Noemi Figueroa Soulet

Noemi Figueroa Soulet
Producer/Director/Writer

Although a first-time filmmaker, Noemi is an experienced advertising consultant and producer to major advertising agencies for the Hispanic commercial market. Formerly, she was a professional actress with 17 years of experience in theater, television, industrial films and commercials for both the English and Spanish markets. In 1999, she produced a short film on the Borinqueneers which was selected to participate in the Westchester Film Festival and New York Latino Film & Video Festival. Noemi was a Finalist for the 2008 Estela Award given by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers which honors talented Latino/a filmmakers who, either through a stunning debut or a steady rise in a relatively short period of time, have distinguished themselves through their work to date. She has been honored by Comité Noviembre of New York and the Latina Women’s Council of Mercer County, New Jersey. Noemi has conducted numerous presentations on the 65th Infantry at various corporations and community organizations. Born in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, she was raised in Spanish Harlem and has a degree in Education from New York University.



Raquel Ortiz

Raquel Ortiz
Co-Producer/Director

Raquel has 30 years of experience with the public broadcasting system in production, program development and management, beginning in l968 at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She has worked at 3 public television stations; WNET-13 in New York; WETA-26 in Washington DC; and WGBH-TV, Boston, where she spent 2 years as a producer/host of her own series, La Plaza, and a decade as Executive Producer for Community and Cultural Programming. In l990, she formed Ortiz/Simon Productions focusing on multi-cultural projects, including an outstanding documentary on Puerto Rico/US relations, Mi Puerto Rico, which premiered on PBS in l996. Raquel later became Senior Producer for VPG, Inc., a multi-media production house of educational textbook publishers. She is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and is currently working as a free-lance creative director, producer and multi-media consultant. She has been honored with numerous awards, including regional and national Emmys, Silver and Golden Apples and CPB Programming citations.

Production Credits

Written, Produced and Directed by
Noemí Figueroa Soulet

Co-Producer/Director
Raquel Ortiz

Narrator
Hector Elizondo

Spanish Narrator
David Ortiz Angleró

Editor and Post-Production
Miguel Picker

Original Music
Miguel Picker

Consulting Producer
Patricia García-Rios

Associate Producer
William Cruz

Script Consultants
Patricia García-Rios, Raquel Ortiz, Mort Silverstein

Story Consultant
Fernanda Rossi

Assistant Director
Doris Eugenio, Frank Borres

Camera
Eric Breitbart, Branan Edgens, Jorge Garrido, Bryan Hobbs, Ericq La Salle, Timothy A. Lyter, Seth D. Stein, Rick Suddeth, Arte Tedesco, Dennis Ward

Field Audio
Siiri Thompson, Andrew Brennan, Heriberto Rosa, Dan Hampton

Grip
Neal Damiano

Researchers
Noemí Figueroa Soulet, Ernest Acosta, LTC Bart Soto (Ret.), USA Reserve, Col. Gilberto Villahermosa, USA

Graphic Designer
Jesús García

Illustrator
Jeffrey Rodríguez

Archival Research
 Bonnie Rowan

Video Technical Support
Juan A. Soulet

Production Assistants
Joseph Hernández, Brenda Barat, Lydia Serrano, Sonia González, Welby R. Alcantara, Arlene Rodríguez

Advisors
SFC Ángel Cordero (Ret.) USA Reserve, Maj. Sam Delgado (Ret.), US Marines, Willis “Tripper” Cronkhite, III, Esq., Col. George MacGarrigle (Ret.), Dr. Felix Matos Rodríguez, Dr. Luis González Vales

Historians Interviewed
Col. Gilberto Villahermosa, USA, Silvia Álvarez Curbelo

Spanish Translation
Doris Eugenio, Patricia García-Rios, CW4 Mario Gabriel, Jr. (Ret., USA)

Volunteers
Aida Figueroa, Amparo Lopategui-Morales, Gil and Terry Pacheco, Lt. Col. Carlos Rivera, Paul Clark, Miriam Cabrera, Sonia Martínez and Roberto Ortiz, Kurt Elkan