For A Class Apart

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Steven Schoenberg

PHOTOGRAPHS
Featuring Photographs by Russell Lee
From the “Study of The Spanish-Speaking People of Texas”
Courtesy of the Center For American History,
University of Texas, Austin

ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Paul Docherty

SOUND RECORDIST
Peter Miller

ADDITIONAL SOUND
Garrett Guidera
Michael Jordi Valdés

ADDITONAL CAMERA
Jeffrey Mills

PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Leonora Rodkin
Renee Silverman

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Kirk Carapezza
Scott Lowe
Duncan Moore

INTERNS
Ana Maria Benedetti
Daniel Braun
Brianna Brown
Bart Cartwright
Katherine Picard
Andre Sandoval

PRODUCTION STILLS
Michael Jordi Valdés

TRANSCRIPTS
Marci Juett
Media Transcripts, Inc.

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH
Maria E. Gonzalez
Elisabeth M. Hartjens, Imagefinders

BOOKKEEPER
Nanci Bradshaw

INSURANCE
Janice Brown, Ventura Insurance

POST-PRODUCTION FACILITY
Glue Editing & Design, NYC

ON-LINE EDITOR/COLORIST
Steve Pequignot

SOUND DESIGN AND MIX
Evan Benjamin

DIALOGUE EDITOR
Marlena Grzaslewicz

ADVISORY BOARD
Adriana Bosch
Ignacio García
Laura Gómez
Ian Heney López
Thomas H. Kreneck
Michael A. Olivas
Lisa Ramos

ON-CAMERA INTERVIEWS

Gloria Villa Cadena, wife of Carlos Cadena
Norma Cantú, professor
Ramiro Casso, M.D., Texas resident
James DeAnda, attorney
Oralia Espinosa, daughter
Henry Flores, political scientist
Ignacio M. García, historian
Wanda García, Texas resident
Carlos Guerra, journalist
Ian Haney-López, professor
Juan Hernández, nephew of Pete Hernández
Mike Herrera, son of John Herrera
Benny Martínez, Texas resident
Eleanor McCusker, wife of Gus García
Michael Olivas, professor
Lisa Ramos, historian
Victor Rodríguez, Texas resident
Bob Sánchez, attorney
Martha Tevis, professor

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE
National Archives
John E. Allen
Getty Images
Historic Films
Michael Carroll / Estate of E.C. La Bauve
MacDonald & Associates
National Council of La Raza
York Associates, Collection of The Supreme Court of The United States

ARCHIVAL PHOTOS AND ARTWORK
Russell Lee Photograph Collection
“Study of the Spanish Speaking People of Texas”
Robert Runyon Photograph Collection
Courtesy of the Center For American History, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Hector P. García Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi, Bell Library
John J. Herrera Collection, Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library, Houston Texas
San Antonio Light Collection, UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures, Courtesy of The Hearst Corporation
Abdon Daoud Ackad, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
Pica 15074, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Personal Collection of Roy Barrera
Beyond the Barcode Productions, M. Jordi Valdés
1938 Cactus Yearbook / Texas Student Media
The Family of Carlos Cadena
Michael Carroll / Estate of E.C. La Bauve
Adela Longoria Cerra
Chicago Tribune
Detroit Free Press
The American Newspaper Repository Collection
Rare Book, Manuscript, And Special Collections Library,
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Tino and Millie Duran, Publishers, La Prensa
Delores Espinosa
The Hearst Corporation
Frank Lerner
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Library of Congress
Los Angeles Public Library: Security Pacific Collection
Shades of L.A. Archives
Los Angeles Times
Benny Martinez
Mayflower Hotel
Eleanor McCusker
National Archives
Restonpaths.com
Rosie Salinas – Niece/Hernández Family Consultant
San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
088-0062. Loaned by John Wildenthal Family
082-0416. Loaned by Virginia Sturges
Harry S. Truman Library
Los Angeles Times Collection, UCLA Library Department of Special Collections
Special Collections, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington
UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio

MUSICIANS
T-Bone Wolk – accordion, electric bass
Jeffrey Holmes – trumpet, piano
Freddie Bryant – guitars
José González – guitars
Michael Nix – guitars
Mark Cohen – guitar
Jim Kaminski – lap steel guitar
Doug Plavin – percussion
Steven Schoenberg – piano, synthesizers
Paul Kochanski – acoustic and electric bass
Chris Devine – violin
Greg Snedeker – violincello
Salvatore Macchia – contrabass

Music Recorded at Avocet Recording Studios, Shelburne, MA
Joe Podlesny, Engineer
Norman Blain, Engineer

Music mixed by Norman Blain
Music produced by Steven Schoenberg

VERY SPECIAL THANKS
Michael Hampton
Valerie Marcus

SPECIAL THANKS
Town of Edna, Texas
Eddie Aldrete
Joe Anderson
Elisabeth Avery
Staff of the Benson Latin American Collection
Roy Berrera, Jr.
Brackenridge Plantation
Teddy Cañez
Grace Charles
Peggy and Frank Condron
James Cousar and Family
Virginia Diaz
Patti Elizondo
Rick Ferguson
Neil Foley
Hector Galan
The Galvan Family
Carla García Connolly
Mauro García
Francisco Guajardo
Margo Gutiérrez
Mary Mead Hammond
Woody Hernández
Gayla Jameson
Kevin Johnson
Sara & Steven Katz Family
Mary Lampe
Patrick Lemelle
George Martinez
Drew Mayer-Oakes
Anna Miller
Nora Miller
Lynn Novick
David Rojas, Homestead Suites, Houston
Alfred Rosa
St. Mary’s University
San Antonio Film Commission
Scottish Rite Library and Museum in San Antonio, TX
Clare Sheridan
Joe Speed
Supreme Court of the United States
Tarlton Law Library, UT Austin
Tenampa Bar
The Texana Museum
Texas State Archives
Emily Todd
University of Houston Law Center
Victor Valdés
Crystal Valencia
Janet Vasquez
Debra Vega
Victoria County Courthouse
James Villarreal
White-Neisser Family
Emilio Zamora

NATIONAL OUTREACH CAMPAIGN SPONSOR
Active Voice

FISCAL SPONSORS
Southwest Alternate Media Project
Video Association of Dallas
Independent Feature Project

IN MEMORIAM
James DeAnda
Gloria Villa Cadena
Pauline Rosa

For AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

POST PRODUCTION
Vanessa Ezersky
Glenn Fukushima
Greg Shea

SERIES DESIGNER
Alison Kennedy

ON-LINE EDITOR
Spencer Gentry

SOUND MIX
John Jenkins

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Nancy Sherman

WEB
Molly Jacobs
Tory Starr

LEGAL
Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Maureen Jordan
Scott Kardel

PROJECT ADMINISTRATION
Susana Fernandes
Pamela Gaudiano
Pat Yusah

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Lauren Noyes

PROJECT MANAGER
Lauren Prestileo

SERIES MANAGER
James E. Dunford

COORDINATING PRODUCER
Susan Mottau

SENIOR EDITOR
Paul Taylor

SERIES PRODUCER
Susan Bellows

SENIOR PRODUCER
Sharon Grimberg

FOR ITVSEXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Sally Jo Fifer

FOR LPBEXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Patricia Boero

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Mark Samels

A co-production of Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB for American Experience.

This program was produced by Camino Bluff Productions, Inc., which is solely responsible for its content.

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