Fernando Sulichin

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Fernando Sulichin is an Argentine filmmaker and philanthropist.

Sulichin has produced over 25 films and documentaries with directors such as Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Jim Jarmusch and Abel Ferrara.[1]  

He is a founding and life-time member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, having met Mandela through filming Malcom X in 1992.[2]  

He sits on the board of CORE (formerly J/P Haitian Relief Organization)[3], American actor Sean Penn’s foundation that was initially established to deliver humanitarian relief during the Haitian disaster in January 2010.[4]

He is reported to support the David Lynch Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by the film director of the same name that focuses on alleviating mental health problems and healing trauma.[5]

In addition to humanitarian causes, Sulichin has been involved in raising awareness about environmental issues and climate change, for which he received the National Order of the Légion d'honneur in 2015.[6]

In June 2019, Sulichin spoke at the Peace to Prosperity workshop in Bahrain. Sulichin sat on a panel with the head of the international football federation (FIFA) Gianni Infantino and the pair discussed the role that entertainment and sport could play in brokering peace in the Middle East.[7]

Sulichin is the founder of two production companies, Central Films and New Element Media, which have produced a number of films such as Sundance Prize Winner “Love Liza“ (2003) by Todd Louiso and Mary (2004) by Abel Ferrara, winner at Venice Film Festival.[8]

In addition to fictional films, Sulichin has produced documentaries and films about high-profile living individuals, partnering with Oliver Stone to make films on Vladimir Putin, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Snowden.[9]

Early life[edit]

Sulichin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the United States in the late 1980s to study architecture at UCLA.[10] While studying he became interested in the film industry and ever completed his architecture studies.


Sulichin's career in film started when he met Spike Lee who made him the associate producer of his 1992 film Malcolm X.[11] Sulichin is credited with securing permission for the film crew to enter Mecca and for getting Nelson Mandela to perform a cameo role in the film.[12]

In 2016, it was reported that Sulichin accompanied actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo on their secret meeting with El Chapo in his hideout in the mountains of Durango prior to his arrest.[13] The now famous meeting was purportedly to discuss the prospect of making a movie about the Sinaloa cartel leader.[14]  However, the Mexican authorities later insinuated that tracking the group’s visit aided them in arresting El Chapo arrest three months later.[15] This led to speculation that the group may have been working with the US and Mexican authorities to locate one of the most wanted criminals and notorious drug lords. Both Penn and del Castillo have said that they have feared for their lives since the ill-fated meeting.[16]

Sulichin is reported to be currently working on Flag Day with Sean Penn[17] and White Lies with Benicio Del Toro.[18]

Honours and awards[edit]


Year Film Title Role Type
1992 Malcolm X Associate Producer Feature length
1994 Touch Base Associate Producer Short film
1995 The Addiction Producer Feature length
2001 Bully Producer Feature length
2002 Love Liza Producer Feature length
2002 Spun Producer Feature length
2003 Comandante Producer Documentary
2003 Tiptoes Executive producer TV documentary series
2003 Persona Non Grata Producer Documentary
2004 She Hate Me Producer Feature length
2004 Alexander Co-executive producer Feature length
2005 Mary Producer Feature length
2006 Babel Producer Feature length
2006 Looking for Fidel Producer Documentary
2009 I Come with the Rain Producer Feature length
2009 South of the Border Producer Documentary
2010 The Killer Inside Me Executive Producer Feature length
2012 Castro in Winter Producer Documentary
2012 Savages Executive producer Feature length
2012 Spring Breakers Executive producer Feature length
2012-2013 The Untold History of the United States Producer TV documentary series
2014 Mi Amigo Hugo Producer Documentary
2014 It’s a Beautiful World Producer Documentary
2014 Go Brasil Go! Producer Documentary
2016 Gimme Danger Producer Documentary
2016 Snowden Producer Feature length
2017 Little Heroes Producer Feature length
2017 The Putin Interviews Producer TV documentary series
2018 At Eternity’s Gate Executive producer Feature length
2018 London Field Executive producer Feature length


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  2. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni. "Producer Fernando Sulichin On Interviewing World Leaders And The New 'Big Lebowski'". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  3. ^ "Staff". CORE. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  4. ^ "Sean Penn's star-studded CORE Gala in L.A. raises $5 million". Los Angeles Times. 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  5. ^ "David Lynch Foundation UK". www.davidlynchfoundation.org.uk. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  6. ^ Décret du 3 avril 2015 portant nomination, retrieved 2020-05-29
  7. ^ "Bahrain conference: Peace critical for US plan for Mideast". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  8. ^ Mitchell2010-07-29T12:43:00+01:00, Wendy. "Fernando Sulichin". Screen. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  9. ^ Rushe, Dominic (2017-06-12). "Oliver Stone on Vladimir Putin: 'The Russian people have never been better off'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  10. ^ Xavi, Ledesma (October 20, 2017). "From Chávez to Putin: what does the best-known Argentine producer in Hollywood think". Apretura.
  11. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (May 1, 2017). "Oliver Stone's 'The Putin Interviews' Debuts On Showtime In June". Deadline.
  12. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni. "Producer Fernando Sulichin On Interviewing World Leaders And The New 'Big Lebowski'". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  13. ^ Child, Ben (2016-03-11). "Oliver Stone denies reports he planned El Chapo movie with Sean Penn". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  14. ^ Draper, Robert. "The Actress Who Dazzled El Chapo". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  15. ^ Alexander, Harriet (2016-03-09). "Oliver Stone 'orchestrated Sean Penn's meeting with El Chapo'". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  16. ^ Miller, Matt (2017-10-20). "Sean Penn Thinks He'll Be Murdered Because of This El Chapo Netflix Documentary". Esquire. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  17. ^ Mcnary, Dave (June 19, 2019). "Sean Penn to Direct, Star in 'Flag Day' With Daughter Dylan Penn". Variety.
  18. ^ Mcnary, Dave (August 13, 2018). "Benicio Del Toro to Star in Oliver Stone's Drama 'White Lies'". Variety.
  19. ^ "Culture : les décorés de la Légion d'honneur de Pâques 2015 | www.louvrepourtous.fr". www.louvrepourtous.fr. Retrieved 2019-05-16.

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