Filmmaker Bios

John J. ValadezJohn Valadez (Executive Producer/Writer/Producer/Director) has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past 14 years. His credits include the critically acclaimed Passin' It On, which aired on POV in 1994.  He also was a producer for three PBS series: Making Peace, Matters of Race, and Visiones: Latino Arts & Culture.  He was a producer of "Beyond Brown" for PBS, and he produced "High Stakes Testing" for CNN Presents. Valadez is currently working on two PBS projects: writing and directing the third hour of the four-hour series Latin Music USA and producing "The Head of Joaquin Murrieta."

Valadez is a founding member of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). He is a Rockefeller Fellow and a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He has twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and is a graduate of the film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Valadez lives in Warwick, New York.

Cristina Ibarra This is Cristina Ibarra's (Director/Producer) first feature documentary. For the past eight years, she has been making short films that have been seen on public television and in galleries, schools, film festivals and museums — including the Guggenheim Museum, Exit Art Gallery and the Queens Museum — across the United States. Her award-winning directorial debut, "Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela," aired on the PBS series ColorVision. She has also produced interstitials for Latino Public Broadcasting, the New York International Latino Film Festival and Fulana, a Latina multimedia collaborative. Among her credits are Grandma's Hip Hop, Amnezac and Wheels of Change. Ibarra is a Rockefeller Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and a CPB/PBS Producers Academy Fellow. She is a founding member of NALIP, Fulana and SubCine, the first Latino self-distribution collective. Ibarra, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, is currently developing two projects: a documentary entitled Another Martha and a feature film, Love & Monster Trucks.