September 17, 2004

Local Filmmaker Paul Espinosa to Screen Episode of New Latino Arts and Culture Series at MOPA

Local filmmaker Paul Espinosa will screen an episode of the new Latino PBS documentary series Visiones: Latino Art and Culture at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 pm. This episode features San Diego artists The Taco Shop Poets.

Espinosa, an Emmy-award winning producer whose documentary credits include The U.S. Mexican War: 1846-1848, The Lemon Grove Incident, The Hunt for Pancho Villa and the feature film… and the earth did not swallow him, directed a segment of Visiones exploring the work of local poetry group The Taco Shop Poets.

“I’m thrilled to be presenting a sneak preview of Visiones featuring San Diego’s very own Taco Shop Poets,” says Espinosa. “This was a wonderful opportunity to work with talented San Diego artists and place them on the national stage of the Latino arts scene.”

Visiones is a bold and exciting television series about Latino art and culture in the United States that incorporates unique storytelling, innovative filmmaking, and fresh perspectives to weave an interesting account of the past and its relationship to the present and the future. The six-part series takes a look at the Latino theater tradition and its evolution, music, dance, visual and performance art and explores the relationship of Latino art to social change. Well-paced and emotionally potent, Visiones provides an invigorating context to Latino art and culture that is sorely needed in this changing face of American life.

Espinosa, who has worked in San Diego for more than twenty-five years, has produced numerous landmark documentaries relating to the experience and the history of Latinos in the US/Mexico border region. He worked as a producer at KPBS for many years, directing the Office of Latino Affairs, before starting his own company, Espinosa Productions in 1997. He will be leaving San Diego for a filmmaking position at Arizona State University.

“In the process of giving us so much, he constantly reaffirmed the importance of our personal histories and the value of our common heritage,” says artist David Avalos, who is featured in the Visiones series. “Our tribute to him on September 23rd is merely a recognition of a service that can never be repaid. San Diego and the border region will miss him dearly.”

The screening will take place at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 6 pm. The event will also feature appearances by members of the Taco Shop Poets (Adolfo Guzman Lopez, Miguel Angel Soria, Adrian Arancibia), artist David Avalos and playwright Evelyn Diaz Cruz. The Visiones: Latino Art and Culture series airs locally on KPBS beginning October 31. The screening is being sponsored by Voz Alta, the Taco Shop Poets, the Museum of Photographic Arts, Espinosa Productions and Chicano Perk.

Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Admission is free.

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