CSU-Pueblo hosts PBS LATINO AMERICANS co-producer for Hispanic Heritage Month


CSU-Pueblo hosts PBS LATINO AMERICANS co-producer for Hispanic Heritage Month

PUEBLO – A co-producer of the recent PBS series Latino Americans will be at Colorado State University-Pueblo later this month to discuss films about civil rights and the Chicano Movement plus a work in progress about deported veterans. In addition, author and New York University professor Maria Montoya will discuss her research on Colorado Fuel and Iron, Co. 

Writer/Producer/Director John Valadez, who produced two hours of the six-hour PBS series Latino Americans and has been producing and directing award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for the past 18 years, will be on the CSU-Pueblo campus Oct. 23-24 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities. At 7 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 23 in LARC 109, Valadez  will screen and discuss a new film, American Exile, accompanied by the Valenzuela brothers, the deported veterans who are the subject of the film.

On Oct. 24, Valadez’ film Prejudice and Pride will be shown followed by a discussion of how the film was made and the critical role that Chicanos have played in shaping American civil rights history. That event will begin at 7 p.m. in Life Sciences 105. 

Valadez lives in New York and has been producing and directing award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for the past 16 years.  In November, his film THE LONGORIA AFFAIR aired on the Emmy award-winning series INDEPENDENT LENS.  Last year, his film THE CHICANO WAVE, a history of Mexican American music for the PBS/BBC series LATIN MUSIC USA received a prime-time national broadcast in both the United States and Europe.  This year he is working with the U.S. State Department to screen the film The Chicano Wave with U.S. embassies abroad.

Valadez had two films on the acclaimed PBS series POV: PASSIN’ IT ON, about the false imprisonment of a former leader of the Black Panther Party and THE LAST CONQUISTADOR about an artist creating a controversial statue of a Spanish explorer who committed genocide.  Valadez directed the first hour of the PBS series MAKING PEACE about Chicano writer, activist and former gang leader Luis Rodriguez and produced THE DIVIDE, the first hour of the PBS series MATTERS OF RACE about a town in North Carolina fractured by racial division.

He also served as director for the PBS series VISIONES: LATINO ARTS and CULTURE and a producer of the prime-time PBS special BEYOND BROWN.  The film explores the re-segregation of American schools 50 years after the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Ed.  At CNN, Valadez wrote, directed and produced the award winning film HIGH STAKES TESTING for their prime-time documentary series CNN PRESENTS.  The film was an hour-long investigative work about the Bush administration’s education policies.

A graduate of the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH in Boston, Valadez is a Rockefeller Fellow and has twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow.

Valadez regularly screens his films and lectures at universities across the United States.  A member of the Writers Guild of America East, Valadez also is a founding member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and regularly mentors emerging filmmakers

On Oct. 28, Maria Montoya, associate professor of history at New York University and author of author of Translating Property: The Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1940 as well as a book on Colorado Fuel and Iron, will be featured at a luncheon beginning at noon on Oct. 28 in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge. Her evening presentation will address her research on the coal mining communities associated with the Rockefeller Corporation in Colorado and the World War II era workers with the Kaiser Corporation in California. Seats for the luncheon are limited, and reservations must be made by Oct. 24 by calling 549-2687. Montoya will make a presentation at 7 p.m. that evening at the El Pueblo Museum in downtown Pueblo.

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