Latino Directors Michèle Stephenson and Carlos Sandoval Nominated to the Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominations for their 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards which includes nominations for Latino filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Carlos Sandoval.

Haitian-Panamanian filmmaker Michèle Stephenson was nominated for four Emmy Awards for her documentary feature American Promise (pictured right), which she co-directed with her husband Joe Brewster. The film earned three nominations for Best Documentary, Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story-Long Form, and Outstanding Editing.

In American Promise, the filmmakers follow their son and his best friend through the U.S. educational system. Though both boys start out at the prestigious Dalton School, circumstances later force one into a public high school.

Filmmaker Carlos Sandoval, of Mexican American and Puerto Rican descent, was nominated for his documentary film The State of Arizona (pictured right), co-directed with Catherine Bambini, for Outstanding Investigative Journalism-Long-Form.

The turbulent battle over indocumented immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames The State of Arizona, a riveting documentary tracking multiple perspectives — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others — as America eyes the results.

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, September 28th, 2015, at a ceremony at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in New York City.