14th LA Latino Intl Film Fest Announces Award Winners

Posted in film festivals, Latino by johnwildman on August 31, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

“HABANA EVA” RECEIVES THE RITA AWARD FOR BEST FILM

“TIEMPO DE LEYENDA” AND EL AMBULANTE SHARE THE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

“MAL DIA PARA PESCAR” IS BEST OPERA PRIMA

“ALIJUNA” IS BEST SHORT

CINELATINO AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS GO TO “HERMANO” FOR BEST FEATURE AND “HARVEST OF LONELINESS” FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

ANNA MUYLAERT RECEIVES NOD AS BEST DIRECTOR FOR “E PROBIDO FUMAR” WITH ROBERTO FONTANRROSO AND RODRIGO GRANDE CITED FOR BEST SCREENPLAY FOR “CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS”

LOS ANGELES, CA August 25, 2010 – The 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces the award winners at its Closing Night Awards Ceremony presented by The Coca Cola Company with Fina Torres’ HABANA EVA taking home the Rita Award as Best Film; Jose Sanchez-Montes Gonzalez’s TIEMPO DE LEYENDA and Eduardo de la Serna’s, Lucas Marcheggiano’s and Adriana Yorcovich’s EL AMBULANTE sharing the award for Best Documentary; Alvaro Bechner’s MAL DIA PARA PESCAR cited for Best Opera Prima; and Cristina Escoda’s ALIJUNA named Best Short Film.

Cinelatino’s Audience Choice Awards went to Marcel Rasquin’s HERMANO for Best Feature and Gilbert Gonzalez’s and Vivian Price’s HARVEST OF LONELINESS for Best Documentary. Cinelatino sponsored prizes of $1000.00 to each of the winners. The 2nd highest choice for audiences in the Feature Film category was HABANA EVA, with GO FOR IT! Placing 3rd. The Documentary category saw EL AMBULANTE in the 2nd spot, with THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO, the 3rd most popular with LALIFF audiences.

In addition to Torres’ HABANA EVA winning the Rita Award for Best Film, Tatiana Gaviola’s TERESA received an Honorable Mention in the category.

In the Best Documentary category, Jose Sanchez-Montes Gonzalez’s TIEMPO DE LEYENDA and Eduardo de la Serna’s, Lucas Marcheggiano’s and Adriana Yorcovich’s EL AMBULANTE winning films were joined by the Honorable Mention nod given to Consuela Alba and John Speyer’s EL ANDALON – A MAVERICK HUMANITARIAN IN CHIAPAS.

The Short Film category was led by Cristina Escoda’s ALIJUNA for Best Short Film and Rafael & Raul Cardenas’ LUNA for Best Animated Short Film. Honorable mentions were given to Aina Calleja’s LOS DIAS DE VERANO SON MAS LARGOS, Juan Francisco Viruega’s ESTOCOLMO, and Yancy Arias’ BABY.

Anna Muylaert was named Best Director for E PROBIDO FUMAR, with the trio of Yousef Delara, Michael D. Olmos and Victor Teran receiving an Honorable Mention for BEDROOMS. Roberto Fontanarrosa and Rodrigo Grande received the nod for Best Screenplay for their work on CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS. Julian Roman was also given an Honorable Mention for Acting for his performance in RETRATOS EN UN MAR DER MENTIRAS.

Adding a celebrated conclusion to its 2010 Youth Program, LALIFF also announced a special award from the British Film Academy (BAFTA) presented to Franchesco Ramos’ BREAKAWAY for Best High School Film. As part of the award the British Film Academy will make 100 DVD presentation copies of Ramos’ film for the young director’s use.

LALIFF Executive Director Marlene Dermer said, “The artistic accomplishments of the films and filmmakers this year truly ranked among LALIFF’s best. As difficult as it made our jury’s selection process to single any film from the rest, our audiences were rewarded every time they entered the theater to watch them. We take our role in bringing these films to the public’s attention and providing a spotlight on the best work of our Latino filmmaking artists very seriously, and the shared love of film and sense of community between filmmakers and fans, artists and patrons evident over the course of this year’s festival could not be more gratifying.”

LALIFF Co-Founder Edward James Olmos added, “It is always a challenge to put on an event like this one requiring the combined efforts of countless staff members, volunteers, sponsors, patrons and vendors – and this year was no different. In fact, this year might have been one of our most challenging to date thanks to the economics and logistics of producing film festivals today. But, I believe everyone involved with LALIFF views this as something beyond a film festival. LALIFF encourages such a rich connection between audience and art, between the blend of cultures taking place through these screenings and panels and events, that we enthusiastically do it – and everyone reaps the rewards.”

The festival featured 91 films, including 46 features (32 narrative and 14 documentaries) and 45 shorts. Highlights included an Opening Night Gala appearance and speech by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prior to the North American debut of Marcel Rasquin’s devastating drama, HERMANO. The screening was followed by an after party at The Highlands in the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

LALIFF’s signature series of Hollywood Connect filmmaker panels featured a conversation with THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE screenwriter Matt Lopez; a director’s roundtable with some of the many female directors populating LALIFF’s 2010 slate of films; and a special panel addressing the issues surrounding immigration which included the participation of activist legend, civil rights leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, Dolores Huerta, among others.

The festival concluded with the Closing Night Film presented by LEXUS of Carlos Carrera’s BACKYARD, Mexico’s official selection for the 2010 Academy Awards at the legendary Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, followed by a Gala after party sponsored by The Coca Cola Company in the Egyptian Theater’s Courtyard. In a special appearance, the star of BACKYARD, Ana de la Riguera introduced the film. Other attendees during the film festival included Beau Bridges, Clifton Collins Jr., Lisa Vidal, Dayanara Torres, Aimee Garcia, Patricia Velasquez, Michael Pena, Wanda de Jesus, Lupe Ontiveros, Lalo Alcaraz, Yancy Arias, Shalin Ortiz, Jordan Belfi  Benito Martinez, David Zayas, Roselyn Sanchez, Humberto Luna and Kike Santander.

The following includes the list of the winners or the 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival:

Best Feature Film (RITA AWARD)

Sponsored by: Deluxe Laboratories

HABANA EVA

Director: Fina Torres

Country: Cuba/Venezuela/France

Honorable Mention – Best Feature Film

TERESA

Director: Tatiana Gaviola

Country: Chile

Best Documentary

Sponsored by: Fuji Film

TIEMPO DE LEYENDA

Director: Jose Sanchez-Montes Gonzalez

Country: Spain


EL AMBULANTE

Director: Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yorcovich

Country: Argentina


Honorable Mention – Best Documentary

EL ANDALON – A MAVERICK HUMANITARIAN IN CHIAPAS

Director: Cosuelo Alba, John Speyer

Country: United States/Mexico

Best Opera Prima

Sponsored by: Final Draft, Showbiz Software, Movie Magic

MAL DIA PARA PESCAR

Director: Alvaro Bechner

Country: Spain/Uruguay


Honorable Mention – Best Opera Prima

OVEJA NEGRA

Director: Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz

Country: Mexico/Spain

Best Short Film

Sponsored by: Final Draft, Showbiz Software, Movie Magic

ALIJUNA

Director: Cristina Escoda

Country: United States


Honorable Mention – Best Short Film

LOS DIAS DE VERANO SON MAS LARGOS

Director: Aina Calleja

Country: Mexico

Honorable Mention – Best Short Film

ESTOCOLMO

Director: Juan Francisco Viruega

Country: Spain

Honorable Mention – Best Short Film

BABY

Director: Yancy Arias

Country: United States

Best Animated Short Film

Sponsored by: Final Draft, Showbiz Software, Movie Magic

LUNA

Director: Rafael Cardenas & Raul Cardenas

Country: Mexico


Cinelatino Audience Choice Award: Feature Film

Sponsored by: Cinelatino

HERMANO

Director: Marcel Rasquin

Country: Venezuela


2nd – HABANA EVA

Director: Fina Torres

Country: Cuba/Venezuela/France

3rd – GO FOR IT!

Director: Carmen Marron

Country: USA

Cinelatino Audience Choice Award: Documentary

Sponsored by: Cinelatino

HARVEST OF LONELINESS

Director: Gilbert Gonzalez, Vivian Price

Country: USA


2nd – EL AMBULANTE

Director: Eduardo del la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yurcovivh

Country: Argentina

3rd – THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO

Director: Ray Telles

Country: USA

Best Director

Sponsored by: Final Draft, Showbiz Software, Movie Magic

Anna Muylaert (E PROBIDO FUMAR)

Country: Brazil

Honorable Mention – Best Director

Yousef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Victor Teran (BEDROOMS)

Country: United States

Best Screenplay

Sponsored by: Final Draft, Showbiz Software, Movie Magic

Roberto Fontanarrosa & Rodrigo Grande (CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS)

Country: Argentina

Honorable Mention – Actor

Julian Roman (RETRATOS EN UN MAR DER MENTIRAS)

Country: Colombia

Best High School Film

Selected by BAFTA

BREAKAWAY

Director: Franchesco Ramos

Country: USA

2010 JURY MEMBERS

FEATURE FILM JURY includes:

Peter Murrieta

Emmy winning producer/writer. Credits include “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “Hope and Faith” and “Greetings From Tucson”

Carlos Carreras

Talent agent at Paradigm.

Millie Luna

Head of acquisition and business development for Venevision International Films.

Fernando Sariñara Márquez

General Director of ONCETV MEXICO.

DOCUMENTARY JURY includes:

Francisco Jose Perez Martinez

Marlene Forte

Actress with credits including “Lost”, “CSI”, “Cold Case” and “ER”.

SHORTS JURY includes:

Lorenzo O’Brien

Producer/Screenwriter with credits including WALKER, HIGHWAY PATROLMAN and DEATH AND THE COMPASS.

Rosalinda Morales

Casting Agent with credits including UNDER THE SAME MOON, DOWN FOR LIFE and FLIGHTS OF FANCY.

Jesse Garcia

Actor with credits including A BEAUTIFUL LIFE and QUINCEAÑERA

BACK (left to right) Franchesco Ramos (Best High School Film – BREAKAWAY),  Victor Teran (Honorable Mention/Best Director – BEDROOMS), Michael Olmos (Honorable Mention/Best Director – BEDROOMS), Yousef Delara (Honorable Mention/Best Director – BEDROOMS), Alvaro Bechner (Best Opera Prima – MAL DIA PARA PESCAR), Yancy Arias (Honorable Mention/Best Short – BABY), Marcel Rasquin (Audience Choice Award Feature Film – HERMANO), Julian Roman (Honorable Mention/Actor – RETRATOS EN UN MAR DER MENTIRAS), Sandro Fiorin (E PROBIDO FUMAR)     FRONT (left to right) Rodrigo Grande (Best Screenplay – CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS), Xochilt Gonzalez (Audience Choice Award Documentary – HARVEST OF LONELINESS), Carmen Marron (Audience Choice Award 3rd Place – GO FOR IT!), Fina Torres (Best Feature Film – HABANA EVA), Consuelo Alba (Honorable Mention/Best Documentary – EL ANDALON)

BACK (left to right) Franchesco Ramos (Best High School Film – BREAKAWAY), Victor Teran (Honorable Mention/Best Director – BEDROOMS), Michael Olmos (Honorable Mention/Best Director – BEDROOMS), Yousef Delara (Honorable Mention/Best Director – BEDROOMS), Alvaro Bechner (Best Opera Prima – MAL DIA PARA PESCAR), Yancy Arias (Honorable Mention/Best Short – BABY), Marcel Rasquin (Audience Choice Award Feature Film – HERMANO), Julian Roman (Honorable Mention/Actor – RETRATOS EN UN MAR DER MENTIRAS), Sandro Fiorin (E PROBIDO FUMAR)

FRONT (left to right) Rodrigo Grande (Best Screenplay – CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS), Xochilt Gonzalez (Audience Choice Award Documentary – HARVEST OF LONELINESS), Carmen Marron (Audience Choice Award 3rd Place – GO FOR IT!), Fina Torres (Best Feature Film – HABANA EVA), Consuelo Alba (Honorable Mention/Best Documentary – EL ANDALON)

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LA LATINO INTL FILM FEST Announces Filmmaker Panel on Immigration Issues

Posted in film festivals by johnwildman on July 16, 2010

14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and the

UCLA LATIN AMERICAN INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES

FILMMAKER PANEL TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION ISSUES

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS TO HOST DISCUSSION

MODERATED BY KPFK-FM’s LALO ALCAREZ

LOS ANGELES, CA July 13, 2010 – The 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces that the filmmaker panel, A Dialogue on Immigration Issues:  We Are America/Nosotros Somos America will be featured as a centerpiece of the film festival’s planned panel series for this year’s edition of  LALIFF, the premier Latino international film festival in the United States.

Taking place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa (1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood) Tuesday, August 24, 5:00PM-7:00PM, the anticipated event will be co-sponsored with the UCLA Latin American Institute.

Presented with LALIFF’s series of films on immigration including Esaú Meléndez’s IMMIGRANT NATION, the panel will address the issue of immigration as a

civil rights crisis impacting the Latino immigrant community that has culminated with  Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB1070.

Moderated by Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha and Host of KPFK-FM’s “Pocho Hour of Power,” the panel will take an incisive and critical look at the current plight of immigrant workers in the United States.

Following the passing of Arizona’s controversial law, some states have taken steps to isolate Arizona to voice their opposition, while others are preparing similar legislation in its wake. Meanwhile, as the nationwide debate continues to heat up this summer, immigrant workers, who have long been a part of our nation, are being subjected to racial profiling and harassment by law enforcement at the same time they are, increasingly, targeted for violent hate crimes.

Filmmakers like Meléndez will be joined by Latino minds such as Professor Justin Akers Chacon (San Diego Community College), co-author of the book, No One is Illegal, for a spirited discussion that will go beyond the politicians and media figures that have encouraged anti-immigrant politics by spreading false propaganda scapegoating immigrants for our nation’s problems. The conversation will then reach beyond the politics to delve into the civil rights crisis that has resulted in the separation of families, and increased violence against the immigrant community.

Actor, filmmaker and LALIFF Chairman, Edward James Olmos stressed the necessity for a substantial dialogue from the Latino point of view, saying “The current events in Arizona has delivered a potentially life changing moment at the doorstep of Latinos. The films we show at LALIFF this year and for years to come will be influenced by the actions of a country that so many in our community have embraced and adopted as their home. But this goes beyond art. This goes to a larger understanding of a very complicated issue.”

LALIFF Executive Director Marlene Dermer agreed, adding “From the beginning, LALIFF has sought to bring people and communities together through our films and the meeting of minds with our attending filmmakers. Central to that effort is a message of a crucial need for unity, comprehension and participation among cultures in this country. We see this particular panel as an opportunity for our film festival to spur and inspire a very timely dialogue from a viewpoint that we have yet to see from today’s pundits and politicians.”

LALIFF is scheduled for August 19-25, 2010 at the Chinese 6 Mann Cinemas, Last year, LALIFF drew an attendance in excess of 15,000 over the course of its 6 day run. In 2010, the film festival will include a full line-up of international award-winning features, short films, panels, workshops, musical performances and networking events.

Additional information can be found at latinofilm.org.

A DIALOGUE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES

We Are America/Nosotros Somos America

Moderator:

Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha

Host of “Pocho Hour of Power” on KPFK 90.7FM

Confirmed panelists include:

Professor Justin Akers Chacon – San Diego Community College, Chicano Studies, Co-Author of No One is Illegal

José Jacques Medina – Diputado de la LX Legislatura, 4a Circunscripcion, Author of De Mojado a Diputado

Esaú Meléndez, – Director, IMMIGRANT NATION

Thomas A. Saenz – President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)