About the Crew
Raymond TellesProducer/ Director
Telles is a veteran producer of many award-winning programs including The Fight in the Fields, the biography of Cesar Chavez, Inside the Body Trade, Children of the Night (Frontline), and Race is the Place. He has produced and directed programs for PBS, ABC, NBC, Discovery, and National Geographic. Telles has won numerous awards including the DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton, Emmy Awards, PBS Programming Awards for News and Current Affairs, The Ohio State Award, ALMA Award, top honors in the San Francisco, Chicago and New York Film Festivals, as well as numerous other awards for his work in film and broadcast journalism. He brings to the project a personal passion: during the Mexican revolution his family was torn apart by opposing political views and the turmoil of a country at war.
Rabin is a consultant, film researcher, and writer who has worked on many award-winning television shows and feature films. Highlights of his over one hundred production and consulting credits: Vietnam: A Television History, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, The Great Depression, The American Experience, American Masters, Frontline and Bill Moyers’ Journal (all for PBS), The Twentieth Century Project (ABC/NHK), 500 Nations (Kevin Costner for CBS) and Daughter From Danang. He has received two Emmy nominations for his documentary work. Feature credits include Good Night and Good Luck, The Good German, and Milk. Rabin is the co-author of Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music.
Vicente FrancoDirector of Photography
Franco was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for Daughter from Danang, a documentary that won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2002, as well as many international awards. Franco is an accomplished cinematographer for documentaries, drama, news and public affairs, and has won a Peabody Award for coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. He has worked extensively with Paradigm Productions, shooting The Fight in the Fields:Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It and Race is the Place.
Tsingaris is an accomplished editor who has worked on long-form documentaries and broadcast television for over fifteen years. Some of his recent documentaries include A Test of Courage: The Making of a Firefighter (ITVS/PBS), which received the Bronze medal in the 2000 Houston International Film Festival; Girls in Trouble: Teens in the Juvenile Justice System (MSNBC); Ties that Bind (Discovery Channel), a program focusing on American subcultures; Long Gone, a film about hobo life and culture (“Best Documentary” at Slamdance 2003); and China Blue, a documentary on globalization. This film was an official selection for the Toronto International Film festival and IDFA in 2005, and aired on PBS on the series “Independent Lens.” Another “Independent Lens” program, A Dream In Doubt, won Best Documentary at the Arizona International Film Festival in 2007, and yet another, Writ Writer, about a jailhouse lawyer who effects change from “within,” was an official selection at the South by Southwest and San Diego Film Festivals. Tsingaris has also edited multiple segments for the highly acclaimed PBS program Life 360.
Luis Valdez is regarded as one of the most important and influential American playwrights living today. His internationally renowned, and Obie award winning theater company, El Teatro Campesino was founded in 1965. He is best known as the author of Zoot Suit, the play that re-exams two of the darkest moments in LA urban history. Zoot Suit is considered a masterpiece of the American theater, and was the first Chicano play on Broadway and the first Chicano major feature film.
Luis’s numerous feature film and television credits include, among others, the box office hit film La Bamba starring Lou Diamonds Phillips, Cisco Kid starring Jimmy Smits and Cheech Marin and Corridos: Tales of Passion and Revolution starring Linda Ronstadt. He has won countless awards including numerous LA Drama Critic Awards, Dramalogue Awards, Bay Area Critics Circle Awards, the prestigious George Peabody Award for Excellence in Television, the Presidential Medal of the Arts, the Governor’s Award for the California Arts Council, and Mexico’s prestigious Aguila Azteca Award, given to individuals whose work promotes cultural excellence and exchange between the U.S. and Mexico. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from, among other places, the University of Rhode Island, the University of South Florida, Cal Arts, the University of Santa Clara, and his alma mater, San Jose State University. Mr. Valdez was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and in 2007, he was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship.
Angela Reginato – Assistant Director
Yvan Iturriaga – Associate Producer
Rosalia Valencia – Associate Producer
Dave Keller – Production Manager
David Telles – AC/Assistant Editor
Luis Granados – Sound
Adriano Bravo – Sound
Pete Sears – Original Score
Los Lobos – Additional Music
Pancho Rodriguez – Traditional Music