2002 Awarded Projects

Broadcast

The Life & Times of Frida Kahlo
WETA

Producer: WETA
Producer/Writer/Director: Amy Stechler
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

The Life & Times of Frida Kahlo introduces a woman who gracefully balanced a private life of illness and pain, against a public persona that was flamboyant, irreverent and world-renowned. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who became an international sensation in the world of modern art and radical politics during the early 20th century. Her life was a drama of personal extremes, lived against a backdrop of political, social and artistic revolution. Frida’s Life and work are inextricable form the world in which she lived; she became both a product and a mirror of her country and her time.

Birchers & Mexican Beauty Queens
Mylene Moreno

Producer/Director: Mylene Moreno
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Birchers & Mexican Beauty Queens examines a struggle for the heart and soul of Orange County, California. A county divided by a predominately white population in the north and more densely populated haven for immigrants in the south. This film examines a fight between two of these cities, Santa Ana from the north and Tustin from the south, over a large parcel of land lying between them.

El Doctor
Suzan Pitt

Director/Producer: Suzan Pitt
Category: Production
Genre: Animation
1 Episode/30 Minutes

El Doctor is an animated film about a very old doctor who is visited by a fictional saint, who awakens the doctor’s perception by showing him that the patients in his hospital who appear to be hopelessly malformed are in fact beautiful and perfect. “El Doctor” explores through animation how reality can seem miraculous, how the malformed can seem perfect, and how our vision of others can be manipulated, psychologically and spiritually by our worldview.

La Cocina (The Kitchen)
Charles Gheradi

Producer: Charles Gheradi
Category: Production
Writer/Director: Maria Escobedo
Genre: Drama
1 Episode/60 Minutes

La Cocina is a one-hour narrative drama about divorce in Latino culture, and its effects on the family. This film celebrates the Latino culture and provides a unique storytelling perspective by using the preparation of a traditional Latino meal as the foundation of the film.

Orozco: Man of Fire
Rick Tejada-Flores & Laurie Coyle

Co-Producers/Directors: Rick Tejada-Flores & Laurie Coyle
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

This biographical documentary explores the life and art of Jose Clemente Orozco, a prolific member of the Mexican mural renaissance and one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. One of the great-untold stories of modern art, the life of Jose Clemente Orozco is filled with drama, adversity and remarkable achievement. Orozco’s story is played out against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression and both World Wars. It captures the vibrant New York art scene between the world wars, and explores the rich cultural ties that link Mexico and the United States. Orozco’s travels back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border are emblematic of the experiences of millions of migrants and immigrants during the 20th century. His strong personal convictions, artistic integrity and sheer tenacity in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles make him a compelling figure with universal appeal.

Runner
Bernardo Ruiz

Writer/Producer: Bernardo Ruiz
Category: Research & Development
Genre: Drama
1 Episode/90 Minutes

Runner is a digital narrative that moves beyond the border to tell the story of a Mexican-American who is summoned back to his native Mexico for his father’s funeral. There he must confront his family, his past and ultimately himself. Runner examines notions of identity, home and family. It is a contemporary myth that draws on classical literature as well as modern popular culture.

Somos
Maria Bures

Producer/Director: Maria Bures
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

Somos is a one-hour documentary that addresses why Latin American gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have chosen to or have been forced to leave their countries and migrate to the US. Through this film, we meet Latinos living in three very diverse cities – San Francisco, New York and Miami – representing a wide range of reasons for why they left their homeland.

The Boy and the Devil Mountain
Kief Davidson

Co-Director/Producer: Kief Davidson
Co-Director: Richard Ladkani
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

This is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who follows in his father’s footsteps to begin work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico. Through his eyes, we will encounter a mysterious, fascinating world where the miners, who are devout Catholics, sever their ties from god when they enter the mountain and worship an ancient mountain devil. Over the course of six months, we will see the boy transform to a man as he strives to carry on his family tradition, and the rich history of Cerro Rico participation in ancient ceremonies and ultimately confront the fearful mountain demon.

The Farmingville Project
Carlos Sandoval

Co-Producer/Writer: Carlos Sandoval
Co-Producer: Catherine Tambini
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

The Farmingville Project is a bilingual, verite documentary that captures the unfolding story of a town thrust onto the center of the national immigration debate. The Farmingville Project reveals the larger more complex truth of how mismanaged national policies can lead to fear, isolation and racism in America today. Told trough the deeply personal stories of two undocumented day laborers.

The Last Conquistador
Cristina Ibarra

Producer/Director: Cristina Ibarra
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

The Last Conquistador will be an hour-long documentary film about the construction and dedication of the largest bronze equestrian statue ever created, a controversial monument nearly five stories tall depicting the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate. It is also a film about Native and Mexican Americans who are opposed to the statue. To them it is an offensive and profane memorial to white supremacy and genocide.

The Storm that Swept Mexico: The Mexican Revolution
KERA

Producer: KERA/Rob Tranchin
Category: Research & Development
Genre: Documentary
3 Episodes/60 Minutes

The Storm That Swept Mexico is a three-hour, primetime documentary series on the Mexican Revolution, the first major Revolution of the 20th century, and the first important challenge to the world order of the industrial creditor nations. It is a conflict that changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, and profoundly impacting relations with the United States and with the rest of the world.

Undaunted Hope: The Children of the Dominican Bateys
Juan Castilo

Producer/Director: Juan Castilo
Category: Research & Development
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

Undaunted Hope offers an intimate glimpse into the obscured, perilous world of the Dominican Bateys. The Children of the Bateys were denounced by their country of birth, forsaken by the land of their parents and are born stateless. Under political persecution and social disgrace, they grow crippled by the disease-ridden world of the Dominican sugarcane labor camps known as Bateys. Yet the children of the Bateys refuse to surrender hope, dreams and aspirations, as told in their own voice and words.

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