Lillian Jimenez

For nearly 30 years, Lillian Jiménez has worked as a producer, media arts center manager, media activist, exhibitor, funder, and educator. Organizations with whom she has worked include Young Filmmakers Foundation (now known as Film Video Arts); Third World Newsreel: The Foundation for Independent Video and Film; The Film Fund; co-founder of The Paul Robeson Fund for Film, Video and Radio at the Funding Exchange; Media Network, and the National Latino Film and Video Festival of El Museo del Barrio, among others. Under contract to the National Endowment for the Arts, she worked with arts organizations on strategic long term planning and has facilitated hundreds of meetings and retreats. Some of her prior clients include Women Make Movies, Fresh Air Radio in Minneapolis, The Foundation for Independent Video and Film and Urban Bush Women. A co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), she was its first recipient of the Life Achievement Award for Activism. She currently serves on the board of the Funding Exchange, a national network of community funds dedicated to supporting social justice.

Bienvenida (Beni) Matías

A pioneering Latina filmmaker, her 1979 debut film "Heart of Loisaida" has recently been recognized by the New York Public Library as part of their major film preservation initiative, "Twentieth Century Mirrors: America Through the Eyes of Independent Filmmakers." She is a founding member and former NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) Coordinator, and was the Executive Director of the Center for Arts Criticism, a Minneapolis-based non-profit that brings together communities, artists and critics to create dialogue about the connections between the arts and our everyday lives. Before coming to CAC, Ms. Matías was Director of Production at the Independent Television Services and Executive-in-Charge of production at WNYC-TV. Ms. Matías is the recipient of Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts grants for her documentary work. She is producing "Constantly Chamorro," a film about the making of modern Guam, an American territory in the Pacific, with Frances Negrón-Muntaner.

Susannah Ludwig

Recognized as a "visionary independent producer," Susannah Ludwig was named the 2003 Mark Silverman Fellow by the Sundance Institute. Recently Ludwig produced Stolen (Independent Lens), a fascinating and outrageous story of the largest unsolved art heist in American history, which took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Ms. Ludwig has been a major force in the realization of numerous critically acclaimed films including Our Song, directed by Jim McKay (released May 2001 by IFC Films), The Ballad of Ramblin Jack, (released by Lot 47 Films), Spring Forward starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber (distributed by IFC Films) and La Ciudad, (recipient of the Open Palm Award at the Gotham Awards, Best Picture at the Havana Film Festival and distributed by Zeitgeist Films).

Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez

Sonia has been an editor for over ten years. She learned her craft as an assistant editor for such esteemed directors as Spike Lee, Milos Forman, Alan J. Pakula, Ted Demme and Robert Redford. As an editor, Sonia has cut numerous shorts, independent features "Destination Unknown," "El Circulo Vicioso" and "Afrodite Superstar" and "Nuyoricans," a documentary for PBS that was aired in August 2003. Sonia has also edited numerous DVD special features, among them: "Lady Sings The Blues," "Four Brothers," "The Ghost Whisperer" (Season One), "The Facts Of Life" (Season One & Two). Sonia’s directing credits include the short comedy "Debutante" and the documentary "Bragging Rights" that chronicles the history and players of the New York City game of stickball which aired on PBS/WNET in September 2006. Sonia is currently a co-editor on the feature documentary, "Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!" about the life and work of Puerto Rican educator Antonia Pantoja.

Sonia is also a field producer for DVD and web content. Her producing credits include "Rescue Me," "Damages," "Canterbury’s Law," "New Amsterdam" and "Cashmere Mafia." In 1992, she received her BFA from New York University in Film.

Production Credits

Producer & Director
Lillian Jiménez

Beni Matias

Beverly Peterson & Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez

Consulting Editor
Lora Hays

Additional Editing
Nicholas Corrao, Melissa Hacker

Consulting Producers
Barbara Abrash and Sam Pollard

Elia Lysy

Additional camera work
Vicente Juarbe
Rick Lopez
Slawomir Greenberg
Alejandro Smith
Ethan Young
Nara Garber
Edin Velez

Juan Rodriguez
JT Takagi
Alexandra Baltarzuk
Willie Franco
Margarita Aponte

Graphics and Web Design
Rafael Merino

Lillian Jiménez
Dr. Wilhelmina Perry
Gina Garcia
Blanca Vazquez
Yasmin Ramirez
Beni Matias
Pedro Angel Rivera

Moving Image
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Municipal Archives, NYC
ABC Video Source
Cinema Guild
Third World Newsreel
Getty Images
Skylight Pictures
Fish Films
National Archives
Thought Equity
Fotosearch Stock Footage
Archivo de Imagenes en Movimiento/Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena
Pedro Angel Rivera

Home Movies
Enilda Lozado
Digna Sanchez
Ed Morales
Tony Gonzalez
West Side Story Music
Universal Music Group

Richard Martinez

Yomo Toro – Cuatro
Andy Gonzalez – Acoustic Bass
Alejandro Negron – Guitar & Cuatro
Peter Calo – Guitar
Bryan Vargas – Guitar & Cuatro
Richard Martinez – Keyboard
Karen Josephs – Flute
Bruce Williamson – Saxophone & Flute
Brian Drye – Trombone
Tony Jefferson – Drums
David Freye – Percussion

Music mixed by
Richard Martinez

Music Recorded at
Light Body Music

Fernando Ramirez, Esq.

On Line Editor
Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez

Special Thank You
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Linda Silva
Dr. Wilhelmina “Mina” Perry
Anne Gardon for introducing me to Toni
Mihai Grunfeld
Blanca Vazquez
Esperanza Martell
Lee Llambelis
Fernando Ramirez, the quintessential lawyer
Cynthia Lopez
Neyda Martinez
Carolina Gonzalez
Digna Sanchez family
Henry Arce
Hernan Lafontaine
Felix “Felo” Matos-Rodriguez
Andy Torres
Manny Segarra
Anthony de Jesus
David Avalos
Jose de Jesus
Pedro Juan Hernandez and the Centro Library staff
Julio Morales
Salvador Vidal Ortiz
Lisa Miller
Antonio Romero
Kate Amend
Janet Petrovich
Henry Ramos
Barry Warner & Proskauer Rose
Eduardo Gonzalez
Ronaldo Figueroa
El Quinto Nivel musicians
Bill Sloan
Irene Sosa
Warren James
Elisha Miranda
Juan Sanchez
Marcella Taina Morales-Lugo
Yasmin Hernandez
Janet Rodriguez
Barry Warner, Proskauer Rose
Judy Panetta Perez
Joan Rosa
Julio Rosa
Joaquin Rosa
Natatcha Estebanez (en paz descanse)
Adina Back (en paz descanse)
Para Mami (Leonor Velez) y Papi (Ramon Jimenez)
Latino Educational Media Center
1690 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(845) 634-0496

Ford Foundation
JPMorgan Chase
Latino Public Broadcasting
New York State Council on the Arts
Bronx Council on the Arts
Washington Mutual
Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito

Individual Donors
Dr. Wilhelmina Perry
Michelle Sanchez-Boyce, Nelson Boyce and Ferro Nelson Boyce
Deborah Hogencamp & Ronaldo Figueroa
Doris Gonzalez and Luis Gonzalez
Dr. Luis Estevez
Puerto Rican Bar Association
Angelo Falcon
Luz Tirada
Alex Ramirez
Jorge Ayala & Roberto Ayala, La Fonda Boricua
El Diario-La Prensa
Carroll Parrot Blue