2021 Awarded Projects

Broadcast

American Sons
Andrew Gonzales
Laura Varela

American Sons

A decade after the well-documented death of Corporal Jorge Villarreal during the War in Afghanistan, his closest Marine brothers are fighting their toughest battle yet–surviving in the civilian world.

Border Noir
Isaac Artenstein
Alejandro Meter

Border Noir

Border Noir is a cinematic journey along the U.S.-Mexico border featuring crime writers from both sides, working in a popular genre that reflects multiple and nuanced perspectives about immigration, sexuality, national identity, and globalization, while embracing a search for authenticity and justice.

Igualada
Juan Yepes
Juan Mejia
Sonia Serna

Igualada

As Colombia’s streets burn with unrest, one determined woman has the courage to challenge an entrenched political establishment on the country’s biggest stage. Against all odds, Francia Márquez, an Afro-Latina rural community activist, has launched a presidential campaign where her uncompromising appeal for justice inspires a country by allowing it to dream.

Mexico’s Reckoning: A History of Colorism
Phillip Rodriguez

Mexico’s Reckoning: A History of Colorism

This new documentary from Phillip Rodriguez (The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle) will follow the movement for racial justice in Mexico, capturing the clashes between the overwhelmingly white elites who deny the severity–or even existence–of Mexican racism, and the activists on the ground who are leading the movement to unmask and dismantle it.

Paquito D’Rivera: From Carne y Frijol to Carnegie Hall
Juan Mandelbaum

Paquito D’Rivera: From Carne y Frijol to Carnegie Hall

A look at the life and times of jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera and his extraordinary journey from child prodigy in Havana, Cuba, to 14-time Grammy-winning international music artist and composer.

The Game Plan
Mylène Moreno

The Game Plan

The Game Plan is a feature-length documentary about young female student athletes who are leveraging their soccer skills to launch their lives. Pre-Covid-19, the female futbolistas of Orange County’s Fullerton College were already swimming against the tide; since the pandemic, their obstacles have been fully exposed.

The Music Never Ends
Mari Keiko Gonzalez

The Music Never Ends

This new musical documentary follows The Mambo Legends Orchestra, some of whom are former members of the legendary Tito Puente Orchestra. Equal parts love letter and history lesson, the film traces the cultural significance of Afro-Cuban jazz–a fusion of the big band sound of the jazz era with Cuban music created in New York City in the 1940s.

TheyDream
William Caballero

TheyDream

TheyDream is an animated documentary and time capsule about the filmmaker’s Puerto Rican-American family, using motion-capture technology to creatively visualize their various realities, setbacks, hopes, and dreams.

Undocumented Justice
Marlene (Mo) Morris
Lidieth Arevalo

Undocumented Justice

When ICE threatens 700,000 fellow DREAMers, Luis Cortes Romero fights back–and becomes the first undocumented attorney to argue a case before the Supreme Court.

Untitled
Bernardo Ruiz
Gabriela Alcalde
Fabian Caballero

Untitled

Part procedural, part true-crime thriller, this documentary tells the story of a history-making collaboration between a forensic scientist from Texas and a group of Latin American students, whose work to identify the bodies of missing migrants will ultimately change the course of forensic science and international human rights.

Untitled Prison Hunger Strike Film
JoeBill Muñoz
Lucas Guilkey

Untitled Prison Hunger Strike Film

Three men look to build new lives after surviving decades of solitary confinement in California prisons. But as time passes, memories of their past still grip them. This film tells how these men and 30,000 others overcome impossible odds and orchestrate a hunger strike to abolish indefinite solitary confinement.

Digital Media

Bertie the Brilliant
Gabriela Garcia Medina

Bertie the Brilliant

A young boy takes on chores and small jobs around his neighborhood to raise money for a ticket to a magic show. But when his grandmother loses her job, he is faced with a difficult decision.

First It Was My Dream
Dylan Golden

First It Was My Dream

After the unexpected closing of New York City’s Mendez boxing gym, Andy Dominguez, an undocumented fighter from Mexico, tries to prove he’s worthy of a World Title shot despite his status.

Hair
Brian Khan
Lorena Diaz
Wendy Mateo

Hair

When everything beautiful fades, the only thing left is the joy you shared in community. This is a story about a village contained in a Latina beauty salon, where hair–and spirits–are lifted.

Punk Is Punk
Kimberly Bautista

Punk Is Punk

A punk rocker gender-queer parent is hesitant when their child wants a quinceañera, a gender-normative gathering that sets the stage for them to face their estranged, old-school father.

The Kill Floor
Carlos Avila

The Kill Floor

When the Covid-19 pandemic engulfs a meatpacking plant in his rural hometown, a young Latino reporter returns to uncover the urgent and deadly circumstances threatening the plant’s workers – including his father.

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