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As part of its CNN Films initiative, which brought Blackfish and The Assassination of President Kennedy to the airwaves, CNN will broadcast DOCUMENTED, a feature film detailing the life of former WaPo reporter Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas was part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team of reporters who covered the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech and he famously outed himself as an illegal immigrant in 2011 in a New York Times Magazine essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.”
“Immigration, to me, is not a political issue, it’s not a Latino or Asian issue – it’s an American story,” said Vargas, who wrote and directed the doc, in a press release.
Vargas was sent to the United States from the Philippines by his mother at age 12 to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, Calif. After attending San Francisco State University, he worked at newspapers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and at the Post -all while keeping his true citizenship status a secret.
CNN will air the documentary in mid 2014, but according to Vargas’ Twitter page, it will be in theaters before then.
On Monday night, Buzzfeed’s Bureau Chief John Stanton sat down with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). At the event, there were rumors flying that a bigger, more involved event was in the works. More involved? What, no GIFS or listicles? On Thursday, we found out the details.
On May 14 at the Liaison Hotel will be The BuzzFeed Brews Special Edition: Immigration Summit. It’s a more serious panel discussion on immigration that will be moderated by Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.
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An AnonymASS tipster writes in to complain about our “Top 10 Moments that Hooked us in 2011″ list: “I am still amazed at how DCFB could miss one of the BIGGER DC media stories this past year without a single mention. I’m, talking about the self outing of illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas working as a reporter at the Washington Post. I mean WTF? Not a single mention of the incident here on a DC media site? Only a lot of puff pieces in the archives on Vargas. What’s up with that? Guess he was doing work that American Journalism School grads would not do like working at the Washington Post. Seriously, why did you ignore this story? Was somebody at DCFB sleeping with this guy?”
Note of explanation: I’ve checked in with Peter and Eddie and can vouch for myself that no, no one at FishbowlDC had sex with Jose Antonio Vargas to avoid him making our list. But we like your 70s-80s-style Hollywood casting couch kind of thinking. Vargas could have made a worthy addition to the list. So could a lot of other stories that didn’t make the list because it was our list. As in we decide what makes it. And besides, Vargas is based in New York. Didn’t quite fit on all levels. Maybe next year. That is, if we don’t have sex with him and he’s deported.
I’d exchanged e-mails with former WaPo reporter and now HuffPost Senior Contributing Editor Jose Antonio Vargas in the past. But much to my surprise (and concern), this morning I received two consecutive e-mails from him sent just before 5 a.m.
He sounded frantic. He was in Barcelona for a seminar and in desperate need of money after misplacing his wallet. The e-mail was correct and not sent from a phony address. But it sure didn’t sound like him at all.
Please i want it confidential between the two of us. I actually got my wallet misplaced on my way to the hotel I lodged. My money and other valuable things were kept in the wallet. I would have called you but I’m not mobile right now and I have limited access to the internet. For the main time, you can reach me via my email. Let me confess to you now that I have no money on me because I have blocked my account immediately the incident happened since I lost my cards with the wallet. Please I will like you to assist me with a loan of 3000euros or any amount you could afford to sort-out my hotel bills and to sustain my living till I’m back home.
One of my favorite lines: “I have been to the embassy and they are taking necessary measures but I really need some fund here to sort out some important ideas.”
He went on…
Quote(s) of the Day
A good recipe for road rage
“Hey everybody on the east coast: let’s all go hang out on I-95! Cool!”
–Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a long weekend tweet.
“This plane is full of black ppl. They shud start filming Soul Plane 2 right now”–the black guy next to me tells his friend on the phone.
–HuffPost‘s Jose Antonio Vargas in a long weekend tweet. (Vargas offers to give that “Soul Plane 2″ quote more context: “I was on a plane leaving New Orleans, which hosts the annual Essence Music Festival, the largest black musical festival in the country. Hence, the crowd.”)
“The Other City” — a documentary based on a 2007 WaPo story by Jose Antonio Vargas, now a New York-based senior contributing editor for HuffPost — hosts its D.C. premiere at the Newseum tonight at 6p.m. as part of the Silverdocs film festival.
“It’s gonna be quite a crowd, with some 425 seats in the main theater,” Vargas wrote to FishbowlDC. “It’s bringing together The Two Washingtons in one room, which is really the goal of the film.
“I’m forever indebted to Sheila Johnson and Susan Koch. We shared a vision to tell the story of The Other Washington and to reignite the conversation about AIDS in America, almost 30 years after we first identified the disease.”
Confirmed guests include: Melody Barnes, the White House’s director of domestic policy council; Jeff Crowley, director of Office of National AIDS Policy; Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.); sports/entertainment mogul Ted Leonsis; author Kitty Kelley; and a variety of local AIDS activists and workers.
The film will be shown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. followed by a town hall style Q&A.
Quote(s) of the Day
“yo dudes — pls, PLEASE, do NOT text WHILE urinating then have the GALL to NOT wash your hands. #notcoolatall”
–A Facebook post Thursday night from Jose Antonio Vargas , a senior contributing editor at HuffPost in Manhattan. He’s a former WaPo reporter.
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“Don’t think I have Alzheimers, yet at some point today I lost two books, a notebook, headphones, and 2 USB cords.”
–WaPo blogger Dave Weigel
A documentary based on a year-long WaPo Style series by Jose Antonio Vargas premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. The film is called, “The Other City.”
Vargas joined HuffPost last summer as the Technology & Innovations Editor. He wrote and co-produced the documentary. Sheila Johnson (BET co-founder) produced the film; Susan Koch, a D.C. native and veteran filmmaker, directed it.
Vargas, who covered the ’08 presidential campaign for WaPo’s Style, also wrote about HIV/AIDS in D.C. The series led to the film set to release next month.
The doc tells the stories of ordinary people with AIDS: J’Mia, 28-year-old mother of three who struggles to look for housing; Ron, a former heroine addict who runs a needle exchange program in Anacostia; Jose, who was infected when he was 17 and works as an outreach worker with young immigrant Latinos in D.C. The film captures Joseph’s House, a home for terminally ill, HIV-infected men and women in their last weeks of life.
“Writing about HIV/AIDS, for me, is exploring subjects and themes that we’re all too quick to isolate and simplify,” Vargas told FishbowlDC. “Sex and drugs, race and class, identity. To me, ‘The Other City’ is America’s underclass told through a virus.”
He said the film wasn’t easy emotionally to make. “AIDS is a very complex issue,” he said. It’s about sex, about drugs, about race and class and identity. And it was heartbreaking to write about HIV/AIDS, when I first started reporting on it when I was a summer intern for WaPo back in 2003. And it was heartbreaking going through the film process, too. But the upside is we’re telling stories that often get neglected on film, nearly 30 years after we first heard of HIV.”
Vargas said the film incorporates all of his journalism skills.
“Premiering at the Tribeca Film Fest is really an honor, especially with a documentary that, I hope, captures what I’m about as a journalist — and, more importantly, shows a DC that’s far from the Capitol Hill-Dupont Circle-Georgetown mindset. The goal, for me, is to be a multimedia journalist: writing stories, curating online content, figuring out how video/film works. After about 10 years working in daily newspapers (first at SF Chronicle and then at WaPo), I wanted to tell stories in different ways – not just in text, but on film. This is a first step for me.”
Learn specifics about the screenings and watch a trailer after the jump…
Curious readers were wondering what Jose Antonio Vargas, the Tech and Innovations editor of HuffPost, was doing in the WaPo’s newsroom today.
A WaPo insider informed: “He was going to the Deborah Howell memorial with his former colleagues.”
Previously Vargas was a national political reporter for The Washington Post.
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