KCET TO AIR THREE NEW DOCUMENTARIES FROM LOS ANGELES FILMMAKERS CHRONICLING LATINO CULTURE, ART AND POLITICS
Films Set to Premiere on September 26, 29 and October 6 Include Paraiso for Sale,
Visions of Aztlan and Twenty-Five Hundred & One
Los Angeles - September 22, 2011 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, will air three new documentaries from local-area
filmmakers chronicling Latino culture, art and politics. The films, Paraiso for Sale, Visions of Aztlan and Twenty-Five Hundred & One chronicle the effects of American retirement in Panama, the Chicano art movement, and one artist's representation of his village's plight for employment, respectively. Paraiso for Sale will premiere on Sept. 26 at 10 p.m.; Visions of Aztlan, on Sept. 29 at 9:30 p.m.; and Twenty-Five Hundred & One, on Oct. 6 at 9:30 p.m.
"KCET is excited to showcase local filmmakers with these three dynamic, culturally distinctive films to our diverse viewership," said Bohdan Zachary, vice president of broadcasting and program development for KCET. "As a community-supported station, we pride ourselves on leveraging top local talent for program development. We're very pleased to spotlight such poignant films that mark culturally important milestones in Los Angeles history."
Directed by Anayansi Prado, Paraiso for Sale chronicles the filmmaker's return to her Panama homeland to document the effects the fast-growing migration of American retirees and developers are having on the local community. Gaining perspectives from both local residents and American retirees, the film explores issues of modern day colonialism, residential tourism, global gentrification and reverse migration, revealing that immigration between Latin America and the U.S. is not just a one-way street.
KCET is also pleased to air Visions of Aztlan, which explores the unique Chicano art movement that flourished in the midst of the turbulent street demonstrations of the 1960s. Using the rich images of the artists' work, along with interviews and historical footage, director Jesus Salvador Trevino tells the story of Chicano artists who resisted the allure of conventional careers to render their community's urgent struggles and aspirations for social justice and equality.
Lastly, filmmaker Patricia Van Ryker of Twenty-Five Hundred & One profiles the work of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago as he sculpts life-size works of art representing each of the 2,500 villagers who migrated north in search of work.
All three documentaries, which focus on the plight of Latinos in Los Angeles, will air as part of KCET's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, generously funded by Union Bank. In October, KCET and Union Bank will host a Local Heroes Awards ceremony to celebrate cultural diversity. For more information, please visit: http://www.kcet.org/socal/local_heroes/
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 47-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.