Keynote Speaker

Screening of the award-winning film “Bibi”

Bibi screenshot


Southern Poverty Law Center

Keynote Session #4

2:40PM - 3:45PM - 15:25:00

Session Overview

Bibi is a ten minute short form film set in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. This is the backdrop for our tale of love, hope, and forgiveness. A young Latino man receives a mysterious last letter from his estranged and recently deceased father after he’s forced to return to Texas to handle his final arrangements.


Victor M. Dueñas is a Mexican-American director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles. He attended Pomona College where he studied media and acting. Upon graduation, he continued his studies at Los Angeles Community College where he completed the school’s well regarded film program. A few years later, he entered the educational world working as an elementary school teacher. After teaching for almost a decade, Victor had the great fortune of joining the writing team of the Emmy-nominated series “East Los High” as a Development Assistant. He used his experience as an educator to entertain audiences and give authenticity to the show’s storylines. Victor has been part of GLAAD’s screenwriting program, a fellow of the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s TV Writers Program sponsored by ABC and NBC, and won a highly-coveted spot in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s inaugural Imagine Impact Program. In 2019, he was selected as a Disney ABC Writing Program Finalist.
J.M. Longoria is an Imagen Award-nominated actor, writer, and producer known for his supporting role in the successful Sony Pictures feature film “Miracles From Heaven”, starring Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez and directed by Patricia Riggen. He is also recognized for his leading role as Enrique Salazar in the award-winning telenovela web series, “Sin Vergüenza”. Some of J.M.’s other notable credits include co-starring roles in the ABC shows “The Fix”, “General Hospital”, “The Real O’Neals”, “Don’t Trust The B— in Apartment 23”, and in the FOX sitcom, “Mulaney”. As a producer, he has worked on various international projects including “Bushido Battleground”, a mixed martial arts docu-series, which premiered in 2017 on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network.