LPB Announces Recipients of 2014 Funding

LPB8 Projects Selected for Broadcast and New Media


Los Angeles, CA – Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) today announced the eight project that will be funded as part of its 2014 Public Media Content Fund. LPB, a 
non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting invites independent producers to submit proposals on Latino-themed programs or series for funding consideration.

“We are very proud of our producing community and look forward to working with these talented filmmakers in bringing the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience to the American public on PBS and into classrooms across the country through PBS LearningMedia,” said Sandie Viquez Pedlow, LPB Executive Director.

Every year LPB invites independent filmmakers to submit proposals in various stages, from research and development, to production, post-production and new media. All proposals are reviewed by a group of public media professionals, station programmers, independent filmmakers, academics, and executives from funding organizations.

This year, eight projects were selected for funding. Emerging filmmakers comprise 62.5% of total funded producers; mid-level producers make up 25%; veteran filmmakers constitute 12.5%; and 62% of the funded producers are women. The funding category breakdown is as follows: 50% of the total projects are post-production; 12.5% are production and 12.5% is R&D. The final slate of programs represents filmmakers from different regions within the U.S.


The 2014 awarded projects (alphabetically) are as follows:


BROADCAST


ADIOS AMOR: THE SEARCH FOR MARIA MORENO

Producer: Laurie Coyle
Category: Post-Production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

In Adios Amor, the discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine-Maria Moreno, a migrant mother of twelve who became spokesperson for a multi-ethnic farm worker movement in the pre-Cesar Chavez era, but was silenced and nearly forgotten.


JESSICA GONZALES VS. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Co-Director/Co-Producer: Katia Maguire
Co-Director/Co-Producer: April Hayes
Category: Post-production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

After surviving the murders of her three young daughters, Jessica Gonzales becomes a crusader for the human rights of the millions of American women who suffer from domestic violence each year and depend on restraining orders to protect them.


NO LE DIGAS A NADIE (DON’T TELL ANYONE)

Director/Producer: Mikaela Shwer
Category; Post-production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, undocumented immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers in a quest to come out of the shadows and claim her place in the only home she’s ever known.

SIQUEIROS: WALLS OF PASSION

Director/Producer: Lorena Manriquez
Category: Post-production; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Siqueiros: Walls of Passion is a one-hour documentary film about Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros and the resurrection of his Los Angeles mural America Tropical, located at the birthplace of Los Angeles and later championed by the Chicano movement as a symbol of its oppressed culture.

THE UNAFRAID

Co-Director/Co-Producer: Anayansi Prado
Co-Director/Co-Producer: Heather Courtney
Category: Production; 1 Episode/90 Minutes

The Unafraid follows the personal lives of several immigrant youth in Georgia, a state that has banned undocumented students from attending the top five state universities.

TURNING TEXAS BLUE

Co-Director/Producer: Paul Stekler
Category: Development; 1 Episode/60 Minutes

Texas will soon be a Latino-majority state, but political power has lagged because of the low political participation of the state’s Mexican-American electorate. The 2014 Texas statewide campaign focused on mobilizing the Latino vote through grassroots efforts particularly in the counties of south Texas, along the border with Mexico. Turning Texas Blue will focus on the results of the 2014 Texas statewide elections and what it portends for the state in 2016.


New Media


THE SWEETSPOT

Director/Producer: Kimberly Bautista
12 Webisodes/12-15 Min

This new media project looks at new meanings of relationships, cultural identity, and family among Latinos in Los Angeles who find that at 30, they’re in an extended adolescence, where shifting generational expectations, student loans, and underemployment have altered their plans for adulthood.


GOLDSTAR

Director/Producer: Karla Legaspy
1 Episode/13 Minutes

A young little girl aspires to be a rock star and gets help from her new neighbor, but when she dedicates a love song to her female teacher at school, she’s made to feel shame and confusion by the homophobic reactions from school officials and her parents.