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Children of Giant receives R&D Grant from LPB

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) has selected Children of GIANT(Galan Inc.) for development funding from their 2011 Public Media Content Fund. LPB has awarded a first phase grant to Hector Galán to produce the feature-length documentary project. Children of Giant explores social issues throughout history, weaving a scenic exploration of the Academy Award winning film, George Stevens’ Giant, and contemporary interviews. The film will include interviews with local people in Marfa, many of whom were involved with the making of Giant, as well as cast members and production crew. Pre-production began in 2011 and will commence again in summer 2012 thanks to this grant by LPB. Children of Giant is directed by Hector Galán.  Executive producers are Carolyn Pfeiffer and Hector Galán  and producers, Karen Bernstein and Evy Galán.

THE BIG SQUEEZE

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The Big Squeeze is a documentary film that follows the newest generation of young accordion players as they compete for Texas Folklife’s annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest held as part of the Accordion Kings and Queens Festival in Houston, Texas.

The Big Squeeze was produced and directed by Hector Galan and is a co-production of Galán Inc and Texas Folklife

A MIGRANT’S MASTERPIECE- THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PATRICK FLORES

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Spanning a period of almost eighty years, this inspirational and compelling film captures the life and legacy of Patrick Flores, the first Mexican American to be appointed Bishop in the history of the Catholic Church. The film chronicles his childhood and early years as a migrant farm worker, high school drop out and cantina musician. Patrick Flores dreamed of becoming a priest, a nearly impossible goal for a Mexican American in those days in Texas. The film is a microcosm of the struggles and triumphs of Mexican Americans. The film captures Patrick’s amazing journey to the top hierarchy of the Catholic Church, becoming one of the most influential Latino leaders in the United States.

PBS Broadcasts: Summer/Fall 2008.

Now available on DVD! Check the catalog link above.

Film Previews

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Check out these film clips – more under the filmography link above.

Accordion Dreams
Chicano
Cinco De Mayo
Cottonfields And Crossroads
Forgotten Americans
I Love My Freedom, I Love My Texas
Los Mineros
New Harvest Old Shame
Songs Of The Homeland
The Color Of Your Skin
The Hunt For Pancho Villa
Vaquero
Visiones

Los Lonely Boys – Cottonfields And Crossroads – National PBS September Broadcast

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Los Lonely Boys Cottonfields and Crossroads  had its PBS television broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 17th 2008. Check out the PBS viewer reviews and the DVD at Shop PBS.

Presented to PBS by Latino Public Broadcasting.

 

 

A MIGRANT’S MASTERPIECE- THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PATRICK FLORES- Now on PBS! Check Local Listings!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

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Spanning a period of almost eighty years, this inspirational and compelling film captures the life and legacy of Patrick Flores, the first Mexican American to be appointed Bishop in the history of the Catholic Church. The film chronicles his childhood and early years as a migrant farm worker, high school drop out and cantina musician. Patrick Flores dreamed of becoming a priest, a nearly impossible goal for a Mexican American in those days in Texas. The film is a microcosm of the struggles and triumphs of Mexican Americans. The film captures Patrick’s amazing journey to the top hierarchy of the Catholic Church, becoming one of the most influential Latino leaders in the United States. The film had its PBS broadcast premiere in April 2008 and will be rebroadcast in November/December 2008. Check your local PBS listing.

VISIONES: BEST DOCUMENTARY IMAGEN AWARD RECIPIENT

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

TOP HONORS GO TO VISIONES AS BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Visiones: Latino Art & Culture, a production of Galán Inc. and the National Association of Latino Art & Culture (NALAC), and presented on PBS by ITVS and Latino Public Broadcasting, (LPB), won the 2005 Imagen Award in the documentary category on June 17, 2005. Documentary producer Hector Galán accepted the award at the Gala ceremony presented by the Imagen Foundation held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Visiones: Latino Art & Culture is the first television series to look at the diverse contributions that U.S. Latinos have made to America’s artistic and cultural landscape. Galán Inc. brought together a talented team of top Latino producers from across the nation to collaborate with Executive Producer and Series Producer Hector Galán on this ground-breaking series.

“… a joy to watch… a story of Latinos expressing their identity, history, and culture through words, sounds, and the visual arts; some are rebelling, while others are celebrating their rich heritage. The appeal of this documentary is definitely not limited to Latinos; it speaks to a general audience.”
– David Pitt, Booklist

From murals on the streets of Chicago and Los Angeles to hip hop dancers in New York City, from the Miami Sound to theater in Texas, the series offers a vibrant cross section of the work of Latino artists today and yesterday…will educate, entertain, and electrify viewers by their sheer creative energy.”
– MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School,
Binghamton, NY, School Library Journal

The Visiones Series presenters are the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). Funders include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the National Endowment for the Arts the Ford Foundation, Houston Endowment, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Visiones is now available as a two disc DVD set. – check out our on-line catalog for more info. Read Visiones Press/Reviews.

The Forgotten Americans

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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“…how sad to be born here, live here all your life, die here and not know what it is like to be an American…”
colonia resident

Filmmaker Hector Galán takes you on a journey to the colonias. We travel into American communities where hope resides despite the fact that the streets have no names and often there is no running water or electricity.

Galán Inc.’s production of The Forgotten Americans, narrated by Henry Cisneros and produced/ directed/edited by Hector Galán, is a moving documentary special funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Forgotten Americans is a co-production of Galán Inc. and Texas State University, with Dr. Jaime Chahin, as executive producer. Forgotten Americans captures a day in the life of America’s poorest people along the Texas border who live in “colonias”. The film had its world premiere on March 17, 2000 at a special screening at the Smithsonian in Washington DC and then was nationally broadcast on PBS in December 2000 . It is now also available for purchase through our online catalog.

For more extensive information about this documentary and colonias, including Hector Galán’s filmmaker’s journal, please visit the PBS website on the Forgotten Americans

New DVD Release: SONGS OF THE HOMELAND, Special Collector’s Edition of the Conjunto/ Tejano Music Documentary Film

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

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NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD WITH AN ADDITIONAL FULL HOUR OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCE FOOTAGE

“Galán profiles this infectious, often heartbreakingly beautiful music with great style and panache in this beautifully shot documentary…”
-Austin Chronicle

“One of the most important documentaries ever produced on the history of Tejano Music… a compelling thought provoking piece not to be missed.”
–San Antonio Express News

“You couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive- or more accessible- introduction to Tejano music than Songs of the Homeland.”
–Texas Monthly

“One of the strengths of Songs of the Homeland is its multigenerational reach and the way it shows how the cultural sea changes were reflected in the music.”
–City Paper, Baltimore

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A special collector’s edition DVD of the Hector Galán music documentary classic, Songs of the Homeland, narrated by the Grammy Award winning Freddy Fender, and featuring such musical greats as Lydia Mendoza, Tony De La Rosa, Valerio Longoria, La Tropa F, and Mingo Saldivar, is now available for purchase on our on-line catalogue. This “must have” collector’s edition DVD of the critically acclaimed Songs of the Homeland has one full hour of exclusive bonus music performance footage featuring a selection of music performances by some of the greatest musical artists of the conjunto, orquesta, and Tejano music genres. Soon to follow will be the DVD release of the award-winning companion music documentary on the button accordion and its journey through conjunto and Tejano music, Accordion Dreams also with bonus tracks. DVD Release Date: Sept. 15, 2005.

MINGO SALDIVAR MUSIC DOCUMENTARY- I LOVE MY FREEDOM, I LOVE MY TEXAS: On the Road with Mingo Saldivar Y Los Cuatro Espadas

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Now available on our Catalog Website

Mingo Saldivar takes center stage in this electrifying music performance documentary that will surely make you want to dance. Produced and Directed by Hector Galán, I Love My Freedom, I Love My Texas captures the passionate spirit of one of conjunto’s most admired and popular accordion masters who is considered a National Treasure. Mingo Saldivar was honored by the National Endowment of the Arts with the highest honor- the National Heritage Fellowship for lifetime achievement in American music traditions. Mingo Saldivar and his band, los Cuatro Espadas (the Four of Spades) take us into their world and behind the scenes as they travel the highways and backroads of Texas in their RV. We go with Mingo all over- from honky tonks to Texas size dance halls.
Mingo Saldivar is known as “The Dancing Cowboy” for his unique stylized dancing moves as he pours his heart and soul into his exciting accordion style while performing. He has taken his accordion-driven conjunto all over the world. His artistic reputation has spread outside of Texas and the Southwest through performances throughout the country and in Europe, including at venues like Carnegie Hall, presidential inaugerations, at universities, and on a special tour of Africa and the Middle East sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency. He has performed extensively in northern Mexico where his fans have developed a dance in his honor, called Mingo Mania. Texas born and Texas bred, Mingo Saldivar, in a career spanning five decades, pays tribute in “I Love My Freedom, I Love My Texas”, to the very land from which conjunto music was born.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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