'OUR DISAPPEARED' SCREENING AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Produced by Juan Mandelbaum, OUR DISAPPEARED will be screening at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their current Film Exhibition. The film will also be screening in the West Coast at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive as part of the Human Rights Rights Watch International Film Festival.

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.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2, T2, located on 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, New York, NY 10019-5497. For more information, please visit the MoMA website at: www.moma.org.

Friday, February 27, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive located on 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA 94720. For more information and tickets, please visit the website: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/film/FN17339.

 

'THE BORINQUENEERS' WINS TWO 2008 INSIGHT AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

El Pozo Productions received a 2008 Insight Award of Excellence by the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists (NAFDMA) for its independent documentary film THE BORINQUENEERS which showcases the history of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment. A second Award of Excellence was also bestowed upon the acclaimed-actor, Hector Elizondo, for his outstanding voice-over work on the documentary film as the Narrator. Elizondo, an accomplished film, theater and television actor, as well as a director and producer with a career spanning 40 years, is currently appearing on the hit USA series, "Monk". THE BORINQUENEERS is currently airing nationally on PBS and the Armed Forces Network.

NAFDMA presents the Insight Awards annually to individuals, businesses, and organizations in the film and/or digital media arts whose work is not only exemplary but also has made a contribution to society by increasing public awareness or raising social consciousness for situations, societies, and issues that affect our global communities. The Insight Awards honor filmmakers who, through their creative work, provide multiple viewpoints, create diversity, address complex social issues, and/or strengthen ties between international audiences across perceived boundaries of race, culture, age and gender.

Entrants include major studios, film and video production companies, cable and broadcast television whose work is judged by industry professionals who are recognized for work in their respective fields. For information on the Insight Awards, visit www.insightawards.com.

 
NATALIA ALMADA WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR
AWARD AT SUNDANCE!

LPB would like to congratulate Natalia Almada, who was awarded the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary for the LPB funded documentary at the 25th Sundance Film Festival. EL GENERAL, a film about the conflicting history the filmmaker inherited as the great-granddaughter of one of Mexico’s most controversial figures and the socio-economic injustice that has prevailed from the Revolution of 1910 to the present. A co-production with Altamura Films and ITVS in association with Latino Public Broadcasting. EL GENERAL airs on P.O.V. in 2010.

For the complete press release, click HERE.

Also on the Sundance website, filmmakers Natalia Almada and Dana Perry talk about making personal documentaries, the process of adding their voice to the film and the limited amount of archival material available HERE.

 

LPB FUNDED 'OUR DISAPPEARED' SCREENED AT THE
SANTA BARBARA INTL. FILM FESTIVAL

LPB funded ‘Our Disappeared’ had multiple screenings at the 24th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). The Festival took place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 22, through Sunday, February 1, 2009.

OUR DISAPPEARED 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 about the film, please visit the filmmaker's website at: www.ourdisappeared.com or the Independent Lens website at: www.pbs.org/independentlens/ourdisappeared.

 

PRODUCERS OF 'THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL'
NOMINATED FOR A DGA AWARD

LPB would like to congratulate Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco for their nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award. This is the first DGA Award nomination for both Ms. Farnsworth and Mr. Lanfranco. The Directors Guild of America announced the Guild's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Documentaries and Commercials for the year 2008. The winners will be announced at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

For the complete press release, please visit the DGA website at: www.dga.org.

 

'UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK?'
WINNER OF A 2009 ALFRED I. DUPONT-COLUMBIA AWARD

Series Presented on PBS by Latino Public Broadcasting and the National Minority Consortia

Thirteen honorees of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards were presented with duPont Batons at a ceremony on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at Columbia University. Selected by the duPont Jury for excellence in broadcast journalism, the award-winning news programs aired in the United States between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.

In this extraordinary series, California Newsreel and Vital Pictures tackle one of the most challenging questions in public health today: Why are the rich so much healthier than the poor? Despite spending more on healthcare than all other countries combined, why does the United States rank so low on the lists of health indicators? The producers delve into the sources of health inequalities in our society and reach surprising conclusions. In interviews with experts, through personal stories and with public health data, the series reveals that beyond habits and genetics, where we live and work directly affects our lifespan. The producers committed significant time and resources to this superb production and made a critical and complex issue accessible to all.

For the complete press release please click HERE (pdf).

 

LPB IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE VIDEO FOR ONLINE NEWSHOUR
BY FELLOW MARTIN TERRONES - PART OF THE NMC 2008 ELECTION INITIATIVE

The National Minority Consortia presents the Diversity Beat - a multi-platform initiative to incorporate diversity in public media as a central premise to covering a national news event, while also signaling public media's commitment to diversity in public affairs reporting. Martin Terrones of the National Minority Consortia in partnership with the Online NewsHour reports on controversial tactics surrounding the recruitment of high school students and promises of eventual citizenship for immigrant soldiers.

MILITARY RECRUITMENT CALLED INTO QUESTION OVER PROMISES, METHODS - With a low proportion of the nation's growing Hispanic population represented in the American military, recruiters are trying to enlist more Latino youth. To watch the video, please go to www.pbs.org/newshour/video/share.html?s=news01n18edq52.

For more information, please go to: www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/issues/nmc.html.

 

THE BORINQUENEERS RECEIVED HONORABLE MENTION
BY THE CHRIS AWARDS

THE BORINQUENEERS has been awarded an Honorable Mention award by the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, a.k.a. "The Chris Awards", one of the most prestigious documentary, educational, business and informational competitions in the U.S. The annual film festival, the oldest of its kind in North America now celebrating its 56th year, is designed to encourage and promote the use of film and video in all forms of education and communication. The awards were presented at the 56th annual Awards Ceremony, Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. The main week of film screenings for the festival was held from November 11-16, 2008. For more information about the film, please visit the website at: www.borinqueneers.com.

 

 

 


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