a DCTV Presents screening co-presented with ITVS Community Cinema
The Graduates/Los Graduados explores the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students from across the United States who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the bilingual, two-part film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America's future. DCTV will be screening the "Girls" segment of the film.
Director and Executive Producer Bernardo Ruiz founded Quiet Pictures in 2007 to produce independent documentary projects at the intersection of journalism and film. He is the director/producer of America Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008) and more recently directed Reportero (POV, 2013), a gripping look at the world of Mexican journalists who cover organized crime and political corruption. Before starting Quiet Pictures, Ruiz worked for a variety of media outlets, including PBS, National Geographic, Planet Green and MTV, among others. He was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn in a household where education was a frequent topic of conversation his mother has been a teacher of high-school Spanish for nearly 40 years. He studied documentary photography with Joel Sternfeld at Sarah Lawrence College. Before embarking on a career in documentary, he taught as an artist-in-residence in New York City public schools via Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (L.E.A.P.)
ABOUT COMMUNITY CINEMA & DCTV PRESENTS:
DCTV was selected by Community Cinema as a Producing Partner for the 2013-2014 season, and looks forward to screening more incredible previews of films from PBS's Independent Lens.
Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens and other PBS presentations. Community Cinema is on location in more than 95 cities nationally, bringing together leading organizations, community members, and public television stations to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.
DCTV Presents is DCTV's signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community. From screening films by emerging artists to hosting master classes led by renowned groundbreakers in the industry, each event offers the public a unique and inclusive opportunity to share, support and embrace truly independent art. All events are open to the public, and serve super cheap drinks, alcoholic & non!
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