videoteque

Videotheque

Welcome to the internet video archive of Emilia Productions LLC!
It is a sample of titles by Luis Perez Tolon.

Welcome to the internet video archive of Emilia Productions LLC! It is a sample of titles by Luis Perez Tolon.

This compilation of films and videos covers different topics, from his 16mm student short film and his first independent 16mm personal documentary to anthropological videos, TV specials and recent works. 

Cuban and Latin American identity

Perez-Tolon’s body of work addresses such themes as Cuban-American identity, US and Latin American history, education, and Spanish Gypsies and culture. The film and video archive spans work from different periods of his career. Films from his early filmmaking days as part of the emerging Latino filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s show his professional progression. In the 1980s he specialized in anthropological documentaries. After receiving an MA from the visual anthropology film program at the University of Southern California-USC in Los Angeles, he moved to Spain in 1990. He was Researcher-in-Residence for the “Angel Ganivet” Ethnological Research Center, Culture Department of the Provincial Council of Granada where he produced ethnological documentaries.

creator-content

Continuing with his interest on Cuban and Latin American identity, he pursued bigger TV challenges working with Café Productions of London and later as Director of Production and Development for Discovery Networks Latin America/Iberia in Miami.

In recent years he has worked on educational projects for the U.S. Department of Education, PBS and finished his award-winning independent documentary Emilia.

Luis resides in Miami Beach and makes films through his company, Emilia Productions LLC with headquarters in Miami Beach and Madrid. He is now developing A Multimedia Platform for Coaching People with Autism, a video series about a Latina coach in Miami who works with students with disabilities. Also working on a personal film about his father’s family in Cuba and his first visit since 1960 to San Miguel de los Baños, his father’s hometown and the “Finca Hatillo” where he grew up until age 11. Once a famous spa town with mineral waters and luxury hotels, it is now a ghost town and the family hotel in ruins.

Get In touch

Film and Video Archive

Spanish American War, Valeriano Weyler, Antonio Maceo, Jose Marti.

Do you know who won the Spanish American war?
Spanish American War, The Battle of Manila Bay. Havana Harbor Cuba today. One hundred years ago the USS Battleship Maine arrived here supposedly to protect American interests on the night of February 15th 1898 a terrible disaster rocked Havana harbor. A tragic explosion destroyed the main and shook two continents 268 American sailors lost their lives. As the masts of the shattered main pointed accusingly at the sky. Americans had no doubt who was guilty. They blamed Spain bent on retaining control over its island colony. Two months later the nations were at war.

Spanish American War, Valeriano Weyler, Antonio Maceo, Jose Marti. [Part I]

15:45

Spanish American War, The Winning of the West, Cuban Tobacco and Jose Marti. Emilia Productins Miami.
Mahan realized the essential connection between an expanding industry and an expanding foreign policy.
He said whether they will or not, Americans must now begin to look outward. The growing production of the country demands
The truth was that America was in desperate need for world markets recovering from a depression and with country areas still locked in poverty. It was producing more goods than it could sell at home. And there was another reason for expansion. Uncle Sam’s Americans had colonized their own country from coast to coast. Now they needed more room. Some said it was the United States Manifest Destiny to expand abroad.

Spanish American War, The Winning of the West, Cuban Tobacco and Jose Marti. Emilia Productins Miami [Part II]

15:45

Spanish-american-war2
Spanish american war3

Almost alone among the Spanish possessions, Cuba had remained loyal. It was the ever faithful isle, proof that God’s blessing continued to shine on Spain’s imperial status. In return, Old Spain had given the young Cuba wealth, learning and the arts.
With the rebels at the gates of Havana. Spanish Capitan General Martinez Campos was acutely aware of the value of Cuba to Spain but he also realized that total war was the only way of saving it. This he could not face. Reluctantly he resigned and in his place Queen Maria Cristina appointed a ruthless general Valeriano Weyler. He has the face of a reptile, the body of a dwarf, a jackal’s instinct and the soul of a dog. So ran a Cuban song of the time.

Spanish American War, Valeriano Weyler, Antonio Maceo, Jose Marti. [Part III]

15:45