SPEAKERS & FILMMAKERS • 2005
ORTIZ is Assistant
Professor in the Department of Community Studies at UC Santa Cruz
where he teaches courses on comparative social movements, the African
Diaspora, and the history of democracy. He is a member of the UCSC
Faculty Association and the American Federation of Teachers. His
work in the labor movement began when he walked the picket line
with the Greyhound bus drivers in their 1990 strike. He served as
a volunteer boycott organizer with the United Farm Workers of Washington
State during their boycott of Chateau Ste. Michelle Wines which
led to the first-ever union contract for Washington farm workers
in 1995. Paul is co-author of Remembering Jim Crow: African
Americans Tell About Life in the Jim Crow South.
LANDAU, an internationally-known
scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker, is the Director of
Digital Media Programs at California State Polytechnic University,
Pomona. He is known for his work on foreign and domestic policy
issues, Native American and South American cultures, and science
and technology. Landau's most widely praised achievements are the
over forty films he has produced on social, political, historical,
and human rights issues, for which he has won numerous awards including
the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. He received an Edgar Allen
Poe Award for Assassination on Embassy Row, a report on
the 1976 murders of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his
colleague, Ronni Moffitt.
REDMON has a Ph.D. in sociology and cultural studies.
His area of specialization is visual studies. His next documentary
film explores the concept of intimacy from the perspective of a
young woman who makes bras for Victoria's Secret in Reynosa, Mexico.
BOJIC, film critic and
Stanford lecturer in the Humanities, founded the first-ever international
documentary film festival in 1998 at Stanford University in conjunction
with the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. The United Nations
Association Film Festival offers a unique opportunity to view
films that are rarely screened for public audiences since they are
too political for commercial theatrical release. These films allow
viewers to become familiar with global problems and gain a better
understanding of the means to address these problems. Encouraged
by overwhelming positive response from the audience and the media,
UNAFF created a travelling film
festival in 1999, which replicates the original festival in many
of the 175 UNA chapters around the country. Bojic is Festival Director
of UNAFF and the UNAFF
Traveling Film Festival.
HARVEY, a retired United Methodist minister, was
the executive director of the International Labor Rights Fund and
a founding board member of the Global March Against Child Labor,
which has involved trade unions and civic organizations in over
a hundred countries in a global effort since 1998 to secure enactment
and enforcement of international law to eliminate child labor abuse.
In 1998, the ILRF initiated a film project to portray the global
problem of abusive child labor and the heroic efforts being made
to liberate the 246 million children suffering from this abuse.
The resulting feature-length film, Stolen Childhoods was
completed in 2004 after filming in seven countries and interviewing
hundreds of working children, officials and activists. Pharis continues
to work with Galen Films and Romano Productions as the Senior Program
Consultant for the film.
GONZALEZ is completing her Community Studies and
Film majors at UC Santa Cruz. In school, she was active in student
government and helped run a campaign to improve access to the university
by underrepresented students. Working with campus labor unions,
she helped coordinate a campaign to dump the university's out-sourced
dining services provider, Sodexho Inc., which successfully converted
the cafeteria workers into unionized university employees.
MONTES, a double
major in Film and Community Studies, is a fourth year student at
UC Santa Cruz. With an interest in cultural and political organizing,
Leilani has lead several projects such as an Anti-CAFTA forum, Guatemala
Youth Resistance Tour, co-directed CineMaiz Film Festival in coalition
with M.E.Ch.A and Centro Americano Unidos. She recently completed
her 6-month field study in New York, where she interned for Michael
Moore's documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11. Leilani plans to
continue to work for social justice behind the independent lens.
a senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is majoring
in Community Studies with an emphasis in Social Documentation. Victoria
began her interest in advocating for localized and investigative
media after working as Station Manager for Student Cable Television
at UCSC, one of few student-run cable television stations in the
nation. Victoria's documentary work has ranged from highlighting
the importance of youth and art to a piece on the developing Multiracial
Movement. Victoria plans to continue exploring the possibilities
for social change through documentaries and films.
THEATER productions are designed to increase awareness
of the cultural climate at UCSC and in the City of Santa Cruz. The
group's artistic purpose is to create unity, increase visibility
and understanding of various ethnic groups, and encourage the celebration
of American ethnic diversity and culture.
PEEK is a documentary filmmaker in the San Francisco
Bay area. He has produced and edited several programs, including
World Border, a documentary on US/Mexico border militarization,
Secrets: The Hidden Costs of the FTAA, Eyes
on the Fries: Young Workers in the Service Economy and
The Art Shibayama Story, a documentary on the internment
of Japanese Latin Americans in U.S. Department of Justice Camps
during WWII. With 9 years of experience in the Bay area, Peek has
worked closely with organizations, such as the Chinese Progressive
Association, the UC Berkeley Labor Center, the National Network
for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Japanese Latin American
Campaign for Justice. In addition to production, Peek also founded
a local company that distributes films and videos which offer a
progressive perspective, promote human rights and are created to
advance social justice, multiracial equality and cross cultural
BUHLE is a preeminent
scholar of labor history. His activism in social movements beginning
with civil rights in his hometown of Champaign, Illinois, in 1960
has guided his research activity, which includes editing and publishing
journals on the history of radical movements and the progressive
potential of popular culture. At present he writes columns for TIKKUN
and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, and contributes
to a wide variety of other publications including The Nation,
New Labor Forum, and The Oral History Review.
GREEN is retired as a professor of English and folklore
at the University of Texas. The acknowledged dean of laborlore,
Green listens to American workers and relates their yarns, tales,
and stories to readers with care, skill, and sympathy. His books
include Wobblies, Pile Butts, and Other Heroes and
Calf's Head and Union Tale: Labor Yarns at Work and Play.
FISCHEL is a documentary
filmmaker and a member of the faculty at the Evergreen State College
in Olympia, Washington. She teaches filmmaking and media studies.
Her films include: Misa Colombiana, about organizing in
a shantytown in Medellin, Colombia; I Don't Have to Hide,
a portrait of women struggling with eating disorders; and Thanksgiving
Day, an autobiographical film about her extended family.
FRANK is Professor
of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is the author of Three
Strikes with Howard Zinn and Robin D. G. Kelley, Buy American:
The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism, and Purchasing Power.
She is a member of AFT Local 2199, the National Writers Union, and
the UCSC Faculty Association, and has long been active in labor
SAINZ is a journalist
by training, and her work over the last few years has focused on
the recovered factory movement and other responses to the financial
crisis of 2001. She was a lead field analyst for The Take with
Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein. She has visited dozens of recovered,
cooperative factories, interviewed countless workers, and fought
for the success of the workers in efforts ranging from analyzing
business plans to making Molotov cocktails. She is currently a member
of The Working World which seeks to sustain the cooperative movement
in Argentina. Ceclia is very familiar both with the world abroad
and the very local struggles in Buenos Aires, and her keen perceptions
provide fascinating insight into the life and struggle of workers
"LALO" PARET grew up in one of most infamous
slums outside of Buenos Aires. Following the example of his mother,
Lalo soon became a local leader, helping not only to fight for the
rights of his community but also to organize its members into practical
economic groups. After the financial crisis of 2001, Lalo became
a key member of the Movement of Recovered Factories and was the
organizer of countless factory take-overs and their subsequent transformation
into successful businesses. Lalo quickly became a trusted source
for The Take, and he can be seen on film organizing the
Forja factory with the words "Occupy, resist, and produce."
He is currently a member of The Working World which seeks to sustain
the cooperative movement in Argentina.
TORII is an artist and
a videographer who edits and directs labor TV productions. She is
presently working on the documentary "Rebuilding San Francsico"
the story of the workers who rebuilt San Francisco after the 1906
ZELTZER has been producing
labor videos since 1983 including a long running labor TV show called
"Labor On the Job". He is a founder of LaborNet
and Labortech. He also
helps curate the International Working Class Film and Video Festival
which is held during July in San Francsico LaborFest.
He was also in Argentina last year and helped support the first
Latin American Working Class Film and Video Festival.
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