50+ Years of International Film Making
Nina Serrano’s film making started with experimental 8 mm movie making in San Francisco the late 1960s. In 1968 she worked as researcher, sound technician and production assistant for the documentary film Fidel.
In 1970 worked as co director in Chile on the film What is to be Done/Que Hacer? filmed during the Allende election campaign. She received the Venice Film Festival prize for directing for this work along with Saul Landau and Raul Ruiz.
In 1976, she produced La Cantata de Santa Maria de Iquique with Humberto Martinez for Community Arts Workshop Open Studio and KQED. The Cantata de Santa Maria de Iquique is a narrative vocal composition with instrumental accompaniment recorded by the Chilean group Quilapayun on Paredon Records, USA. It describes a famous historic Chilean Labor struggle.
In 1979 she wrote and produced After the Earthquake/Despues del terremoto with Lourdes Portillo, a dramatic film set in the San Francisco barrio. The work received the Krakow International Short Film Festival prize and was aired on US television widely.
Next in 1983 was Back from Nicaragua made with her daughter Valerie Landau, and Julio Moline with KTEH TV which was aired on public TV nationally.
She is currently working on a video project with Andres Alegria and others about their radio work in the 1970s with Communicacion Aztlan, the first Latino radio collective.
About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.
About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
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