Announcing “Emerging Voices” Production Grant

Students of the World & pivot present

“Emerging Voices” Production Program

ft. Richard Ray Perez

To further our commitment to supporting diverse voices and perspectives in media, Students of the World is partnering with pivot to launch an “Emerging Voices” Production Program to support an up-and-coming Latino filmmaker in the LA area. The selected filmmaker will be awarded a $4,000 production grant, along with mentorship from Students of the World staff and award-winning documentary filmmaker Richard Ray Perez. During this accelerated program, the filmmaker will work for one month to pitch, shoot and edit a 2-minute documentary film inspired by Perez’s “Cesar’s Last Fast.” This feature documentary highlights Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farm workers, and the impact Chavez’s legacy has on today’s generation of organizers fighting for farm worker rights. The grantees completed film will air on pivot on Saturday May 24, 2014 in conjunction with Perez’s “Cesar’s Last Fast”. Additionally, pivot will produce and air a profile feature on the chosen filmmaker, as well as a behind-the-scenes segment on their production.


  • Program will run from 4/9/14 - 5/9/14

  • 1-3 mentorship sessions with Richard Ray Perez

  • Program will be managed by Students of the World Staff

  • $4,000 grant will be awarded to cover filmmaker’s time and expenses related to the program (camera rental, ground transportation, meals, etc)


  • Filmmaker must be based in LA, or have the ability to reside in the LA area for the duration of the program.

  • Filmmaker must be available at least 20 hr/ week for the duration of the program to meet the necessary deadlines and complete the project.

  • The goal of this program is to foster the professional development of students and emerging filmmakers, so we will give preference to candidates who are under 26 years of age.

  • In an effort to support diverse narratives from the Latino community, for this program we will give preference to Latino/Latina filmmakers, or to a filmmaker who has demonstrated a commitment to producing work on themes related to “Cesar’s Last Fast.”

To Apply:

Email Angie Gontaruk ( with subject line “ATTN: Cesar Production Grant” and the following information. Applications due 5pm PST 4/2/14

  1. Name

  2. Phone Number

  3. School and graduation year

  4. Link to reel or documentary you’ve produced

  5. Brief bio and headshot

  6. Please provide 2 professional references, preferably for someone you’ve worked with in a professional production capacity

  7. Please also include a short paragraph with 1-3 initial concepts or ideas for your documentary, inspired by Cesar’s Last Fast and related to an issue relevant to the Latino community or tied to the theme of Farm Worker’s Rights

Key Dates:

  • Applications due - 5pm on 4/2/14

  • Filmmaker selected - 4/7/14

  • Program kick-off call - 4/9/14

  • Final cut of film delivered to pivot - 5/9/14

About Us

Students of the World (SOW) is a 501c3 nonprofit that designs and runs professional development programs for a diverse network of student and emerging filmmakers. We believe in the creative capacity of our generation, the transformative power of sharing diverse perspectives and the value of highlighting positive change.

About our distribution partner

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In an effort to increase access to widespread distribution opportunities for underrepresented voices and experiences, we are proud to partner with pivot, a new television network from Participant Media. Pivot serves passionate Gen Y’ers (18-34) in over 45 million homes nationwide with a mix of original series and films that spark conversation, inspire change and illuminate issues through engaging content. Programs include Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HITRECORD ON TV, Whole Foods’ Dark Rye series, TakePart Live, and more.  Want to see if you get pivot?  Find out at

About the mentor

Richard Ray Perez, pictured above is an American documentary film producer and director. His productions include Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, which is an acclaimed award-winning political documentary.

Photo: Director Richard Ray Perez, above, with United Farm Workers co-founder, Dolores Huerta, on the set of "Cesar's Last Fast." [Martin Cox]

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