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A partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV to mentor today's best young documentary filmmakers.

In Between

This 27-year-old has faced the prospect of being deported ever since being illegally brought into the United States as a baby.

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Filmmaker

Mentor

Carlos Sandoval

POV Film - Farmingville

Carlos Sandoval is the co-producer/director of the award-winning documentaries A Class Apart (American Experience 2009, Imagen Award) and Farmingville (POV 2004, Sundance Special Jury Prize). He is currently working on a documentary about Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB1070.

A lawyer and writer, he has written for such publications as The New York Times, and his work has been included in anthologies. His experience as a lawyer includes telecommunications and complex litigation. Prior to attending law school, Sandoval worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, and as a program officer for The Century Foundation. He has participated on several public television funding and programming panels, as well as on film festival juries.

Of Mexican-American and Puerto Rican descent, Sandoval grew up in southern California and is a graduate of Harvard College and of the University of Chicago Law School.

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Local Partner

Media Arts Center San Diego


Media Arts Center San Diego promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists.

About Ethan van Thillo (Executive Director / Founder): Ethan van Thillo is Founder and Executive Director of the Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD). Since 1989, he has been working in media arts field programming Latino film festivals for the University of California, Santa Cruz, Cine Acción in San Francisco, Cine Estudiantil at the University of California San Diego, and the National Latino Communications Center in Los Angeles. Ethan has curated literally 1,000s of screenings at festivals and/or special events in Mexico City, Morelia, Las Cruces, Nuevo Laredo, San Antonio, Tijuana, Sacramento, and San Diego. In 1995, Ethan transformed the Cine Estudiantil into the internationally known and respected San Diego Latino Film Festival which recently celebrated its' 15th anniversary in March 2008. In 1999, to broaden the scope of the festival and to serve more communities in the San Diego County-Tijuana Border region, Ethan established Media Arts Center San Diego, 501c(3) non-profit organization. As Executive Director of MACSD, Mr. van Thillo founded such innovative programs and initiatives as the Digital Story Station, Cinema en tu Idioma, Tu Voz Tv, Open Screening Night, Cine Club! and the acclaimed Teen Producers Project (TPP). The Digital Story Station is now in 21 libraries across the State of California. As founder of the organization's TPP, he has overseen and acted as Executive Producer on over 300 short videos and documentaries produced by youth since 2001. Ethan has served on various funding panels including San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, Latino Public Broadcasting, the national nominating committee for Rockefeller Foundation's Film and Video Fellowships and the National Endowment for the Arts' funding panel for Media Arts. Mr. van Thillo has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous local and national television and radio outlets. Numerous local awards Ethan has received include: San Diego Metropolitan Magazine's "40 Under 40" award, "One to Watch" feature article in the San Diego Union-Tribune in December 2006, and San Diego's Mayor and City Council recognized him for his significant positive economic and social contributions. His efforts have also been recognized by San Diego County Supervisors, City Council and Mayor of Chula Vista, Congressman Bob Filner, Association of Independent Film & Video Makers, Keep on Crossing Awards, and San Diego Film Critics Society. Mr. van Thillo has been invited to speak at such important events as the National Association of Arts & Culture annual conference, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture annual conference, and the American Library Association annual conference.

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