'MADE IN L.A.' SCREENS ON CAPITOL HILL AND LAUNCHES
A MAY DAY CAMPAIGN TO PUT A HUMAN FACE ON IMMIGRATION
Filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar recently went to Washington, DC for a screening of MADE IN L.A. (www.madeinla.com) on Capitol Hill. In the midst of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Historic Family Unity listening tour, congressional and community leaders (Congresswoman Diane Watson, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Chair of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus’ Immigration Taskforce, Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice and many others) came together to discuss MADE IN L.A. and the current state of the immigration debate. Brief opening remarks were presented by Ted A. Garcia, Senior Vice President, Television Content, Corporation For Public Broadcasting, and Sally Jo Fifer, President and CEO of ITVS. Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc. | P.O.V., was in attendance. Read the filmmakers blog to learn more and see the comments from participants.
For the last year and-a-half, the filmmakers have been using MADE IN L.A. to put a human face on the many issues that intersect in the film: immigration and immigrant workers, labor rights, “sweatfree” organizing and women’s empowerment. In recent months, as immigration reform has returned to the national dialogue, they have put special emphasis on providing MADE IN L.A. as a tool to humanize immigrants’ stories, and have just launched a May Day Community Screening Campaign (www.MadeInLA.com/MayDay) with national organizations in a nationwide effort to put a human face on the issues of immigration, immigrant workers' rights, and supporting humane immigration reform.
For more information, visit www.MadeInLA.com/MayDay.
THREE LPB FUNDED FILMS SCREENING AT CINE LAS AMERICAS IN APRIL
For 11 years, Cine Las Americas has brought faraway places into the lives and imagination of thousands of people in Austin, Texas. They have showcased well over 2,500 films, becoming one of the most well respected independent film organizations in the country, representing the culture and identity of the fastest growing demographic in the United States. Three LPB funded films are screening at the festival: ANIMAS PERDIDAS, produced by Monika Navarro; CHILDREN OF THE AMAZON, produced by Denise Zmekhol; and EL GENERAL, produced by Natalia Almada. For more information, tickets and venues, please visit the festival website here: www.cinelasamericas.org.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HONORS LOURDES
PORTILLO WITH GOLDEN GATE PERSISTENCE OF VISION AWARD
This year's Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award goes to acclaimed Bay Area-based filmmaker Lourdes Portillo, whose three-decade focus on Latino experience on both sides of the Latin America-U.S. border has taken myriad forms through a keen, interdependent harnessing of imagination, self-reflection and narrative excavation, always with a profound commitment to the justice and dignity owed her subjects. Portillo will discuss her work in an onstage interview with film critic John Anderson, followed by a screening of her latest film, the LPB funded AL MÁS ALLÁ on Monday, April 27 at 7:00 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street (at Fillmore). Also screening at the festival are the LBP funded documentaries NEW MUSLIM COOL, produced by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and SPEAKING IN TONGUES, produced by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider. For more information, please visit the website at: http://fest09.sffs.org.
LPB FUNDED ‘THE BORINQUENEERS’
– UPCOMING SCREENINGS IN APRIL AND MAY
LPB proud to announce two upcoming screenings of THE BORINQUENEERS taking place in Florida and New York. Noemi Figueroa Soulet is the producer, director and writer of THE BORINQUENEERS; Raquel Ortiz is the co-producer/director. THE BORINQUENEERS chronicles 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. Although performing with distinction during the Korean War, the Borinqueneers of the 65th would face their greatest challenge when more than 100 soldiers were arrested for abandoning their positions without orders. Narrated by Héctor Elizondo. For more information about the film, please visit the website at: www.borinqueneers.com.
TWO LPB FUNDED DOCUMENTARIES SCREENING
AT THE SAN FRANCISCO INTL FILM FESTIVAL
Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country’s most beautiful city, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The documentary NEW MUSLIM COOL, produced by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, will be screening on these dates: Saturday, April 25 at 2:00pm/Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 pm/Monday, May 4 at 6:30 pm. The documentary SPEAKING IN TONGUES, produced by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider will be screening on these dates: Sunday, April 26 at 3:15 pm/Saturday, May 2 at 3:30 pm/Thursday, May 7 at 2:30 pm. For more information and tickets, please visit the website: http://fest09.sffs.org.
FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP DVD IS READY FOR PURCHASE
FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP first aired on public television in September 2006 as part of the Latino Public Broadcasting's VOCES series and Winner of the 2007 ALMA Award for "Best Television Documentary" To order please call City Lore at 212.529.1955 ext 305 or go to City Lore's Culture Catalog Online Store HERE.
This hour-long documentary tells a story about the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York Latin music sound; continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood but not the creative spirit of its people; chronicling the rise of hip hop from the ashes; and ending with reflections on the power of the neighborhood's music to ensure the survival of several generations of its residents, and in the process, take the world's pop culture by storm. For more information, please visit: www.citylore.org.
LPB FUNDED ‘A DEATH IN MEXICO’ SELECTED FOR
THE TRIBECA ALL ACCESS 2009 PROGRAM
Entering into its sixth year, Tribeca All Access is designed to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities in the film industry. Tribeca All Access (TAA), a year round program of the Tribeca Film Institute, will present 27 new projects during the six-days of events taking place April 20 – 25 during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, held from April 22 – May 3, including the LPB funded documentary A DEATH IN MEXICO, produced by Xochilt Dorsey. A DEATH IN MEXICO examines the circumstances that led to the tragic and untimely death of Brad Will, an American video-journalist, during the 2006 civil unrest in Oaxaca, Mexico. For more information and a complete list of selected projects, please visit the website: www.tribecafilminstitute.org/taa.
‘OUR DISAPPEARED’ – UPCOMING SCREENINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
LPB is proud to announce OUR DISAPPEARED/NUESTROS DESAPARECIDOS is screening all across the country. From Los Angeles, CA to Palm Beach, FL. Don’t miss it! Produced by Juan Mandelbaum, OUR DISAPPEARED/NUESTROS DESAPARECIDOS is a filmmaker’s personal search for the souls of friends who disappeared in Argentina during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The principal narrator is the filmmaker himself, Juan Mandelbaum, who returns to trace the fate of five friends. The pain of their absence and the lack of justice for many of the perpetrators continue to haunt the country. Each story shows different aspects of the horrors that befell them. The film also focuses on these young people’s dreams for a better society before they were taken away, and on the legacies that live on through their now grown surviving children. They show that there is hope even after such an enormous tragedy. For more information, please visit the website at: www.ourdisappeared.com.
APRIL SCREENINGS OF ‘MADE IN L.A.’
LPB is proud to announce the March screenings of MADE IN L.A. taking place across the United States in Michigan, Chicago, California, Oregon and internationally in Tunisia. MADE IN L.A. follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, MADE IN L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice. For more information about MADE IN L.A., please visit the POV website here: www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/madeinla. For more information about the screenings, please go to www.madeinla.com.
HILDA SOLIS SWORN IN AS U.S. LABOR SECRETARY
Former LPB Board Member and U.S. House of Representatives Congresswoman
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has sworn in former California representative Hilda Solis as head of the U.S. Department of Labor. Biden delivered the oath Friday in Washington at the Labor Department saying no one would be a stronger voice when it comes to "expanding the economy for all people."
LPB salutes the first Latina to hold this position. Felicitaciones, Hilda!
First elected in 2000, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis represented California's 32nd Congressional District, which includes portions of East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, during her four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to her election to Congress, Solis served eight years in the California state legislature. In August 2000, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues in California.
In 2003, she became the first Latina appointed to the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce where she is the Vice Chair of the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee and a member of the Health and Telecommunications Subcommittees. She is also a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. In March 2007, Solis was named a member of the newly created House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Solis is Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee and serves as a Senior Whip, as well as a Regional Whip for Southern California. She is also serving her third term as the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' Task Force on Health and the Environment.
In 2007, Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as the Mexico – United States Interparliamentary Group.
*In the photo (from right to left) - U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, LPB Chairman of the Board Edward James Olmos, PBS President Paula Kerger and LPB Executive Director Patricia Boero.