Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. is dedicated to making independent films that reflect and are inspired by the Latino experience in the United States. Founded by Carlos Sandoval in 2001, Camino Bluff has produced such award-winning films as Farmingville, A Class Apart and The State of Arizona. Camino Bluff brings together accomplished filmmakers to tell stories that we are passionate about. We want to spark conversations that will move audiences to act.
Carlos Sandoval films include The State of Arizona (with Catherine Tambini, Independent Lens 2014, Emmy Nomination, CINE Golden Eagle), A Class Apart (with Peter Miller, American Experience 2009, Imagen Award, optioned by Eva Longoria) and Farmingville (with Catherine Tambini, P.O.V. 2004, Sundance Special Jury Prize).
A writer and sometime lawyer, Sandoval’s essays have appeared in several publications, including The New York Times. Sandoval worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, and as a program officer for The Century Foundation. He is a Sundance and MacArthur Fellow and an advisor for Firelight Media. Sandoval is currently Co-Executive Director of Next Generation Leadership, a professional development diversity fellowship funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and produced by WGBH and The Partnership, Inc.
Of Mexican American and Puerto Rican descent, Sandoval grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of Harvard College and of the University of Chicago School of Law.
With Carlos Sandoval, Peter directed and produced A Class Apart for PBS American Experience, winner of the Imagen Award for best television documentary. His other award-winning documentaries include the theatrically-released A.K.A. Doc Pomus, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, and Sacco and Vanzetti (winner of the American Historical Association’s best film award). His musical film, The Internationale, was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination.
With Renée Silverman, he produced, directed and shot Sosúa: Make a Better World (shown on public TV stations nationwide) and Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On The World (now in film festivals). With Docdays Productions in Berlin, he recently completed Projections of America, about a little-known American WWII propaganda film unit. Peter has been a producer on numerous documentaries by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, including the PBS series The War, Jazz and the Peabody Award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright, and has served in various producing roles on celebrated documentaries including The Uprising of ’34, Passin’ It On, and the Academy Award-winning American Dream.
Catherine Tambini is director/producer with Carlos Sandoval and cinematographer for the Emmy-nominated documentary, The State of Arizona, that aired on PBS’s Independent Lens. She also directed and produced, also with Mr. Sandoval, the highly acclaimed Farmingville. Ms. Tambini co-produced the Academy Award-nominated Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse about choreographer George Balanchine’s iconic ballerina. (New York Film Festival, PBS’s “Great Performances/Dance in America”). She field produced and shot portions of MTV’s I’m From Rolling Stone and TLC’s Pageant Perfect. She also assisted in the production design of many well-known Hollywood films including The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Steel Magnolias, True Colors, and The Secret of My Success.
She is currently finishing two films, Dance With Me, about children with physical disabilities in a physical therapy/dance program, and Art and Heart, The World of Isaiah Sheffer, about the artistic director of Symphony Space and the voice of Selected Shorts on public radio.
Along with being a published photographer and writer, Jordi Valdés has worked closely with some of the most compelling and relevant documentary filmmakers in the United States and the rest of the world, through his position at the Sundance Film Festival (2003-2014). Among his production credits, he was the Associate Producer on The State of Arizona (ITVS, 2014); the Associate Producer on A Class Apart (American Experience, 2009); a Line Producer for the documentary The Long Green Line (2008), and an Associate Producer on Marina of the Zabbaleen which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008.