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Seeds of Change


Tony Mendoza

Sound Supervisor

Tony Mendoza

I am a professional sound designer, sound engineer, sound editor, boom operator, music composer and music producer.  

From a very young age, music and sound have been an ever-present part of my life.  From learning music theory and the saxophone at the age of 7, building custom hardware synthesizers in my 30’s, and picking up the piano into my 40’s, I have spent my entire life developing my skills as a musician and audio engineer. 


I have several years of musical composition, orchestration and production experience, released several studio recordings, worked as a sound designer for several online and offline projects, and worked both on location and in post on several short films.

To this day, I remain passionate and driven by the power of sound to shape an audience’s experience.

How Racism Has Impacted Me

As a mixed race (half black/half white) person, my experience with racism is a bit different than most who have been affected by this societal cancer. I am unique in that I am very light-skinned, with very few of the distinguishing features most African Americans have, so I can pass as white.  This allowed my adoptive father, a white man from Chicago, to keep my origins hidden and raise me as a non-black child.


In some ways, this was a blessing.  Being able to pass as white gives you a peek behind the curtain.  It allows you to see and hear things non-white people may never directly see or hear.

Over time, this blessing became a curse.  I have seen behind the veil of smiles, false sincerity and fake helpfulness. I have been behind closed doors where the veils come down and true feelings are expressed and shared. I can think of nothing more disheartening than learning and knowing these truths.


Recently, many have raised alarms over or lamented about a resurgence of racist attitudes and bigotry.   I can tell you, first hand, that it has always been here.  It never left and it was certainly never stamped out.  It's just been waiting for an opportunity to come out from the shadows.  It's been waiting for a fertile, supportive environment to rear its ugly head. 


That is why 'Seeds of Change' is important to me.  The problem of racism still exists and it will always exist unless we discuss it, and its impact, out in the open with full honesty and sincerity.  Through artistic works such as those produced by Frances, we may be able to take a more empathetic and humanistic approach to discussing this difficult but important topic.

    I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and
    the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create
    a program, you get action.

                                                                                                     -Malcolm X


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