Congratulations to Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

Los Angeles, CA (December 9, 2011) – Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), a non-profit organization funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, announces 16 newly funded programs as part of its 2011 Public Media Content Fund. The funding initiative invites independent producers to submit proposals for funding on Latino-themed programs or series.“We are proud of Latino filmmakers and producers who through their craft provide a window to our culture and heritage,” said Edward James Olmos, LPB Chairman.

“We are very excited to support these projects that celebrate the diversity of the Latino experience in the U.S. We will work closely with PBS and our public media partners to bring these compelling stories to the American Public,” said Sandie Viquez Pedlow, LPB Executive Director.

Every year LPB invites independent filmmakers to submit proposals in various stages, from research and development, to production, post-production, new media and community engagement. All proposals are reviewed by a selected group of public television professionals, station programmers, independent filmmakers, academics, and executives from funding organizations.

This year, sixteen (16) proposals were selected for funding. Emerging filmmakers comprise 40% of total funded producers; mid-level producers make up 35%; veteran filmmakers constitute 25%; and 55% of the funded producers are women. More than half of the awarded programs have never been funded by Latino Public Broadcasting before – a direct result of an extensive outreach program for independent filmmakers throughout the nation. One of the grants goes to The Arizona Project by Producers/Directors: Carlos Sandoval/Catherine Tambini.   Carlos bough his American Experience documentary, A Class Apart to VideoFest in 2009.

Kat Chandler’s New Short in Sundance!

Kat Chandler, who has served as a Dallas VideoFest Narrative Short Judge, has a new short “Hellion” has just been accepted into Sundance!  Her short “Love Bug” is part of the 2009 Texas Show and she apparently thinks she royally sucks at parties (her words not mine).  Here is the trailer for “Hellion.”

Congratulations from all of us at Video Association of Dallas!  We adore you!

Music Videos

While listening to an NPR report on a book by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, I Want My MTV, I was reminded of the term “The MTV Effect,” referring the effect video editing has had on modern movie making i.e. multiple plotlines, jump cuts, free use of visual effects.  It is refreshing to see a distinguished filmmaker like Darren Aronofsky still able to utilize these techniques so effectively in his recent video, “The View.”  Even if the Lou Reed/ Metallica collaboration fell short of expectations, the video itself is uncompromising and stunning.

We toyed with the idea of having a music video block at VideoFest 24, however, when we programmed REM’s Collapse Into Now it seemed redundant. My friend, Eden Bernal, and I ended up programing an hour of music videos for a music festival in Nairobi.  We tried to pick work that was culturally diverse as well as visually interesting

Breaths for Apache Violin-Laura Ortman

Dir: Dustinn Craig

After – Moby

Dir: Alberto Gómez

Unkle – Restless #1

Matta – Release The Freq,

Dir:Kim Holm

Blockhead – The Music Scene

Kila– Gwertzy

Coco Rosie – Gallows

By Sub Pop Records plus

Trumpalump-DELS/Big Dada

Gonjasufi – Microchips


What We Eat:Tanya Tagaq,

Dir: Zacharias Kunuk,

Spoek Matambo – Control

Dir: Pieter Hugo & Michael Clarie

No Habrá Nadie En El Mundo– Buika

отец (Father) by Zhenya Kolykhanov
Dir: Raymond J. Schlogel

My Blood My People by Maupower

Dir: Martin Adams

Teardrop by Massive Attack

BURAKA SOM SISTEMA ‘Hangover (BaBaBa)’ -by João Pedro Moreira & Carlos


Mun ja Mun Adjagas

Chipyango – Dalisoul Ft. JK

Sur le Quai– by Savoir Faire

By Machine Molle

Iva Radivojevic

I learn many fascinating things about Iva over our brunch in the East Village such as she immigrated from to NYC from Yugoslavia via Cyprus, she spends time every year in the southwest, and she thought she might have lost her eyesight for two terrifying months. Iva is as delightful and creative as her work as you can see from the interview she granted in Thompson Square Park. You can check out her website and her blog for more information.

Managing Director returns from NYC

I just got back from my annual trip to NYC, where, for 6 years I go in November to screen a program of Native shorts for the Association of Indian Affairs.  AAIA’s initiatives focus on youth/education, language and cultural preservation, and sovereignty.  I was happy to once again be able to showcase 9 short films by Native American filmmakers and share with you a little of what AAIA does and how we help Native American communities. Check out one of the works, the Growing Native trailer, here.  The trip to New York was great, as I was able to catch up some of the filmmakers who have contributed to Dallas VideoFest, as well as get a tour of the Museum of Television and Radio, by our valued contributor Ron Simon.   One free evening I attended the Tour of Resistance Solidarity Gathering, where is witnessed an incredible performance by Tama Waipara.  While I was gone Bart was profiled in NAMAC’s regional report, and I learned about a new website Virtual Dinner Guest.  Have a good week all.  Interviews to come.

Raquel Chapa

Managing Director.

TOM KALIN at TheThing@The Pink Pony, Tues. Nov. 29th, 8pm

If you are in NYC go check out TOM KALIN at TheThing@The Pink Pony, Tues. Nov. 29th, 8pm

Tom Kalin is a New York-based filmmaker, writer, producer and activist, well known as a prominent figure in the New Queer Cinema. In addition to his feature films Swoon (1992) and Savage Grace (2007), Tom Kalin has also created short films and video works screened in numerous international film festivals and included in the permanent collections of Centre George Pompidou, Paris and MOMA, New York. He was a founding member of AIDS activist collective Gran Fury, known for its provocative public art projects, which received The Brendan Gill Prize in 1989 and was included in the Venice Biennial in 1991. His works traverse diverse forms and genres, taking inspiration from literary sources and addressing contemporary issues such as displacement, urban isolation, and homophobia. Tom Kalin focuses on the portrayal of gay sexuality and has done a significant work in changing the public opinion of AIDS, simultaneously expanding the definition of activist video.

Doveman is a band founded by 30-year old Thomas Bartlett.  Originally from Vermont, Bartlett studied piano in London with Maria Curcio before moving to New York City to attend Columbia University.  Bartlett collaborates with artists such as Glen Hansard, The National, Martha Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, Rufus Wainwright and Yoko Ono.  Albums include With My Left Hand I Raise The Dead, Footloose, The Acrobat and The Conformist.


Doveman films
2011/22 minutes (works-in-progress)
This ongoing collaboration between musician Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and filmmaker Tom Kalin started as a series of short films inspired by Doveman’s music. Our project has begun to explore the intersection of live music and projected film.
Every Wandering Cloud
2005 /7 minutes
Every Wandering Cloud is the first installment in a series of experimental videos inspired by the writings of Oscar Wilde. Interweaving text from Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol with hand-drawn animation derived from Eadweard Muybridge’s Human and Animal Location, Every Wandering Cloud is a meditation on themes of freedom and imprisonment. The tape juxtaposes an eclectic array of archival and contemporary imagery, including documentary footage and my original super-8 and digital video.

Geoffrey Beene 30

1993/32 minutes
Commissioned by American fashion designer Geoffrey Beene to celebrate his thirtieth anniversary as a designer, Geoffrey Beene 30 returns to the era of silent black and white film. Three loosely structured narratives unfold without dialogue, in an associative landscape inspired by the German Expressionist filmmakers of the 1920s, the work of Cocteau, Ingmar Bergman’s Sawdust and Tinsel and the Pabst/Louise Brooks film Diary of A Lost Girl among others. Featuring an ensemble cast including Marcia Gay Harden, Russell Wong, Claire Danes and the remarkable Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors in one of her final roles, Geoffrey Beene 30 reunites many of Kalin’s collaborators from his first feature, Swoon.

Girl in a Coma


Girl in a Coma, a San Antonio based rock band shot their latest and greatest Music Video, “Smart” on Super 8. They used all Pro8mm workflows including the Max1014 xls camera, Super8/66 B&W Tri-X Reversal and Pro8/46 Fuji Vivid 250D film, and transfered on the M2, Check out their final music video!