2013 Awarded Projects

Broadcast

A Photographer’s Journey
Ray Telles
Yvan Iturriaga

Co-Director/Producer: Ray Telles
Co-Director/Producer: Yvan Iturriaga 
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

A Photographer’s Journey captures the remarkable story of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona in the 1920′s who becomes an international photographer capturing iconic 20th century artists Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Children of Giant
Hector Galan

Producer/Director: Hector Galan
Category: Post-production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Children of Giant exposes the events and emotions that transformed the small town of Marfa, Texas (the film site of George Steven’s epic Giant) during and beyond Anglo/Latino segregation, through the voices of the individuals who experienced it firsthand.

For 75 years, Blackwell School in Marfa, Texas exclusively served Latino students. The deteriorating building and stringent learning conditions for the students typified the disparity and racism between whites and Mexican Americans. The school itself both resulted from and perpetuated de facto segregation in terms of class and race. This film will look at the years leading up to and following its disbanding in 1965 when the Latino students were told to pick up their desks and carry them across tracks to the Anglo school. Using clips from the locally filmed Hollywood feature film Giant (George Stevens, 1956), Children of Giant will explore whether Marfa, like so many towns throughout the Southwest, has truly achieved success in integration.

East of Salinas
Laura Pacheco

Co-Director/Producer: Laura Pacheco
Co-Director/Producer: Jackie Mow Category: Post-production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

East of Salinas is the story of a gifted Mexican American teacher who overcame the hardships of his migrant youth and now is dedicated to give migrant children a sense of life beyond the fields. The documentary explores an overlooked part of today’s American Dream and examines the impact of immigration laws and farming practices on children at risk.

El Poeta
Katie Galloway
Kelly Duane de la Vega

Co-Director/Producer: Katie Galloway
Co-Director/Producer: Kelly Duane de la Vega
Category: Post-production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

El Poeta tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son, an innocent victim in a drug war that has left more than 70,000 dead since 2006. A deeply personal, poetic and even hopeful journey on both sides of the Mexico/US border, El Poeta traces Sicilia’s path from poet and father to movement leader and international symbol of grief and redemption.

Now en Espanol
Andrea Meller

Producer/Director: Andrea Meller
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

A documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood, Now En Español addresses issues of Latino identity and representation through the lives of the 5 dynamic women who dub Desperate Housewives into Spanish for American audiences.

The Hand That Feeds
Robin Blotnick
Rachel Lears

Co-Director/Producer: Rachel Lears
Co-Director/Producer: Robin Blotnick
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma López and his undocumented immigrant coworkers set out to end abusive conditions at a New York restaurant chain owned by powerful investors. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

The State of Arizona

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

The State of Arizona chronicles the passing of the controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law that ignited a national maelstrom in Arizona and around the country. Combining interviews with footage of heated protest rallies and television coverage, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue depicting a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values. With dozens of states considering a similar approach, The State of Arizona holds up a mirror, asking Americans who they are, and who they want to be.

New Media

18 Bakers
Andrew Bracken

Director/Producer: Andrew Bracken
Genre: Drama
20 Webisodes/ 3 Minutes

An innovative webseries, 18 Bakers tells the story of the immigration raid that took place on May 15, 2008 on The French Gourmet, a well-known bakery in San Diego, California. 18 Bakers will provide a balanced yet compelling story that will highlight the plight of the restaurant workers that were arrested, and will serve as a forum for dialogue on immigration issues.

Migrant Heroes
Yolanda Cruz

Director/Producer: Yolanda Cruz
Genre: Drama
6 Webisodes/ 6 Minutes

Migrant Heroes is a series of short documentaries that celebrate the everyday heroes of migrant communities. This interactive web-based documentary project will profile migrants whose work has contributed to the improvement of their communities. The series begins with members of the Oaxacalifornian community and will eventually expand to other heroes following suggestions from viewers.

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