2003 Awarded Projects

Broadcast

My Americas
Janice Alamia

Producer: Janice Alamia/Hispanic Telecommunications Network, Inc.
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
13 Episodes/30 Minutes

My Americas is a series that takes viewers on a spiritual and cultural quest through Latin America, guided by one of two young Mexican-American hosts who in each episode experience the people and traditions of a Latin American country through the lens of celebrations such as Corpus Christi in Cuzco, Peru; San Lázaro and Babalú Ayé in Cuba; and Yamor in Otalvo, Ecuador. My Americas is a celebration of the wealth of geographic, cultural, and spiritual diversity of Latin America and it is a search for meaning that examines some of the social issues that local people face in their lives.

Abriendo Camino: Puerto Ricans and Educational Reform
Lillian Jimenez

Producer/Director: Lillian Jimenez
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Abriendo Camino will vividly recount, using Puerto Rican visionary leader Dr. Antonia Pantojas as its guide, the civil rights era which heralded massive change across the United States. During this tumultuous period, Puerto Ricans arrived in New York City impacting the nation through a distinct cultural and racial identity and a three-decade struggle for language and education civil rights. Today, Latino and other immigrant communities across the country continue to build upon the educational opportunities and gains made by Puerto Ricans from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, a time when the term Latino or Hispanic in New York was synonymous with Puerto Ricans.

Beyond the Dream: California and the Rediscovery of America
Paul Espinoza

Executive Producer: Paul Espinoza
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
4 Episodes/60 Minutes

The City of Tomorrow: Labor, the Latino Vote and the Transformation of Los Angeles is a one-hour episode of a four part documentary series examining life in California in the last 30 years. The series, titled Beyond the Dream: California and the Rediscovery of America, is an exploration of the dynamics of culture, identity and civic engagement within California. The City of Tomorrow highlights a new voting population. A key focus of this story is Miguel Contreras and Maria Elena Durazo, a dynamic couple who have organized low wage Latino and immigrant workers and mobilized community support for labor in campaigns reminiscent of the United Farm Workers Union in the days of Cesar Chavez.

Brave New Valley
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

Writer/Producer/Director: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Brave New Valley is a new documentary exploring the enormous changes coming to California’s Central Valley, a traditionally agricultural region that is one of the most rapidly urbanizing areas in the United States. Shot over the course of one year, the program looks at the intersecting issues of land use, development, demographic shift’s, and the flight for socio-economic equity through the eyes of the Central Valley’s diverse communities. Latinos, who make up over forty percent of the Valley’s growing population, are at the heart of this prototypically 21st century American story.

Chicano Rock!
Jon Wilkman

Producer: Jon Wilkman
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

Chicano Rock! is a 90 minute musical biography of generations of artists including Lalo Guerrero, Ritchie Valens, Thee Midniters, Romancers, El Chicano, Tierra, Santana, Los Lobos and their audiences. It will tell the story of how Chicanos found themselves a place of pride and power as Americans through music. Inspired by Land of a Thousand Dances, the successful book by David Reyes and Tom Waldman, it is the little known story of the growth and development of one important chapter in American cultural history that remains rarely known or simply ignored.

Cottonfields, Crossroads and Tex-Mex Blues
Hector Galan, Galan Productions, Inc.

Director/Producer: Hector Galan, Galan Productions, Inc.
Category: Development
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Cottonfields, Crossroads, and Tex-Mex Blues is a one hour documentary that will highlight the West Texas Mexican-American experience through the story of Los Lonely Boys, a Tex-Mex Blues playing trio of brothers from San Angelo, Texas. The young group will serve as a telescope through which the history of Mexican Americans in West Texas will be told. The documentary will blend Los Lonely Boys performances and interviews with archival footage and photos, historical background, and in-depth interviews to present a well-rounded picture of Mexican-American life in West Texas. The film is intended for national broadcast on PBS and is designed for subsequent institutional use at the high school and college level.

Crossing Deadly Waters: The Last Hope for the American Dream
Josie Mejia Beeck

Producer: Josie Mejia Beeck
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Every day Dominicans, Haitians, and the people from as far as China risk their lives and meager savings to cross the Mona Passage, a stretch of shark infested treacherous water between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. America’s little known back door entrance, the Mona Passage, is the setting for Crossing Deadly Waters: the Last Hope for the American Dream. The one-hour documentary records the brutal reality of this journey through the personal testimony faced by so many that continue to look to the United States as a way out of their poverty. We go to those who orchestrate and profit from these dangerous trips as well as to those involved in the regulation and deterrence of deadly voyages.

Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano!
Nancy de los Santos
Dan Guerrero

Co-Producers: Nancy de los Santos/Dan Guerrero
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano! is a documentary that details the Chicano/Mexican-American experience as chronicled through Lalo’s music and lyrics. The artist has been quoted as saying; “I only wrote music about what I saw.” But, in simply doing that, Lalo Guerrero became the musical historian of a unique American culture. His songs are the reflection of those born and raised in the United States with their roots en el otro lado – Mexico.

Rebel
Writer: Maria Agui Carter

Director/Writer: Maria Agui Carter
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 minutes

Rebel is an hour-long historical documentary about Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban-born teenager from New Orleans who fought disguised as a man during the American Civil War. Based on a 600-page memoir published in 1876, this film tells the story of an unusual Civil War soldier who was considered a hoax for over a hundred years, but contemporary historians have found evidence of her existence. Rebel weaves dramatic reenactments with archival material, verité footage and interviews to tell this dramatic story.

Revolución: Visions of Cuba Since the Revolution
Nicole Catell

Writer/Director: Nicole Catell
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episodes/90 Minutes

Revolución: Visions of Cuba Since the Revolution is a feature length, hi-definition (24P) documentary that reveals the revolutionary impulse of the creative spirit through the lives and work of four generations of Cuban photographers. Revolución interweaves interviews with six Cuban photographers, together with their vast collection of documentary and conceptual photography, archival film and footage, and stunning imagery of present day Cuba.

Simon Bolivar and the Liberation of South America
Patricia Aste

Production: Patricia Aste/Koval Films, LLC
Category: Development
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/120 Minutes

Simon Bolivar and the Liberation of South America is a documentary series about the life and times of South America’s most renowned nationalist. It will recount Bolivar’s dramatic career as a rebel leader, nation-builder, and political icon and use his biography as a vehicle to probe larger historical processes. It will examine the crumbling years of Imperial Spain; the tumultuous independence struggles on Bolivar’s native continent; and the birth and development of several South American nation-states.

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta
John Valadez

Director/Producer: John Valadez
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

The Head of Joaquin Murrieta is an hour-long documentary film about the life and legend of this 19th century Mexican who gained notoriety during the California gold rush. This film is not simply a biography but also an exploration of how and why both Mexicans and Americans have grafted onto his image and memory contradictory visions of our common history.

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.

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