2006 Awarded Projects

Broadcast

A Class Apart
Carlos Sandoval
Peter Miller

Producers: Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

A Class Apart tells the little known story of how a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers take their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court and win the first decision to begin dismantling Jim Crow – issued two weeks before Brown v. Board of Education. This one-hour historical documentary is more than the story of a case – it’s the story of a people. It will use the Hernandez case as a through-line to shed light on the under-reported history of systematic discrimination faced by Mexican-Americans in the Southwest, their early civil rights struggle, and to explore cutting-edge issues of racial politics and identity among Latinos.

A Girl’s Life
Dawn Valadez
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Producer: Dawn Valadez and Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

A Girl’s Life is a journey into the lives of four pre-teen girls of color as they transition from childhood into adolescence. No other film looks this intimately or this critically at girls in this age group nor specifically at this dramatic transition in the lives of girls. The heroines of A Girl’s Life – Ariana, Esmeralda, Isha and Rosie – demonstrate how girls today negotiate the process of growing older in a complex urban environment.

Archeology of Memory
Quique Cruz
aka Claudio Durán

Producers: Quique Cruz/aka Claudio Durán and Marilyn Mulford
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

After the C.I.A. backed coup of the Chilean government in 1973, under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet, 17-year old Claudio Duran is incarcerated, brutally tortured for months, and after a year in different concentration camps, exiled to the United States. Archeology of Memory follows Claudio Duran as he navigates a landscape of dreams and nightmare, transformation and healing, all this while creating powerful art to tell his story. Claudio’s first person narrative, vérité scenes, and his music along with flashbacks consisting of artwork and re-enactments help illuminate his journey as he discovers once again the power of art to transform even the deepest pain.

Bronx Burning
Edwin Pagan

Producer: Edwin Pagan
Category: Development
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Bronx Burning is an hour-long documentary that tells the story of the tragic events and misguided policies which almost led to the complete destruction of a major U.S. city. It takes a look at the residents who decided to stay and fight back in order to re-claim their neighborhoods and bring them back from the ashes of neglect, economic opportunism and political indifference. Bronx Burning recounts one of the most concentrated and widespread cases of “eco-terrorism” in modern history and explores the reasons why, despite a crisis of epic proportions, those responsible for orchestrating the most rampant and longest-lasting “fire-for-hire” crime waves have never been brought to justice.

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.

Making Viva Max
Jim Mendiola
Faith Radle

Director/Producer: Jim Mendiola/Faith Radle
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

During the Spring of 1969 a Hollywood movie crew arrived in San Antonio, Texas to make a comedy about the Alamo. In the film, Mexicans retake the “sacred shrine.” The Alamo’s official custodians, the blue-blooded Daughters of the Republic of Texas, were not amused and tried to halt production. And thus converged a national media battle that resulted in permanent and unintended social change.

New Muslim Cool
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

Producer: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Category: Outreach
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

New Muslim Cool follows a Puerto Rican-American Muslim hip-hop artist and his family facing life in post-9/11 America. This observational documentary’s three acts follow Jason “Hamza” Pérez as he works to build a religious community in Pittsburgh, seeks custody of his children after a failed first marriage, and marries Rafiah, a devout young woman from a conservative African American Muslim family. After the FBI raids their mosque, Hamza and Rafiah cope with the fear of losing their new family, and they forge unexpected friendships with Christian and Jewish allies.

Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos
Juan Mandelbaum

Producer: Juan Mandelbaum
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos is a filmmaker’s personal search for the souls of friends who disappeared in Argentina during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The principal narrator is the filmmaker himself, Juan Mandelbaum, who returns to trace the fate of five friends. The pain of their absence and the lack of justice for many of the perpetrators continue to haunt the country. Each story shows different aspects of the horrors that befell them. The film also focuses on these young people’s dreams for a better society before they were taken away, and on the legacies that live on through their now grown surviving children. They show that there is hope even after such an enormous tragedy.

She Wants to Be a Matador
Gemma Cubero/Celeste Carrasco

Producer: Gemma Cubero/Celeste Carrasco
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/ 60 Minutes

Challenging gender roles and rigid social traditions, She Wants to Be a Matador is a documentary about women who chose the profession of bullfighting. Through the viewpoint of the female matadors, the film explores why these women pursue the same dream as their male counterparts – the glory of dominating the beast. They are forced to fight not only against the bull, but also against historical and political events, including decades of legal prohibitions and prejudice.

The Judge and the General
Elizabeth Farnsworth
Patricio Lanfranco Leverton

Producer: Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco Leverton
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/90 Minutes

The Pursuers is a 90-minute documentary about the multinational effort to bring Augusto Pinochet and his top lieutenants to justice, creating new international human rights law in the process. The main character is Judge Juan Guzman, a conservative Pinochet supporter, who was assigned – by judicial lottery – the first criminal case against the former dictator. The transformation of Judge Guzman, as he descends into what he calls the “abyss” of his investigations, provides the back bone of the film. Supported by the United States, Pinochet led a bloody military coup on 1973 that overthrew the first democratically elected socialist government in the history of Latin America. In the following years, thousands of Chileans – and others from around the world – were kidnapped, tortured, assassinated, and often disappeared, never to be seen again. The documentary is a present-tense detective story about people who descend into the darkest regions of human behavior to investigate and expose the crimes of the Pinochet years.

Two Trinities
Sandra Guardado

Producer: Sandra Guardado
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Two Trinities explores the Trinity Foundation and its leader Ole Anthony in their holy quest to bring down televangelists who prey on the poor and the desperate using the lure of the “heavenly lottery.” Recognized nationally in the media for its investigations of televangelists, the Trinity foundation has devoted itself for 20 years to expose the self-dealing empires and ultimately empty promises of televangelist preachers, while keeping their own mission of picking up the cross daily and helping others. Once again, the Trinity Foundation has been drawn into the center of controversy – an unprecedented Federal inquiry by a U.S. Senator into the finances of several high-profile televangelists. These unfolding events are stirring national debate on what it means to be a believer and what responsibilities religion has in American Society.

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