Award-winning filmmaker Alex Muñoz supervises the Films by Youth Inside program. A native of San Jose, Calif., Muñoz received his MFA from the Graduate School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California. He began directing television commercials while still a student. Interested in portraying the minority experience with honesty and insight, Muñoz made his first short film, Por Vida, which won several awards and was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. He went on to direct Riot, a film about the LA Riots of 1992, for Showtime Networks. Riot premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, won the Jury Prize at the Geneva Film Festival and won the Best TV Movie award from the NY Daily News.
Muñoz' first feature film, Living The Life, won Best Domestic Feature film at the New York Latino Film Festival and was released in 2004. Muñoz just completed a short narrative film, Dilemma, which was funded by a grant from the Black Hollywood Education Resource Center as part of its Anti-Gang BHERC Fights Back Media Initiative. It has been shown at film festivals worldwide. His short, Lil Skrappy Boy won Best Short at the Urban World VIBE Film Festival. Muñoz is the recipient of a filmmaking grant from the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. He has selected two FYI alumni to direct and produce the short.
Bernadette Provido Schumann, Producer
Bernadette Provido Schumann, producer, is a professional public health advocate who utilizes the creative power of film to showcase the uniqueness of Guam and Pacific Islander communities.
The daughter of Ilonggo migrant workers, Schumann began her career in public service with the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. Her professional experience includes collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Office of Minority Health, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the World Health Organization.
Schumann is the co-founder for the Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise Films For Youth, a program which engages at-risk youth in the film making process. She also is a member of the Rotary Club of Guam
Sunrise and board member for the Pay-Less Supermarkets Community Foundation. In 2009, Schumann was named one of 12 outstanding Filipinos on Guam by the University of the Philippines Alumni Associationof Guam.
Schumann earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Guam. She is also an avid runner competing in short- to long-distance events.
Burt Sardoma Jr., Director
Burt Sardoma Jr., a Camp Roxas descendant, is an up-and-coming director whose extensive television production experience spans roles as editor, cameraman and lighting technician, including work for Past Forward Productions for Discovery Channel, 1998 on Storm Warning, a recreation of Typhoon Paka devastating the island.
Co-owner of his own production company, Videoworks, Burt directed large corporate projects including the Bank of Guam, DFS, Louis Vuitton, Citibank, Guam Humanities Council’s Guampedia.com website and government public service announcements. His company has conducted research and public relations work for the Government of Guam and launched numerous products for private companies in Guam and the CNMI.
Josephine Mallo-Garrido, Associate Producer
Josephine Mallo-Garrido (associate producer) brings to the Camp Roxas Film Project an in-depth knowledge of strategic marketing based on her experience over two decades in corporate advertising throughout Hawaii, California and Guam.
A journalist by training, Josephine held positions early in her career as reporter and editor in newspapers in Guam, Hawaii and California. In California, her work as an Asian-American journalist earned a number of journalism and marketing awards.
With the rapid development of information technology in the early 1990s and work experience as marketing manager of a major computer retailer, Josephine developed an expertise in the emerging field of information technology and website development. Josephine then opened her own advertising agency, specializing in developing advertising strategy for small businesses with minimum budgets. She currently helps market and support social service organizations, small nonprofit community groups and specialty commemorative projects.
She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Seattle University in Seattle, Wash., and her MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Josephine, an Ilongga and the daughter of a pioneer immigrant Filipino worker to Guam, is a long-time practitioner of shorin-ryu shido-kan karate.
Burt gained exceptional film production experience under the personal direction of Los Angeles-based Director Alex Muñoz. In conjunction with the island's youth on a film production team, Burt worked with Director Alex Muñoz on three short films which included Prutehi Hao (Protect Yourself), an HIV/AIDS 15-minute video, Chief Hurao, a 60-second film spot, and recently, Who Took My Kelaguen? In addition, he served as a video and editing instructor for Guam Community College. He is the son of Felixberto "Burt" Sardoma Sr., former Camp Roxas resident.
Norman Analista, Special Projects
Norman Analista (special projects) is Director of Development & Alumni Affairs at the University of Guam Born and raised on Guam, Norman earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and master's degree in public administration from the University of Guam. An active member of the Filipino Community of Guam, he is currently a member of Sanctuary, Inc. board of directors and a member of the Salvation Army Guam Corps media advisory board.
His parents, Gorgonio and Carina Analista, originally from Oton, Iloilo, migrated to Guam in the mid 1960s. Analista's father, Gorgonio, was a former Camp Roxas resident in the 1950s.
Under the American Sun (Camp Roxas Film Project), Bernie Provido Schumann, P.O. Box 5307, Hagatna, GU 96932
Documentary Film Project
Under the American Sun (Camp Roxas Film Project) tells the story of Filipino-American immigrants to Guam, the Ilonggos from Iloilo Province, who arrived in 1946 at Camp Roxas in Agat, Guam, after World War II as part of the military reconstruction effort. Their arrival and settlement laid the foundation for four generations of Ilonggos to become Filipino-Americans and part of the Guam community.
The year 2006 marked the 60th anniversary of these first Filipino immigrants to arrive in Guam. Marked by struggle, perseverance, hard work, adaptation and ultimately success, theirs is a true immigrant story.
This project will entail collecting oral histories and archival research of their journey from the Philippines. These materials will be the basis of a 60-minute documentary film.
The Camp Roxas film project will be told principally through the reminiscences of a 'veteran' of the Ilonggo migration, Loreto Parenas Provido, and his wife, Bernadita Confesor Juadiong. Provido is the father of Producer Bernadette Provido Schumann.
Because of his advanced age and infirmity, Schumann felt it imperative to record his moving oral history. In the process of preparing for the film project, Schumann is discovering much about the family she had not previously known, and, just as important, is discovering her own attitudes about the migration. Shame, disdain, and grief are typical "second generation" feelings about the Camp Roxas experience.
Schumann will examine her own belief system in the Camp Roxas Film Project, a process that will be likely be enlightening to all westernized children of native-born Asian-Pacific and Pacific Island people. Other oral histories from the initial immigrants, many of whom are now in their 80s, as well as their descendants, will supplement Provido's account.
The Camp Roxas Film Project will also be told through extensive archival content documenting the Ilonggo journey from the Philippines to Guam. Under the American Sun will provide vivid visual representations of place - Iloilo Province from which the Ilonggo people were recruited, and Camp Roxas, Guam - to give viewers a sense of what the Ilonggos left behind, and what they faced as they entered the war-ravaged U.S. Territory.
The filrn's outreach and marketing effort will target audiences throughout the Pacific Islander, Asian Pacific, and West Coast communities, and will also be directed toward film festivals and other exhibition opportunities throughout the United States and Europe. Naturally, the Filipino and non-Filipino communities in Guam will be the film's most significant target audiences, edifying and inspiring future generations.
1960s Provido family portrait (From the private collection of Bernardita Provido)