Press

August 2, 2014
El Paso Times
Special guests with El Paso ties featured at Plaza Classic Film Festival
The stars are coming back to the silver screen for the seventh annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, and some of those stars have close ties to El Paso...Documentarian Phillip Rodriguez will introduce "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Philanthropy Theatre. More...

May 31, 2014
LA Times
'Ruben Salazar' filmmaker says L.A. Times review was 'misleading'
I write to address certain misleading points in Robert Lloyd's review of my film, "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" ["A Man Caught Between Cultures, April 29]. As its title clearly states, the film, shown April 29 on PBS and available on the network's website, is about the life of Mr. Salazar and his place in the world. The film is not a sensational reveal about Salazar's murder...
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May 5, 2014
TRUTHDIG
Never Forget Ruben Salazar, ‘The Man in the Middle’, Bill Boyarsky
Ruben Salazar was a crusading journalist for the Los Angeles Times and television station KMEX until he was killed by a deputy sheriff’s tear gas projectile in East Los Angeles during the Chicano Moratorium march against the Vietnam War on Aug. 29, 1970. His story is told in an insightful, moving and historically important documentary, “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle,” shown nationally on PBS and available for viewing.
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April 30, 2014
San Antonio Express News
'Man in the Middle' shines light on myth
Every year activists in various Southwestern cities have gathered around the story of Latino journalist Ruben Salazar, not only to honor the man killed during the Los Angeles Moratorium rallies against the Vietnam War but to protest the police brutality that claimed his life.
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April 29, 2014
LA Daily News
Since Ruben Salazar’s 1970 killing, some things unchanged: Rachel Uranga
Seven years ago, I was heading to a May Day immigration rally at MacArthur Park expecting to see a watered-down version of a similar one that drew half a million protesters to Los Angeles streets a year earlier.
Stalled negotiations on immigration reform (immigrants are still waiting) and an upsurge in raids (deportation has now reached record rates) fueled the protests. Mostly Latino immigrants and their supporters filled up the streets. More...

April 29, 2014
Morning Edition, NPR
PBS Documentary Examines Ruben Salazar's Life And Death
NPR's Morning Edition speaks with filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez about his new documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. The death of journalist Ruben Salazar was a catalyst for the nascent Chicano-rights movement. It is still at the center of deeply held belief that he was purposely killed by LA law enforcement.
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April 29, 2014
L.A. Times
Review: Ruben Salazar documentary; a life in the midst of the news
Ruben Salazar, who wrote for the Los Angeles Times from 1959 until his death in 1970, when he was shot with a tear gas shell as he sat in an East Los Angeles bar while a demonstration became a riot outside, is the subject of a new documentary, "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle." It premieres Tuesday on PBS as a presentation of the Latino showcase "Voces." Directed by Phillip Rodriguez ("Race 2012"), the film is an efficient and enlightening...
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April 29, 2014
REMEZCLA
Decades Old Case of Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar’s Death
A few years back, I was compelled to look up the word hagiography. It was one of those big words that popped up from time to time and seemed like it would look good in an academic term paper. Turns out it refers to biographies documenting the lives of saints and martyrs of the early Christian church.
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April 29, 2014
City Watch
New Film on Slain Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar Recalls the Racist History of LAPD, LASD
FILM-If you grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, or followed Chicano politics of the era, you knew how much Ruben Salazar contributed to the movement. And many believe that’s why the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department killed him. More...

April 28, 2014
ABC News, The Washington Post, NPR, Business Week, Seattle pi, Yahoo News, WTOP, Coos Bay World, Greenfield Daily Reporter, Brampton Guardian, WFIE Evansville, KPHO Phoenix, WNEM Saginaw, News on 6, WSHM-TV, 13abc Action News, New Jersey Herald, Quincy Herald Whig, Fox 12 Oregon, From the Associated Press
Documentary on Life, Not Death, of Ruben Salazar
Many people consider Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar a martyr of the Chicano Movement after he was struck by a tear gas projectile fired by a sheriff's deputy during a 1970 riot in Los Angeles. A new documentary that focuses not on Salazar's notorious death, but rather his life, shows how he questioned his own cultural identity as he moved in and out of Mexican and American worlds. More...

April 28, 2014
NBC News
Ruben Salazar: New Documentary Stirs Old Controversy
Nearly 44 years ago, Stephanie Salazar’s father left for work on a smoggy Southern California day. “He went off to work, and never came home,” she said. “We were living in Orange County, and I was eight years old,” she remembered. “My dad was going to cover a parade, he said. In fact, he almost took my little brother, who was five, but at the last minute he didn’t.” More...

April 28, 2014
Lansing State Journal
PBS documentary reflects on Ruben Salazar's life, death
As Los Angeles quaked in the 1970s, Ruben Salazar’s image soared. “He became an icon for the left in this town,” said Phillip Rodriguez, director of a PBS profile. “He was being portrayed in kind of crudely drawn portraits under freeway underpasses and things.”
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April 28, 2014
Univision Noticias.com, The Huffington Post, Fox News Latino, MSN Latino, Hoy Los Angeles, El Nuevo Herald, KGW.com, Metro, From The Associated Press
Documental humaniza a periodista Rubén Salazar
Uchas personas consideran un mártir del Movimiento Chicano a Rubén Salazar, el periodista que murió en 1970 tras ser alcanzado por un proyectil de un alguacil de Los Ángeles. Un nuevo documental lo humaniza, mostrándolo como muchos mexico-estadounidenses actuales: debatiéndose entre lo anglo y lo mexicano, con dudas sobre su identidad cultural. Más...

April 28, 2014
The Washington Post
TV highlights: A moving Ruben Salazar documentary on PBS
The documentary “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” (MPT and WETA at 9) recalls the life and mysterious death of Los Angeles Times journalist Salazar, who chronicled the Chicano rights movement in the 1960s. More...

April 28, 2014
NY Times
What's on Tuesday
9 P.M. (13, 49) RUBEN SALAZAR: MAN IN THE MIDDLE The director Phillip Rodriguez chronicles the life of Mr. Salazar, left, a reporter for The Los Angeles Times who documented the Chicano movement in the late 1960s before being killed in 1970 when a law enforcement officer fired a tear gas canister into a bar after a protest march. More...

April 28, 2014
OC Register
Watch this, skip that
“Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS The death of Ruben Salazar during a 1970 riot turned him from a journalist into something of a mythical figure.
This documentary attempts to give us back Ruben Salazar the man, one whose story ended abruptly and tragically. Born in Mexico, Salazar moved as a boy with his parents to El Paso, and the film describes him as... More...

April 28, 2014
Hispanic Business
Who Killed Ruben Salazar? PBS Special
A new documentary about martyred chicanismo journalist Ruben Salazar lays some questions to rest and raises some new ones. "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle," produced and directed by Phillip Rodriguez, takes a look at the life and sudden death of the former Los Angeles Times correspondent who became a martyr to the Chicano movement when he was killed at an anti-war protest in 1970. More...

April 28, 2014
Beyond Chron.com SF
New Film on Slain Chicano Journalist Ruben Salazar on PBS April 29
If you grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, or followed Chicano politics of the era, you knew how much Ruben Salazar contributed to the movement. And many believe that’s why the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department killed him. Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle will be shown on PBS on April 29. I saw an advance copy and it reminded me of how most Americans... More...

April 27, 2014
San Antonio Express News
Salazar was the man in the middle of a growing mythology
Every year, activists in various Southwestern cities have gathered around the story of Latino journalist Ruben Salazar, not only to honor the man killed during the Los Angeles Moratorium rallies against the Vietnam War but to protest the police brutality that claimed his life. Salazar, an El Pasoan who was a reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a Spanish-language television news director... More...

April 27, 2014
Hoy
Desmitificando a Rubén Salazar
El 29 de agosto de 1970 el periodista mexicoamericano Rubén Salazar murió dos veces: Física y profesionalmente y pasó a la historia con una imagen muy distinta y alejada de lo que realmente fue: Como un ícono de la comunidad chicana. Ese día, una multitud de 30,000 personas asistió a la protesta chicana contra la guerra, en Los Angeles, California, la manifestación más grande de mexicoamericanos hasta hoy. Más...

April 27, 2014
Houston Chronicle
Navarrette: Film recalls reporter's efforts to expose graft
I remember the day my brother-in-law asked me if I had a gun in the house. It was 10 years ago, and I was a columnist and editorial writer in Dallas. The nation's ninth largest city can display the idiosyncrasies of a small town, and in my job I was doing something that one shouldn't do in a small town: needling the powerful. More...

April 26, 2014
Los Angeles Times
'Man in the Middle' separates Ruben Salazar from his myth
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times — as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. More...

April 26, 2014
KPCC, OFF-RAMP
Black widow spiders flee the city! Off-Ramp for April 26, 2014
KPCC’s OFF-RAMP remembers Ruben Salazar – Listen @34:00 as friend, federal government employee, and documentary interviewee, Phil Montez shares with audiences a side of Ruben Salazar many don’t know.
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April 25, 2014
NPR - Latino USA
Sabiduría: Ruben Salazar
Listen on NPR's Latino USA for more on Ruben Salazar. Ruben Salazar chronicled the Chicano rights struggle in Los Angeles during the 1960's. The legendary journalist imparts wisdom on a life featured in the documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. More...

April 25, 2014
VOXXI
Ruben Salazar questioned his own Chicano identity, by Borderzine
During a television interview shortly before newsman Ruben Salazar was killed by cops during a 1970 Chicano Anti-War march in Los Angeles, the now legendary Mexican-American journalist asked: “Why do I always have to apologize to Americans for Mexicans and to Mexicans for Americans?” More...

April 24, 2014
Borderzine
Ruben Salazar was a journalist living in two cultures, like me
EL PASO – While viewing the special screening here of the new documentary on the life and death of Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar, Man in the Middle, I experienced a mix of emotions. More...

April 24, 2014
LatinHeat Entertainment
Rubén Salazar Death Re-Examined in LPB Documentary
...The film covers the life and mysterious death of award-winning journalist Rubén F. Salazar, whose untimely death on August 29, 1970 amid the epic National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War demonstrators (with 30,000+), has been cloaked in mystery for four decades. His enigmatic death has sparked wide and far-reaching theories that have elevated his stature to that of a bona fide martyr. More...

April 23, 2014
San Jose Mercury News
Ruben Salazar documentary probes journalist's life and mysterious death
Back when my father drank too much, my mother used to send me and my little brother to pull him out of the "beer joints" and bring him home. One of them was the Silver Dollar Cafe. That was enough heartache from one dive in East Los Angeles. But then came worse, when Ruben Salazar -- a crusading Latino journalist and my role model -- was killed when he was hit by a tear gas missile fired into the Silver Dollar during a riot. More...

April 23, 2014
LA Weekly
A Documentary Tries to Solve the Death of Famed L.A. Reporter Ruben Salazar
On Aug. 29, 1970, 42-year-old Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Salazar was struck in the head with a tear gas canister and killed instantly. He'd stepped into the Silver Dollar Cafe to escape the chaos and confusion of the Chicano Moratorium march, an anti-Vietnam protest that had turned violent. More...

April 22, 2014
Latino Rebels
PBS to Premiere Documentary on Life and Mysterious Death of Pioneering Journalist Ruben Salazar
This documentary examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. More...

April 22, 2014
NewsChannel 9 - KTSM, El Paso
City Council proclaims Tuesday as 'Ruben Salazar Day'
Tuesday, the El Paso City Council recognized April 22, 2014 as “Ruben Salazar Day.” Today’s proclamation marks the first time that El Paso has recognized Ruben Salazar for his contributions and significance to our city, our community and our history. More...

April 14, 2014
Fox 11 KTTV, Los Angeles
Midday Sunday with Tony Valdez - Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle
Watch excerpts from Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle and an interview with filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez on Midday Sunday with Fox 11's Tony Valdez... Watch...

April 13, 2014
El Paso Times
Ramon Villalobos, pioneer border reporter
As we celebrate the legacy of Hispanic journalist Rubén Salazar, let's not forget one Hispanic journalist who broke barriers back in the days before Salazar, barriers that were made of decades of impenetrable prejudice. I write proudly of Ramon Villalobos, my father, who worked at the El Paso Times side for decades as one of the first Hispanic reporters in El Paso... More...

April 11, 2014
UTEP News
UTEP Hosts Sneak Peek of PBS Documentary on Trailblazing Journalist
...Parents accompanied students, who sat alongside UTEP faculty and older El Pasoans who knew Salazar in his youth and during his undergraduate studies at UTEP. The event was part of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration and was sponsored by the departments of Communication, English and History as well as the Chicano Studies Program. More...

April 11, 2014
UTEP Headline News
UTEP Headlines Newscast 04.11.14
UTEP's video coverage of the El Paso premiere of "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" at the Union Cinema at the University of Texas at El Paso. More...

April 10, 2014
EL TECOLOTE
Documental esclarece muerte de periodista Chicano
Ciertamente le tomó bastante a Cesar Chávez cosechar finalmente el reconocimiento que se merecía en este país. Pero el hecho de que Rubén Salazar, un contemporáneo suyo, siga siendo, en gran parte, desconocido fuera de los programas universitarios de Estudios de Raza, da fe de lo que falta por recorrer antes de que las experiencias de estadounidenses no anglosajones sean verdaderamente integradas en la conciencia histórica y colectiva de este país. More...

April 10, 2014
El Paso Times
New documentary about slain journalist Ruben Salazar screened at UTEP
Ruben Salazar, a pioneering Mexican-American journalist from El Paso who was slain in 1970, faced issues still confronted by Hispanic journalists, panelists said Wednesday night after a screening of a documentary on his life. The documentary "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" was screened at the Union Cinema at the University of Texas at El Paso. More...

April 7, 2014
Newspaper Tree
Sanchez: "That Ruben went on to national fame was no surprise."
Even as children, we kids in the neighborhood knew that Ruben Salazar was special.Did we know that Ruben would grow up to become a nationally respected journalist and the first Latino columnist for a major American newspaper? That he would travel to Vietnam, Cuba, Mexico and more as a foreign correspondent? More...

April 6, 2014
USA Today
Journalists remember Ruben Salazar: Column
By Raul Yzaguirre
My friend Ruben Salazar would have been 86 years young. It is almost impossible for me to imagine this — and not just because I still picture him as the vibrant reporter I knew in the summer of 1970, when he was killed by a tear gas projectile fired by a Los Angeles County Sherriff's deputy. More...

April 6, 2014
El Paso Times
PBS film about journalist Ruben Salazar from El Paso will be screened at UTEP
For filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez, the pioneering Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar was a complex individual, much more dimensional than the flat images that immortalized him on murals or posters as a martyr and symbol of the 1970s Chicano movement. "I tried to bring back his humanity and maybe refresh the metaphor for the next generation," Rodriguez said.... More...

April 4, 2014
Special to the American-Statesman
Chávez, Salazar paved way to new future for Hispanic youth
By Sens. José Rodríguez and Sylvia R. Garcia
If you’ve seen the recently released “Cesar Chavez” movie, you’ve heard the iconic phrase, “We’ve seen the future and the future is ours.” César Chávez might as well have been talking about today’s Texas Latinos. More...

April 4, 2014
Voice of Orange County
New Documentary Focuses on Groundbreaking Latino Reporter
Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Ruben Salazar, a Santa Ana resident who closely documented the Chicano movement of the 1960s and early 70s, became an iconic figure to many in the Latino community following his 1970 killing by a sheriff’s deputy. That legacy was very much alive Thursday night as local students, officials and others packed a screening... More...

April 3, 2014
Denver Westword Blog
Five must-see films at the XicanIndie Film Festival
Whether you are interested in cultural documentaries, classic dramas or anti-colonial revenge films, this year’s XicanIndie Film Festival promises to showcase the most innovative and intriguing Latino, Chicano and global indigenous films. Here are five must-see selections from the festival, which starts tonight... More...

April 2, 2014
What's Up
UTEP to screen “Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle”
On Wednesday, April 9 UTEP will host a screening of the documentary, “Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle.” The film, which explores the pioneering journalist’s life and controversial death, premieres on PBS April 29. The screening, which is part of UTEP’s centennial celebration, will also include a panel discussion with... More...

March 31, 2014
Orange Coast Magazine
Learn More About Ruben Salazar
Santa Ana resident and Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar was one of this country’s most prominent journalists. He broke new ground in his coverage of Latinos and the Chicano movement. A new PBS documentary, “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle,” airs nationally on April 29, and sheds light on his life and his controversial death... More...

March 29, 2014
El Diario de El Paso
Salazar identificó los asuntos; nosotros elaboramos las soluciones
Si usted creció, igual que yo, como parte de la generación de los ‘Baby Boomers’, comparte las memorias colectivas de nuestra generación. Todos sabemos en dónde estuvimos cuando dispararon a Kennedy, cuando Neil Armstrong pisó tierra lunar, cuando las protestas estudiantiles en la Universidad de Kent State se volvieron fatales. ... Más...

March 28, 2014
UT San Diego
Challenging the incoming SpeakerIncoming Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins won’t have a free ride to re-election this year as the Democratic lawmaker is being challenged by two Republicans. The long-shot bids come from Kevin D. Melton and Barbara Decker. More...

March 25, 2014
Texas Monthly
The Checklist - Television
The Mexican-born, El Paso–raised Salazar made an extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to a coveted foreign correspondent gig at the Los Angeles Times. This hour-long documentary tells the story of his early years and his work in Vietnam and Mexico City but focuses on his second-act awakening as a Chicano activist and his death, at the age of 42, at the hands of the police. More...

March 23, 2014
The El Paso Times
Rosa Guerrero: Rubén Salazar inspired life
For me, the story of Rubén Salazar begins at the long-gone Powder Puff beauty shop on Octavia Street.It was there that I would sit and talk with Rubén's mother, Luz Chavez de Salazar.I remember Lucita telling me how, long before he became a ground-breaking journalist with the Los Angeles Times, Rubén would wake at 3 a.m. to start writing. More...

March 21, 2014
Borderzine
Honoring our past to inspire our future: Rubén Salazar
UTEP’s Centennial is an important time to look back at the past, reflect how we got to where we are today, and honor those who carried the torch but could not be here to celebrate with us. If he were still alive, Rubén Salazar would be one of the alumni for whom the Miners would roll out the red carpet. More...

March 20, 2014
KPBS Midday Edition
Documentary Examines Suspicious 1970 Death Of LA Times Journalist Ruben Salazar
In the 1960s, journalist Ruben Salazar was writing about being Latino in America — things that no one else would dare say out loud. And some people think that's why he lost his life. Watch...

March 16, 2014
The El Paso Times
Filmmaker goes beyond the Rubén Salazar legend
"The Mexican-American in this country has been sold a bill of goods for so long that it has weakened him to the point of impotence. From the beginning he was sold the idea that he was white, in other words, one of the boys. Well hell, he's not one of the boys. In my estimation, he's not even white." More...

March 13, 2014
The El Paso Times
Documentary traces life of Rubén Salazar
Rubén Salazar, the pioneer journalist from El Paso and martyr of the Chicano rights movement, is one of those figures who becomes so iconic that it's easy to lose sight of the man behind the imagery. More...

February 28, 2014
Hispanic Link
Hispanic Link Reflects on Ruben Salazar With Premiere of “Man in the Middle”
Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle will premiere Feb. 27, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Before the film is shown, U.S. House Representative, Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) will make the opening remarks and the director of the film, Phillip Rodríguez will conduct a question and answer segment. More...

February 26, 2014
San Antonio Express-News, my SA
Salazar documentary tells complex story
This year's winner of the best documentary award at CineFestival is an example of how Latino storytelling should evolve from stories of oppression and hardship to more complex ones centering on universal themes, says director Phillip Rodriguez. More...

February 25, 2014
Eye Level, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Four Questions with the Filmmakers of Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle
Eye Level: Much of Rubén Salazar's story involves a tension between cultural assimilation and ethnic identity. What are the unique resources that this documentary uses to explore that tension? More...

February 24, 2014
San Antonio Express-News, my SA
7 Must-See Films Screening at CINEFESTIVAL (1 Must-Avoid)
Although it has done a fair amount of globetrotting in the past, don't assume this year's CineFestival will include films from Latin or South America. It is a conscious decision curator... More...

February 16, 2014
San Antonio Express-News, my SA
New PBS exec touts more Latino content, talent
When Ken Burns' documentary series “The War” spurred protests in 2007 for not including Latino veterans, the gifted filmmaker who so effortlessly can tell a story seemed totally oblivious to his own. More...

January 27, 2014
Telemundo Atlanta
Nuevo documental en PBS examina la vida y muerte del periodista Rubén Salazar
El documental "Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle" destaca la transformación del reconocido periodista hispano, fallecido en Los Ángeles mientras cubría una manifestación, desde su trabajo como reportero de los medios establecidos a cronista del movimiento radical chicano. Más...

January 24, 2014
La Opinión
Documental de PBS examina vida y muerte de Rubén Salazar
Para muchos, Rubén Salazar es un ícono y mártir del movimiento chicano.
Para su hija menor, Stephanie Cook Salazar, era simplemente su papá el que falleció trágicamente en 1970 cuando alguaciles angelinos tiraron un misil de gas lacrimógeno en el bar donde él estaba en el Este de Los Ángeles. Más...

January 22, 2014
Los Angeles Times
TCA: Director of Ruben Salazar film talks about struggle to get files
Newly obtained police documents were pivotal in making the upcoming PBS documentary "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle," which examines the life and controversial death in 1970 of the prominent Mexican American journalist, said filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez. More...

January 8, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Slain Times reporter Ruben Salazar examined in new PBS documentary
Ruben Salazar, the former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist who became an engaged supporter of the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles, died under mysterious circumstancesin 1970. Now a new documentary set to air on PBS in April will reassess his life and the facts surrounding his death.
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