LPB would like to congratulate Directors Miguel Martinez and Jamie Sisley who took home the Documentary Section Prize for their LPB funded documentary FAREWELL, FERRIS WHEEL, which focuses on the small Mexican town of Tlapacoyan. Tlapacoyan is responsible for one third of America’s carnival labor, a fact may make this favorite past time extinct.

The winners were selected from 24 eligible projects and based on the strength of their vision and filmmaking promise. The 2010 TAA Creative Promise Awards, presented by Time Warner comes with a total prize of $35,000: $9,500 for narrative, documentary and emerging narrative and $6,500 for screenwriting, as well as an original piece of art from a contemporary artist. All of the filmmakers participating in the program have scripts or documentary proposals for which they are seeking funding and/or representation.

Twenty-four filmmakers from across the country were selected from a pool of more than 453 submissions to participate in TAA this year. For the third year, four international participants were also included through the program’s partnerships with the UK Film Council and Canadian Film Centre. A jury of respected industry professionals selected the four winners and three honorable mentions.

The 2010 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award Narrative jurors include Anthony Anderson, Hill Harper and Kelly Rutherford. Emerging narrative jurors include John Cho, Sarita Choudhury and Kadeem Hardison. Michael Kang, Anika Noni Rose and Victoria Rowell are Screenplay jurors and Linda Good Bryant, Rebecca Cammisa and Soledad O’Brien are Documentary jurors.

During this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, women and minority directors and screenwriters from across North America and the UK had the opportunity participate in workshops and present their upcoming projects in one-on-one meetings with more than 100 potential investors, development executives, producers and agents. During the six-day event, Tribeca All Access arranged more than 347 meetings total for program participants. Since its inception in May 2004, TAA has supported the careers of more than 184 filmmakers and has facilitated 3,217 one-on-one meetings between its program participants and key industry professionals. These filmmakers have gone on to enjoy successful careers, both within TFF and beyond.

For more information and a list of all TFI programs visit



The 31st Banff World Television Festival (BANFF) and nextMEDIA announced the 2010 Banff World Television Awards (Rockie) nominees, recognizing creativity and innovation from the world’s best television programming. The nominees in the Documentary Category included SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES for Best Political Documentary and THE GOLDEN AGE for Best Sports Documentary. Congratulations to the producers!

Chosen from 900 entries from more than 43 countries, the 'Rockies' is one of the world’s most prestigious events celebrating outstanding work by international TV creators responsible for the continuing evolution and originality in the industry. This year, pilots are also being recognized, with the inaugural Banff International Pilots Competition and Awards awarding talent and creativity in conceptualizing and creating online and television pilots.

There will be 5 separate award ceremonies for winners from each of these 34 categories, culminating in the Banff World Television Awards on June 15, 2010. For more information and the complete list of nominees please visit the BANFF website at:

Producer/Director: Phil Tuckett
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

THE GOLDEN AGE documents a season in the life of the Golden Age League, a soccer league in Corona Park, Queens, New York. Not just any soccer league, the highly competitive Golden Age League is made up of middle-aged former World Cup players from mostly Central and South America. With muscles creaking, hairlines receding, and waistlines expanding, these incredibly skilled players compete at a level never before documented. During the week, these men are window washers, traders, and electricians -- but the weekend is theirs, and the passion for the game remains. THE GOLDEN AGE is currently available on DVD. For more information, please visit:

Producer/Director: Marianne Teleki; Co-producer/Co-director: Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Genre: Documentary
1 Episode/60 Minutes

At 16, Héctor Salgado was arrested and tortured by Pinochet's forces. By 20, Héctor was without a country, living in exile in the U.S. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES follows Héctor as he returns to Chile almost 30 years later, camera in hand, to confront the perpetrators and his former captors, looking for answers and justice. In the process, the film takes an unflinching look at U.S. foreign policy in Latin America in the '70s and the legacy of Pinochet with which Chile still struggles today. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES is currently available on DVD. For more information, please visit:

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Luis Ortiz, Managing Director of LPB will be participating in a panel at the Filmmaker’s forum with Film Independent on Saturday, October 10 at 12:00 noon at the DGA in Los Angeles, CA.

Panel: MONEY FOR DOCS - Who funds and who buys documentary films? What are the major distribution outlets? Representatives from key financing sources give specific advice on where and how to get the money you need for your doc.

About Film Independent - Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization. Their mission is to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. For more information, please visit the website at:



UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK?, the groundbreaking documentary series exploring the root causes of America’s alarming class and racial inequities in health, won the 2009 TV / Radio / Film Award yesterday, given out by the National Academies for best science program. The prestigious prize is the latest of many won by the four-hour series produced by California Newsreel with Vital Pictures and presented by the National Minority Consortia.

While Congress debates health care reform, UNNATURAL CAUSES asks what makes Americans healthy – or sick – in the first place, and offers new remedies for an ailing society. Unnatural Causes demonstrates how health is shaped by far more than health care, bad habits, or unlucky genes. Instead, it circles in on a slow killer in plain view: the class and racial inequities in the rest of our lives – in the jobs we do, the wealth we enjoy, the neighborhoods we live in, the schools we attend - can get under our skin as surely as germs and viruses. They kill more Americans in a day than do global pandemics in a year. Socio-economic status, race and zip code are even stronger predictors of health and life expectancy than smoking.

The National Academies is the umbrella name for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. They provide policy advice to the federal government under a congressional charter first passed and signed by President Lincoln in 1863. The National Academies judges committee was chaired by Donald Kennedy, past president of Stanford University and editor-in-chief emeritus of Science. Unnatural Causes was singled out for “putting a human face on one of the most complex issues in public health.”

Major funding for UNNATURAL CAUSES provided by the Ford Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the California Endowment, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Joint Center Health Policy Institute, Kaiser Permanente, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Akonadi Foundation, the Falk Fund and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. Additional outreach funding was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Open Society Institute.

UNNATURAL CAUSES has won praise from pundits around the country along with a duPont-Columbia Award, the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Excellence in Journalism Award, the Council on Foundations Henry Hampton Award and other honors. More than 15,000 community dialogues, policy forums, trainings, and town hall meetings built around screenings of DVDs of UNNATURAL CAUSES since the series’ initial PBS broadcast have been reframing the way Americans think about health.

UNNATURAL CAUSES is being re-broadcast in October by many PBS stations (check local listings). DVDs are available from California Newsreel at

For more information on Unnatural Causes, visit For the National Academies’ press release, visit:



The LPB funded documentary THE BORINQUENEERS is screening in the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, being re-broadcast on the Armed Forces Network and be presented at the Yonkers Hispanic Culture Weekend in New York.

THE BORINQUENEERS (Producer/Director/Writer: Noemi Figueroa Soulet; Co-Producer/Director: Raquel Ortiz) chronicles the untold story of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in U.S. Army history. Narrated by Héctor Elizondo.

THE BORINQUENEERS screens on Friday, September 18th at 2:00pm and Saturday, September 18th at 3:00pm at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival. For the enjoyment of our U.S. troops overseas, THE BORINQUENEERS will be presented on the Armed Forces Network (AFN) on September 27th.  THE BORINQUENEERS will be presented at the Yonkers Hispanic Culture Weekend in New York on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7:00pm. For more information about screening and events, please visit the filmmakers website at:



Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers. Produced  by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, SPEAKING IN TONGUES screens on Sunday, September 20 from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA. For more information about the screening, please visit the filmmaker’s website at:    



Since 1997 the Expresión en Corto International Film Festival has been held during the final week of July in the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, Mexico. This year, the Best Feature Length Documentary award was give to 2501 MIGRANTS: A JOURNEY, produced  by  Yolanda Cruz. This compelling documentary chronicles the personal experience of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago, who learned the truth of the old saying that you can never go home again. After more than a decade living abroad, Santiago returned to the Zapotec Sierra seeking the village of his childhood. Instead, he found abandoned houses, empty streets, and deserted farm fields. Santiago’s sense of emptiness drove him to search for answers in his art. For more information, please visit the festival website at:



Riverside Saginaw Film Festival is a community event designed to celebrate, explore and screen great movies, thus adding to the cultural life of the Saginaw Valley and beyond. THE BORINQUENEERS (Producer/Director/Writer: Noemi Figueroa Soulet; Co-Producer/Director: Raquel Ortiz) is screening on Saturday, August 22nd at 12 pm at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, 500 Federal, Saginaw, MI.  THE BORINQUENEERS tells the untold story of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in U.S. Army history. Rare archival footage and intimate interviews explore the triumphs and the painful tribulations of these veterans who served meritoriously in three wars. Narrated by Héctor Elizondo. For more information, call (989)752-2861 or visit their website at or visit the filmmaker's website at:   



ELLA ES EL MATADOR/SHE IS THE MATADOR, produced by Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco is screening Friday, August 28 at 7:00 PM at the Big Roxie, San Francisco, CA. The Roxie New College Film Center is the San Francisco Bay Area's most provocative arthouse cinema, and a dynamic learning venue for New College of California media studies students. ELLA ES EL MATADOR is a character driven documentary about two women who choose the profession of bullfighting. While these women pursue the same dream as their male counterparts - the glory of dominating the beast - they are forced to fight not only against the bull but also against decades of legal prohibition and prejudice. Through primary interviews shot in DV and verité scenes, this character driven documentary illuminates the attraction of the two protagonists to the mystique of bullfighting and the contradictions of this ancestral tradition. For more information, please visit the P.O.V. website at:



The 2009 Strasbourg International Film Festival runs August 28 through Sept 6 in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany. For the 2009 Strasbourg International Film Festival 50 feature-length films were selected including 11 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 11 European Premieres, 3 Mainland European Premieres, 8 French Premieres, and 3 Strasbourg Premieres representing 37 countries with 31 first-time filmmakers. Produced by Juan Mandelbaum, NUESTROS DESAPARECIDOS/OUR DISAPPEARED screens on Sunday, August 30, Sunday at 4:00pm at L'artichaut, Strasbourg, France. After learning that Patricia, a long lost girlfriend from Argentina, is among the thousands who “disappeared” during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, director Juan Mandelbaum embarks on a journey to find out what happened to her and others he knew who were kidnapped and never seen again. European Premiere. For more information about upcoming screenings, awards, and getting the DVD, please visit the filmmaker's website at:



Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers. SPEAKING IN TONGUES, produced by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider is screening on Sunday, September 20 from 3 pm to 7 pm
at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA. Educational inequity, immigrant integration, cross-cultural competency, white flight, global competitiveness – what links this nexus of concerns not usually spoken in one breath? Bilingualism may be the surprising answer. SPEAKING IN TONGUES documents the experience of one city grappling with the challenge. Amidst the widespread perception that bilingual education, intended as a transitional program, has failed, the San Francisco school board will consider a measure to offer language immersion education to all public school students. For more information about the screening, please visit the website at:  or visit the filmmaker’s website at:



LPB would like to congratulate the producers of LPB supported documentaries nominated for the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards: THE BALLAD OF ESEQUIEL HERNANDEZ, produced by Kieran Fitzgerald, and THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL produced by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco.

PBS received a total of 41 nominations, more than any other network. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, September 21 at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

THE BALLAD OF ESEQUIEL HERNANDEZ, a film exploring a young man’s tragic death and its torturous aftermath while discussing the dangers of militarizing the border, is nominated for an Outstanding Investigative Journalism Long Form Award. THE BALLAD OF ESEQUIEL HERNANDEZ received LPB support through outreach funding awarded to P.O.V. and aired on PBS as part of the P.O.V. series.

One of the nominated films for an Outstanding Historical Programming Long Form Award is THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL, an engrossing documentary which follows the twists and turns of a landmark case against former dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998. Investigative Judge Juan Guzmán, a supporter of the coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende’s government, discovers truths long buried in the graves of the innocent, and in the process, discovers the hidden truths of his own heart. THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL received LPB funding for post-production through Open Call and aired on PBS as part of the P.O.V. series.

For the complete list of this year’s nominees, please visit the website at:



The Imagen Foundation has announced the nominees for the 24th Annual Imagen Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment. LPB programs nominated for a Best Documentary for Television Imagen Award are: A CLASS APART, produced by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller; THE LAST CONQUISTADOR, produced by John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra; and LATINOS '08, produced by Phillip Rodriguez. The awards will be presented at a black-tie dinner gala on Friday, August 21st, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Major sponsors of the event include Nielsen, The Walt Disney Company, Disney/ABC Television Group, The Lear Family Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

A CLASS APART, a documentary about the little known story of how a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers take their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court and win the first decision to begin dismantling Jim Crow – issued two weeks before Brown v. Board of Education, aired as part of the American Experience series on PBS.

THE LAST CONQUISTADOR tells the story of the construction and dedication of the largest bronze equestrian statue ever created, a controversial monument nearly five stories tall depicting the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate. This film aired as part of the P.O.V. series on PBS.

An examination of the unprecedented 2008 election through the prism of ethnic politics, LATINOS '08 explores how candidates and advocacy groups are trying to mobilize and attract this unpredictable group of voters. LATINOS '08 aired nationally on PBS prior to the elections.

The Imagen Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos both in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment.

For more information, please visit the Imagen website at:



Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF's mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community.

Produced by Lillian Jimenez, ANTONIA PANTOJA !PRESENTE¡ screens on Thursday, July 30th at 6:30 PM at Clearview Cinemas, Chelsea Screen 7. Directed by Stephanie Rauber, DANCE AROUND THE POOL screens on Thursday, July 30th at 12:30 PM at Clearview Cinemas, Chelsea Screen 8 and on August 1 at 12:00 pm at SVA Theater, Screen 2.

For tickets and more information, please visit the festival website at:

Open Letter to Public Media Colleagues

It is with great pleasure that we, media organizations representing communities underserved by public broadcasting, present an Open Letter to Our Public Media Colleagues on the vital issue of diversity, developed as one part of the Enhancing Services to Underserved Audiences initiative undertaken by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2008. We thank the leadership of CPB for encouraging our efforts to advance diversity as a core value throughout public media, and for their assistance in the production and dissemination of this letter.

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