October 31, 2014

CPB Awards Grants for American Graduate Digital Video Projects


Recipients will work with NALIP and the World Channel

Washington, DC (October 31, 2014) -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced that it has awarded three $15,000 grants to the recipients of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) World Channel American Graduate Digital Video Project. CPB’s American Graduate initiative is a national, multi-faceted effort that harnesses the unique role of public media stations to increase the understanding of the dropout issue through broadcast, web and mobile platforms.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is proud to support the work of these three emerging content makers and bring their voices to the national stage,” said Joseph Tovares, SVP, Diversity and Innovation, CPB. “Under the guidance of our partners, NALIP and the World Channel, these talented producers will advance the important discussions taking place in communities across the country about Latino student success.”

The recipients, William Caballero from Newark, New Jersey, Gabriela Lopez de Dennis of Woodland Hills, California, and Gloria Moran from Los Angeles will each produce short-form content for broadcast and online distribution in support of the American Graduate initiative. They will work with NALIP and World Channel throughout the content development phase, as well as during the pre- and post- production processes.

"We are incredibly proud of the quality, hard work and determination that our members of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers show day in and day out through their creative projects. William Caballero, Gabriela Lopez de Dennis and Gloria Moran are representative of the incredible and widespread Latino talent available today.” said Axel Caballero, Executive Director of NALIP. "We are thankful to CPB and the WORLD channel for this opportunity and know that together we can continue moving more Latino content creators forward."

"WORLD Channel is honored to work with our partners at NALIP and their talented group of emerging media makers,” said Liz Cheng, General Manager WORLD Channel & WGBH-TV. “Their stories will share not only the challenges, but also the exciting innovations occurring in education across the country. We value this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the national dialogue addressing the drop-out crisis -- especially in diverse communities. “

Caballero will produce three short videos using a mix of 3D modeled avatars set against real world backdrops. Each short will focus on a minority high school or college student and his or her experience navigating the dropout crisis.

Gabriela Lopez de Dennis will produce a short video featuring two teenagers who are succeeding in high school despite their challenging circumstances. The program will highlight who and what keeps them motivated to stay in school and earn their diplomas.

Moran’s project, a 10-15 minute documentary, focuses on a Catholic girls’ high school in San Francisco which has a predominantly low-income Latina student population, but a 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rate. The documentary will explore the sacrifices the girls make to attend the school and how single sex education impacts graduation rates.

The short-form videos will air on the World Channel in the spring of 2015 and will also be available for viewing online.

About CPB
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information on CPB, visit www.cpb.org.

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) seeks to inspire, promote, and advocate for Latino content creators in media. As an established non-profit organization, NALIP advances the development of Latino content creation through its programs focusing on narrative, documentary, TV, and digital formats. For more information, please visit www.NALIP.org.

About World Channel
WORLD is a 24/7 national multicast channel that features dynamic documentary and news programming from across the country and around the world. WORLD offers the best of public television’s nonfiction programming from respected, award-winning journalists as well as original content from emerging producers. WORLD offers a second home to FRONTLINE, NOVA, American Experience, Nature, P.O.V., PBS NewsHour, Independent Lens, Tavis Smiley, Washington Week, and other PBS news shows. WORLD also features multicultural producers and work that is by, about, and for communities of difference, including race, religion, culture, ethnicity, gender and abilities. WORLD aims to appeal to public television viewers interested in new voices, emerging technology and social media.

About American Graduate
American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen was launched in 2011 with 25 public media stations in high need communities to spotlight the high school dropout crisis and focus on middle and high school student interventions. Today, more than 100 public radio and television stations in over 48 states have partnered with over 1000 community organizations and schools, as well as Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation to help the nation achieve a 90% graduation by 2020. With primetime and children’s programming that educates, informs, and inspires public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are important resources in helping to address critical issues facing today’s communities. According to a report from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, American Graduate stations have told the story about the dropout crisis in a way that empowered citizens to get involved, and helped community organizations break down silos to work more effectively together.

Media Contact:

Vanessa Gonzalez, NALIP
Phone: (310) 470-1061 

Kelly Broadway, CPB
Phone: (202) 879-9641




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