Al Santana is a visual artist, independent filmmaker, cinematographer, and still photographer. His credits over the past 40 years includes work on numerous award winning documentaries, public affairs films and videos that have aired on both network and public television. 2012, Salty Dog Blues, produced by Al Santana and Denise Belén Santiago takes a look a little-known history of people of color in the U.S. merchant marines. Salty Dog Blues won first prize in the 2013 Workers Unite International Film Festival. One People (2007) a hybrid doc/fiction film focuses on two sisters and their quest to discover a politicized Lorraine Hansberry. Blues People (2007) documented Mississippi blues musicians for an interactive web series titled “Blues People” which aired WGBO Boston. Military Option (2005) co-produced with Rico Speight and Third World Newsreel, takes a critical look at military recruiting practices within communities of color. Military Option screened at The National Gallery of Art, BAM Rose Cinemas, The Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives and at various colleges and universities. In The Spirit of Peace (2002) In response to the events of 9/11, Al Santana’s documentary short screened at the Brooklyn Arts Council, Museum of Modern Art, BAM Rose Cinemas and aired on WNET Channel 13’s Reel New York. Voices of The Gods (1985) looks at two ancient West African religions practiced in the United States today. The feature documentary premiered at the 1985 Margaret Mead International Film Festival and went on to screen at festivals in France, Italy, Burkina Faso, Canada, and is currently housed in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Research Center in Black Culture and numerous colleges, universities and museums. Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the CUNY BA program in Sociology and Film, a Master of Fine Arts degree from National University in Digital Cinema.
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