Saturday, January 18, 2020  |  8 pm

Indie Lens Pop-Up:
The First Rainbow Coalition

Presa House Gallery is excited to partner with PBS Indie Lens Pop-Up to host a FREE & Public Encore Screening of San Antonio filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s The First Rainbow Coalition on January 18th at 8 pm. In May of 2019, Santisteban participated in our exhibition “A Common Vision,” an exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of NALAC. In the show, Santisteban included footage of his highly anticipated documentary, The First Rainbow Coalition, which recently debuted for the first time in San Antonio at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center.

The First Rainbow Coalition
Approximate Running Time: 56 mins

In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form a multi-ethnic coalition with the Young Lords Organization and the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in post-war America, the Rainbow Coalition changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics and created an organizing model for future activists and politicians.


Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations.

The First Rainbow Coalition premieres on Independent Lens Monday, Jan 27, tune in or stream, at 9 pm (CST) on KLRN or your local PBS station. Streams on PBS Video:


Ray Santisteban has worked for the past twenty six years as a documentary filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. His work consistently gravitates toward political subjects and artist profiles, addressing the themes of justice, memory and political transformation. A graduate of NYU’s film and TV production program, he has explored a variety of subjects including New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad – Passin’ It On (Co-Producer), the roots of Puerto Rican poetry, Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1994, Director, Producer, Editor), Chicano poetry, Voices From Texas (Directed, Producer) and was Senior Producer of Visiones: Latino Art and Culture in the U.S. a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in Oct. 2004. Awards garnered include: a 1992 Student Academy Award (information division), a 1996 “Ideas In Action” Award from the National Tele-Media Alliance, a 1996 “Faculty of the Year” Award from the Chicano Studies Program, UW Madison, a 2016 San Antonio Artists Foundation Filmmaker Award, and a 2016 Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence. Since 1998, he has been based in San Antonio, Texas.