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  1. Four ITVS Programs Nominated for Imagen Awards

    June 21, 2013

    Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, Mariachi High, Precious Knowledge, and Tales of Masked Men were the ITVS programs recognized with nominations for the 28th annual Imagen Awards. Administered by the Imagen Foundation, the Imagen Awards aim to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as to encourage and recognize

  2. Top Ranked Mariachi Band Tapped to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    October 4, 2012

    Last week, ITVS filmmaker Ilana Trachtman joined the mariachi band comprised of students featured in the LPB-supported film Mariachi High for a performance at the Naval Observatory Residence for the fourth annual reception in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (running Sept 15 – Oct 15). The documentary, which kicked-off PBS’s Arts Festival last

  3. Anna Deavere Smith on the PBS Arts Summer Festival

    June 29, 2012

    Actor Anna Deaveare Smith discusses her role as host of the PBS Arts Summer Festival with BTB. The interview was conducted last January at the TCA Press Tour in Los Angeles, where the actor was performing her one-woman-show Let Me Down Easy. The PBS Arts Summer Festival expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television, with a multi-part weekly

  4. Mariachi High Premieres on PBS

    June 29, 2012

    The ITVS-funded documentary (airing Friday, June 29. 2012, on PBS) presents a year in the life of top-ranked members of Zapata High School’s championship mariachi ensemble on the Rio Grande in South Texas. At a time when the Latino dropout rate is the highest of any group nationwide, intolerance toward immigrants (and perceived immigrants) is growing,

  5. Newly Funded: ITVS is Pleased to Announce Funding for Mariachi High

    May 17, 2012

    ITVS recently approved funding for the documentary Mariachi High by filmmakers Kim Connell and Ilana Trachtman. In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will captivate your ears and warm your heart. Mariachi High presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on