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About the Season 4 Films
Children of Giant (Premiered Friday, April 17, 2015)
Richard C. Miller The film explores how the making of a classic Hollywood movie transformed the lives of the residents of a small Texas town.
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant. The film starred a legendary trio — Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean — along with the young actor Earl Holliman and 16-year-old Elsa Cardenas. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, Giant was a different kind of western, one that took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest.
Now, 60 years later, Children of Giant returns to Marfa to explore the dramatic story behind the making of the film and its enduring legacy. The program combines interviews with the surviving cast and crew of Giant — including George Stevens, Jr., Earl Holliman and Elsa Cardenas — with the recollections of residents who participated in the production, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of racism and segregation explored in the film.
Now en Español (Premiered Friday, April 24, 2015)
Andrea Meller A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, Now en Español follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub Desperate Housewives for Spanish language audiences in the United States.
With real lives that are often as dramatic and as desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. Each actress is at a different stage on the path to success but all have to confront the precarious nature of their careers when the dubbing of Desperate Housewives is cancelled and their jobs come to an end.
Shot over the course of several years by Latina filmmakerAndrea Meller, Now en Español offers an inside look at the challenges faced by many Latino actors while offering a warm and engaging portrait of five gutsy women as they follow their dreams against all odds.
El Poeta (Premiered Friday, May 1, 2015)
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, El Poeta tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco — collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.
After his son’s death in 2011, Sicilia called on the Mexican people to protest, bringing more than 100,000 people to the capital demanding that the government address the devastating impact of the militarized drug war. The movement launched caravans throughout Mexico and then crossed the border to the United States, urging American citizens and lawmakers to acknowledge that America’s appetite for drugs (the U.S. makes up 90 percent of the market for Mexican drugs) and loose gun laws have fueled the ongoing war.
Filmed over three years, El Poeta follows Sicilia's journey from Mexico’s most embattled cities, including Juarez, Chihuahua and Durango, to the U.S. The news story of drugs, murder and corruption is transformed into a deeply personal examination of the impact of loss on the human psyche — as well as the power of protest and the courage of conviction to inspire positive change.