Americanos: Latino Life in the United States


A documentary feature that celebrates Latino culture and life in the U.S. The project was accompanied by a traveling photojournalism and art exhibit, as well as a book and music CD (information below).

EJO's Role

Mr. Olmos was a producer of the documentary, and spearheaded the movement for the entire project, which also included a traveling art exhibit, book and CD, as well as a Kennedy Center Concert.

The Numbers

Americanos: Latino Life in the United States premiered January 21, 2000, at the Sundance Film Festival.

  • 2000 Sundance Film Festival: Won Cinemtography Award for Documentary and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.
  • 2001 ALMA Awards: Won Outstanding Made-for-Television Documentary and was nominated for Outstanding Soundtrack or Compilation for Television and Film.

The Art Exhibit

The Smithsonian Institution supported the traveling exibit for Americanos: Latino Life in the United States. The exhibit featured both fine art photography and photojournalism entries reflecting on the cultural heritage of Latinos. The exhibit toured from 1999-2004 and was sponsored by Time Warner, Qwest and Farmers Insurance.

* Photo by Genaro Molina, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California.

The Book

A book was also published in conjunction with the documentary and exhibit. The book is bilingual and heavily illustrated.

You can order it from Amazon Marketplace and Barnes & Nobles:

  • Barnes & Noble
The CD

Tracks include: Todos Vuelven, Desierto, Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries, Suavecito, Eva, Low Rider [Espanol][Mix], A Matter of Time, Guajira, Que Tengo Que Hacer, Melao de Cana, Postizo, Slowvisor, and more!

The CD is sometimes available at the Amazon Marketplace

The Concert

As a part of the project, "The Americanos Concert" was held at the Kennedy Center in 1999. Mr. Olmos hosted the event.

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