Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Ricardo Martinez Premieres Documentary The Wall at Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - September 22, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

ilmmaker Ricardo Martinez will present his new documentary, The Wall, in its South Texas premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in ballroom A of the Memorial Student Union Building at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Martinez will be present and will take questions after the showing.

The Wall chronicles the impact of constructing a border fence along the Southwest. From policy makers to citizens of border towns in Texas, Arizona and California, the debate elevates as residents respond to having a fence built in their backyard. The United States Congress passed the Secure Fence Act in 2006, calling for the construction of over 700 miles of fence along the border with Mexico.

At the forefront of the debate, the film includes commentary by the Texas Border Coalition, the Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition, No Border Wall Coalition, the Minutemen, Border Patrol officers, congressional hearings and more.

Martinez brings The Wall to life, intertwining rare surveillance footage and controversial interviews. He and his crew often risked their own safety filming this documentary.

For the past two years, Martinez traveled the Southwest documenting perspectives on immigration. He has interviewed federal and local law enforcement officials, illegal immigrants, immigration lawyers, organized labor officials, the Social Security Administration, border land owners, mayors, congressmen, clergymen, Mexican municipalities, coyotes and anti-immigrant activists.

Martinez was born to Ecuadorian and Mexican immigrants and grew up in Oakland, California. At the young age of 16, he won a Silver Spire from the San Francisco International Film Festival for his first documentary. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch Film School, Martinez’s first job was to launch a cable television channel for RCN Corp., working with billionaire David McCourt.

Over the past seven years, he has worked on reality and documentary programming for ABC, MTV, VH1, MSNBC, Discover, History Channel, The Weather Channel, Scripps and Details.com. Today he works as a staff editor and motion graphics designer for an ABC reality show.

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