University of California Santa Cruz's John Jota Leaños Discusses the Integration of Animation in the Realm of Social Documentary
Social art practitioner, documentarian and Assistant Professor John Jota Leaños stumbled upon animation while seeking a way to convey profound social questions in an accessible, bold and often ironic format. Leaños leverages animation along with other mediums to examine today’s issues while peering into the past. Weaving the vibrant and diverse aesthetics of Latino and indigenous cultures, he has gained international acclaim. His animated documentaries have been shown at Sundance, Toronto and Cannes while audiences in Chicago have been wowed by his mariachi opera and passersby in San Francisco have come face to face with his public art projects.