Inocente selected for Short Film Festival Award at Heartland Film Festival

Inocente has been selected as one of seven films for the Short Film Festival Award at the 21st Annual Heartland Film Festival.  Shine Global and the filmmakers are thrilled to be honored by this amazing festival and Producer Albie Hecht and Executive Producer Susan MacLaury will attend the festival in Indianapolis taking place October 18-27.

Founded in 1992 to honor beautifully made films that celebrate the positive aspects of life, The Heartland Film Festival is now one of the fastest growing film festivals in the US.  Festival Awards are given every year to a selected group of independent filmmakers for demonstrating excellence in filmmaking and for best meeting Heartland’s mission. Shine Global’s film War/Dance, also directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, screened at the 16th edition of the festival and won a Crystal Heart Award.

To learn more about Inocente and to see the trailer visit:

Tickets for the Heartland Film Festival go on sale to the general public on September 24th.  Click here to purchase.


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FOR FOOD DAY 2012 – WHAT CAN YOU DO? Screen The Harvest!


Directed by: U. Roberto Romano

USA | 80 mins | | In English and Spanish with English sub-titles | | | @theharvestdoc

“In its modest way, calls to mind Grapes of Wrath’”

– Mike Hale, The New York Times

WINNER – Outstanding Filmmaker – San Antonio Film Festival

WINNER – Audience Award Best Documentary – San Antonio Film Festival



NCLR ALMA Awards 2011



 Organize a screening of THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA and share the plight of child migrant farm workers with your community.

Executive produced by Eva Longoria



There’s not a wasted frame in U. Roberto Romano’s documentary The Harvest, in which he illustrates the real costs of the produce on your grocer’s shelves”

-Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat.  From the Producers of the Academy-Award® nominated film WAR/DANCE and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.  VIEW TRAILER

Check out our public screening options and choose a program that would work best for your organization for FOOD DAY 2012.


And, if you place an order by 10/10/2012 you can get 15% off by using code at checkout:

FoodDay 2012

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Distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. Shine Global is a 501(c)3 non-profit film production company.  All profits from their films are returned to the children documented through partner NGOs.  To make a donation click here 


Inocente to screen for hundreds of DC-area Latino high school students at CHCI

CHCI’s Ready to Lead Program To Screen Shine Global’s New Documentary, INOCENTE – The Triumphant Story of a Homeless Latina Teenage Artist

Wednesday, September 11th at 12:10 PM, The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Atrium Ballroom 

Directors to Present Film to Hundreds of Local Latino High School Students

Washington, D.C. – INOCENTE, an intensely personal coming-of-age documentary about a vibrant Latina teenage artist from a dauntingly tough background in San Diego who refuses to allow her struggles with poverty and homelessness to get in the way of her extraordinary talent, will be screened at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 2012 Public Policy Conference during its annual Ready to Lead (R2L) workshops this week.

On September 11, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. hundreds of local Latino High School students from DC, Virginia and Maryland will join the film’s directors, Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine, to watch INOCENTE and engage with the directors in a Q&A session.

R2L empowers Latino high school youth to attend college and trains hundreds of kids each year in college planning, financing a college education, and leadership development.

The film chronicles Inocente, an irresistibly likeable young woman who has overcome poverty and homelessness and won widespread recognition for her whimsical, colorful artworks. Color, as she likes to say, is her revolution. More at

WHO: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, directors of INOCENTE

WHAT: Screening and discussion of the acclaimed new documentary, INOCENTE, with hundreds of local Latino students

WHERE: The Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Atrium Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix fine said about the event today, “More than a million and a half children are homeless in America today, yet they are invisible. We wanted to share a story that was personal and shared this experience and Inocente had the courage to open her life to us.”

We come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny. Irreverent, flawed and funny, she’s now channeling her irrepressible personality into a future she controls.  Her talent has finally been noticed, and if she can create a body of work in time, she has an opportunity to put on her first art show, a high profile affair that she knows has the potential to launch her career.  Meanwhile, her family life is at a tense impasse— to leave home is terrifying but to stay is unbearable.

Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we never see. This film will usher you into the secret life she returns to at the end of every day, where she navigates the instability, despair, and neglect of a situation she must endure through no fault of her own. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that her circumstances not define her—her dreams do.

Advocacy organizations, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and A Reason to Survive (ARTS), moved by the film’s genuine and beautiful telling of Inocente’s story are partnering with INOCENTE to help bring about change by highlighting her plight with campaigns and events through the rest of the year.

Media credentials are needed to attend these events. No media will be allowed in sessions without CHCI press badge. CHCI 2012 Public Policy Conference Media Credentials

About CHCI
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771, visit, or join us on Facebook, Twitter (chci), LinkedIn, and YouTube.


Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine of Fine Films are Academy-Award nominated directors who have been directing and producing documentaries for the last decade for both theater and broadcast outlets. Their film War/Dance won several awards including 2 Emmys and the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

Yael Melamede co-founded the independent film production company Salty Features in 2003 to make feature films that showcase unique vision, strong storytelling, and thought-provoking subject matter. Her films include Small Beautifully Moving Parts, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and the Academy Award-nominated documentary, My Architect.

Albie Hecht  and Susan MacLaury co-founded Shine Global, a non-profit  filmanthropy dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children through films and other media. They produced and executive produced the Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning War/Dance and The Harvest/La Cosecha. Previously, as head of Nickelodeon Films and Television, Albie had been nominated for an Academy Award for Jimmy Neutron:  Boy Genius.

Media Contact: Naomi Seligman, (310)617.4577, – Scott Gunderson Rosa,  (202) 548-5876,