Linda Mabalot

1954 - 2003 Artist Patron

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Linda Mabalot was a Filipina American film maker and community activist. She was a founder of Visual Communications, an independent film studio that focuses on telling the stories of APIs. VC is one of the most highly regarded community-based institutions in southern California. Linda worked quietly and diligently at the difficult task of finding resources, cultivating the creative talents of fellow filmmakers, and advocating for every opportunity for API stories to be preserved and told. She was a dedicated, no-nonsense woman who was respected by all those who have had the chance to work with her and under her guidance.Linda produced and directed such projects as MANONG (1977), a documentary on the history of Filipinos in California; Executive Producer for MOVING THE IMAGE (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996) television series for the International Channel Network, Producer/Director of HIROSHIMA 20 YEARS LATER (1996), and for the statewide touring photographic exhibit, HEADING EAST: California's Asian Pacific Experience (1998) for the California Sesquicentennial Commission and California State Library.Linda advocated for the democratization of media in which communities control, own and produce their truthful images. Linda also believed that with access to the technologies and the delivery systems, the voices and stories from communities of color will have an impact to effect positive social change.

[Source: Asian American Film Website]