Chilean folksinger Violeta Parra helped revive her country’s traditional music and introduced the Nueva Canción genre to the world. “Violeta Went to Heaven,” a film about the life of Violeta Parra, is now playing in major U.S cities. Latino USA producer Andrés Caballero spoke to the film’s director, Andrés Wood, in New York City.
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Andrés Wood is the director of “Violeta Went to Heaven.” He is also known for “Machuca,” “The Good Life” and “Football Stories.” Wood is an Economics graduate from Universidad Católica de Chile (1988). He also studied film at New York University.
Why do immigrants come to the United States? Most people’s first thoughts involve economic reasons for a better life. But there is more to it than that. Harvest of Empire, a book by Juan Gonzalez that has been turned into a documentary, addresses the military, political and economic interventions that have spurred immigrants to look to life in the U.S. We speak to co-producer Wendy Thompson Marquez for an overview of the documentary.
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Ms. Wendy Thompson-Marquez, is the President and CEO of the Onyx Media Group and EVS communications, Inc. Prior to joining EVS and the Onyx Media Group, she was the Vice President of ZGS Broadcast Holdings, a minority-owned communications company where she supervised the daily operations and advertising sales of eleven Telemundo network affiliates.
In 2004, she was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice with the Media and Community Service Award. She has been featured in numerous newspaper and trade publications, including the Washington Business Journal, and has made several appearances on television and radio stations throughout the country. In addition, she is actively involved with a number of academic institutions in the Washington, D.C. area that have invited her to speak at student and faculty conferences, including Montgomery College, where she was the 2002 commencement speaker.
She is currently a board member of Latino Public broadcasting, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Community Foundation in D.C. she is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (2000), and Leadership Washington (2001).
More films by Mexican and Mexican-American filmmakers are exploring the social and cultural changes brought about by drug cartels in Mexico. We speak about “Reportero” and “El Velador,” two new documentaries that are part of this trend, with Carlos Gutierrez, co-founder and director of Cinema Tropical, an organization dedicated to promoting and programming new Latin American film.
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Co-founder and Executive Director. Carlos A. Gutiérrez is a film/video programmer, cultural promoter and arts consultant based in New York City. As a guest curator, he has presented several film/video series at different cultural institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City). He is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine and has served as a member of the jury and the selection committees for various film festivals including the Morelia Film Festival, SANFIC – Santiago Film Festival, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Asian American International Film Festival and New Fest: The New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, among others. Photo courtesy of El Financiero.
Actor and comedian Will Ferrell crosses the border into unchartered territory in his new movie, “Casa de Mi Padre.” It’s a film that has proved a hit among Latino audiences, with a mostly Latino cast, and made entirely in Spanish with English subtitles. María Hinojosa speaks to Will Ferrell about his new film.
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