As one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers working today, Hector Galán has contributed over forty hours of programming to major television series such as PBS Frontline and American Experience, and to cable networks, and PBS primetime. Galán has produced many critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films through his company Galán Inc. Television/Film which was founded in 1984 in Austin, Texas.
Galán theatrically released his feature documentary, Los Lonely Boys, Cottonfields and Crossroads in 2006. Most recently, Galán completed production in the Middle East and Europe on a six hour series, The Road from Christ to Constantine, a remarkable journey into early Christianity and completed production on Children of GIANT, a documentary feature set in the West Texas town of Marfa, that explores social issues throughout history, weaving a scenic exploration of the Academy Award winning film, George Stevens’ Giant, with contemporary interviews. The PBS National Broadcast date was April 17, 2015.
Also in production is The War Within, a documentary series for PBS that tells the story of Latinos in America’s Wars, from the American Revolution to the present. Galán is a founding board member of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and has served as a mentor of the CPB Producer’s Academy and the NALIP Producers Academy and on the PBS Content Committee. He is also a member of the Writers Guild of America West and is a frequent guest lecturer and keynote speaker at universities and national conferences throughout the country.
2012 Inducted into the Conjunto Hall of Fame
2010 Blackwell School Hall of Fame. Marfa, Tx
2008 Proclamation by the city of San Angelo, TX for Outstanding Achievement in film
2005 Distinguished Filmmaker Award, Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival
2003 Armando Marroquin Lifetime Achievement Award: Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Museum
2003 Texas State Bar: Distinguished Service, Legal/Business Aspects of Film/Music
2000 Premio Estrella Recipient, Dallas CineFiesta Film Festival
2000 Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement, City of Dallas
1999 AT&T Spirit of Communication Award
1998 Cultural Arts Award: American Association of Higher Education
1998 Retrospective of Hector Galán’s work at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC
1997 Texas Tech Mass Communications Alumnus Outstanding
1997 Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America
1996 White House special screening of Hector Galan's Chicano!
1996 Texas flag flown over State Capitol in Hector Galán’s Honor: House of Rep.
Meeting President Clinton in 1996.
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