LPB is thrilled to announce that Latino Americans, Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, State of Arizona, and Street Knowledge 2 College have been nominated for an Imagen Award.
The Imagen Foundation announced today the nominees for the 29th Annual Imagen (Spanish for “image”) Awards, honoring portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film. The awards will be presented at a gala black-tie dinner on Friday evening, August 1st, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom. The Imagen Awards will air as a one hour special on PBS SoCal. Winners will be selected by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders and announced at the awards gala. For a complete list of nominees, please visit the Imagen Foundation website.
Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, is an investigative look at the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to Latinos — many of whom had criticized his reporting during his lifetime. Adding to the Salazar mystique is that the details of how he was killed have been obscured in the ensuing four decades since his death.
In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law, igniting a national maelstrom. Supporters call it a common sense law-enforcement tool; opponents feel it will inevitably lead to racial profiling. Neighborhoods empty, businesses shutter, and immigrants flee the state. Those who choose to stay organize boycotts, mass demonstrations, daring acts of civil disobedience, and prepare families for the possibility of separation by sudden deportation.
Nominated for Best National Informational Program
Series Executive Producers: Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan (WETA), Sandie Viquez Pedlow (LPB), and Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS)
Series Producer: Adriana Bosch
Documentary Series/6 Episodes/60 Minutes
Latino Americans tells the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. The series is broken into the following six chronological episodes that cover the 1500s to the present day:
Nominated for Best Web Series: Reality or Informational
STREET KNOWLEDGE 2 COLLEGE
Producer: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
New Media/ 15 episodes / 3-5 minutes
SK2C explores the lives of students and families at a unique, community-organized school in South Los Angeles. Run by the Youth Justice Coalition, FREE L.A. High School works to get youth off the school-to-jail track and engaged in community leadership – transforming their own lives and those of others.This original 15-part web series was conceived and produced collaboratively with youth from the FREE L.A. High School community.