Final Selection Awards Sixteen Projects for Funding
Los Angeles, CA (November 9, 2009) - Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announced its eleventh annual Open Call newly funded programs. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series.
ÂLPB is very proud to support these talented filmmakers and is committed to bringing their compelling stories to public media,Â said Edward James Olmos, LPB Chairman.
ÂFrom poets to revolutionaries, and from mothers fighting injustice to journalists defending the truth, these stories reveal how varied and relevant the Latino experience is to viewers across the country,Â said Patricia Boero, LPB Executive Director.
Every year LPB invites independent filmmakers to submit proposals in various stages, from research and development, to production, post-production and outreach. All proposals are reviewed by a selected group of public television professionals, local stations programmers, independent filmmakers, academics, and executives from other funding organizations.
This year sixteen (16) proposals were selected for funding. Emerging filmmakers comprise 25% of total funded producers; mid-level producers make up 44%; and veteran filmmakers constitute 31%. Over half of the awarded programs have never been funded by Latino Public Broadcasting before - a direct result of an extensive outreach program for independent filmmakers throughout the nation.
The funding category breakdown is as follows: Research and Development Â 19%; Production Â 37%; Post-production Â 44%. The final slate of programs represents filmmakers from different regions within the U.S. including California, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
The 2009 awarded projects (alphabetically) are as follows:
A historical road trip through the border region between the United States and Mexico,
a fascinating landscape that has been disputed for over 500 years.
¿Donde Estan? The Disappeared Children of El Salvador
A documentary about three children, now adults, who were separated from their families
during the Salvadoran civil war and now search to reclaim their lost identities.
Farewell, Ferris Wheel
An examination of the survival of the American carnival, and of Tlapacoyan, a small Mexican
town that provides one third of American carnival labor.
Give Us Your Retired, Your Rich, Your Americans
The fast-growing migration of American retirees and developers to the island of
Bocas del Toro, Panama, brings conflict to its indigenous communities.
A documentary film, intertwined with Guatemala's turbulent history, emerges as a
crucial player in a present-day case against genocide.
Documents the journey of Elvira Arellano - from her arrest, her sanctuary in a Chicago church
and deportation to Mexico - and the growth of the immigrant rights movement.
Invisible Murals/Murales Invisibles
A cautionary tale of the end of oil as told through the murals, myths and stories of a Venezuelan
Chronicles the preparations of Mexican American teens debuting in the Society of
Martha Washington Colonial Pageant & Ball in Laredo, Texas; a 113 year-old tradition.
The uncovering of a forgotten injustice: the forced sterilization of hundreds of Mexican-origin
women at Los Angeles County's general hospital during the late 1960s and 70s.
Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling
The life and work of one of the greatest poets of the 20th century: Chilean statesman,
activist, Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, a voice for Latin Americans.
The Plot to Kill Emilio Milian: The Death of Free Speech in Miami
Traces the steps of a son searching for elusive answers in the terrorist attack on popular
Miami radio host Emilio Milian, who lost both legs in the bombing.
A vivid and multifaceted look at Brazil's unfolding struggle for racial equality.
The exploration of the rise and fall of a multi-ethnic political movement in Chicago
comprised of African Americans, Latinos, and poor southern Whites.
Ruben Salazar: The Man in the Middle
The story of the life and mysterious death of one of the most prominent Mexican American
journalists of the 20th century.
The Storm that Swept Mexico
The story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution
of the 20th century.
Untitled Â Journalism and the Drug War in Mexico
The look at the flood of violence that has erupted in Mexico through the life and work
of a small town journalist in Sinaloa, the cradle of Mexico's drug trade.
About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of public media content that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of interest to Latino Americans. These programs, including the series ÂVOCES', are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations. Edward James Olmos is founder and Chairman of the LPB Board of Directors.
ABOUT LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Latino Public Broadcasting is a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. LPB 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. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations, and other public telecommunication entities. By acting as a minority consortium, LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States.
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