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Weaving with Spanish Threads: an Immigrant's Tale

"[A] 'must-see' for any serious student of immigration, plantation life, and the nature of historical storytelling."
Prof. John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Have a family member who's an immigrant? This one hour documentary tells the story of how thousands of people immigrated from Spain to Hawaii and then California. Its star, 98-year old Francisco PĂ©rez, is full of stories and watching the video is, as one person put it, "like hearing my grandfather speak again." (Cathy Continente, daughter of Spanish immigrants)

With shots of Spain, Hawaii and California; with a story supplemented by photos and other people from the Spanish immigrant community; hearing about dealing with the language barrier and the customs of the New World ... this is a story for the 98% of us who are descended from people who braved the odds to make a new life in a new country.

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The Artist in Society: Talking with Hershell West

This 50-minute documentary looks at San Francisco Bay Area artist/muralist Hershell West to discover his art and the ways in which artists contribute to society. Adding special interest is the fact that West, a black man, was born and raised in the segregated rural South, giving him special challenges.

Defying the expectations of family and society, West obtained an MFA in fine arts at the University of South Florida after a stint in the military, which earned him GI Bill support and the ability to pursue higher education. In Florida, in addition to painting canvases and murals, he also worked on outreach in the arts for his university. Later, he moved to California where he soon found himself painting, teaching art, and working as chief assistant to well-known muralist John Wehrle.

West has been commissioned to create his own murals while also continuing to collaborate with others. He has taught art to at-risk youth, served on several arts commissions, chaired the board of directors of organizations such as the Richmond Art Center and ProArts of Oakland, and helped found an annual exhibit called TAOLB (The Art of Living Black). Now in semi-retirement due to health reasons, he has a long and meaningful career to look back upon.

AVAILABLE JUNE 15 2019 AS DOWNLOAD, RENT/STREAM, AND ON DVD; delay due to festival requirements

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MUSIC ALBUM - Cajón Is King: Introduction to Afro-Peruvian Music

"...a treasure chest of songs....performed by the great torch-bearers of the musical culture...." (Raúl de Gama for World Music Report)

The music album Cajón Is King compliments my two documentaries about Afro-Peruvians. With 12 tracks, there is a full one hour of music - but this is not your standard music album.

Songs by famous percussionists & singer-songwriters Lalo Izquierdo and Huevito, songs performed by the group "de Rompe y Raja," a track by singer-songwriter Jorge Luis Jasso, a track with guitarist Coco Linares accompanying percussion made by Lalo Izquierdo's and Huevito's feet as they dance Afro-Peruvian zapateo, and a solo cajón number where Lalo Izquierdo plays rhythms from North & South America.



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MUGS - diversity cups

Our special, one-of-a-kind, Palomino Productions' Diversity cup! Bright, colorful, with scenes from our films, this cup shows that you value and enjoy ethnic and cultural diversity, and that you also love movies. Who doesn't?

Dishwasher-safe.