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   John Leo De Frank resides on the U.S. / Mexico border. His arenas include: filmmaking, grant writing, producing, media education and journalism. He is owner of a small business, De Frank Media formally Rebirth Films, which produces commercials, online promo videos, short & feature documentaries & narrative films, academic media and journalism multimedia. Mr. De Frank is also a lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso for the Humanities Program, teaching courses – Media & Social Justice and Social Justice & Film and Layers of Rome Study Abroad. Mr. De Frank is a co-faculty and Media Producer for the Layers of Rome Educational Resource and Study Abroad Program. As an educator he has also been teaching in the community for non-profits and collectives in media and citizen journalism. In the arena of community building, Mr. De Frank is a member of Movimiento Hunab Ku, an artist collective made up of visual, multimedia, music producers as well as writers, poets and scholars. The collective’s mission is to teach culture & heritage through art & entertainment to under-served communities & youth. Mr. De Frank has served as the collective’s media manager, documenter, PR rep, grant writer and event coordinator. Mr. De Frank is also the lead organizer of the Del Corazon Film Festival, a bi-national short film festival screening in both El Paso and Juarez. The film festival hosts independent amateur and professional filmmakers in the categories of documentary, narrative, music video and animation.   

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