Setting the Word on Fire


Setting the Word on Fire is an hour-long documentary-in-progress about the life and works of San Francisco's first Latino Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguia. Murguia's inspiring story is that of a California native son raised in a barrio in Tijuana whose journey takes him from the earliest days of the Chicano Movement to the halls of San Francisco State University, where he teaches in the first Ethnic Studies Program in the country, to San Francisco's City Hall as the City's Poet Laureate. Yet this is more than the story of an individual artist. Murguia has always been a dynamic presence at the center of an activist-artistic community, fighting for social justice on multiple fronts.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

David L. Brown (director/producer/cinematographer) is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced, written and directed over 80 productions and 14 broadcast documentaries on a variety of issues and topics, from nuclear issues and older surfers to the troubled history of the new Bay Bridge. His documentaries have received over 85 international awards, including three Emmy Awards, and have been broadcast on PBS and in sixteen countries.

Recent work includes: Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey into the Heart of Drumming, which won runner-up for the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Mill Valley Film Festival. His documentary on older surfers, Surfing for Life, was described by Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle as 'a treasure, perhaps the most intelligent treatment of surfing ever captured on film.' The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story won two Emmys including Best Documentary. Brown teaches Documentary Filmmaking at City College of San Francisco.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2014
  • Running time: 75 minutes
  • Director(s): David L. Brown, Raymond Telles
  • Producer(s): David L. Brown
  • Cinematographer(s): David L. Brown
  • Editor(s): David L. Brown
  • With: Alejandro Mugruia, Nina Serrano, Jack Hirshman, Cary Cordova

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