Jonathan Robinson

Robinson was born in New York City in 1960. He received a B.A. in Modern History at the University of California, Berkeley, and received an M.F.A. in Live-Action Film Production from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. His video on India, cultural difference and the contemporary colonial imagination, sight unseen: a travelog, was featured at the 1993 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, won the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s SECA Video Art Award and was named Best Experimental Video at the Image Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Robinson has worked as a freelance editor and script consultant and extensively in the non-profit world of criminal and juvenile justice. He currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.


Production Credits

Producer, Director, Writer
Jonathan Robinson

Sonia Rosario
Angel Zapata
Karen D. Davis
Karen McCabe
Francesca Prada

Consulting Producer
Kerry Herman

Associate Producers
Megan Mylan Tami Yeager

Directors of Photography
Adam Beckman
Alex Leyton
Kev Robertson

2nd Unit Director of Photography
Patrick Rousseau

Artwork & Still Photographs
Juan Sanchez

Original Music
Kip Hanrahan
John Santos

Casting Director & Drama Consultant
Jeanette Torruella-Plaza

Visual & Story Consultant
Jonathan Levit

Jonathan Robinson
Michael Rothman

Additional Editing
Mauro Cammoroda

Consulting Editor
Sabine Hoffman

Motion Graphics and Title Designer
Dana Schechter


Piri Thomas

Young Piri Thomas
Jeremy Sanchez

Young Adult Piri Thomas
Eric Camacho

Steve Rosario

Boys playing with Dopey
José M. Oliveras
Michael Ortiz
Jonathan M. Rosario
Joseph Andrew Webb

Girls playing with Dopey
Tatianna Butler
Carmen Guzman
Alexis Ramos

Dopey’s Father
Frank M. Rodriguez

Dopey’s Mother’s
Mary Perez

Piri’s Brother José
Carlos Santiago

Piri’s Father
Cecilio Ortiz, Jr.

Piri’s Mother
Marilyn Cruz

Maria Cora
José M. Oliveras
Brian Vouglas

Fight Scene Director
Marcos Miranda

James Childers
Jeff Gilliam
Damian Lucas
Robert K. Omer

Sound Recordists
Sara Chin
Curtis Choy
John Haptas
Claudia Katayanagi
Ben Posnack
Rob Taz

Production Designers
Vinnie Angel
Randy Colosky
Rhonda Moscoe

Costume Designers
Mimi O’Donnell
Mary Stutz
Luis Torres

Mask Maker
Emily Getchel

Writing Workshop
The Beat Within, Pacific News Service
San Francisco Youth Guidance Center

Assistant Editors
Scott Amore
Andrew Damon
Dia Felix
Mahoko Kurumasu

Post-Production Facility
DuArt Film & Video , New York

On-Line Editor
Larry Schmitt

Color Correction
Mike Maguire

Sound Editor
Matt Gundy

Sound Mixer
Carmen Borgia

Additional Music

“Her Boyfriend Assesses His Value & Pleads His Case”
From the recording Desire Develops an Edge
by Kip Hanrahan © 1983 American Clavé Records

“Road Song”
“Unobtainable Days, Unobtainable Nights”
From the recording Days & Nights of Blue Luck Inverted
by Kip Hanrahan © 1987 American Clavé Records

“Deep Summer”
From the recording Tenderness by Kip Hanrahan
© 1990 American Clavé Records

“Freedom of Expressions”
From the recording Cambucha by Milton Cardona
© 1999 American Clavé Records

“Mind Trances”
“Distant Shore Dreams”
“Cancion rara…”
From the recording 21 Broken Melodies at Once by Alfredo Triff
© 2000 American Clavé Records

Archival Film & Photo Sources

Archive Films/Getty Images
John E. Allen
Bill Hackwell
Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas
National Archives & Records Administration
NBC News Archive
New York Daily News
New York Public Library
New York Times
Prelinger Archives
Producers Library Service
ProQuest Information & Learning
Tamiment Library, New York University
Third World Newsreel

Photographs by Romulo Lachatanere used by permission of Diana Lachatanere and
the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor,
Lenox and Tilden Foundations.

Excerpts from Down These Mean Streets are granted courtesy of Warner Brothers, a
Division of Time Warner Entertainment, Vo., L.P.

Archival Research
Francisco Gonzales
Sheila Maniar

Rights & Clearances
Jessica Berman-Bogdan

Fiscal Sponsors
Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice
Film Arts Foundation
Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Legal Counsel
George Fearon
Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon LLP
Robert I. Freedman & Kenneth Swezey
Cowan, DeBaets, Abraham & Sheppard

Camera News, Inc. /Third World Newsreel
D.R. Reiff & Associates
Hammond, Martin, Walsh & Smith

Darren A. Presher
Delagnes, Mitchell & Linder
Nancy Adams
Adams & Salter, LLP

Special Thanks
Craig Baldwin
Heidi Biegel
Jane Brill
Terry Cafaro
Cynthia Chavez
Michael Fried
Robert Hawk
Philip Horvitz
Madeleine Leskin
Anne Messitte
Joe Monge
Jody Schwartz
Eddie Suarez, Sr.
Drew Takahashi
Susie Dod Thomas
Blanca Vasquez
Gray Winslow
Irwin W. Young

Major Funding Provided By
National Endowment for the Arts
Rockefeller Foundation
Media Arts Fellowships Program
American Film Institute
Independent Film & Videomaker Grant

Additional Funding Provided By
California Council for the Humanities
San Francisco Arts Commission
Cultural Equity Fund
Arthur Zankel
Pacific Pioneer Fund
Zellerbach Family Fund
Film Arts Foundation

Produced in Association with the Independent Television Service and
Latino Public Broadcasting

This program is a production of When In Doubt Productions, Inc.,
which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2003 When In Doubt Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.