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LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING PRESENTS NEW SEASON OF VOCES

LATINO
PUBLIC BROADCASTING PRESENTS NEW SEASON OF

 

VOCES

 

SERIES
FEATURES FILMS ABOUT CELIA CRUZ, TITO PUENTE AND MORE

 

AIRS
SEPTEMBER 2009 ON WNET

 

FILMS
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE VIEWING AT WWW.VOCES.TV

 

Voces (Los Angeles,
CA) Latino Public
Broadcasting (LPB) announced today that the new season of their signature series
VOCES, a showcase of outstanding
documentaries celebrating the rich diversity of Latino life, will be presented
on national public television beginning in September 2009, in conjunction with
Hispanic Heritage Month.  Featuring
films about musical legends Tito Puente and Celia Cruz and documentaries about
subjects ranging from the Puerto Rican activist Antonia Pantoja 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. 
Luis
Ortiz, Managing Director of Latino Public Broadcasting, is Series Producer, and
Gabriela Gonzalez at LPB is Associate Producer.  In addition to the public television
broadcast, the eight VOCES films
will be available for online viewing on their broadcast premiere dates on the VOCES website, www.voces.tv.

 

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.”

 

Patricia
Boero, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting, is the Curator and
Executive Producer of the series. “We at LPB are delighted that VOCES will be airing its second season
this fall. Our first season was a great hit with audiences and stations, and we
think this season’s lineup is wonderful. Besides being great entertainment, VOCES is a reminder of the enormous
influence that Latinos have had on every aspect of American life, from
music to sports to education to public service… Our hope is to bring these
stories to a wide audience, including Latinos, who will be proud to see their
community’s achievements on screen.”

 

Screeners
are available and the filmmakers and subjects are available for interviews.
Complete information and downloadable images are available at www.voces.tv.

 

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VOCES
– 2009 Series Lineup on WNET

 

Sunday,
September 13 at 10:30PM

Antonia
Pantoja: ¡Presente!
by
Lillian Jimenez

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.

 

Thursday,
September 17, 2009 at 8PM

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. 
A
co-presentation with National Black Programming Consortium.

 

Sunday,
September 20, 2009 at 10:30PM

Soy
Andina
by
Mitch Teplitsky

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.

 

Sunday,
September 20, 2009 at midnight

Dream
Havana
by
Gary
Marks

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.

 

Thursday,
September 24, 2009 at 8PM

Tito
Puente: The King of Latin Music
by
George
Rivera

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.

 

Saturday,
October 17, 2009 at 1PM

The
Golden Age
by
Phil Tuckett

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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, Café 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 Jiménez 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.

 

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 www.lpbp.org

 

 

 

 

About Patricia Boero, Executive Producer and Curator of VOCES; Executive
Director of Latino Public Broadcasting

Patricia Boero was Director of the Sundance Institute's International
Program, and managed media programs at the MacArthur Foundation, including
funding for public radio and public television series. She also worked at the
Rockefeller and Levi Strauss foundations. Boero directed Hispanics in
Philanthropy's Transnational Program, and most recently, was Director for
International Corporate Social Responsibility at the Starbucks Coffee Company.
She studied film, arts and law at the University of New South
Wales in Sydney,
Australia, and directed
documentaries for Film Australia and the public TV station
SBS. She was a producer for TV Latina and correspondent for BBC Radio's World
Service in Havana, and field producer for CNN in
Latin America. Boero was a founding member of
LPB's Board of Directors, 1998-2006.

 

 

About
American Public Television

With
more than 10,000 hours of programming in its library, American Public Television
(APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation’s public television
stations for 48 years, distributing more than 300 new program titles per year.
Known for its leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and
viewer-friendly programming, APT has established a tradition of providing public
television stations with program choices that strengthen and customize their
schedules, such as Rick Steves' Europe,
Worldfocus, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, Sara's Weeknight Meals, America's Test
Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Doc Martin, Lidia's Family Table, Rosemary and
Thyme, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, The Big Comfy Couch, Johnny Cash at Folsom
Prison, Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy
Hour, Monarchy With David Starkey, Spain…on the road Again
, and other
prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and
classic movies. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit
APTonline.org.

LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING PRESENTS NEW SEASON OF VOCES