PAUL ESPINOSA is an award-winning filmmaker and producer, and a Professor in the Department of Transborder Chicano/Latina Studies at Arizona State University. He has been involved with producing films for over 30 years, specializing in documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Through his production company, Espinosa Productions, and working with public television stations in San Diego and Dallas, he has produced many major national PBS productions including:
* California and the American Dream, a documentary series examining how demographic changes are transforming California and the nation.
* The Border, a PBS news magazine about life along the US-Mexico border.
* The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848, a binational documentary series commemorating the 150th anniversary of this pivotal event in U.S.-Mexican history.
* …and the earth did not swallow him, an American Playhouse adaptation of Tomás Rivera’s novel about a Mexican American boy and his farmworker family.
* The Hunt for Pancho Villa (for The American Experience), a documentary profiling Villa’s dramatic raid on Columbus, New Mexico and the American expedition sent to capture him.
* The Lemon Grove Incident, a docudrama about one of America’s earliest desegregation cases.
Espinosa’s films have been screened at festivals around the country and the world and have won many awards including eight Emmys; five CINE Golden Eagle awards; two Ohio State Awards; a Golden Mike Award; two Blue Ribbons and a Red Ribbon from the American Film Festival.
Espinosa received his B.A. degree from Brown University in Anthropology and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, also in Anthropology, where he specialized in the cultural analysis of television communication.
Paul Espinosa has been the recipient of major funding from organizations including: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, ITVS, the American Experience, American Playhouse, Latino Public Broadcasting, Native American Public Telecommunications and The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Currently Espinosa is working on his latest project entitled The Dawning of Liberty Padre Martinez and the Making of America
which follows the life of Padre Antonio José Martínez, an activist priest and public intellectual in the American Southwest during the 19th century.