything!"
Other filmmakers who followed in his footsteps and his teachings were Jorge Polaco and Pablo César.
Also Directors of Audiovisual Works for Television (Doat) echoed the news and in their social networks said: "With great pain we inform that this morning our dear colleague and teacher Rodolfo Hermida passed away. We accompany their families, friends, the entire audiovisual community."
"I've never learned so much in a class alone. My head exploded and that's when my love for editing was born," wrote Campanella, as a former student of Hermida. Here when the Media Law was being debated.
Work in film and television
In the cinema, Hermida served as artistic advisor of the film Gerónima and, as producer and editor, of Tres veranos, both films by Raúl Tosso. He also worked as Art Director in the films Diapasón, En el nombre del hijo and La dama regresa, by Jorge Polaco. And, in the area of Executive Production, the documentary Cazadores de Utopías, by David "Coco" Blaustein.
The vast and diverse trajectory of this reference of audiovisual culture included the impulse given to the Argentine and International Days of Independent Film and Video-Uncipar, which have been active for 35 years.
In television, he also worked in the Latin American division of the Italian network RAI and was director of special programs for Canal 13 and in 1992 he received the Martín Fierro award for Best Cultural Educational Program as director of La capsule del tiempo.
Also for the small screen Hermida was responsible -as director and screenwriter- for the cycles El monitor argentino and El galpón de la Memoria.