Luís Proença

Luis is a priest involved in directing and producing documentaries and new media art. Recently he just had his latest 2 documentaries broadcast at RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional) over all the continents. These two works are about the Portuguese community in California. They are called Tradition - As Festas e Tradições dos Portugueses na Califórnia and Off the Boat- As Histórias de Imigração dos Portugueses na Califórnia.

Hopes and Struggles of Mozambican Refugees is the third most recent work (April, 2006), which has been broadcast all over Africa on RTP Africa. Pukiki – The Portuguese Americans of Hawaii is Proenca’s work from 2003 in which he served as Producer, Director and Editor. Pukiki was internationally broadcast over all the continents on RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional) and it was also an Official Selection of the Hawaiian International Film Festival (Oct. 03). After Pukiki he finished the documentary Mo’olelo – Oral Histories of the Portuguese in Maui, Oahu and Hawai’i.

His documentary, Touchstone – The Rock Art of Côa Valley concerns rare forms of art produced 20,000 years ago in the Côa Valley and it has been distributed in Europe. He also produced Rhythms of Mozambique, an African music compact disc that features The Fonte Boa Choir. The CD was published in January of 2001 by Loyola Productions. Luis has directed live television programs for Portuguese National Television (TVI).

Since 2000 he has taught Television and Film Production courses at Loyola Marymount University where he is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the School of Film and Television.






Art Nomura
Board of Directors / Treasurer

Art Nomura has worked in expressive media of all types including painting, ceramics, sculpture, film, and video since 1968. His independent productions include
fictional narratives and documentaries, dance and music videos, and video art. Many of his works have themes directly connected to the Asian American experience. All are influenced by his experience growing up and living as a Japanese American.

Video honors include a Gold Award from the Houston Worldfest for Lotusland; Best Drama Pilot, and a Best Experimental Documentary (Honorable Mention) Award
from the Atlanta Film Video Festival for his documentary on racism, Getting Along. Seascape, a dance video, and Wok Like A Man, a music video documentary, have toured galleries and museums worldwide. He was a contributing artist to Home, an interactive website created by Annette Barbier and Drew Browning. He has received production awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles. He has been nominated for two regional Emmy awards for Arts and Culture programs.

Nomura has taught video/TV/film production throughout Southern California since 1981. From 1981-1985 he co-managed the Video Annex of the Long Beach Museum of Art, and from 1985 -1990 he directed the Video Arts program at the University of California, Irvine. He has been on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University since 1990 where he is a Professor in the School of Film and Television. During that time, Nomura has also taught film/TV production, screenwriting, computer animation, and film history in Portugal, Italy, and Germany. In 2003, Nomura received a Fulbright Research Grant to produce a documentary about Japanese Americans who have chosen to live in Japan entitled, Finding Home. It has been an official selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Dallas Video Festival. This summer Finding Home will screen at the Asian Studies Conference Japan in Tokyo and in other academic settings. Excerpts from the Finding Home project can be viewed at Please visit for more information about Nomura and his work.




Rich Rohrer

Board of Directors





Rose Pacatte
Board of Directors

A DAUGHTER OF ST. PAUL AND Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA. MEd in Media Studies from the University of London. Her primary work is media literacy education for parents and teachers within the context of culture, education and faith formation. SHE IS THE Film/TV columnist for St. Anthony Messenger Magazine: AND Co-author of the 3 book series “Lights, Camera...Faith! A Movie Lover's Guide to Scripture" INCLUDING THE NEWEST, LIGHTS, CAMERA...FAITH! THE TEN COMMANDMENTS BY PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA. ROSE HAS EXPERIENCE IN FILMMAKING, VIDEO AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION, BOOK PUBLISHING AND DISTRIBUTION AND RADIO. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN ON JURIES AT THE VENICE, BERLIN, LOCARNO AND NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVALS.


Advisers and Producers of HMP:



Ron Schmidt, SJ

Jesuit priest, filmmaker of industrial, promotional, and educational videos and feature documentaries. Previously, vice president of two Catholic non-profit production companies: the San Damiano Foundation and Loyola Productions, Inc. He also was executive producer on numerous video projects. He produced a project on the American Zen Buddhist Bernie Glassman, "Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Recipe for Living a Life that Matters." His most recent documentary is "An Auschwitz Retreat: Spirituality in a Wounded World." The documentary "On the Line", which concerns the protest at the School of the Americas will premier in November, 2007. He is in preproduction on a documentary about a survivor of Auschwitz. Ron is also involved in a number of film festivals and awards shows: the Chair of the 2007 Gabriel Awards, co-director of the Inigo Film Festival for World Youth Day, Sydney, Australia, 2008; co-producer of the L.A. Archdiocese Religious Education Film Showcase, 2008. He is co-author of 2 Film Study Guides for the documentary "Into Great Silence." He is a reader of scripts for the Humanitas Prize. He also leads Film Retreats. He is an educator and teacher with 23 years Army experience as leader and manager. His family has been in the motion picture business for over 75 years.






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