Daniel Rios is an eighteen-year-old high school student at Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas. “Inundation” is a short dramatic film which he wrote, produced, directed and edited. He aspires to be a writer/director and Latinopia is proud to showcase his film.
Since 1999, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rdoriguez has been documenting the history and lives of Latino veterans of World War Tow, Korea and, later, Viet Nam. Each year, Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez conducts an editing contest where students edit a veteran interview into a five-minute docuemntary. Rosa Elena Pruneda won first prize in the 2012 VOCES Oral History Editing Contest. Latinopia is proud to showcase her documentary on pioneering WAC Carmen Contreras Bozak here on Latinopia.com.
Since 1999, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rdoriguez has been documenting the history and lives of Latino veterans of World War Tow, Korea and, later, Viet Nam. Each year, Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez conducts an editing contest where students edit a veteran interview into a five-minute documentary. Sonia Melendez won Third Prize in the 2012 VOCES Oral History Editing Contest. Latinopiais proud to showcase her documentary and wishes her a great career in filmmaking.
The Voces (Voices) Oral History Project at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, was created by Dr. Maggie Rivas Rodríguez and has now recorded more than 800 oral histories of Latino veterans of World War II and the Korean War. “Meet Julian González” is one of these oral histories. It recounts. first hand, the invasion on D-Day of France by Allied Forces. Latinopia is proud to feature this oral history as a “Latinopia Showcase.”
Soñia Escot is a journalism major completing her senior year at the University of Texas at Austin. She participated in the 2012 VOCES Oral History Editing Contest sponsored by the Journalism Department at UT Austin under the leadership of Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez. Latinopia is proud to showcase Soñia’s documentary on Erasmo López, a veteran of World War Two and Korea.
Multi-talented Joe Hernández-Kolski is a two-time HBO Def Poet, an accomplished actor and a hilarious stand-up comedian. “Tender Love,” which Joe wrote and stars in, is a hilarious commentary on our obsession with a certain household device. “Tender Love” was directed by Peter Alton and Benjamin Byron Davis. Be prepared to laugh till you weep!
Edward “Junior” Gonzalez is a second generation Salvadoran American who is also a director and freelance cameraman working in San Francisco. He is concerned about the negative perceptions many Americans hold of the Salvadoran community in the United States, views that the Salvadoran community is violent and gang-ridden. His documentary “Words of Revolution,” seeks to give a more authentic view of Salvadoran life through the expressions of a new generation of hip hop Salvadoran youth. This trailer for Words of Revolution was produced and is copyrighted by Junior Gonzalez and is posted on vimeo and Latinopia.com by permission.
Actress and director Jade Puga and writer/director Richard Montes are the creative duo behind Safada y Sano Productions, an independent company that produces webisodes and long form dramas. The Los Angeles Ward is a futuristic web drama set in the near future when an underclass of Los Angeles residents battle a city run by a corporate elite. Latinopia is proud to present episode three of the web series, “Cockfight.” This video was produced, is owned and copyrighted by Safada y Sano Productions and is posted on vimeo and Latinopia.com by permission.
Liz H. Colunga is completing her MFA degree in Film Production at the University of North Texas. Her compassion for Latinos who are serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan fronts inspired this moving documentary on the thousands of Latino soldiers who are “still there.”
Los Angeles Ward is a futuristic web drama series starring Jade Puga. The series is produced by the creative team of actress/writer/producer Jade Puga and writer/director Richard Montes. The webisode is set in a near future when an underclass of Los Angles residents battle a city run by a corporate elite. This video was produced, is owned and copyrighted by Safada Y Sano Productions Inc. and is posted on Latinopia.com by permission.
Jade Puga and Richard Montes are a writing/producing/directing team whose company, Safada y Sano Productions, has produced webisodes as well as long form dramas. Their webisode series “Los Angeles Ward” offers a dystopian view of marginalized people in American society. Latinopia is proud to showcase the first episode of this web series, the episode is titled “The Voiceless.”
Kenneth Castillo is a director whose dramatic short “Day at the Theater” won the 2007 Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Shot Film. Since then Kenneth has been busy directing features, the latest of which is titled “Counterpunch.” Latinopia is proud to showcase the trailer for “Counterpunch,” which was released in January of 2013, and encourages Latinopians to seek out this cool film.
During the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846, more than 500 immigrant soldiers, mostly Irish, deserted the U.S. Army and fought on the Mexican side of the war. This battalion of Irish soldiers were known as the San Patricios (The St. Patrick Battalion). Latinopia is proud to showcase this excerpt from the independent documentary “The San Patricios,” written and directed by Mark R. Day.
Ricardo Lira Acuña is the author of three books of poetry and narrative fiction. He recently has branched out to video production. Latinopia is proud to hsowcase his original visual poem, “Sorry,” which he wrote, directed, edited and starred in.
Since 1999, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez has been documenting the history and lives of Latino veterans of World War Two, Korea and, later, Viet Nam. Each year, Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez conducts an editing contest where students edit a veteran interview into a five-minute documentary. Jordan Kerfeld won Second Prize in the 2012 VOCES Oral History Editing Contest. Latinopia is proud to showcase Jordan’s award-winning documentary on Latino fighter pilot Leonard Fuentes.
Gabe Torres grew up in Aurora, New York and started making films when he was 12 years old. After graduating from the USC Film School, he has gone on to a career in television directing that includes such shows as “Land of the Lost,” “Arrest and Trial,” and “Unsolved Mysteries. ” He has also directed independent films such as “Last Stand,” and “Bartender.” He shares with Latinopia the trailer for his latest action motion picture, “Brake.” The film is released on March 23rd in New York City and Los Angeles, check it out!
When Professor Emeritus John Crawford of the University of New Mexico heard that the Arizona state legislature had passed a law banning the teaching of ethnic studies in public schools, he was shocked. When he heard that to comply the Tucson Unified School District had removed book written by Latinos from the school libraries, he was even more outraged. Then he heard about a Texas caravan bringing the banned books to the children of Tucson and decided that he had to act. On March 4, 2012 he and others organized a benefiit poetry reading for the Caravan which involved leading Albuquerque poets. Filmmaker Daniel Sonis filmed the event and shares the reading here with Latinopia. The poets are, in order of appearance, Richard Vargas, Andrea Serrano, Jessica Helen López and Levi Romero, Centennial Poet of New Mexico.
Elusive Minds is a Latino podcast created by Michael Centeno, Nathan Morales, Adolfo Hernández and Johnny the Geek in response to the lack of online content by and about Latinos. The podcast which can be found at www.elusiveminds.com covers Latino film, culture and the arts. Michael Centeno spoke to Latinopia about this unique podcast.
Roberto Olivares is a Mexican filmmaker who makes films with and about the indigenous peoples of Mexico. No mere documentarian, he infuses his films with vision, artistry and invention. He filmed a unique collaboration between the indigenous musical group “Banda Regional Mixe,” and a visiting musical ensemble from Macedonia, the “Kocani Orquestra.” Enjoy this uplifting musical performance…and the filmmaking!
Luis R. Quintero is a director based in Los Angeles whose projects including major studio productions, independent films, television pilots and web series. His short drama “La Hora del Té” (Tea Time) played at the Arc Light Theater in Hollywood as part of the Los Angels International Shorts Film Festival and earned him an International Filmmaker Award nomination at Sundance in 2008. He is currently directing a webisode series starring Mario Lopez. This video is copyrighted by Luis R. Quintero and is posted by permission on Latinopia.com.
Dr. Gilbert González is a Professor Emeritus in Chicano and Latin American Studies at the University of California at Irvine. He has produced a landmark documentary about the Bracero Program which brought Mexican laborers into the United States from 1942 to 1964. Latinopia is proud to showcase “Harvest of Loneliness.” This film excerpt is used by permission of Dr. Gilbert González. For further information or to purchase a copy of “Harvest of Loneliness” go to www.harvestofloneliness.com