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Spanish Joe Remembers

Directors

Sami Miranda, Ellie Walton

Producers

Sami Miranda, Ellie Walton

Editors

Ellie Walton, Magee McIlvaine

Cinematographers

Ellie Walton

A video poem in four parts dedicated to the unsung jazz legends of Washington DC, including Zapata, María Rodriguez and Lawrence Wheatley. Told through the perspective of Pepe Gonzalez, an exuberant storyteller who grew up in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood and found music as a way off the streets.

Ellie Walton

Co-Director, Spanish Joe Remembers

Born and raised in Washington DC, Ellie Walton is committed to honoring stories of everyday revolutionaries. She is an ongoing collaborator with D.C. based production companies, Meridian Hill Pictures and Unchained Stories. Her award-winning feature films include WALK WITH ME (2012), FLY BY LIGHT (2014), BRAVE GIRLS (2018), and LA MANPLESA(2022), which have screened at festivals across the country and broadcast on the PBS’ America ReFramed. The recipient of the DC Mayor’s Arts Award and a Fulbright Scholar, Ellie’s work has been recognized by the Humanities Council of Washington, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sami Miranda

Co-Director, Spanish Joe Remembers

Samuel “Sami” Miranda grew up in the South Bronx and resides in Washington, DC. He is a visual artist, poet, and teacher who uses his craft to highlight the value of everyday people and places. His work is heavily influenced by Puerto Rican culture and family history, as well as his interactions with his students, people he encounters in his travels, and DC locals. He is the author of Protection from Erasure, published by Jaded Ibis Press, Departure, a chapbook published by Central Square Press, and We Is, published by Zozobra Publishing. He is currently working on collaborative projects with musicians and visual artists and filmmakers. Samuel’s artwork has been exhibited internationally in Puerto Rico and Madrid, as well as New York and Washington, DC. Most recently, Samuel’s artwork has been included in the Smithsonian’s new Molina Family Latino Gallery inaugural exhibition ¡Presente! His artwork has been included in University and private collections.