Filmmaker Discussion: Latinos Beyond Reel

Join us for a discussion about the documentary Latinos Beyond Reel – Challenging a Media Stereotype with writer/co-director Chyng Sun. In Latinos Beyond Reel, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how U.S. news and entertainment media portray—and do not…

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Join us for a discussion about the documentary Latinos Beyond Reel – Challenging a Media Stereotype with writer/co-director Chyng Sun.

In Latinos Beyond Reel, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how U.S. news and entertainment media portray—and do not portray—Latinos.

Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, this documentary film uncovers a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation: a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals.

In this event, we meet Chyng Sun and discuss the film and the issues it presents.

About the filmmakers:

Miguel Picker, Director/Producer/Editor:

Miguel Picker, a New York-based Chilean American filmmaker, is an award-winning editor, director, and music composer with nearly three decades’ experience. He edited and composed music for Borinqueneers (2007), broadcast nationally on PBS in 2007 and the winner of the Audience Award at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, 2009, and Insight Award of Excellence by the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists, 2008. He also directed and edited Mickey Mouse Monopoly (2001), Beyond Good and Evil (2003), and The Price of Pleasure (2008), and is currently working on three projects: Ulises’ Odyssey, Siqueiros: Walls of Passion, and Bandidos Never Die?

Before moving to New York City, Miguel worked as an editor at WGBH-TV in Boston beginning in the 1980s, and his editing credits include the series La Plaza, Greater Boston Arts, and a 52-part national series titled Destinos. At WGBH he also produced and directed several programs including Como Hacemos, Dúo, and The Early Music Workshop. The award-winning programs he has edited include: Anything for Dance (Golden Eagle Award, 2000); Orchestra of Dreams (Documentary Program Award, 2000; Emmy Award for best cultural affairs program, 1999); Doctors for Two Worlds (Golden Eagle Award, 1999); A Long Way to Love (Parents’ Choice Award Silver Honor, 1998), From Here and There (Emmy Award for best target audience program, 1996), The Making of Don Gato (Golden Eagle Award, 1996); Champs: The Strength of Survival (Golden Eagle Award, 1995); and Mercedes Sosa in Concert (Emmy Award for best entertainment programming, 1990).

Chyng Sun, Director/Writer:

Chyng Sun was born and raised in Taiwan, where she was a journalist for a daily newspaper and received numerous national awards for her books for children. After coming to Boston in 1989, Sun continued to publishing write children’s books, including Square Beak, On a White Pebble Hill, Mama’s Bear, and Cat & Cat-face, all published by Houghton Mifflin.

Sun received master’s degrees in education (Syracuse University), and children’s literature (Simmons College, Boston), and a Ph.D. in Communication (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Media Studies (School of Continuing and Professional Studies) at New York University. Her research, teaching, and writing are centered on media representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and their cultural and social impacts. Since 2004, Sun’s research has focused on the production, content, and effects of pornography. Currently, She is currently the designer and leader for a multinational research team of a global research project on studying pornography users.

Sun is also a documentary filmmaker who, in collaboration with Miguel Picker, has produced and written four documentary films.

Recorded October 11, 2021

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