LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING PREMIERES TWO DIGITAL SHORT FILMS — THE FIRES OF SOLEDAD AND THE HUMMINGBIRDS —MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 ON PBS.ORG
(Los Angeles, CA) DATE – The Fires of Soledad and The Hummingbirds, two provocative digital short films by emerging LatinX filmmakers and presented by Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) will premiere on PBS.org and the PBS Video app on Monday, November 18, 2019.
Daniel Eduvijes Carrera’s haunting supernatural drama, The Fires of Soledad, tells the moving story of a migrant family trapped in a state of mourning after losing a child to the current of the Rio Grande. Says filmmaker Carrera: “I was raised in an immigrant home burdened by a heavy silence. My father was forced to flee Mexico following a tragic shootout. My mother survived nine years of poverty and two stillborn children on the Tijuana border. And my seven-year-old brother drowned in a drainage canal shortly after crossing into the United States. These truths need to be spoken — not simply to acknowledge the traumas of the immigrant journey, but also and most importantly, to honor the resilience of a community all too often exploited, disparaged and dehumanized for economic circumstances beyond our control.”
In William D. Caballero’s The Hummingbirds, a young boy struggling with his gender identity must find the hero within in order to save his terminally-ill superhero father. “The Hummingbirds is a tribute to my father, Guillermo Caballero, a diabetic with kidney failure, who suffers every day and yet never gives up hope,” says the filmmaker. “He’s always been a hero to me, though he certainly does not see himself that way. This short film is my way of encapsulating the legacy of a man who gave everything to provide for me and my mother. I hope that it can change the viewer’s perception of who a superhero can be and what a superhero looks like.”
“We’re proud to present these two very original short films,” says Sandie Viquez Pedlow, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). “It’s exciting to work with these young filmmakers, who both have such a unique vision and style. They’re part of a new movement of emerging Latino filmmakers who are using the medium to tell personal stories. It’s an honor for us to be a part of their journey and share their work with audiences across the country.”
About the Filmmakers
Daniel Eduvijes Carrera (Writer/Director, The Fires of Soledad) is among the most accomplished new voices in American Latino filmmaking. His work has screened at the Tribeca, Guadalajara, Morelia, Huesca and Los Angeles Film Festivals, at numerous art museums and on international television. He is the winner of the Imagen Foundation Award, Top Prize winner in Ovation TV’s “Search for the Next Revolutionary Filmmaker,” and was recognized as Best Latino Film Director by the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards. Daniel received grants from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, won the Djerassi Artist Residency Award for screenwriting, is a fellow of the Produire au Sud Program in France and a fellow of Film Independent’s Project: Involve. He belongs to the elite group of Fulbright Scholars in Film (Mexico/USA) and was honored with the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation/ Tribeca Film Institute Media Arts Fellowship. He was recently awarded the SFFILM/Westridge Screenwriting Grant for the development of his debut feature, Invoking Juan Angel. The Fires of Soledad recently won the Best Foreign Language short film award at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival.
Daniel also serves as a screenplay analyst, has taught film courses at Columbia University, has led workshops for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization and also mentored new filmmakers as a Teaching Artist in Residence through the Tribeca Film Institute. Driven by stories that reflect his Queer and Mexican immigrant identity, Daniel achieved highest honors in Film Studies and English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, studied Cinema and Mexican Culture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship for an MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts.
Jana Díaz-Juhl (Producer, The Fires of Soledad) is one of the founders of AMPLITUD, a US-based production company with a focus on Latino stories, co-productions with Latin America and an emphasis on queer and female perspectives. Films produced by members of the company include La Camarista (México’s entry for the Academy Awards 2019), 10,000KM (Spain), We are the Hit (Colombia) and Nobody is Watchin (Argentina / Colombia / Spain). Collectively, their films have been selected and awarded in the most prestigious international film festivals including TIFF, San Sebastián, SXSW, Rotterdam, Morelia, Guadalajara, Málaga and Los Cabos. Jana was also the co-founder of La Panda Productions, is the Director of Operations of LA OLA and works with a vast array of museums and cultural institutions as a multidisciplinary producer. Díaz Juhl will be producing Daniel Eduvijes Carrera’s debut feature, Invoking Juan Angel.
William D. Caballero (Writer/Director, The Hummingbirds) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, composer, violinist and multimedia storyteller, and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Born in Coney Island and raised in North Carolina, Caballero earned the prestigious Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, and returned to New York City where he graduated from Pratt Institute (BFA Digital Art, 2006) and New York University (MA, The Arts and Humanities in Education, 2008).
Caballero’s directorial debut was American Dreams Deferred, a feature-length autobiographical documentary about the health, financial, and social difficulties facing his Puerto Rican-American family. The film was selected for the NALIP Latino Producers Academy, eventually receiving the first annual HBO-NALIP Documentary grant. It premiered on PBS on December 2012.
In 2010, the Apollo Theater commissioned Caballero to create Speak! So The World Will Listen! Uganda, a multimedia advocacy concert. Blending music, visuals, and documentary and shot on location in Uganda, the project featured the audio testimony of war orphans and gay rights activists; it premiered at the Apollo. In 2012, he completed Seed Story, a macro short film featuring a cast of hundreds of one-inch tall plastic hand-painted figures, which debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival and later became a Vimeo Staff Pick. In 2013, Caballero was selected for the prestigious Aljira Emerge program (in partnership with Creative Capital), a strategic career management and exhibition platform for emerging artists. Later that year, he gave two keynote speeches at the annual Bill Gates Leadership Conferences in Washington, DC and San Jose, CA as an “alumni guest of honor.”
Working in the field of 3D printing short films, his recent achievements include Gran’pa Knows Best, an interstitial series based on his short film, How You Doin,’ Boy?, which was licensed by HBO LATINO in 2015. Two seasons of the show are currently available on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO ON DEMAND. In September 2016, Univision debuted his web series Dreamer Generation, which features the stories of members of the Dreamers’ Movement, shot using 3D scanned/printed miniatures. His latest short film, Victor and Isolina, debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. His latest web series, the LPB-produced Storybored USA, aimed at empowering young people to tell their stories through creative arts and media, launched on public media platforms in 2018. He was recently one of ten filmmakers selected for the Sundance New Voices Lab.
About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is the leader in the development, production, acquisition and distribution of educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to public broadcasting stations and other public media entities. Latino Public Broadcasting provides a voice for the diverse Latino community throughout the United States and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Latino Public Broadcasting also produces VOCES, the signature Latino arts and culture documentary series on PBS devoted to exploring the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience. Between 2009 and 2019, LPB programs won over 125 awards, including two prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards as well as Emmys, Imagen Awards and the Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Director, Documentary. In addition, LPB has been the recipient of the Norman Lear Legacy Award and the NCLR Alma Award for Special Achievement – Year in Documentaries. Sandie Viquez Pedlow is Executive Director of LPB; Edward James Olmos is Co-founder and Chairman.
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