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Made in LASpread the Word lists Made in L.A. as one of "Ten Documentaries On Champions of Social Justice"

We're thrilled that has listed Made in L.A. as one of "Ten Documentaries On Champions of Social Justice"

The other nine films are extraordinary: Stanley Nelson's Freedom Riders, Jay Rosenstein's The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today, Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz's The Interrupters, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's The Most Dangerous Man in America, Shola Lynch's Chisholm '72 Unbought and Unbossed, Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer's Brother Outsider, George Stoney, Judith Helfand and Susanne Rostock's The Uprising of '34, Robert Epstein's The Times of Harvey Milk, and Barbara Kopple's Harlan County, USA.

We encourage you to watch the trailers at and to use the films as part of the fight for social justice. 

MASS MoCA's "The Workers" to feature Made in L.A.

We're thrilled to announce that Made in L.A. will be featured in MASS MoCA's upcoming exhibition "The Workers". The exhibition, which runs from May 29, 2011-April 14 2012, explores what work "is like today in a global economy marked by outsourcing, rapid migration, disruptive economies, and a state of labor that seems fractured, precarious, and almost invisible..." The exhibition includes video, sculpture, photography, and performance art and we're pleased to be in the company of fellow filmmakers Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre whose wonderful film Maquilapolis will also be screened.

Made in L.A. screened at MASS MoCA once before, as part of Working Films' "Content + Intent" Documentary Institute. We're thrilled to be back, and we agree with the curators that hosting this exhibit at MASS MoCA could not be more fitting: "Once the site of a bustling factory itself -- whose closure in the face of intense international competition left nearly a third of its community out of work -- MASS MoCA is perhaps uniquely positioned to present this timely show. The history of North Adams' workers mirrors that of many in the United States and abroad today who have lost a way of life to the perennial hunt for cheaper labor, even while the low-wage workers who replaced them have just begun to organize for more rights and better working conditions..."

Visit MASS MoCA's website for all the details. Special thanks to the co-curators of the exhibition, artist Carla Herrera-Prats and MASS MoCA curator Susan Cross!

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: 100 Years Later

Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and mourn its 146 victims, who perished when they couldn't escape a fire in their factory because exit doors were locked. The tragic event in Lower Manhattan focused the nation's attention on the conditions faced by immigrant garment workers and galvanized efforts for reform. Tragically, dangerous sweatshop conditions continue to exist today, both in the United States (as seen in Made in L.A.) and overseas, and immigrant workers remain particularly vulnerable.

We invite you to explore a number of sites that commemorate the fire and explore its impact on the country and the labor movement:

Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
Sweatfree Communities: Remembering the Triangle
AFL-CIO: The Triangle Fire: Still Burning Before Our Nation
SEIU: 100 Year Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
The Nation: Remembering the Triangle Fire
Democracy Now! 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Made in L.A. 9/26 PBS "Global Voices" Broadcast to have 340 airdates

We're thrilled to announce that the Made in L.A. re-broadcast on Sunday, 9/26 on PBS' Global Voices series will be shown more than 340 times on 97 channels!

The easiest way to check local listings for your PBS station is to download the state-by-state chart. You can also check local listings by entering your zipcode on the PBS website: just visit the PBS Global Voices page for Made in L.A. and click "Check Local Listings".

We hope you enjoy the broadcast and encourage you to share this information with friends, family and colleagues using the "e-mail" and "share" links below!


Made in L.A. 9/26/10 re-broadcast on ITVS/PBS "Global Voices" Series

We're thrilled to announce that Made in L.A. will be re-broadcast on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 10pm on PBS' Global Voices series, which is presented by ITVS. At a time when immigration and low wage work continue to dominate the news, we're excited that Made in L.A. will again be available to viewers across the country, and especially that it will air during Latino Heritage Month.

Made in L.A.
will air on PBS WORLD, which is a digital channel that many public television stations offer. For more information about the broadcast and to check local listings, visit the PBS Global Voices page for Made in L.A.

Made in LA featured in Sojourners "Movie Night for Arizona"

We're thrilled that Made in L.A. is featured as one of four films that Sojourners is highlighting as part of its "Movie Night for Arizona" initiative, which encourages members to use film to explore the relationship between faith and immigration. In their "REEL Images of Immigration" toolkit they explain:

We invite you to be a part of educating Christians about the realities of the immigrant experience in our country and about our biblical mandate to treat them justly...

...Immigration and migration issues have affected societies throughout history. Through several modern films, we have the opportunity to examine different situations immigrants and their families face in our current day and age. Hosting a discussion after the film, which allows people to process, share, and act on what they saw, is a great way to educate yourself and your community about the need for immigration reform...

The other films included in the initiative are Dying to Live, The Visitor and Farmingville, all of which shed light on different aspects of the immigrant experience in the United States. We encourage you to visit the Movie Guide at, and to consider screening Made in L.A. or one of the other great films in this initiative!

Immigrants rights at stake in Arizona

We wanted to reach out to our community to express our support for immigrants rights in Arizona, and our shock about the anti-immigrant bill – Senate Bill 1070 – that has just passed.

Many of you have hosted screenings of Made in L.A. in support of immigrants rights and immigration reform, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share links from several organizations that we have partnered with over the last few years:

AFSC: Arizona Immigration Law Immoral

America's Voice: ‘Qué Pasa' in Immigration: SB 1070 Passed; Boycott Arizona; Window for CIR

Breakthrough: Arizona's SB1070 Cannot Answer What An Undocumented Immigrant Looks Like

Center for Community Change: Arizona's Terror Era


NNIRR Action Alert: We Are All Arizona

Sojourners: Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle and Jim Wallis' column Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin

Many of these organizations have "Take Acton" links following their postings and we encourage you to do so!

At the Reform Immigration for America Campaign Summit

In the first week of June I presented Made in L.A. at the Reform Immigration for America Campaign Summit, where 800 organizers converged to launch a national campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Poster of Made in L.A. at the Summit
The Summit followed more than 40 local and regional kick-off events around the country earlier in the week, and included a national town hall meeting and numerous visits on Capitol Hill. Following the closing dinner on Thursday night, Made in L.A. was screened, and a number of organizers took copies home to use as a tool for outreach in their communities.

Launching the Community Screenings Campaign

Over the past year, we've been looking for a good model to empower community groups, student groups and faith-based groups to do screenings of Made in L.A. We have just launched a suite of free downloadable "Do-It-Yourself" materials that, along with a screening kit (described in the next paragraph), provide organizations with everything they need to publicize and present a successful, impactful screening. Materials include customizable bilingual flyers, mini-posters, template press releases, and a 12-page "Event Planning Toolkit" that walks through the process of setting event objectives, determining target audiences, using an event to build or strengthen coalitions, contacting media, doing effective outreach, and much more.

As grassroots filmmakers, we deeply understand the financial constraints of small organizations. We have thus created an innovative screening kit that contains all the materials needed for a great event (full-size movie posters, DVDs, postcards) and that is essentially free. Here's how it works: while organizations do have to pay to order a kit, the kit "pays for itself" because it includes enough extra DVDs to sell at the screening to cover the cost of the kit. All proceeds help us continue our outreach and education efforts, and thus the kits help support both sustainable social-issue filmmaking and sustainable grassroots organizing.

Check our brand-new Host a Screening page!

Four years later: back in Santa Barbara

Prof. Eileen Boris walking on stage with a copy of the invitation to the houseparty that she hosted for Made in L.A. 4 years ago.

While Almudena flew to Spain for DocumentaMadrid, I went to present Made in L.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara. This event had special significance: almost exactly 4 years ago, Almudena and I held a houseparty at the home of Professors Eileen Boris and Nelson Lichtenstein, to raise funds for the film. This was one of several houseparties that we did during our first four years of production, and these events were not only one of our most important sources of funding in those years, but also served to provide much needed emotional support. When people hug you, crying, to tell you "you must finish this film", you know that you are on to something and that you really MUST finish the film. These were our very first audience members and supporters, and Made in L.A. would not exist without the support of over 300 individuals that came to our houseparties.

Four years later, there I was, back in Santa Barbara with Eileen, and now with the finished film doing educational screenings just as we had promised we would at that houseparty! And it was an amazing evening. What had been planned as a 150-person screening soon overflowed to 200... and then 300. Two more rooms had to be opened at the Multi Cultural Center so that the film could screen simultaneously. And, in addition to my talking about the making of the film at the Q&A, Aidin Castillo, an organizer from Santa Barbara's PUEBLO, was there to talk about the issues that workers are encountering in communities near campus, which really brought the message home.

I called Almudena to let her know -it was 3am in Spain and she was still partying after the second full day of screenings in Madrid. How amazing that, thousands of miles apart, Made in L.A. is able to move and impact people at the same time!

Special thanks to event organizer (and Ph. D Student in Sociology) Veronica Montes, to Rebekah Meredith, Programmer for the Multi-Cultural Center, to Professor Elizabeth Currans, and of course to Professor Eileen Boris for her faith and support for Made in L.A. for so many years!



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