The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung, Man in Search of Soul
At (1:30), Elena speaks eloquently about the great value of "checking-in" and reaching and honoring "agreements" with one's collaborators:
"... I was really open and honest with them about what do I want out of this . . . What will make this investment worth it for me and encourage them to also always be open with me about that . . . That's actually something that we learned in our 'acting classes' . . . working on how to direct actors, to always "check-in" and to always reach "agreements." So we did that throughout our whole process and it made it such a joy to work together and something that I would never in a million years never regret a moment of. I do want to keep producing."
Friend and former student Elena Julia Greenlee at the San Francisco Film Festival talks about the process of producing Josef Wladyka's award-winning film "Manos Sucias" and using the "check-in" process I taught them throughout the whole time of making their film.
"José Santana's chosen field of academic study combined with his deep sense of social responsibility and his many years of experience as an actor in theatre, film and television have resulted in a great breadth and depth of understanding of the processes of creativity. He brings great energy, commitment and determination to all his projects, has achieved remarkable success in his work with disadvantaged and alienated young people, and remains a highly original thinker." - Trevor Griffiths, is a writer, and director; for his film Reds: WGA Best Screenplay Award, and an Oscar nomination.
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"José shares my belief in the value of education through the arts, of using both the tools and artists of theatre as a way to teach young people about collaboration, self-awareness and confidence. I can highly recommend José as a person who will inspire and motivate his students with his enormous integrity, energy and commitment." - Kevin Spacey, is a two-time academy award winning actor, director, screenwriter, and producer.
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"I've known José for many years, and have worked with him on stage, and in film. I've seen his work as a student, and I've seen his work as a teacher; and I've always been impressed with his passion, his work - ethic, and his intelligence." - David Mamet, is an author, Pulitzer Priize-winning playwright, producter, screenwriter, and director.
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"As Drama Director, José always brought inspiration to the young people with his talent for acting, teaching, and always upholding the highest artistic standards. José is a joy to work with! Don't let him get away." - Jane Fonda, is an actress,, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru.
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"One would be hard pressed to find anyone with greater integrity, authenticity and talent for teaching than José Angel Santana. Combined with his gifts for communication and collaboration, his passion for nurturing newcomers is a wonderful asset for his students." - Alan Rosenberg, is an actor of both stage and screen, and President Screen Actors Guild (2005 - 2009).