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New Wave: A See Change Project for Film Streams’ See Change Initiative

In this episode Artistic Director Diana Martinez talks to Gabriela Watson-Burkett, Kristal Sotomayor & Melissa Beatriz, the co-founders of ¡Presente! Media, a Philadelphia-based collective led by Latinx filmmakers and journalists focused on social justice.


Faces of Change in Immigration Reform
by Visions 6ABC

Kristal Sotomayor is producing and directing a documentary film called Expanding Sanctuary. The film follows immigrant rights organization Juntos as they campaigned against the continuation of PARS. Read More

Philly Rising: Documenting the power of community in ‘Expanding Sanctuary’ by KYW Newsradio

When Kristal Sotomayor began filming her documentary “Expanding Sanctuary” last year, she had no idea that she would be recording history. Read More

Celebración de herencia latina en festival de películas by Telemundo 62

Regresa el “Philadelphia Film Festival” a Center City. Este festival de películas celebra la herencia latina y se llevará a cabo del jueves, 30 de mayo hasta el domingo, 2 de junio. Read More

Five LGBTQ Filmmakers Who Make Philly Proud by Sarah Mueller, CineSPEAK

When so much of Pride looks like rainbow capitalism and whitewashing LGBTQ history, let’s bring it back to the queer and trans creators who are challenging these narratives every day. Read More

Documentaries to Watch for National Hispanic Heritage Month by Jessica Rodriguez, IDA

Between September and October 15, we celebrate the culture and contributions of the vast and diverse Hispanic communities that call the US their home, while honoring their stories. Read More

The Citizen Recommends: Good Pitch Local by Emily Neil, The Philadelphia Citizen

Kristal Sotomayor, a Philly-based Latinx filmmaker, has pitched projects at all three Good Pitch Philadelphia events—and is pitching again this year. Read More

IF/Then Shorts Announces Finalists for First Program Under Field of Vision Umbrella — Exclusive by Chris Lindahl, IndieWire

Six teams of diverse nonfiction filmmakers are receiving grants and mentorship to tell their stories focused on the Northeast U.S. and Puerto Rico. Read More

These Philadelphia-area Latinos had significant achievements in 2020 by Jesenia De Moya Correa, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Gabriela Watson-Burkett, 36, Kristal Sotomayor, 25, and Melissa Beatriz, 32, are the Latinx filmmakers behind ¡Presente! Media — a journalism collective created in March to produce bilingual features and documentaries on social justice. Read More

‘When I win, I uplift’: Kristal Sotomayor on finding support for media makers of color by Michael Butler, Technical.ly Philadelphia

The ¡Presente! Media cofounder has a mission to empower Latinx and other communities of color via storytelling. But first, they’ve had to navigate their own professional path, finding access via mentorship and other resources. Read More

Fundraiser launches for ‘Expanding Sanctuary’ documentary by Emily Neil, AL DÍA

“It was ‘fate’ that it happened to be the perfect moment for the beginning of a partnership that would eventually produce ‘Expanding Sanctuary.’/ Fue el ‘destino’ que hubiese sido el momento perfecto para iniciar una sociedad que más tarde produjo ‘Expanding Sanctuary’” Read More

Documentary shows Latinx activism on film — and behind the lens by Gary Kramer, Philadelphia Gay News

“I have privilege with the camera of telling this story and being responsible to this community to decolonize the ways documentary takes a story from community.” Read More

Applauding Oscar Diversity, Philly Filmmakers Say It’s Just A Start by Ximena Conde, WHYY

Kristal Sotomayor, another Philadelphia filmmaker and programming coordinator for the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still has a long way to go, calling the institution classist and elitist. Read More


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