VOCES ON PBS PRESENTS RUBEN SALAZAR: MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Investigative Look at the Life and Mysterious Death of Pioneering Journalist Ruben Salazar to Premiere on PBS on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM ET
RUBEN SALAZAR: MAN IN THE MIDDLE examines 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 his death have been obscured in the ensuing four decades.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE
2013 PUBLIC MEDIA CONTENT FUND
Awards Go to 9 Projects for Broadcast and New Media
Los Angeles, CA (December 17, 2013) — Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announces nine, newly funded programs as part of its 2013 Public Media Content Fund. The initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals on Latino-themed programs or series for funding consideration.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING PRESENTS NEW WEB SERIES
STREET KNOWLEDGE 2 COLLEGE
PREMIERING ON PBS.ORG ON NOVEMBER 12, 2013
Part of public media's American Graduate initiative, series explores the lives of students and families at an innovative school in South Los Angeles
(Los Angeles, November 12, 2013) — Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) today announced an original documentary web series, STREET KNOWLEDGE 2 COLLEGE (SK2C), premiering on PBS.org Tuesday, November 12, 2013. SK2C is a fifteen episode web series, each between three and six minutes long, offering a powerful look at the lives of students and families at FREE L.A. High, an innovative school in South Los Angeles run by the community-based Youth Justice Coalition. The series is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help communities address the high school dropout crisis.
THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 AND NOVEMBER 4, 2013 AT 10PM ON PBS
Part of the Public Media Initiative American Graduate, Inspiring Special Features Students Who Are Challenging the Latino Dropout Crisis
(San Francisco, CA) – The Graduates/Los Graduados, a new two-part special from filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz (Reportero), explores the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students from across the United States who are part of an on-going effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. Much more than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the student profiles in The Graduates offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy, and pressure to contribute to the family finances. The Graduates/Los Graduados is an eye-opening introduction to many of the determined and resilient young people who will shape America's future.
VOCES ON PBS PRESENTS REBEL, PREMIERING
ON PBS FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013 AT 10:00 P.M. ET
New Documentary Explores the Secret Life of Loreta Velazquez -- Cuban immigrant, Confederate Soldier turned Union Spy
Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War's most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago — one of the estimated 1000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous that she has been virtually erased from history? Directed by María Agui Carter, REBEL premieres as a special presentation of the Latino Public Broadcasting series VOCES ON PBS, airing nationally on PBS on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES
THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2012 PUBLIC MEDIA CONTENT FUND
Awards Go to 9 Projects for Broadcast and New Media
Los Angeles, CA (March 25, 2013) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announces nine, newly funded programs as part of its 2012 Public Media Content Fund. The initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals on Latino-themed programs or series for funding consideration.
PBS SERIES "LATINO AMERICANS" TO BE NARRATED BY BENJAMIN BRATT
AND INCLUDE INTERVIEWS WITH GLORIA ESTEFAN, RITA MORENO,
HERMAN BADILLO, MARIA ELENA SALINAS AND MORE
Landmark Six-Hour Documentary Features Interviews with Nearly 100 Latinos and More Than 500 Years of History, Premieres Fall 2013
PASADENA, CA (JANUARY 14, 2013) — Today at the Television Critics Association meeting, PBS announced actor Benjamin Bratt will narrate LATINO AMERICANS, a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series that is set to air nationally on PBS in the fall of 2013. It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.
PBS and LPB present VOCES:
New Four-Part Latino Arts and Culture Showcase
Premiering September/October 2012
VOCES is the only national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.
Los Angeles, CA — Latino Public Broadcasting and PBS announced today that season three of VOCES, the signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase series, will premiere in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month on four consecutive Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. starting September 28, 2012 (check local listings).
PBS ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL KICKS OFF JUNE 29, 2012
Summer Arts Festival expands diversity of arts with a global reach
Pasadena, CA (January 4, 2012) – The PBS Arts Summer Festival, announced today at the Television Critics Association meeting, expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television, with a multi-part weekly series and new original online content that takes viewers across the country and around the world. Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith ("Nurse Jackie," "The West Wing") will serve as weekly host for the Summer Festival, which begins Friday, June 29, 2012 at 9p.m. ET. (Check local listings.)
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE
2011 PUBLIC MEDIA CONTENT FUND
Awards Go to 16 Different Projects for Broadcast, New Media and Community Engagement
Los Angeles, CA (December 9, 2011) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announces 16 newly funded programs as part of its 2011 Public Media Content Fund. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING TO RECEIVE THE IMAGEN FOUNDATION’S
PRESTIGIOUS NORMAN LEAR AWARD
Award To Be Presented at Imagen Awards Gala on August 12
Los Angeles, CA (August 9, 2011) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is pleased to announce that it will be honored with the prestigious Norman Lear Award at the 26th Annual Imagen Awards gala on Friday, August 12th, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The Norman Lear Award is given each year to a Latino writer or entity that has excelled creatively to dispel negative stereotypes and perceptions of the Latino community. Latino Pubic Broadcasting Executive Director Sandie Viquez Pedlow and LPB founder and Chairman of the Board Edward James Olmos will be on hand to accept the award.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD OF DIRECTORS NAMES
SANDIE VIQUEZ PEDLOW AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Public Media Content Development Leader Becomes Fourth LPB Executive
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 30, 2011) – The Board of Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded primarily by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announced today the appointment of Sandie Viquez Pedlow as LPB’s new Executive Director as of July 6, 2011.
Pedlow will direct the operations of public media’s largest Latino-focused content developer and funder which provides programming to public television’s nearly 360 stations, multicast channels, and other media platforms. She will succeed Patricia Boero, who announced her plan to leave in January and return part time to Uruguay effective March 2011, after more than three years of successful leadership of LPB.
"THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO"
NEW TWO-HOUR SPECIAL TO AIR NATIONALLY ON PBS
ON SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011 AT 10PM
THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO is a vibrant new two-hour PBS special that tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. Fueled by the Mexican people's growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution produced two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th century history -- Emiliano Zapata and Francisco "Pancho" Villa. At stake was Mexico's ability to claim its own natural resources, establish long-term democracy, and re-define its identity. The legacy of the revolution included a new commitment to national education, as well as an explosion of indigenous arts, music, literature, and cinema.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS
OF THE 2010 PUBLIC MEDIA CONTENT FUND
Awards Go to 20 Different Projects for Broadcast, New Media and Community Engagement
Los Angeles, CA (November 8, 2010) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announces 20 newly funded programs as part of its twelfth annual Public Media Content Fund, formerly Open Call. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series.
JOHN J. VALADEZ’S “THE LONGORIA AFFAIR”
TO PREMIERE ON THE PBS SERIES INDEPENDENT LENS
ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
Private Felix Longoria was killed in battle fighting the Japanese during World War II. But when his body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town’s only funeral parlor refused to allow his family to use their chapel because “the whites wouldn’t like it.” The incident sparked national outrage and brought together two savvy political leaders, Senator Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Hector Garcia. Their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American history. The Longoria Affair would also propel John Kennedy to the White House, and lead President Johnson to sign the most important civil rights legislation of the twentieth century. The Longoria Affair, directed by award-winning filmmaker John J. Valadez and narrated by actor Tony Plana, will premiere on the Emmy® Award–winning PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM (check local listings). The series is simultaneously broadcast in Spanish via the SAP channel and will be available online in Spanish after the premiere.
PATRICIA BOERO OF LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WINS 2010 LATINA LEADERS AWARD
Patricia Boero, executive director of Latino Public Broadcasting, has won the 2010 Latina Leaders award. The award, to be given at a celebration on Sept. 28, 2010, at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., is presented during Hispanic Heritage Month by the Imagen Foundation, Dolores Huerta Foundation, and Honorary Co-Chair of the event Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California). It recognizes Latinas who have made a difference for their community in the areas of the arts, advocacy, education, entertainment, environment, health and journalism.
MEXICAN ARTIST EXPLORES THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL MIGRATION
THROUGH SCULPTURE IN 2501 MIGRANTS: A JOURNEY
Award Winning Documentary Illustrates the Power of Art in Rebuilding a Community
(Los Angeles, CA)--The independent, award-winning documentary, 2501 MIGRANTS: A JOURNEY, will premiere on American Public Television on August 22, 2010 (check local listings). 2501 MIGRANTS: A JOURNEY is a feature-length documentary that explores global migration through the beauty of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago.
THIRTEEN’S AMERICAN MASTERS CELEBRATES THE FATHER OF MAMBO,
ISRAEL “CACHAO” LÓPEZ, IN CACHAO: UNO MÁS,
PREMIERING SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 ON PBS
This American Masters bilingual production, narrated and produced by Andy Garcia, traces the musical journey of the Cuban maestro featuring Cachao and his intimates, The CineSon All Stars, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Arturo Sandoval among others.
Connect with other music legends at pbs.org/americanmasters.
The Grammy-winning bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez died in Coral Gables, Florida in March 2008, almost 90-years old. A maestro of legendary status on the world stage and ultimately considered one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians of all time, he had made his home in the United States for the past four decades. Coming from a family of classical musicians, he had formal conservatory training and held a seat in the Havana Philharmonic Orchestra for 30 years, performing under the direction of all of the legendary international conductors of the time – beginning at age 10! American Masters pays tribute to the Father of Mambo in the series’ bilingual film, Cachao: Uno Más premiering Monday, September 20, 2010 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings.) The film is produced, narrated and illuminated by the actor Andy Garcia, a close friend and ardent fan, who helped re-establish Cachao’s career in the ‘90s. Among the film’s many treats is Garcia playing the bongos with Cachao.
‘RAISING HOPE: THE EQUAL VOICE STORY’ AIRING ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
RAISING HOPE will be available over the summer and fall on public television (NETA)
(Seattle, WA)— “You could say the government depends on me,” says Leticia Treviño, of McAllen, Texas, who like millions of Americans, cobbles together odd jobs to pay taxes and support her family. Treviño’s is one of five families profiled in RAISING HOPE: the Equal Voice Story, an inspiring documentary that chronicles the efforts of 30,000 low-income people to create a national platform for lifting families out of poverty.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES THE RESULTS
OF THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL 2009 OPEN CALL
Final Selection Awards Sixteen Projects for Funding
Los Angeles, CA (November 9, 2009) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announced its eleventh annual Open Call newly funded programs. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series.
PRESIDENT AND MRS. OBAMA HOST
'IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: FIESTA LATINA'
DURING NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
PBS Music Special to Feature Latino Performers
Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits,
George Lopez, Gloria Estefan and More Airs October 15
'In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina' is a production of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Latino Public Broadcasting
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina” is a concert hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama on the South Lawn of the White House that will be broadcast by PBS. The sixty-minute program, to be taped live by WETA Washington, D.C., on October 13, will celebrate Hispanic musical heritage and airs on the final day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, October 15, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET, on PBS stations nationwide. (Check local listings.) It will also be broadcast on Telemundo, the American Spanish-language television network, on Sunday, October 18 at 6 p.m. ET, and on V-me, the national Spanish language network partnered with public television, on Friday, December 25. The program, part of the WETA “In Performance at the White House” series, will include Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito “El Bambino”, the Bachata music group Aventura, and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band. Further talent information will be announced in the coming weeks
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING FUNDED DOCUMENTARY
WINS PRESTIGIOUS IMAGEN AWARD
Produced by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller, 'A CLASS APART' takes home the Best Documentary/Television Award
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is proud to announce A CLASS APART, produced by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller, received the prestigious Imagen Award in the category of Best Documentary/Television. Funded by LPB, A CLASS APART tells the 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 – two weeks before Brown v. Board of Education. This historical documentary is more than the story of a case – it's the story of a people. It uses the Hernandez case as a through-line to shed light on the under-reported history of systematic discrimination faced by Mexican-Americans in the Southwest, their early civil rights struggle, and to explore cutting-edge issues of racial politics and identity among Latinos. A CLASS APART was part of the PBS Award Winning series American Experience.
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES MAJOR PUBLIC
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Announces Major Public Media Initiative in Los Angeles with $2 Million Grant to Radio Bilingüe
(Los Angeles, CA) – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded a $2 million grant to Radio Bilingüe (RB) for a major public media initiative to design, test, and develop the first-of-its-kind multi-platform English-language programming service in Los Angeles for a young, diverse and underserved audience.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING PRESENTS NEW SEASON OF VOCES
Series Features Films about Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and More
Premieres Fall 2009 on National Public Television
Films also Available for Online Viewing at www.voces.tv
(Los Angeles, CA) Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced today that the new season of their signature series VOCES, a showcase of outstanding documentaries celebrating the rich diversity of Latino life, will be presented on national public television beginning in September 2009, in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. Featuring films about musical legends Tito Puente and Celia Cruz and documentaries about subjects ranging from the Puerto Rican activist Antonia Pantoja to Mexican “guest workers” to a unique soccer league made up of former stars from Latin America, VOCES is a presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting and is distributed by American Public Television. Luis Ortiz, Managing Director of Latino Public Broadcasting, is Series Producer, and Gabriela Gonzalez at LPB is Associate Producer. In addition to the public television broadcast, the eight VOCES films will be available for online viewing on their broadcast premiere dates on the VOCES website, www.voces.tv.
CHICANO ROCK! THE SOUNDS OF EAST LOS ANGELES
Airs Sunday, December 14, 2008 (check local listings)
9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
60 years of Chicano music provides the soundtrack for a new America in the making
CHICANO ROCK! THE SOUNDS OF EAST LOS ANGELES, a film by Jon Wilkman, narrated by Edward James Olmos, tells the inspiring story of generations of young artists and audiences who proudly expressed their cross cultural identity with a unique style of rock 'n' roll, born and nurtured in America's largest Mexican-American community. 50 years after the untimely death of Chicano rock's first breakout star, Ritchie Valens, CHICANO ROCK! airs Sunday, December 14, 2008, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings.)
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING ANNOUNCES
THE RESULTS OF THE TENTH ANNUAL 2008 OPEN CALL
Final Selection Awards Sixteen Projects for Funding
Los Angeles, CA (November 14, 2008) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announced its tenth annual Open Call newly funded programs. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING FUNDED DOCUMENTARY FOR PBS'
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE WINS OUTSTANDING MADE-FOR-TELEVISION
Top Honors Go to Bernardo Ruiz’s “Roberto Clemente”
LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 25 -- Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, announced today that “ROBERTO CLEMENTE” won the 2008 NCLR ALMA Award® for Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary. Produced by writer/director Bernardo Ruiz, the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary chronicles the life of an exceptional baseball player and committed humanitarian, who challenged racial discrimination to become baseball's first Latino superstar. ROBERTO CLEMENTE premiered in April 2008 and is now streaming online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/clemente in English and Spanish.
LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING FUNDED DOCUMENTARY WINS
BEST DOCUMENTARY-FOR-TELEVISION IMAGEN AWARD
Top Honors Go to Phillip Rodriguez’s
“Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream”
LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 22 -- Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announced today that “Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream” won the 2008 Imagen Award for Best Documentary for Television. Produced by writer/director Phillip Rodriguez, “Brown is the New Green” is a fresh, provocative film examining how media and marketers are shaping America's perceptions of Latinos. The striking documentary features the extraordinary insights of Latino comedian, icon and advocate George Lopez through rare behind-the-scenes access to his remarkable life and career.
LOS LONELY BOYS COTTON FIELDS AND CROSSROADS
PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 ON PBS
LOS LONELY BOYS COTTONFIELDS AND CROSSROADS, a film by Hector Galán, tells the emotional and moving story of Los Lonely Boys, the band of brothers from San Angelo Texas who against all odds rocked their way to the top of the music industry, determined to fulfill their father’s dream. Presented by Latino Public Broadcasting, this 90-minute film airs on PBS Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 at 9:30 pm ET.
BROTHERS' ROAD TRIP TO BURY MOTHER'S ASHES UNEARTHS
THE SAGA OF A MEXICAN AMERICAN FAMILY IN P.O.V.'S
"CALAVERA HIGHWAY" TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 ON PBS
Rosa Peña Left Her Seven “Golden Boys” a Legacy of Strength
and Pride – And Troubling Questions About the Family’s Past
Produced in association with American Documentary | P.O.V.;
A co-presentation With Latino Public Broadcasting
The seven sons of Rosa Peña, a migrant worker and single mother, were raised in the Texas border towns of Hidalgo County, the poorest county in the United States. She worked hard, had two husbands –she chased off the second one with a knife when he beat one of the boys – and instilled in her sons a strong sense of family and ethnic pride. With Rosa’s death her grown sons were left adrift. As recounted in the award-winning new documentary Calavera Highway by filmmakers Renee Tajima-Peña (“Who Killed Vincent Chin?” P.O.V., 1989) and Evangeline Griego, Rosa’s funeral and cremation brought the boys together – and tore them apart again.
JUSTICE STALKS CHILEAN DICTATOR AUGUSTO PINOCHET FROM
UNLIKELY SOURCE - A JUDGE WHO ONCE SUPPORTED HIM - IN
P.O.V.'s "THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL," TUESDAY, AUG. 19 on PBS
Veteran Journalists Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco
Examine the Unusual Case of Judge Juan Guzmán, Who Struck
a Blow for Human Rights in Chile — And the World
A co-production of Independent Television Service (ITVS)
in Association with Latino Public Broadcasting
Many Chileans refer to “the other 9/11” — the Sept. 11, 1973 coup, led by General Augusto Pinochet, against the democratically elected government of Socialist Salvador Allende. The coup left, thousands of Chileans dead, tortured or “disappeared.” Allende died, apparently by suicide. The ensuing 17-year dictatorship was embraced then, and even now, by a large segment of Chilean society, as is made chillingly clear in the new documentary The Judge and the General. But many Chileans resisted Pinochet — at first covertly and then more openly — even as the regime was increasingly isolated abroad.
PAST AND PRESENT COLLIDE IN EL PASO AT DEDICATION
OF WORLD'S LARGEST EQUESTRIAN STATUE IN P.O.V.'S
"THE LAST CONQUISTADOR" TUESDAY JULY 15 ON PBS
Sculptor John Houser’s Monumental Bronze of Juan de Oñate
Exposes Raw Feelings and Sharp Divisions in the Southwest —
And the Perils of Public Art in a Multicultural Society
A Co-production of Independent Television Service (ITVS);
A Co-presentation With Latino Public Broadcasting, Native
American Public Telecommunications and KERA Dallas/Fort Worth
John Houser is a man with monumental sculpture in his blood. He can remember his father working as an assistant carver on Mt. Rushmore. Enthralled with the power of art, he has dedicated himself to making history come alive in large-scale public sculptures. So when the El Paso City Council commissioned a larger-than-life statue of the Spanish Conquistador Juan de Oñate, Houser conceived his grandest project yet: the largest bronze equestrian statue in the world. He envisioned a magnificent and long-overdue tribute to the contributions of Hispanic culture and history to the United States. But as recounted in the new documentary The Last Conquistador, all was not well as the statue’s dedication approached.
TRAGIC KILLING ON THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER CALLS INTO QUESTION
USE OF MILITARY FOR DOMESTIC POLICING IN P.O.V.'s "THE BALLAD
OF ESEQUIEL HERNÁNDEZ," TUESDAY, JULY 8 ON PBS
Tommy Lee Jones Narrates Little-Known Tale of the Teenager Who
Became First U.S. Citizen Slain by the Military on U.S. Soil Since 1970
A Co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting
“Audiences who see this engrossing report will wonder why such an important event has been allowed to drift into obscurity...” — Robert Koehler, Variety
In this heated election year, the U.S.-Mexico Border is a magnet for debate as Americans grapple with the complex issues of illegal immigration, national security and the War on Terror. In recent years many have called for a military solution that would include the deployment of armed troops to the border. But as eloquently demonstrated in the new documentary The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, the southern border is not simply a line in the sand, nor is it a war zone. Places like the Rio Grande in Texas are home to hard-working communities and families that straddle both sides of the river, and many Americans there grow up with ties to both countries. As Presidio County Judge Jake Brisbin illustrates: “On a map it’s an international border, but in reality it’s something you walk across in everyday life.”