The State of Arizona

The State of Arizona

  • BY Carlos Sandoval & Catherine Tambini | IN Immigration
    Premiered January 27, 2014

About the Film

In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law, igniting a national maelstrom. Supporters call it a common sense law-enforcement tool; opponents feel it will inevitably lead to racial profiling. Neighborhoods empty, businesses shutter, and immigrants flee the state. Those who choose to stay organize boycotts, mass demonstrations, daring acts of civil disobedience, and prepare families for the possibility of separation by sudden deportation. MORE

Mixing in interviews with footage of heated protest rallies and television coverage, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, ranchers, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the newly empowered Tea Party movement, for whom illegal immigration is a flashpoint subject — depicting a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

Arizona’s enforcement-led policy, which grew out of its unique position as a frontline border state, is reshaping the national conversation around immigration reform. With dozens of states considering a similar approach, The State of Arizona holds up a mirror, asking Americans who they are, and who they want to be.

The Filmmakers

Carlos Sandoval, Producer/Director

Carlos Sandoval is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentaries A Class Apart (American Experience 2009, Imagen Award), soon to be a major motion picture, and Farmingville (P.O.V. 2004, Sundance Special Jury Prize), which was about a small suburban town in the wake of the hate-based attempted murder of two Mexican day laborers. A lawyer and writer, Sandoval's work has appeared in anthologies and The New York Times. 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.

Catherine Tambini, Producer/Director

Catherine Tambini is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentary Farmingville. Ms. Tambini co-produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse, which aired on PBS’s Great Performances/Dance In America. She field produced and shot portions of MTV's series I’m From Rolling Stone and TLC's Pageant Perfect. She was the production manager for Connie and Ruthie, Every Room in the House (HBO) and Best Man (Cinemax). Tambini assisted in the production design of many well-known Hollywood films, including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Steel Magnolias, True Colors, and The Secret of My Success. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Film Credits

Produced and Directed by
Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

Mona Davis
Mary Angelica Molina

Catherine Tambini

Music by
Kevin Kiner

Sound Recordists
Peter Miller
Michael Jordi Valdés

Additional Camera
Dennis Gilman
Salvador Reza
Carlos Garcia

Mary Angelica Molina

Associate Producer
Michael Jordi Valdés

Additional Camera
AJ Alexander
Larry Engel
Ari Palos
Barni Qaasim
Raul Rios
Carlos Sandoval

Additional Sound
Rusty Duggan
Paul Flinton

Assistant Editors
Francisco Simbaña
Tatiana McCabe
Sarah Daggett
Sydney Katz

Production Assistants
Lauren Asmus
Brian Thomas
José Muñoz
Chris Salata

Editorial Assistants
Esteban Londono Kerguelen
Daniela Rivera
Lorena Sanchez
Stefania Monsalve

Juan Alvarez
Jonathan Argudo
Ana Haripersaud
Luke Byrd Hack Lorenzen
Leonardo Souza
Jackie Todd

Archival Research
Elena Brodie-Kusa
Caroline Berler

Title and Graphics Design

Productions Stills
Michael Jordi Valdés
Lauren Asmus

Sound Editors
Marlena Grzaslewicz and Ira Spiegel

Assistant Sound Editor
Matt Rigby

Re-recording Mixer
Martin Czembor

Sound Mix Facility
Postworks NY

DI On-line Editor
Sandy Patch

DI Colorist
Stewart Griffin

DI Producer
Caitlin Tartaro

Post Production Services
Final Frame

Ventura Insurance Brokerage, Inc.

Legal Counsel
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Appearances by

Jennifer Allen
Joe Arpaio
Cristian Avila
Duncan Blair
Susan Blair
Antonio Bustamante
Carlos Clark
Carlos Garcia
Alfredo Gutierrez
Lydia Guzman
Ezequiel Hernandez
John Kavanagh
Kathryn Kobor
Gustavo Lozano
B Lowe
Martin Manteca
Jorge Martinez
Amparo Mendez
Joey Mendez
Alma Mendoza
Chris Park
Russell Pearce
Salvador Reza
Derek Robertson
Ric Robertson
Susan Schwartz
Kyrsten Sinema
Scott Smith
Steve Smith
Pancho Stierle
Renee Taylor

Archival Photos and Footage Courtesy of
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
The Aspen Institute
Face the Nation/CBS News
Footage Bank
Howard Simmons/New York Daily News
KGUN9 News
Kathryn Kobor
Isaias Moreno
NBC Universal Archives
Puente Movement
Deb Taylor
Bob Willoughby/mptvimages

Additional Music
Reuven Herman

Music Editor
Sean Kiner

Scoring Mixer
Mark Evans

Music Consultant
Jim Dunbar

Additional Music

“Sheriff Arizona”
Written and Performed by Amandititita

Performed by Ricardo Arjona featuring Intocable
Under License from Metamorfosis Ltd
© 2006 by Ricardo Arjona. Arjona Musical
(All Rights administered by Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing LLC/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Holland)

“Juan Loco”
Written and Performed by Rodrigo y Gabriela
Courtesy ATO Records and Evolving Music Company LTD

“Montes Punku”
Performed by Los Waukis Andinos
Written by Gonzalo Hermosa


Tupac Enrique Acosta
Celia Alejandra Alvarez
Pablo Alvarado
Mary Baxter
Linda Brown
Sandra Castro
Cindy’s Restaurant
Bertha Coombs
Sandi DuBowski
Bob Eisenhardt
Marisa Franco
Isabel Garcia
Barry Goldwater, Jr.
Good Pitch
Raul Grijalva
Sylvia Herrera
Media Matters
Pierre Menard
Marc Miller and Steph DeSibour
Chris Newman
Danny Ortega
Erica Ovalle
Pamela Pearson
Rudy Peña
Sergio Perez
JT Ready
Jovana Renteria
Silvia Rodriguez
Moisés Salcedo
Elena Scotti
Bob Schieffer
Karen Sim
Aaron Vega

Fiscal Sponsor
New York Live Arts

Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Feiffer

Executive Producer for Latino Public Broadcasting
Sandie Viquez Pedlow

Major funding for this program was provided by
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Hagedorn Foundation
Sundance Documentary Film Program and Fund
Michael Hampton
Gail Inaba and Don Thompson
Ethel Klein and Edward P. Krugman
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
Richard L. Cohen Family Foundation
James Thomas and Kevin O’Sullivan
Quentin Vidor
Steven and Nanci Kraus
And others, a complete list available from PBS.

The State of Arizona is a co-production of Camino Bluff Productions, Inc.,
CatTails, LLC, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS)
in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)
with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The State of Arizona is produced by Camino Bluff Productions, Inc.
and CatTails, LLC which are solely responsible for its content.

© 2013 Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. and CatTails, LLC. All rights reserved.

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