Time Warner Cable and Discovery en Español focused on Hispanic Heritage Month with a unique initiative, “El Mundo Hispano” (The Hispanic World). Through short-films created to foster and showcase the work of emerging Hispanic directors in the United States, over 150 Queensborough Community College students viewed three short-form documentaries and participated in an open discussion with the filmmakers.
“Time Warner Cable partnered with Discovery en Español to bring this event to Queensborough Community College to give students the opportunity to experience the works of established independent Hispanic directors and a chance to interact with the filmmakers,” said Harriet Novet, Regional Vice President, Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region. “This partnership allows us to mark Hispanic Heritage Month in our community and inspire young people through Hispanic culture,” Novet added.
“During Hispanic Heritage Month, as is true all year round, it is important for us at Discovery en Español to highlight the issues that are most relevant to Hispanics. We also wanted to do something extra special. What more apt way for this network to commemorate this celebration of our culture than by giving a voice and a platform to these young directors to showcase their talent,” said Luis Silberwasser, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic Group.
The project, which started in June of 2008, sought out promising directors for the purpose of producing short films that would illustrate their view of “El Mundo Hispano” in the U.S. and communicate a positive and relevant message of what it means to be Hispanic living in America. These directors were tasked with using intrinsic traits and strong visuals paired with the voices and sounds of places and people, placed on a video canvas as an expression of their talent. Of the initial twenty treatments received, three were selected for airing during Hispanic Heritage Month and for a special screening event in New York City.
The shorts will also be posted online and can be viewed by logging onto www.discoveryenespanol.com.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 through October 15.
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About “El Mundo Hispano” Short Films
“El Mundo Hispano” (The Hispanic World) short films is an important initiative created by Discovery en Español that not only seeks to highlight the strengths and best attributes of U.S. Hispanics but also aims to foster the talent of young and up-and-coming Hispanic directors in the U.S. The project, which started in June of 2008, sought out promising directors for the purpose of producing short films that would illustrate their view of “El Mundo Hispano” in the U.S. and communicate a positive and relevant message of what it means to be a Hispanic living in the U.S. These directors were tasked with using intrinsic traits and strong visuals with the voices and sounds of places and people on a video canvas as an expression of their talent.
About Discovery en Español
The premier Spanish-language network dedicated to offering the finest in quality programming in the areas of science & technology, world culture & history, nature & wildlife and real-life dramas. With original shows made specifically for U.S. Hispanics and the best programming from Latin America, Discovery en Español is entertainment that stimulates, informs and empowers, giving viewers a fascinating look at the incredible, varied and always surprising real world.