Joseph Tovares, UNAM, Mexico City, 2014

About Joseph Tovares

I began documenting the world around him as a child. An early interest in black and white photography led to a fascination with the moving image and narrative storytelling.

Most of my work is in documentary or non-fiction media. I am best known for two films. I am the producer/writer/director of the acclaimed documentary film "Zoot Suit Riots" a film about Mexican agency, youth culture, and race in 1940's Los Angeles. His film "Remember the Alamo" is about the tragic miscalculation by San Antonio's Mexican leaders when they invited white settlers from the United States to come to the northern Mexican territory of Texas. He has supervised, produced, directed hundreds of hours of television and digital content.

I am now a media executive and am the Chief Content Officer at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Among the projects supported under my watch are TED Talks:War and Peace, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. I am a member of the Writers Guild of America, East and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

A frequent speaker, I have spoken at conferences and meeting across the country, in Europe, and in several Latin American countries.

I currently divided his time between Boston and Washington. D.C.