PBS SoCaL presents the Latino Public Broadcasting signature arts and culture series VOCES, the only national television series on PBS devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience. Coming to PBS in April, the fourth season includes a lineup of three original documentaries that showcases Latino artists, activists and performers who reflect their culture through the power of art and create social change.
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant,starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel about three generations of a powerful ranching dynasty, Giant took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and was one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” goes back to Marfa. The film combines interviews with the cast and crew of Giant with the recollections of residents who participated in and witnessed the making of the film, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of the film.
Producer/Director: Hector Galán
Photo Courtesy Richard C. Miller
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, “Now En Español” follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish language audiences in the U.S. With real lives that are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women featured struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. The film chronicles their lives as they audition for parts and work in the dubbing studio while striving for a career that offers more prominent — and on-screen roles.
Producer/Director: Andrea Meller
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.Filmed over the course of three years, the film follows the journey of Sicilia and his movement as they make their way from Mexico’s most embattled cities – Juarez, Chihuahua, Durango and others – to the U.S., urging American citizens and lawmakers to share in the responsibility for the violence. “El Poeta” transforms the hard news story of drugs, murder, and corruption into a deeply personal examination of the impact of the ultimate loss on the human psyche – as well as the power of righteous protest.
Producers/Directors: Kelly Duane de la Vega/Katie Galloway
VOCES is a production of Latino Public Broadcasting and is funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
For VOCES: Executive Producer: Sandie Viquez Pedlow, Series Producer: Luis Ortiz, Digital Content Manager: Jennifer Ortiz.
PBS SoCaL is the Presenting Station for VOCES. For PBS SoCaL: President and CEO: Mel Rogers, COO: Andy Russell, Station Manager: Ed Miskevich, Executive Producer of Program Development & National Productions: Brenda Brkusic.
- Press Release - PBS SoCaL partners with Latino Public Broadcasting to Present VOCES on PBS
- Press Release - Latino Public Broadcasting Presents New Season of VOCES April-May 2015 on PBS
- Press Release - Latino Public Broadcasting and PBS SoCaL Present New Season of VOCES on PBS in April-May 2015
- "Children of Giant" Los Angeles preview screening photos
- "Children of Giant" photos
- "Children of Giant" Los Angeles preview screening video
- "Now En Español" Los Angeles preview screening photos
- "Now En Español interview with the filmmaker and actresses on PBS SoCaL's LAaRT program
Publicity and PR
- Mary Lugo and Cara White of CARAMar, Publicity for VOCES
- Stacy Shaffer, Marketing Manager for PBS SoCaL
PBS SoCaL Contact
- Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBS SoCaL
More information about the series is available on the VOCES website
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