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Guide to the Sean Carillo Papers CEMA 85
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  • Series Description
  • Biography
  • Scope Note
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  • Title: Sean Carillo Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 85
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet 1 document box, 1 oversized box and videos
    Date: 1990's

    Series Description

    This collection is divided into five series. Series I Biographical in two folders contains personal, biographical material about Sean Carillo and his career. Series II Chicano Punk Rock Aesthetics in five folders, is made up largely of ephemera about the East Los Angeles Chicano punk scene represented by such groups as “Los Illegals”, “Brat” and “Plugz”. Series III Film Studies in two folders, contains a collection of film festival publicity and film critiques from the period of Carrillo’s life when he was an avid classic and avante garde film fan. Series IV Chicano Art in four folders and an oversize container consists of correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera. Series V Video recordings contain three videos: Exploratorium Fashion Show at California State University, Los Angeles, and early experimental Chicano performance art. Noteworthy, at the end of VS0987/UM is a stage performance by the Chicano punk rock band “Brat” featuring Teresa Covarrubias on vocals.


    Sean Carrillo was born in Boyle Heights, (Los Angeles) California in 1960; the eighth of nine children born to Jose P. Carrillo and Elisa Arevalo of El Paso, Texas. He attended Resurrection Grammar School in East LA and Bishop John J. Cantwell High School in Montebello, California. As a teenager, Sean completed a self-directed photography course at All Nations Neighborhood Center in Los Angeles and later at the behest of Director Bill Maxwel he became a member of the board of directors as Community and Youth Representative.
    He attended Los Angeles City College and California State University at Los Angeles where he worked as the Events Administrator for the Exploratorium Art Gallery. At Cal-State in 1980, Sean met visual artists Harry Gamboa Jr. and Gronk. He joined their performance art group, ASCO, and toured with them throughout the Southwest for several years as a performer, artist and technical director.
    In 1984 Sean met Bibbe Hansen, daughter of the late Fluxus artist Al Hansen. They married and he became stepfather of two boys, Channing and Beck. Shortly thereafter they adopted a daughter, Rain. In 1986 began he began work as an assistant editor for Steven Eckelberry who was editing a film for director Paul Williams. He worked for several years as an assistant and then graduated to editor. During this period he edited a film on global warming for the esteemed documentary director, Harrison Engel and the legendary educational film company Churchill Films.
    In 1990 Sean and Bibbe opened Troy Café in downtown Los Angeles which quickly became nationally renowned for showcasing the best in multi-cultural music, art and performance, with a special emphasis on the Latino Arts Community. Troy Café was nationally recognized as a premier venue for emerging artists.
    From 1995 - 2004 Sean Carrillo has worked as a producer, director, editor and writer of industrial videos, commercials and live events. Notably, he produced the in-flight commercial for Hawai‘i Pacific University that was played on airlines.
    In January 2005 he and his wife relocated to the East Coast of the United States.Sean co-produced a video to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) which was screened at their Anniversary Gala, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

    Scope Note

    Comprised mostly of collected publicity materials concerning film festivals, Chicano punk rock shows, Punk bands and art exhibitions. The collection spans one box and one oversize container. Videos are stored in the performing arts section of special collections and are available upon request.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Service copies of audiovisual items may need to be made before viewing or listening. Please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.