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Posted by Patricia Zimmermann at 1:09AM   |  5 comments
John Valadez, director of La Onda Chicana

 

Blog written by Cecelia Lawless, Spanish, Cornell University

John Valadez is back in Ithaca with his latest film La Onda Chicana.

It is with great enthusiasm that the Cornell/Ithaca/FLEFF communities welcome back John Valadez, the award-winning director who has been producing documentaries for the last ten years.

His film The Last Conquistador has become part of the Spanish curriculum at Cornell. He has established a firm fan base through his appearances at FLEFF, Cornell and Ithaca College.

Now, on Wednesday September 30th, John will present his latest film La Onda Chicana at Uris Hall 7:00 pm on the Cornell campus.

After viewing the 52 minute film, the audience can experience John's charismatic presence during a question and answer session. Articulate and knowledgeable, Valadez is a thoroughly engaging speaker. John's many accomplishments speak for themselves: he has been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow twice, is a Rockefeller Fellow, and serves on the Artists Advisory Board of the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is also a founding member of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers(NALIP). He attended the film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

La Onda Chicana is an insightful film that traces the evolution of Mexican-American music as Chicano artists struggle to move from the fringes of American society to the national stage. The film explores the musical innovations-- such as Chicano Rock, Tejano, conjunto, country, and  norteño --that would galvanize the Chicano movement to the top of the charts with Ritchie Valens, Freddy Fender, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, and Selena.  La Onda Chicana will be featured in the upcoming PBS series "Latin Music USA."

Join us to welcome back John Valdez---and to experience his film La Onda Chicana.

 

 

 


5 Comments

What a great opportunity for the community to have such an influential filmmaker come and speak about his work. Though, I haven't seen "The Last Conquistador" I have seen some of his work on P.O.V. and Independent Lens. I admire his work in the documentary field and I hope that Ithaca College students take advantage of such extraordinary opportunities to see speakers like John Valadez and others like him that come to our community.

I agree on Ethan's comment. Not a lot of people get the opportunity to ask questions to an established director. I have seen "The Last Conquistador" and I have admired his work for a while. He may not be apart of the "hotshot" directors we know about in hollywood, but he has made his own name in film. I expect to see more of his work, and hopefully, some of his work influencing student work as well. I know that I have been influenced by his work and I hope others are too.

I agree with both Ethan's and Justin's comments. I have also seen "The Last Conquistador" and I fell in love with it. This was a great opportunity for many young student filmmakers to meet with a highly recognized director and gain valuable insight and feedback.

Along the lines of the comments already made, I'd just like to add that it's really great that this area of upstate NY has events such as these. There are some very barren areas, and the idea that upstate NY can have its own creative nook for showcasing not only locally known but internationally renowned artists is amazing.

I agree with everything that has been said thus far. I have seen "The Last Conquistador" and I felt it was amazingly filmed. The cinematography was very well put together. This is a wonderful opportunity for young filmmakers.



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