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Arturo Acevedo Vallarino

Birthdate: (71)
Death: January 1952 (71)
Bogota, Bogota, Colombia
Immediate Family:

Son of Ricardo Antonio Acevedo Pérez, General and Francisca Vallarino Gómez Miró
Husband of Laura Bernal Méndez
Father of Alvaro Acevedo Bernal; Gonzalo Acevedo Bernal; Armando Acevedo Bernal; Alfonso Acevedo Bernal and Blanca Acevedo Bernal
Brother of Olimpia Acevedo de Barriga; María Dominga Emelina Acevedo Vallarino and Ricardo Acevedo Vallarino

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About Arturo Acevedo Vallarino

Here's a short bio, from a Mexican film festival showing of "Beneath the Antioquian Sky"

(Microsoft translation to English):

Arturo Acevedo Vallarino (Bogotá, Colombia, 1873-1950). Director of theater and film director.

He spent his youth in Zipaquirá, where his father, general Ramón Acevedo Perez, was Manager of las Salinas. There he married Laura Bernal Méndez, with whom he had six children: Blanca, Alfonso, Gonzalo, Álvaro, Armando (died at age eight) and a second Armando. He graduated as a surgeon dentist in the Dental School of Bogota and set up a clinic, where in addition to other patients were poets and artists of Bogotá. During the "the thousand day war" he was active in the conservative ranks and earned the rank of Colonel Voltígeros. In 1904 he became part of the symbolic, tertulia Grotto of intellectuals who founded the scale of Chapinero, a small restaurant where he debuted as a theatre director. For the next twenty years, he devoted himself to this activity, as founder and director of the national drama and Jacinto Benavente companies. In the scenarios of the Municipal Theatre and the Teatro del Bosque spread national authors and prepared which, in turn, formed other companies or actors who later worked in the cinema. In 1909 he performed the first successful national tour, during which he suffered a serious accident, falling into the orchestra pit at the Girardot Theatre. This produced injuries that would affect him to the end of his life. In 1912 he was creator and President of the society of national authors. He wrote the comedy "Remnant of Life" and the patriotic drama "Sánchez Ferro," on the occasion of the conflict with Peru. By 1920 he decided to launch his own cinematic venture. He sold a Timber Plantation family estate of the wife to buy a film camera, and founded the Colombia Film House, predecessor of Acevedo y Hijos. He wrote and directed "The Tragedy of Silence" and "Bajo el Cielo Antioqueño," the last produced by the Antioquian businessman Gonzalo Mejía (1884-1956). Plagued by ailments brought on by the accident at the Girardot theater, he retired and left the conduct of the film company to his sons.

Another short bio:

Arturo Acevedo Vallarino (1873-1950) was a dentist by profession and participated in the Thousand Days War as a soldier in the conservative ranks. In 1904 he joined the 'Symbolic Grotto', a group of literary gathering of Bogota in the early twentieth century, which belonged to the poet Julio Florez, Emilio Murillo musician, writer Climaco Soto Borda and politician, who later became Colombia's President Enrique Olaya Herrera, among others.

Acevedo Vallarino had gained a reputation in the theater Bogotá, with its clusters of Chapinero Scala and the National Drama Company. He was initiator and founding member of the first attempt at unionization playwrights that have news in the country: the National Society of Authors. As a businessman, film, Acevedo Vallarino was scheduled foreign film at the Teatro El Bosque in Bogotá, so that sensed the growing public interest in the cinematic spectacle. Arturo Acevedo and his sons Alvaro and Gonzalo for Colombian cinema represent the most fruitful and long-term commitment: from 1920 to 1955 he made documentary records being the pioneers of film journalism in Colombia. The legacy of their heritage is of vital importance in the audiovisual heritage of Colombia.

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Arturo Acevedo Vallarino's Timeline

July 29, 1880
Age 17
Zipaquirá, Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
August 2, 1900
Age 20
Zipaquira, Cundinamarca, Colombia
December 20, 1901
Age 21
Zipaquira, Cundinamarca, Colombia
June 20, 1915
Age 34
January 1952
Age 71
Bogota, Bogota, Colombia