Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story
Understanding the Puerto Rican Diaspora

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About the Filmmaker

Antonio Franceschi is an award winning film producer, writer and director with more than 25 years of experience in all forms of media. An independent artist and producer, he is adept at achieving a balance between artistic vision and effective programming.


Antonio has done various independent projects, including independent films, theartrical plays and documentaries, and has appeared on various networks such as WGN, NBC and PBS stations. His latest documentary titled Chicago’s Puerto Rican Story, which aired on PBS,

is currently being used to supplement Latino/Ethnic studies programs at some of the top universities across the country including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Rutgers's University. He has traveled extensively throughout the country lecturing at numerous universities across the U.S. on various topics of independent filmmaking and minorities in films.


Antonio has received numerous awards for his distinguished work. He is the recipient of a C.A.N Film Award. In 2008, Antonio was awarded the P.R.C.C.L. Person of the Year Award as well as the 2008 Paseo Boricua’s Ambassador of the Year Award. In 2011, he was recognized and awarded with a Creative Movement Award for his work and commitment to social justice.