2016 Awarded Projects

Broadcast

Building the American Dream
Chelsea Hernandez

Building the American Dream
Producer/Director: Chelsea Hernandez
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and construction is no exception: it’s a $72 billion dollar industry but beneath the so-called recession proof “Texas Miracle” lies an uncomfortable truth. Building the American Dream tells the stories of the virtually invisible undocumented construction workers upon whose hard labor the boom is built and introduces Cristina Tzintzún, an uncompromising young female voice in the labor movementleading the fight for basic rights and safety conditions.

Cocaine Prison
Redelia Shaw
Violeta Ayala
Dan Fallshaw

Cocaine Prison
Producer: Redelia Shaw
Director/Writer: Violeta Ayala
Producer, DOP and Editor: Dan Fallshaw
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

Shot in Bolivia over the course of five years, Cocaine Prison offers a unique take on the ongoing war on drugs through the journeys of three people at the lowest rank of the international drug trade – a cocaine worker, a drug mule, and his young sister. Partially filmed inside a Bolivian prison, this revealing film offers a fresh perspective on the race and class injustices of the drug war.

Diego & Frida in Detroit
Grace Raso

Diego & Frida in Detroit
Director: Grace Raso
Category: Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

Diego & Frida in Detroit explores the life and art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo during their time in 1930s Detroit, a critical turning point in both their artistic careers, and the indelible impression they left on the cultural identity and political history of the city and its people.

Perfectly Normal for Me
Catherine Tambini
Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

Perfectly Normal for Me
Producer/Director: Catherine Tambini
Producer: Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Every week Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica attend Dancing Dreams, an after-school program in Queens, NY. The program combines physical therapy with the pleasures of a dance class for a diverse group of exceptional children who show us a thing or two about determination, perseverance, joy and the satisfaction of really being seen in a world often blind to their very existence.

Personal Statement
Juliane Dressner

Personal Statement
Producer/Director: Juliane Dressner
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

Karoline, Christine and Enoch are high school seniors who want to become the first generation in their families to go to college, and they are determined to bring their friends with them. That’s why they work as college counselors in their schools even as they reach towards their own college dreams. Personal Statement is a character-driven observational documentary film that begins in the fall of senior year and follows Karoline, Christine and Enoch through graduation and into college. These three students have taken it upon themselves to fill the achievement gap – they are trying to defy the odds, for themselves and for every single one of their classmates.

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
Ben DeJesus

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage
Producer/Director: Benjamin DeJesus
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage is a revealing portrait of the brilliant, charismatic actor who earned recognition for his dynamic work on stage and screen before his life was tragically cut short. Raúl’s journey from acting on local stages in his native Puerto Rico to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood is one of passion, determination, and a bit of magic – all qualities for which his performances were known.

The Rise & Fall of the Brown Buffalo
Phillip Rodriguez

The Rise & Fall of the Brown Buffalo
Producer/Director: Phillip Rodriguez
Category: Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

From his early years in Jim Crow-era California to his mysterious disappearance off the coast of Mexico in 1974 at the age of 39, this film explores the life of lawyer, writer, and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, one of the most enigmatic figures in U.S. counterculture and Latino history. From attorney and spokesman for L.A.’s Chicano movement to his collaboration and volatile friendship with journalist Hunter S. Thompson, from his days as a Baptist preacher in the jungles of Panama to the prisons and courtrooms of East L.A., from radical chic cocktail parties in the Hollywood Hills to narco trafficking in a coastal Mexican town, Acosta’s life is a fascinating untold story.

The Silence of Others
Almudena Carracedo
Robert Bahar

The Silence of Others
Co-Producer/Co-Director: Almudena Carracedo
Co-Producer/Co-Director: Robert Bahar
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

The Silence of Others portrays the first attempt in history to prosecute crimes perpetrated in Spain under the 40-year dictatorship of Franco. In a groundbreaking international court case, victims of cases of stolen children, re-education camps, torture and extrajudicial killings have come together to break their silence and confront perpetrators who, unbeknownst to much of the world, have enjoyed impunity for decades.

 

 

New Media

Amigas with Benefits
Adelina Anthony

Amigas with Benefits
Producer/Director: Adelina Anthony
Category: Digital Media; 1 Episode/10 Minutes

Amigas with Benefits is a digital short film about an elderly Latina lesbian’s fight for love that uses heart and humor to explore a story at the intersection of LGBTQ and elder rights.

Facing North
Andrew Bracken

Facing North
Producer/Director: Andrew Bracken
Category: Digital Media; 20 Webisodes/3 Minutes

Facing North is a documentary series exploring the multidimensional dynamics between the United States-Mexico relationship through the lens of the San Diego-Tijuana border region. Featuring a variety of subjects, from academics to migrants, activists to entrepreneurs, Facing North aims to raise questions about our assumptions and understandings about Mexico and our perceptions of it.

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