In southern Arizona, Glenn Weyant ‘plays’ the border fence with a mallet or cello bow to create haunting compositions, using the wall as an instrument of dialogue.
This is just too cool…
Founder/Producer/Director: Cuéntame & Metáfora Política
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I am thrilled and excited to have accepted the role of Executive Director at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers - effective in February. I join an incredible and passionate community focused and dedicated on advancing and creating important, meaningful and creative work, particularly at a crucial and important time for Latin@s everywhere.
Another challenging year has gone by. Yet again, the promises of change fell short. We started 2013 with a Latino community highly empowered - reeling off historic breakthroughs socially and politically. Out of nowhere dozens if not hundreds of outlets branded Latino sprung out suddenly - so as to cater to the demand of a community ready to take charge. The table was set, the seats rapidly being taken. On all sides, through all the aisles and in a variety of formats. It was a monumental shift, an emotional one and a visible one. Yet, something remained amiss. A separate but equal segmentation began to take place. As if the Latino spring was best contained on its own space and within its own realm.
Why do we keep making the same mistake over and over? Putting brands ahead of issues will not help either. Just recently, I’ve had unsavory - if always enlightening - conversations with a variety of people in different situations about placing logos, names and images ahead of content and issues. It always starts innocently and pure enough: A great concept, a creative approach, a fantastic cause, a diligent and appealing execution - the final shiny product ready to be delivered.
Then it happens, a switch happens, darkness ensues - that visceral instinct to claim credit, push a name, position a label transforms a blank canvass of honest intentions into a Pollock mess of real colors. The cause and the issue are dropped to the side only to give way to an alleged grander scheme that (and this is a very common line) in the end will achieve greater results. Well I’ve seen the end result multiple times - and very rarely is it pretty.
Aren’t we all just spying on each other? Isn’t our privacy nothing more than a fledgling idea of the past - of an era when we actually thought that good walls and good neighbors were a tangible thing? The latest video to get millions of views is probably nothing more than a little snippet capturing an inconsequential moment of somebody’s life - whether they volunteered for it or not.
We’ve become a spectacle to each other, a source of entertainment that keeps us busy every day. In some way this has always been the case - but now there are multiple outlets and mediums that maximize these circumstances. We thrive on it and build enterprises solely dedicated on attaching catchy subject lines and quirky thumbnails - designed for the whole purpose of attracting millions of visitors to watch somebody else’s affairs through their lenses.
I once was asked: “Why do we always speak to Latinos as if Latinos were one homogenous entity?” To which I responded: “You are right, we are not one homogenous entity, but you are wrong we - (whoever we is) do not speak TO Latinos but we can speak FOR them.”
Yes, we come in many different forms, shapes and sizes. Our diversity is as rich as what binds us together. Our struggles are not one but many, and as such we don’t fight just one battle - we fight many. We win some, we lose some (and boy do we lose some.) Yet, what makes us stronger is not measured by our successes - but on our ability to learn, share and do our best to keep on fighting; never forgetting an individual mission and always remembering a collective vision.
There is not one voice for the Latino community. There are many. And they are all rich, powerful , enlightening, satisfying, exciting and important. It is still not enough, we should be striving for more. In all spaces, across all mediums. We should feel proud that more and more Latinos (homogenous or not) are occupying important platforms - some making it to the so -called “mainstream” - some organizing and leading their communities. There will be difference of opinions, backgrounds, strategies, approaches and inclinations. This difference doesn’t weaken our communities and the individual members that conform each of them but certainly does solidify our collective power.
Great video montage of Kubrick framing and composition -
From Dave Geffin: “Stanley Kubrick cinematic style was built on this earlier experience as a photographer. His framing and composition is what gives so many of his films that unmistakable Kubrick-esque sense of tension, unease and psychological imbalance. Check out the video below to see what I mean.”
This is poverty. It’s a reality - we don’t want to see or hear it - we are content with our dollar whoppers - and .50 cent jumbo size upgrade. In the meantime it lines with billions the pockets of a few. Afraid to pay more? Afraid your pseudo food called whopper will cost a bit more next time? This is poverty - get used to it.
I have an idea, how about we just stop profiting from immigrants AND/OR students altogether? This should be more of an Obama scandal today…Have you been ripped off by loans or lack of access in community colleges or 4 year institutions? Hit me up - for documentary series https://www.facebook.com/axelcaba