The Murder of the Butterflies

The time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic was years of tears, blood, torture and murder. Over 50,000 people were killed during his 30 year reign of terror. Among the few courageous souls who opposed the brutal regime were the Mirabel sisters. The sisters were from a comfortable, upper class family, and had much to lose and little to gain for their political activism.  On November 25, 1960, three of the sisters paid the ultimate price, and were savagely beaten to death on a lonely country road.  To commemorate their heroism, and that of other revolutionary women, the United Nations designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Their heroic story was also honored in the book and film, “In the Time of Butterflies”.

Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Avellán Veloz, Dream Producer

Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Avellán Veloz, an American film producer born in Caracas, Venezuela on November 8, 1960.  Her family moved to Houston when she was a child, and Avellán attended Rice University.  A leader of the film production scene in Texas Hollywood (the city of Austin), Avellán was a co-founder of Troublemaker Studios.  With Troublemaker, Avellán produced a string of blockbuster films that included “Sin City”, the “Spy Kids” trilogy and “Desperado”.  Avellán likens her production work to her other starring role as the mother of six children, “I’m the one who tells people, ‘Yes, you can do that,’ or ‘No, we don’t have money for that. It’s a lot like being a mother.”