America by the Numbers


Anchor/Executive Producer: Maria Hinojosa
Executive Producer: Martha Spanninger
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
6 Episodes/30 Minutes

America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa puts a human face on the demographic changes in the U.S. and looks at how the rising multicultural population is influencing our culture, our conversation and our politics. Using state of the art info-graphic animations, each single subject episode opens with a "By the Numbers" segment that sets up the story with the latest data on a particular issue. What follows tells the human stories behind the numbers, challenging stereotypes, defying expectations and speaking frankly about controversial and critical issues like race, politics and immigration.

   
Children of Giant


Producer/Director: Hector Galan
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

For 75 years the Blackwell School in Marfa, Texas exclusively served Latino students. The deteriorating building and stringent learning conditions for the students typified the disparity and racism between whites and Mexican Americans. The school itself both resulted from and perpetuated de facto segregation in terms of class and race. This film will look at the years leading up to and following its disbanding in 1965, when the Latino students were told to pick up their desks and carry them across the tracks to the Anglo school. Using clips from the locally filmed Hollywood feature film Giant (George Stevens, 1956), Children of Giant will explore whether Marfa, like so many towns throughout the Southwest, has truly achieved success in integration.

   
La Batalla


Producer/Director: Myléne Moreno
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

La Batalla is a documentary about the Latino experience at home and in combat. Framing La Batalla are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home. Their stories and a few others are told through interview, footage of then and now, and an array of documentary evidence, to illustrate the sacrifices Latinos made while staking their claims to citizenship. Some did so by fighting in Vietnam, others by fighting against the war and still others were forced to choose sides, for this was a war that disproportionately called Latino youths to serve. For the first time, many said no.

   
Now En Español


Producer/Director: Andrea Meller
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Now En Español follows the trials and travails of five Latina actresses who dub "Desperate Housewives" into Spanish for American audiences. These dynamic women struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams and careers while balancing the responsibilities of making rent and raising children – surviving, but with their dreams always just out of reach. Intent on finding success, their journeys provide a window into the persistent inequities in representation of Latinos in the media as they face the realities of an industry that does not have adequate and balanced roles for them. Now En Español is an intimate and entertaining portrait of these Latina women as they fight for a more diverse and visible portrayal of themselves in American media, following their dreams against all odds.

   
Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle


Producer/Director: Phillip Rodriguez
Category: Post-Production
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

Ruben Salazar, one of the 20th century's most prominent Mexican-American journalists, was killed in 1970 by an L.A. County Sheriff. At the heart of the film is Salazar's transformation from a mainstream, middle-of-the-road reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement. The film will also embark on an in-depth investigation of his mysterious death at the hands of law enforcement – still a painful and unresolved chapter in American history.

   
Siqueiros: Walls of Passion


Producer/Director: Lorena Manriquez
Co-Director: Miguel Picker
Category: Production
Genre: Documentary 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Siqueiros: Walls of Passion is a one-hour documentary film biography on Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974). One of Mexico's three great muralists (along with Rivera and Orozco), Siqueiros was a controversy-stirring revolutionary and lifetime activist who loved everyday people, lived with theatrical flair and painted on an epic scale. Fearlessly adventurous in his combat of discrimination, Fascism, and oppression, he painted murals throughout the Americas, shot down rivals in the Mexican Revolution, commanded battalions in the Spanish Civil War, and challenged fellow artists the world over to paint for the Common Good. Siqueros: Walls of Passion aims to both celebrate a history and offer a vision of an artist ahead of his time with a resurging relevance for people today.

   

The Undocumented


Producer/Director: Marco Williams
Category: New Media
Genre: Documentary

Theundocumented.com is a content-rich, bi-lingual (Spanish and English) website delivering movie clips and background information for Marco Williams' The Undocumented. Serving as an online outreach hub, the site will directly incorporate downloadable educational resources and house two exciting and innovative features: The Map of the Undocumented and The Migrant Trail online game.

   
Timeless in Oaxaca


Producer/Director: Yolanda Cruz
Category: New Media
Genre: Drama

Every Sunday morning, a Zapotec Grandpa comes to the city of Oaxaca to visit his granddaughter for a day. Their ritual consists of attending mass and window-shopping throughout the city, but on this particular Sunday, things take a different turn when they pass by a booth selling watches.

   





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