A look at the struggles that Bennie Veliz, the poster child for the DREAM Act, has encountered to fulfill her dream.
Winner, 2011 Most Inspiring Documentary Award
Emileigh Potter (San Antonio, Texas)
Jeremy LevinePOV Film - Good Fortune
Jeremy Levine is an Emmy-winning director, producer and editor. His work has been screened in dozens of film festivals around the world, broadcast nationally in six countries and recognized with awards for production, reporting and human rights. He produced and edited the Emmy-winning feature documentary Good Fortune (POV 2010), about how efforts to aid Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to serve. The film was the recipient of the Witness Award for Human Rights at its 2009 Silverdocs Film Festival premiere, the 2011 Overseas Press Club Carl Spielvogel Award for international reporting and a 2007 grant from the Sundance Institute.
Levine's other feature documentary credits includes directing, producing and editing "Walking the Line," about vigilantes along the U.S.-Mexico border; and editing "Everything's Cool," which concerns global warming and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He co-directed and produced the independent television documentary "House of Rath," about an eccentric housing developer in New York City. Levine has also produced and edited interactive outreach DVDs for Two Towns of Jasper (POV 2003) and "Everything's Cool," and has worked closely with Working Films, an outreach nonprofit that links cutting-edge documentary films with activist organizations. In 2006, he volunteered at the Educational Media Agency in Addis Ababa, where he produced educational videos for Ethiopian schools.
Levine received a bachelor's degree in documentary production from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where his work was nominated for a Student Academy Award. In 2005, he and filmmaker Landon Van Soest (director/producer of Good Fortune) launched Transient Pictures, which has produced a wide range of original content for broadcasters and arts organizations such as the Sundance Channel, Working Films, the Dramatists Guild Fund, United States Artists and George Street Playhouse. Brooklyn resident Levine also co-founded the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, a nonprofit organization that provides support to independent filmmakers in New York City.
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Serving San Antonio's youth, SAY Sí is a year round, long-term, non-profit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers.
SAY SÍ's MAS [Media Arts Studio] is a creative multi-media environment where students can develop their artistic voices through the use of innovative and empowering communications/media technology. This includes filmmaking, photography, animation, and professional graphic design.
About Guillermina Zabala: Guillermina Zabala is an Argentine media artist who graduated from Columbia College-Hollywood, with a BA in Cinema. Currently, she is the Media Arts Director at SAY Sí. She's the recipient of the San Antonio Artist Foundation Award and the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant for the documentary Juanito's Lab. In March 2011, Guillermina was selected to be one of SA's Luminaria featured artists, and in May 2009 she was invited by SA Museum of Art curator David Rubin to be part of the exhibit Waterflow. Additional exhibits include: Sexto Continente (Barcelona); Emergent Art, (Zaragoza); Arts Latina (Havana); All Female Video Review (UTSA Satellite Space); Fotograma, (Galeria Ortiz Contemporary); Arte Latina: Roar (Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center); Seven Shots (Bonn, Germany); Conjunto (Institute of Texas Cultures); Latino Expressions IV; Victoria Suescum's Tremendo Manicure (Museo Alameda del Smithsonian), and the short film The Hot Room, which aired on Showtime Networks, Inc, among others. She's currently working on the documentary Juanito's Lab, about blind musician Juanito Castillo.