Weaving with Spanish Threads: an Immigrant's Tale (revised 2020)

"[A] 'must-see' for any serious student of immigration, plantation life, and the nature of historical storytelling."
Prof. John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

This one hour documentary tells the story of how thousands of people immigrated from Spain to Hawaii and then California. Its star, 98-year old Francisco PĂ©rez, is full of stories and watching the video is, as one person put it, "like hearing my grandfather speak again." (Cathy Continente, daughter of Spanish immigrants)

With shots of Spain, Hawaii and California; with a story supplemented by photos and other people from the Spanish immigrant community; hearing about dealing with the language barrier and the customs of the New World ... this is a story for the 98% of us who are descended from people who braved the odds to make a new life in a new country.

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The Artist in Society: Talking with Hershell West (revised 2020)

...compelling documentary...[about] a heroic community figure....T. Keogh for Video Librarian

...[provides] an enriched sense of why public art matters. Paul N. Straghalis (Adult Library Asst., Albany Public Library, Albany, CA, USA)

This 50-minute documentary looks at San Francisco Bay Area artist/muralist Hershell West to discover his art and the ways in which artists contribute to society. Adding special interest is the fact that West, a black man, was born and raised in the segregated rural South.

West has worked primarily in Florida and California as a muralist, painter, arts promoter and art teacher, painting commissioned work and teaching at-risk youth. In addition, in California he has worked as chief assistant to well-known muralist John Wehrle. West has also served on several arts commissions, chaired the board of directors of organizations such as the Richmond Art Center and ProArts of Oakland, and helped found an annual exhibit called TAOLB (The Art of Living Black - now called The Art of the African Diaspora).

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MUSIC ALBUM - Cajón Is King: Introduction to Afro-Peruvian Music

"...a treasure chest of songs....performed by the great torch-bearers of the musical culture...." (Raúl de Gama for World Music Report)

The music album Cajón Is King compliments my two documentaries about Afro-Peruvians. With 12 tracks, there is a full one hour of music - but this is not your standard music album.

It contains songs by famous percussionists & singer-songwriters Lalo Izquierdo and Huevito, songs performed by the group "de Rompe y Raja," a track by singer-songwriter Jorge Luis Jasso, a track with guitarist Coco Linares accompanying percussion made by Lalo Izquierdo's and Huevito's feet as they dance Afro-Peruvian zapateo, and a solo cajón number where Lalo Izquierdo plays rhythms from North & South America.

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MUSIC ALBUM - Para ti mi cante...que es mi libertad

This double album " the exact peak of maturity, and artistic and professional mastery...." (David Montes for Flamencomania)

Sure to please any flamenco enthusiast, Para ti mi cante features singer (cantaor) Antonio de la Malena, twice selected as best singer in the prestigious annual Festival de Flamenco de Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The double album contains a full two hours of singing and 12 distinct flamenco forms, from seguiriyas to soleá, from bulerías to bambera, and a great deal in between.

Malena is joined by his brother Manuel de Malena for one of the 16 tracks, and by many other artists for the final "fin de fiesta" track. Guitarists accompanists are Malena Hijo, Santiago Moreno, Manuel Parrilla, and Domingo Rubichi.

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MUGS - diversity cups

Our special, one-of-a-kind, Palomino Productions' Diversity cup! Bright, colorful, with scenes from our films, this cup shows that you value and enjoy ethnic and cultural diversity, and that you also love movies. Who doesn't?