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.