2015 Awarded Projects

Broadcast

500 Years
Pamela Yates
Paco De Onis

500 Years
Director: Pamela Yates, Producer: Paco De Onís Skylight Pictures
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

A Mayan nonviolent resistance movement to protect ancestral lands in Guatemala is galvanized by the first trial in the history of the Americas to judge the genocide of indigenous peoples. Will this be a tipping point for Mayan survivors of genocide in their struggle to overcome Guatemala’s powerful elite and win the battle for their country’s soul and destiny?

Beyond La Bamba
Marco Villalobos
Daffodil Altan

Beyond La Bamba
Co-Producers/Directors: Marco Villalobos, Daffodil Altan, Flywitness Films
Category: Post-production; 1 Episode/30 Minutes

Through the compelling story of two young musicians who leave home to follow their dreams, Mexico’s 300-year-old son jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, these musicians will forge new lives but remain true to their music.

Lezama: Una Sensible Pérdida (w.t.)
Adriana Bosch

Lezama: Una Sensible Pérdida (w.t.)
Director/Producer: Adriana Bosch, Bosch and Company, Inc
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Lezama: Una Sensible Pérdida (w.t.) explores the relationship between intellectuals and the Cuban revolution during the years 1961 and 1976 through the experience of writer José Lezama Lima, author of the controversial homoerotic novel, Paradiso.

Memories of a Penitent Heart
Cecilia Aldarondo
Patricia Benabe

Memories of a Penitent Heart
Director/Co-Producer: Cecilia Aldarondo
Producer: Patricia Benabe
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Memories of a Penitent Heart follows a filmmaker’s journey of discovering the truth about her uncle’s life 25 years after his death from AIDS as told through the contradictions of family members, open secrets, and shifting memories. Her investigation uncovers his life as a gay man in New York City, unacceptance of his lifestyle by his mother in Puerto Rico, and the struggle for legitimacy in a religious Latino family.

Salvadoran American Civil Rights Documentary Project
Nina Alvarez

Salvadoran American Civil Rights Documentary Project
Director/Producer: Nina Alvarez, Zócalo Media
1 Episode/60 Minutes

In the 1980s, Salvadoran refugees fled from repressive military regimes and death squads in El Salvador and sought asylum in the United States. However, unlike refugees from other countries, many Salvadoran refugees were denied asylum and were placed in detention centers suffering civil rights abuses in the country they hoped would be their adopted home. This documentary will explore an unknown chapter in American civil rights history told through two landmark lawsuits against the U.S. federal government, Orantes v. Smith and American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh which resulted in sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policy.

The Pushouts
Sharon Tiller
Katie Galloway
Dawn Valadez

The Pushouts
Executive Producer: Sharon Tiller, The Center for Investigative Reporting
Director/Producer: Katie Galloway
Co-Director: Dawn Valadez
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

The Pushouts tells the story of celebrated professor Victor Rios, a Mexican immigrant, once gang affiliated teen, who radically changes his life with the help of his mentor Martin Flores. The film weaves together compelling twenty-year-old archival footage of Victor and his mentor Martin with compelling contemporary footage of the two men today, as they work together to change the lives of other students on the margins of failure. Referred to as push-outs”, these students have been suspended or expelled from school and, unfortunately, some are ultimately pushed into the criminal justice system.

Willie Velasquez: Empowering the People
Hector Galan

Empowering the People: The Willie Velasquez Story (w.t)
Director/Producer: Hector Galán, Galán Incorporated
Category: Production; 1 Episode 60 Minutes

Viewers meet the man who led the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project and launched 1,000 voter registration drives in 200 cities, paving the way for Latinos to have a voice in government and underscoring the growing power of the Latino vote.

New Media

Caracol Cruzando
Pamela Chavez

Caracol Cruzando
Director/Producer: Pamela Chavez
1 Episode/ 14 Minutes

Caracol Cruzando is an animated film about a Costa Rican-American girl, Anais, whose journey across the US/Mexican border with her pet turtle reveals the true risk of immigration for her undocumented family.

Millennials in Miniature: The Latino Americans of New York City
William D. Caballero

Millennials in Miniature: The Latino Americans of New York City
Director/Producer: William D. Caballero
10 Episodes/1 Minute

Through the art of 3D printing and miniature reenactments, this video series explores the creative process amongst ten innovative and unique Latino filmmakers, artists, musicians, poets, and dancers.

Unaccompanied
Carlos Avila

Unaccompanied
Director/Producer: Carlos Avila, Echo Park Films, Inc
1 Episode/ 18 Minutes

Unaccompanied is a short drama that centers around the 2014 crisis of ‘unaccompanied juveniles’ entering the United States. The heart of this story is the impact that one of these juveniles has on a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

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