MARCO VILLALOBOS

Over the last decade Villalobos has illuminated and connected the contemporary experiences of Afro-Latinos in the Americas. His short films, “Rompiendo El Silencio” and “The Mas Chulo Shorts” (2006) have screened in conjunction with his community-centered, multi-media workshops throughout Latin America. His written work, often centering on lifestyle, arts and culture has been anthologized in major publications and appeared in international periodicals such as Anthem, Code, Complex, Dazed & Confused, Trace, and the Fader. He is presently living and working in Oakland, overseeing the production of Beyond La Bamba, a documentary that examines the contemporary lives of son jarocho musicians from southern Veracruz, Mexico. Villalobos is a William J. Fulbright scholar (Mexico 2009-2010), a UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate (France 2003-2004). A NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee (2010), and a Latino Public Broadcasting grantee (2011) whose own publications include African By Legacy, Mexican By Birth (Unilan 2007) and Barrio Gold (Unilan 2003).

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DAFFODIL ALTAN

Daffodil Altan is an award winning journalist and filmmaker whose work focuses on immigration, Latino and youth culture and LGBT issues. She was an associate producer and sound recordist for “Samurai Surfers,” (2005) which was shot in Puerto Rico and aired on FRONTLINE/World’s Rough Cut series; director/co-producer for Mookey’s Story (2007), a short film which earned the Best Short Film award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and was a finalist for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award for Outstanding Digital Journalism; and an associate producer and co-writer for Una Hora Por Favora (2011), a 2012 Sundance short film selection. She has received awards for her journalism from the Los Angeles Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists and is a 2011 Latino Public Broadcasting grantee. She has written for Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Latina Magazine, Alternet, In These Times and the OC Weekly (where she was a staff writer), among others. She is currently a writer and multimedia producer for mun2.tv, where she most recently produced the short documentaries "Transgender Divas" and "Black and Latino," winner of a 2012 Imagen Award.

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