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About the Producers: John J. Valadez

John J. Valadez, producer/director and co-writer, episode three, The Chicano Wave, has been producing and directing award-winning nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past 14 years. He directed the critically acclaimed Passin' It On, about a former leader of the Black Panther Party who was falsely imprisoned for 19 years for the PBS series POV. His most recent film, The Last Conquistador, aired in 2008 on POV. Other films include: the first hour of the four-hour PBS series Making Peace, and The Divide, which was the first-hour of the nationally broadcast PBS series Matters of Race. Valadez was a producer for Visiones: Latino Arts and Culture for PBS and was producer and director for High Stakes Testing, an hour-long investigative documentary about the Bush administration's controversial education policies and their impact on American children for the primetime documentary series CNN Presents. Valadez has twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, is a Rockefeller Fellow, a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow and a founding member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Watch Los Lobos rock out, and read John J. Valadez's essay about filming this iconic Californian band.