John J. Valadez


John J. Valadez

John has been producing and directing award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for PBS and CNN for the past fourteen years. He directed the critically acclaimed film Passin’ It On, which aired nationally on the PBS series POV.  He went on to direct the first hour of the PBS series Making Peace and was a producer for the PBS series’ Matters of Race, Visiones: Latino Arts & Culture, and Beyond Brown.  John produced High Stakes Testing, an award winning prime-time program for CNN Presents.   John is currently writing and directing the third hour of the four hour prime-time PBS series Latin Music USA for WGBH/PBS and the BBC.  He is also producing The Head of Joaquin Murrieta for broadcast on PBS. He has twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, is a Rockefeller Fellow, a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.  He regularly lectures at universities across the Untied States. John is also a professional sound recordist, a founding member of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and is a graduate of the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Native stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives for your station!


Current funding, job, and training opportunities that support the production of Native content. Plus, additional information for filmmakers.


Hands-on educational tools for middle school to college-aged students that increase the Impact of Native films in the classroom.