Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles

About Paradigm Productions

Paradigm Productions is a 501(c)3 documentary film production company created by Rick Tejada-Flores and Raymond Telles. Paradigm produces films, provides fiscal sponsorship, and acts as a convergence point for independent, progressive filmmakers.

Rick Tejada-Flores

Rick Tejada-Flores began working in television in 1969, in a minority training program at KQED's Newsroom. He worked as news-film editor for KGO, San Francisco, and went on to co-produce and co-direct Si Se Puede! for the United Farmworkers Union in 1973.

Tejada-Flores served as Unit Manager/Production Supervisor for KNBC in Burbank, and then as Coordinating Producer for the Latino Consortium at KCET in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for packaging and distributing the weekly series PRESENTE! to public television stations.

He produced Low 'N Slow, The Art of Lowriding, which aired as a special on PBS in 1984. Latino poets were profiled in Go Chanting, Libre, produced for KRCB (PBS) in 1985. Farmworkers and land reform in Honduras were the focus of ELVIA, The Fight for Land and Liberty, which aired in 1988 on PBS as part of the VISTAS series.

Rivera In America, a documentary on the work of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera in the United States, and Jasper Johns, Ideas In Paint, aired on the PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS. Rivera In America won Best Film for TV in the National Latino Film and Video Festival.

Tejada-Flores created Nuestros Hijos, a docu-drama on parenting and child abuse issues for migrant farmworkers, for the Office of Child Abuse Prevention of the State of California.

In 1992 he served as producer on the series The Great Depression. The same year he directed three films on Hispanic history and culture in New Mexico for the American Encounters exhibit, at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Another three interpretive films on New Mexico history and culture were created for American Encounters in 1993. Tejada-Flores was awarded the 1990 James Phelan Award for Video, and a CINE Golden Eagle.

Raymond Telles

Raymond Telles' twenty-five year career in film and television includes the production of documentaries and news magazine segments. He has produced and directed for Public Television, Turning Point and Nightline-ABC, Dateline- NBC. His independent productions include films for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

Among the more than 30 documentaries Telles has produced and directed are: "Continent on the Move" for the PBS series Americas; "The Fight in the Fields," a feature documentary on Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers' movement which was in documentary competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS; "Children of the Night" for Frontline -PBS, winner of a DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award as well a number of other honors; and In Search of Law and Order, a three hour series on Juvenile Justice for PBS and Channel 4 (UK).

Recent documentaries include: “Eye on the Universe” for Discovery Networks International; “Memorials” for Nightline-ABC; “Miracle Babies",“Tough Choices” and “Making a Baby” for MSNBC as well as several segments for the PBS series Life 360. Telles is currently developing “The Storm that Swept Mexico,” a three hour series for PBS and recently completed production on “Race is the Place” for PBS. Telles is the Northern California producer for Media Link International whose corporate clients include Google, Logitech, and Siemens.

Raymond Telles has won numerous awards including three Emmy Awards, two PBS Programming Awards for News and Current Affairs, The Ohio State Award, an ALMA Award, a NATAS Community Service Award, top honors in the San Francisco, American Film and Video Association, Chicago and New York Film Festivals, the DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton, 2 Cine Golden Eagles, as well as numerous other awards for his work in film and broadcast journalism.

In 1999 Telles served on the Documentary Jury for the Sundance Film Festival and has been a consultant to the Institute on Latin American projects. He is bilingual-Spanish/English and lives with his family in Oakland, California.

MFA-Film, UCLA.
Member of WGA and NATAS.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley.