RESUME & AWARDS
Filmmaker, Playwright, Writer
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Partial List of CreditsCOUNTDOWN: Reflections on a Life in Dance (56:40 minutes)
Producer/editor; Forty years ago internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer, Rudy Perez, was hailed as a pioneer of postmodern dance. Today he defies definition as he continues to create provocative new work. March, 2005.

Willa Beatrice Brown, an American Aviator (26:40 minutes)
Writer/Producer/Director of a half-hour documentary about the life of pioneer black aviator Willa Brown. Her contributions led the creation of the Tuskeegee Airman, and the integration of the U.S. Military. January, 1999.

. . .and the earth did not swallow him (99:00 minutes)
Writer/Director, and Co-producer of the feature film adaptation of the Tomas Rivera novel, ...y no se lo trago a tierra. Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Playhouse, & CPB. Broadcast 1996. Set in 1952, the story revolves around Marcos, a twelve-year-old boy. His recollection of the events of the previous year becomes a powerful, often funny, sometimes tragic journey of self-discovery.
  GOLD MEDAL 12th Annual Television Movie Awards, 1997
  JURY AWARD Vina del Mar (Chile) International Film Festival, 1996
  SOL AWARD CineSol Latino Film Festival, 1995
  BEST FEATURE Minneapolis Rivertown Film Festival, 1995
  PREMIO MESQUITE Best Feature Film, San Antonio Cinefestival, 1995
  JURY AWARD BEST DIRECTOR Cairo (Egypt) International Film Festival, 1994
  "BEST OF THE FEST" Audience Award, Santa Barbara Film Festival, 1994
  BEST FEATURE San Diego Independent Film Festival, 1994

Elders (37:00 minutes)
Writer/Producer/Director of a 37 minute film for CONNECTIONS Project, California Department of Education. four retired African-American men, a postal clerk, a longshoreman, a meat packer, and a barber recall their lives, their successes, and struggles. Their fascinating stories are time capsules of twentieth century North America, 1994.

Between Friends (28:00 minutes)
Writer/Director; drama about AIDS for young teens. Produced for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, 1990. Program has screened across the country on PBS and commercial stations. The video is available from the Pacific Mountain Network. Gold Apple, National Educational Film Festival; 5 additional awards.

Dreams of Flying (28:00 minutes)
Writer/Producer/Director; drama; sponsored by California Department of Education; 1989; has aired across the country on PBS; and is available from the Pacific Mountain Network. Best Short Fiction Award, San Antonio Cinefestival; 5 awards.

There Goes the Neighborhood (56:00 minutes)
Writer/Director; documentary profiling foreign born immigrants to Southern California; their impact on the cultural, political, and economic atmosphere. KCOP-13, Los Angeles; 1987.

Seguin (88:00 minutes)
Line Producer; dramatic recreation of the events prior to, and following the Battle of the Alamo, film aired as part of the PBS American Playhouse series, 1982; filmed on location in Texas, KCET- TV, Los Angeles; 1981.

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (28:00 minutes)
Producer; live-action and animated film, aired nationally by HBO, 6 awards; Learning Garden, Inc., Los Angeles; 1980.

Astronauts and Jelly Beans (12:00 minutes)
Producer; animated film about the history of writing; narrated by Brock Peters; Learning Garden, Inc.; 11 awards; 1979.

Sickle Cell Fundamentals: The Molecular Biology of Hemoglobins (28:00 minutes)
Producer; NIH; Learning Garden, Inc.; 9 awards; 1979.

CBS Saturday Morning Television“Bumpers”
1978-1981, created and produced 5 second animated “bumpers” separating the program for commercials.


PLAYWRIGHT

Speak Only of Cats
Playwright-in-Residence at the Mark Taper Forum, 1997-98, The Mark Taper Forum's Latino Lab/New Theater Initiative commissioned a new play. Speak Only of Cats was the opening play for the Mark Taper Forum's New Work Festival in December, 1998.

Soldierboy (written with Judith Anne Perez) was developed while a Playwright-in-Residence with Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino. In November-December of 1982 Luis Valdez directed the premiere production of "Soldierboy." The play continues to receive stagings at regional theaters and universities across the country.


OTHER ACTIVITIES

(1984-87) Recipient of Artist in Communities grant from the California Arts Council.


PUBLISHED ARTICLES & FICTION (partial list)

Soldierboy was published in the anthology The Necessary Theater: Six Plays About The Chicano Experience; 1986, Arte Publico Press; University of Houston.

Texas Observer Nov. 25, 1995; review of Americo Paredes' collection of short stories, Hammon and the Beans.

The Americas Review Vol.17, No.1, 1989; short story; "Lazy Eye." San Antonio Light; 1989; essay; "Texas Myth-story and the Battle of the Alamo."

Los Angeles Weekly 1987; article; "Visions and revisions of the Virgin of Guadalupe."

Los Angeles Weekly 1987; article; "Dr. Mengele and NASA."


EDUCATION

B.A., University of Texas, Austin
Majors: American Literature and Contemporary History.

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