John J. Valadez
John Valadez has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past 14 years. His credits include the critically acclaimed Passin' It On, which aired on POV in 1994. He also was a producer for three PBS series: Making Peace, Matters of Race, and Visiones: Latino Arts & Culture. He was a producer of "Beyond Brown" for PBS, and he produced "High Stakes Testing" for CNN Presents. Valadez is currently working on two PBS projects: writing and directing the third hour of the four-hour series Latin Music USA and producing "The Head of Joaquin Murrieta."
Valadez is a founding member of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). He is a Rockefeller Fellow and a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He has twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and is a graduate of the film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Valadez lives in Warwick, New York.
This is Cristina Ibarra's first feature documentary. For the past eight years, she has been making short films that have been seen on public television and in galleries, schools, film festivals and museums — including the Guggenheim Museum, Exit Art Gallery and the Queens Museum — across the United States. Her award-winning directorial debut, "Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela," aired on the PBS series ColorVision. She has also produced interstitials for Latino Public Broadcasting, the New York International Latino Film Festival and Fulana, a Latina multimedia collaborative. Among her credits are Grandma's Hip Hop, Amnezac and Wheels of Change. Ibarra is a Rockefeller Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and a CPB/PBS Producers Academy Fellow. She is a founding member of NALIP, Fulana and SubCine, the first Latino self-distribution collective. Ibarra, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, is currently developing two projects: a documentary entitled Another Martha and a feature film, Love & Monster Trucks.