Latinos In The Industry

LPB Premieres New Season of VOCES on National Public Television

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is premiering the new season of their signature series VOCES, a showcase of outstanding documentaries celebrating the rich diversity of Latino life, on national public television. 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.

Premiering tonight, September 17, on VOCES is Antonia Pantoja: !Presente!, a film by one of NALIP's Founding Members, Lillian Jimenez - a Lifetime Achievement in Advocacy Award winner and LPA 2006 Fellow with this film. Other NALIP members involved with the project include co-producer and NALIP Board Chair Beni Matias, editor and founding NALIP member Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez (LPA 2003, LWL 2003), and composer and LPA mentor Richard Martinez.

Antonia Pantoja: !Presente! tells the story of educator/organizer Antonia Pantoja, founder of the New York-based advocacy organization, Aspira. A passionate, indomitable leader, Pantoja worked with Puerto Rican "immigrant-citizens" to fight against second-class citizenship and to secure a bilingual voice. Through passionate personal testimony, never-before-seen home movies, archival footage, and the work of visual artist Juan Sanchez, the feisty Antonia Pantoja guides us through the Puerto Rican community's struggles and triumphs.

Antonia Pantoja: !Presente! premieres Thursday, September 17 at 10PM (check local listings).

Acclaimed actor Edward James Olmos will introduce each week's program. Says Olmos: "Our Latino culture is deeply woven into the fabric of American life - one doesn't exist without the other. These Latino stories presented in this new season of VOCES - Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Chilean, and Peruvian stories - are above all American stories and VOCES is the only series devoted to bringing these terrific films to a national audience."

Luis Ortiz, Managing Director of Latino Public Broadcasting, is Series Producer, and Gabriela Gonzalez at LPB is Associate Producer.

VOCES - 2009 Series Lineup

Celia the Queen by Joe Cardona
Celia the Queen is a loving look at the amazing life and legacy of a woman whose voice symbolized the soul of a nation and captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Erupting onto the Cuban music scene as the lead singer for La Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz broke down barriers of racism and sexism. With the powerful weapon of her voice and the warm tolerance of her heart, Celia soon became all things to all people. The film shows the diversity of the people whose lives she touched, from stars like Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, and Wyclef Jean to ordinary people all over the world who loved not only her music but her incredible spirit.

Antonia Pantoja: !Presente! by founding NALIP Steering Committee chair Lillian Jimenez (LPA 2006)
Premieres Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 10PM (check local listings)
Antonia Pantoja: !Presente! tells the story of educator/organizer Antonia Pantoja, founder of the New York-based advocacy organization, Aspira. A passionate, indomitable leader, Pantoja worked with Puerto Rican "immigrant-citizens" to fight against second-class citizenship and to secure a bilingual voice. Through passionate personal testimony, never-before-seen home movies, archival footage, and the work of visual artist Juan Sanchez, the feisty Antonia Pantoja guides us through the Puerto Rican community's struggles and triumphs.

Bracero Stories by Patrick Mullins
Premieres Monday, September 21, 2009 at 10PM (check local listings)
Bracero Stories explores the personal experiences of five former "guest workers" in the controversial U.S.-Mexican bracero program, which granted temporary work contracts to several million Mexican laborers between 1942 and 1964. Their stories are interwoven and illustrated with archival materials, creating a composite narrative of the "bracero" experience. Interviews with other participants in the program assess its effectiveness and lasting impact. These discussions mirror and inform current debates about immigration and the role of imported labor in our economic development.

The Golden Age by Phil Tuckett
Premieres Friday, October 2, 2009 at 10PM (check local listings)
The Golden Age documents a season in the life of the Golden Age League, a soccer league in Corona Park, Queens, New York. Not just any soccer league, the highly competitive Golden Age League is made up of middle-aged former World Cup players from mostly Central and South America. With muscles creaking, hairlines receding, and waistlines expanding, these incredibly skilled players compete at a level never before documented. During the week, these men are window washers, traders, and electricians -- but the weekend is theirs, and the passion for the game remains.

Special Circumstances by Marianne Teleki
Premieres Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 10PM (check local listings)
At 16, Hector Salgado was arrested and tortured by Pinochet's forces. By 20, Hector was without a country, living in exile in the U.S. Special Circumstances follows Hector as he returns to Chile almost 30 years later, camera in hand, to confront the perpetrators and his former captors, looking for answers and justice. In the process, the film takes an unflinching look at U.S. foreign policy in Latin America in the '70s and the legacy of Pinochet with which Chile still struggles today

Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music by George Rivera
Premieres Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10PM (check local listings)
Of all the musicians who have contributed to the popularity of Latin music, none is more recognized than the man known simply as "The King," Tito Puente. His family, friends and colleagues all pay homage here: Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Armand Assante, Geraldo Rivera, Jimmy Smits, Paquito D'Rivera and many more. The life of this influential bandleader, percussionist and composer - and one of the most charismatic performers of all time - is recalled through archival footage and interviews as well as excerpts from one of his last concerts.

Soy Andina by Mitch Teplitsky
Premieres Monday, November 2, 2009 at 10PM (check local listings)
Soy Andina
tells the story of two women raised in different worlds: an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes, and a modern dancer from Queens, NY, who return to Peru to reconnect with their culture. After 15 years in New York, Nelida Silva returns to fulfill a lifelong dream and host the fiesta patronal -- a celebration of dance, music, and rituals from Incan times. Meanwhile Cynthia Paniagua, a dancer raised in Queens, embarks on her own journey, determined to "quench a burning desire to know the real Peru, to unearth the mystery of the dances." Soy Andina is an exuberant cross-cultural road trip, yet its theme is universal: a yearning for roots and connection in turbulent times.

Dream Havana by Gary Marks
Premieres Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 10PM (check local listings)
In August 1994, more than 30,000 Cubans attempted to leave the island by sea. Two writers, friends since adolescence, are faced with a choice: continue struggling with the hardships of the island or brave the open water on a homemade raft. Ernesto Santana chooses Cuba; Jorge Mota, chooses the sea. This is the story of their struggles, their successes and the friendship that binds them across the distance, from Chicago to Havana.

Voces - Producer Bios

Joe Cardona, Director, Celia the Queen
Joe Cardona has directed 11 feature length documentaries, mostly dealing with issues of cultural identity and Cuban history, topics close to his heart as he was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of Cuban parents. His films include Adios Patria, Cafe con Leche, The Flight of Pedro Pan, Jose Marti: Legacy of Freedom, Havana: Portrait of Yesteryear, Honey Girl, and White Elephant. Nine of his films have aired on PBS and other various outlets throughout Europe and Latin America. Cardona has also directed, produced and written two feature films, Water, Mud and Factories and Bro, which have traveled the world through film festivals.

Lillian Jimenez, Producer/Director, Antonia Pantoja: Presente!
For nearly 30 years, Lillian Jimenez has worked as a producer, media arts center manager, media activist, exhibitor, funder, and educator in a number of organizations, including 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. Her clients include Women Make Movies, Fresh Air Radio, 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.

Gary Marks, Producer/Director, Dream Havana
In 1998, Gary Marks left his hometown Chicago and a thriving antique concern in order to rekindle his passion for music. Gary travelled to Havana, where he had the opportunity to study piano with some of Cuba's finest musicians. During the years he lived there he formed deep and lasting relationships. The desire to communicate his experiences and impressions of Cuba led to his entry into the world of documentary filmmaking. Dream Havana is Mr. Marks' first film, and his most challenging and rewarding experience to date.

Patrick Mullins, Producer/Director, Bracero Stories
Patrick Mullins has been producing and directing documentaries and sponsored video for the past 15 years. He was also a freelance music editor and assistant picture, sound, and music editor on feature films and television programs for over 20 years. He has an M.A. in Communications from William Paterson University of New Jersey (1996), and an M.A. in Cinema Studies and Cultural Studies from NYU (1999). Patrick is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas El Paso, where he teaches video production and editing, and other courses in film and media.

Marianne Teleki, Producer/Director, Special Circumstances
Marianne was raised in the Bay Area, Mexico and Brazil. She worked as a field producer for Television Nacional de Chile and as an assistant producer for Parox Productions in Chile on a=2 0feature documentary, Mi Hermano Y Yo, which received funding from the Ford Foundation. Special Circumstances, Marianne's directorial debut, received funding from Latino Public Broadcasting in 2004, and is the story of her husband, Hector Delgado. She has also worked as a production assistant with Carlos Bolado, Mike Pryfogle and Stephen Most on The Klamath River, a documentary in progress.

George Rivera, Producer/Director, Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music
George Rivera grew up immersed in the salsa music and street life of Upper Manhattan. He has close to 25 years of experience in network television, public broadcasting, and cable which has resulted in five National Emmy Awards. George Rivera projects include Imaging America, an hour-long , prime-time PBS newsmagazine series; Latino New York Live, an ongoing series of concerts by Latin Jazz's greatest legends and rising stars; and NY Crossroads, an educational series using the Empire State as a virtual classroom to explore sites of cultural and historical significance. As the president of GRP, Mr. Rivera has also served as Acting Director of Programming for News and Public Affairs at PBS' flagship station in New York, WNET.

Mitch Teplitsky, Producer/Director, Soy Andina
Mitch is a documentary producer and marketing consultant; Soy Andina is his first film. Back in the 70's, he used to annoy his sisters with a super-8 camera in suburban New Jersey. He ended up at the Wharton Business School and worked for companies including Viacom, Arbitron, MTV and the New York Times. Fortunately he got laid off, which forced him to remember what he used to really like to do -- tell stories. He bought a movie camera and called the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He became the Film Society's first marketing director. On weekends, he headed to the Bronx to videotape his Grandma, or to Jersey for Peruvian parties with long-time friend Nelida. One day, Neli told Mitch she was returning to Peru for a festival. He bought a new camera and made Soy Andina.

Phil Tuckett, Producer/Director, The Golden Age
In a 30 year career as a producer/director/writer/editor/cinematographer with NFL Films, Phil Tuckett has developed a distinctive style of documentary filmmaking and has won 30 individual Emmy Awards. Tuckett has produced such critically acclaimed sports specials as Autumn Ritual, NFL Symfunny, 25 Years of Sports Illustrated, Pro Football, Pottstown, PA, and Munich Revisited, the ABC documentary that took a look back at the 1972 Israeli hostage tragedy. Tuckett also ventured outside the sports arena with the Emmy Award winning Blood From A Stone for The History Channel. Tuckett's other non-football documentary credits include My Father's Gun and Ship Ablaze.

About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. Over 100 hours of quality program content have been produced by LPB for dissemination to public broadcasting entities. LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States. LPB and VOCES receive support from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting as well as the Ford and MacArthur foundations. For more information, visit

NDIIPP Survey for Documentary Filmmakers

As part of its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program, the Library of Congress has partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create a follow-up report to "The Digital Dilemma." For more information about "The Digital Dilemma," visit this website.

This report will delve into the issues facing documentarians and other independent filmmakers, as well as public archives, as more and more created content becomes digitized or is born digital. It will examine the issues of long-term access, preservation and handling of the various formats that impact both the creation and preservation of moving images and recorded sound.

Key to this report is surveying the field to collect information from documentary filmmakers. NALIP hopes that you will take a few minutes to complete the following survey before October 9th. To access this short survey please use the following link:

Antonio Banderas and Laura Linney Talk The Other Man
(The Huffington Post) - After reading a note from his wife Laura (Laura Linney), Peter (Liam Neeson) discovers that she's been having an affair. His reaction to the discovery of this "other man" (Antonio Banderas) and his wife's motives in leaving him a clue are the basis of the upcoming film The Other Man. FULL STORY

Twenty-Four Toronto Reviews (and Counting…)
(indieWIRE) - Catch up with indieWIRE‘s first batch of reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival. FULL STORY

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Kelly Ann Kowalski & Deborah Wakshull
LPA Fellows in New Mexico get Emmy Nominations

We are excited to announce that NALIP member and LPA 2008 Fellow Kelly Ann Kowalski received 5 Emmy nominations this year from the National Academy of Television and Arts Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. One of them she shares with LPA 2009 Fellow, Deborah Wakshull. Winners will be announced in late October.

We congratulate them on their wonderful work, and we'll be cheering for them next month!

Rolando Sanchez
NALIPster's short in Long Island Latino International Film Festival

NALIP member Rolando Sanchez' short film Evergreen has been accepted into the 2009 Long Island Latino International Film Festival. The festival takes place November 6-8, 2009. Evergreen was written and directed by Rolando, and stars NALIP member Cesar De Leon.

Vivian's marriage and her beliefs are everything. The physical abuse she has been receiving from her husband Nicholas has been the only issue that stands in her way from having a happy marriage. When Vivian finally has the strength and courage to speak up to Nicholas about their marriage it forces Nicholas to deal with his complex past. In doing so it creates serious consequences they must deal with for the rest of their lives.


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