SOU Screening New Documentary: “The State of Arizona”

Media Alert

The Campus Theme Program at Southern Oregon University (SOU) will present a free screening of the new documentary film The State of Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:00 pm in the SOU Meese Auditorium, Center for the Visual Arts.

The film tells the story of Arizona’s controversial “papers please” immigration law. The program is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a panel discussion.  This is a special pre-release “sneak preview” of the film which premieres later in January on PBS.
The State of Arizona, directed/produced by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval, interweaves the volatile themes of immigration and race portrayed through a mosaic of characters and their responses to the law, SB1070. The film is built around the turbulent arc of the law, from the Governor’s signing the bill in 2010 to the Supreme Court’s June 2012 pronouncement on its constitutionality. Through the personal stories of individuals impacting and impacted by immigration policies, the film explores the social and political circumstances that gave rise to SB1070, examining the roles played by government and business, as well as the human consequences of the policy.

Panel Facilitator:  SOU Professor Echo Fields, Sociology

Discussants: Virginia Camberos, regional organizer for Rogue Valley Oregon Action; Pancho Becraft, SOU alumni; John Almaguer, immigration attorney

Carlos Sandoval, Producer/Director

Filmmaker Carlos SandovalCarlos Sandoval is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentariesA Class Apart (American Experience 2009, Imagen Award), soon to be a major motion picture, and Farmingville (P.O.V. 2004, Sundance Special Jury Prize), which was about a small suburban town in the wake of the hate-based attempted murder of two Mexican day laborers. A lawyer and writer, Sandoval’s work has appeared in anthologies and The New York Times. His experience as a lawyer includes telecommunications and complex litigation. Prior to attending law school, Sandoval worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, and as a program officer for The Century Foundation.

Catherine Tambini, Producer/Director

Filmmaker Catherine TambiniCatherine Tambini is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentaryFarmingville. Ms. Tambini co-produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse, which aired on PBS’s Great Performances/Dance In America. She field produced and shot portions of MTV’s series I’m From Rolling Stone and TLC’s Pageant Perfect. She was the production manager for Connie and Ruthie, Every Room in the House (HBO) and Best Man (Cinemax). Tambini assisted in the production design of many well-known Hollywood films, including The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Steel Magnolias, True Colors, and The Secret of My Success. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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