June 3, 2019

On May 22, about 265 people - family members, passersby, very old friends & brand new friends - gathered at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center to watch the first film in the Belonging in the USA series, a story of the effervescent stor...

December 3, 2018

I first learned about Alicia Partnoy and Antonio Leiva almost 10 years ago. I was at a dinner at a friend of a friend's apartment around the holidays, and I was telling them about the documentary I was working on about the military dictatorship during the late 70's/ear...

November 19, 2018

At some point in most interviews, I am in the position of asking people to open up and talk about some kind of trauma.  I am not a trauma therapist or any other kind of therapist. Luckily, I have a dear friend who is, and a good therapist of my own to boot. I also have...

November 12, 2018

Why Michael, Alicia, and Antonio?

It’s so hard sometimes to get the ideas out of my head and onto the page as to why I am doing this series.  It’s easy to talk about it to a receptive ear, and my passion has only grown stronger after a year and a half of working on it....

September 28, 2018

Last night we had an incredible screening of "Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty" thanks to Gemma and two other volunteers from the Echo Park Film Center. 

Traffic was brutal, so I have to say I was really nervous that we'd have a super low turnout....

February 7, 2018

There is so much power in passing down stories as a way to connect generations.  Barbara's great grandmother picked her to be the one to pass down the story of how she was freed from slavery as a child.    This story will make you cry but remember that tears are the mo...

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