Conversation with Ryan Velasquez, (Writer/Director, ‘Drowning’)

The journey to filmmaking for Ryan Velasquez was somewhat unconventional. The San Francisco Bay Area native first discovered his interest in film when he was in high school, but it wasn’t until he entered business school as and adult that he truly uncovered his desire to tell stories through this medium. In […]

Coming to PBS: On Two Fronts, Latinos & Vietnam

Coming to PBS: On Two Fronts, Latinos & Vietnam

Keep an eye out for this one and save the date. On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10-11:30 p.m. ET, PBS brings us On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam. Through compelling stories and candid interviews, the film conveys the rich heritage of military service, a deeply rooted part of Latino cultural identity […]

Calling All Latinas: Are You a Next MAKER?

If there is one thing I definitely know about, it is strong women.  You don’t grow up in a household full of Latinas without learning a thing or two about fortitude, fortaleza, determination, courage, coraje, love and compassion, among so many other wonderful attributes, that only a woman can possess […]

Rita Moreno: On Life, Being Latina, Hollywood & More

She’s truly Hollywood royalty.  A legend really.  But before Rita Moreno became Anita in the West Side Story, and the first Latina ever to be awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, over her long and successful career as an actress, singer and a dancer, she was […]

Texas’ Own “Mariachi High” to Premiere on PBS

You remember the High School Musical trilogy, right?  How could we forget the runaway hit… after hit, after hit… that pretty much launched the careers of Disney stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.  Well now PBS is bringing us a new and different kind of high school musical experience.  In […]

What Does It Mean To Be Latino? PBS Investigates

With a last name like mine – Alanis – I’ve always wondered where exactly my family history comes from.  It hasn’t helped any that for the majority of my life people have often confused me for being Asian instead of Latino.  A few have even reprimanded “you don’t look Mexican!” […]

The Interrupters: Battling For Young Lives – Film Review

At 18, Caprysha Anderson has been in over 15 different homes, she’s single-handedly raised herself and her younger siblings, she’s been in and out of jail, and will readily admit she’s turned to selling drugs to put food on the table for herself and her family.  Caprysha is only one […]