Associate Producer/Chief Researcher
Executive in Charge of Production
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' twenty year career in television includes the production of current affairs and arts documentaries, music videos and a late-night arts programs. He has produced and directed for public television (KQED, WGBH, KCET, FRONTLINE), the networks, (ABC, NBC) and for Spanish language television (Univision) as a staff producer/director and as an independent. His independent productions include films for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). He is currently a partner in Paradigm Productions and is producing segments for Dateline, NBC.
In 1975 Telles left academia for television.
He spent the previous three years as Assistant Dean of Students at Stanford
University and in 1975 was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University
of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. He began in television at KMEX
in Los Angeles, California which was then the flagship station for the Spanish
International Network (SIN), now Univision. He simultaneously completed
his MFA in film at UCLA. In his four years with Spanish language television
he worked in news, studio and musical production as a cameraman, producer
and production manager.
Telles worked as an independent producer and cinematographer for two years producing commercials, Spanish language documentary segments for Latin American and European programs and documentaries for KQED (PBS). He also taught film production at City College of San Francisco and was a California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence at the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center.
In 1982 he joined the current affairs documentary unit at KQED in San Francisco as a staff producer/director. While on staff he produced documentary segments for Express, a weekly current affairs program as well as thirty and sixty minute documentaries. While at KQED Telles produced Bitter Harvest, a documentary about the United Farmworkers Union, Black Power, Black Panthers, Children of the Night and more than thirty other documentaries ranging in scope and theme from crime, the homeless, and environmental issues to politics and art. In his ten years with the documentary unit he took leaves to produce independently and for PBS. In 1986 he produced Santeros, funded by the NEA Folk Arts division which aired nationally and internationally. In 1988 he produced the PBS Frontline program Children of the Night which went on to win a DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award as well as several other honors. In 1990 he produced Continent On the Move, the pilot program for the WGBH series Americas.
In 1992 Telles produced "Q", KQED's late night arts and entertainment series and Green Means, a series of 25 environmental mini-documentaries for distribution on PBS. He also served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Film Commission and on the board of Cine Accion.
In 1993 Telles joined ABC News in New York as a staff producer for "Turning Point." In 1994 he returned to independent production as a partner in Paradigm Productions in San Francisco where he co-produced "The Fight in the Fields," a ninety-minute documentary on Cesar Chavez. He continues to produce documentary segments for Dateline, NBC.
Raymond Telles has won numerous awards including three Emmy Awards, two PBS Programming Awards for News and Current Affairs, The Ohio State Award, a NATAS Community Service Award, top honors in the San Francisco, American Film and Video Association and New York Film Festivals, the DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton, Cine Golden Eagle, and a number of other awards for his work in film and broadcast journalism.
The Fight in the Fields is a presentation of the Independent Television Service, with major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the San Francisco Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Council for the Humanities, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation,The Columbia Foundation, The California Comunity Foundation, and the Hazen Foundation. Outreach and distribution are made possible by the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.