Latino Film Festival: Ballad of an Unsung Hero (1984, USA)
Thursday @ 7:00pm
BALLAD OF AN UNSUNG HERO (1984, USA)
In English (with some Spanish with English Subtitles)
Director: Isaac Artenstein
Writer: Paul Espinosa
Producer: Paul Espinosa
Distribution: Espinosa Productions
Synopsis: Using rare historical footage, vintage musical recordings, and interviews with 88-year-old Pedro J. Gonzalez and his wife, this half-hour program chronicles Gonzalez's long and colorful life, from his early days with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, to his career as a popular radio personality in Los Angeles in the 1930s, to the controversial court case that sent him to San Prison, a victim of the repressive forces operating against the Chicano/Mexicano community during that period. (28 minutes; in English with some Spanish with English subtitles)
Paul Espinosa, writer/producer
About: Paul Espinosa is an award-winning filmmaker and professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. He has been involved with producing films for over 30 years, specializing in documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region. Espinosa has produced, directed and written numerous films for PBS including California and the American Dream, The Border, The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848, ... and the earth did not swallow him, The Hunt for Pancho Villa, and The Lemon Grove Incident. He received his B.A. degree from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in Anthropology. Espinosa's films have been screened at festivals around the world and have won many awards including eight Emmys.
Espinosa has been honored with retrospective Paul Espinosa Film Festivals in Phoenix, Albuquerque, El Paso and San Diego and induction into the National Association of Hispanic Journalist’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, Espinosa received the Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Award in Fine or Performing Arts from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. He has received funding from many agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, ITVS, the American Experience, and The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.