Singing My Way to Freedom

Synopsis

This feature length documentary film, currently in post-production, is a multilayered portrait of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez – musician, composer and community activist from San Diego. From the early days of the Chicano civil rights movement alongside Cesar Chavez through today’s immigrants’ rights protests, Chunky has used music to energize our political imagination in the struggle for social justice. Our film examines how Chunky’s inspiring career as a musician is interwoven with the broader history of the Chicano movement, a cultural movement nearly forgotten today. A portrait of one charismatic musician and activist allows us to revisit this pivotal era in American history and to provoke dialogue about the many hurdles that had to be overcome to gain equal rights for Mexican Americans.

Supported by

Leichtag Family Foundation, Carlsbad, California
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
National Association for Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) Fund for the Arts
Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Arizona Community Foundation
Raza Development Fund, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Producer/Director –  Paul Espinosa

Producers – Mark Day, Michael Bovee

Cinematographers – Vicente Franco, Simone Hogan

Editor – Maria Zeiss

Advisors – Dr. Luis Alvarez, Dr. Estevan Azcona, Dr. Michelle Tellez, Dr. Rita Sanchez, Dr. Ricardo Griswold del Castillo, Dr. Jorge Mariscal