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)

LALIFF Announces HERMANO as Opening Night Gala Film

Posted in film festivals, Latino by johnwildman on August 17, 2010

14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

“HERMANO” TO MAKE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AS OPENING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION

VENEZUELAN DRAMA RECENTLY SWEPT TOP AWARDS AT 2010 MOSCOW INTL FILM FEST

HOLLYWOOD CONNECT PROGRAM ALSO ANNOUNCED

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

A CONVERSATION WITH SCREENWRITER MATT LOPEZ (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE)

DIRECTORS ROUNDTABLE WITH “NEW FEMALE VOICES”

A DIALOGUE ON IMMIGRATION WITH THE DIRECTORS OF IMMIGRANT NATION AND RABIA

LOS ANGELES, CA August 9, 2010 – The 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces Marcel Rasquin’s HERMANO will be the Opening Night Gala presentation on Thursday, August 19 at the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater (6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA).

Written by Rasquin and Rohan Jones, and featuring Rasquin’s directorial debut, HERMANO tells the story of ‘Daniel,’ an exceptional soccer player and ‘Julio,’ the team’s captain and a born leader. Raised as brothers, they play football in their slum, La Ceniza as Daniel dreams of playing professional soccer and Julio feeds the family with dirty money; having no time to dream. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a soccer scout invites them to tryout with the city’s best team: Caracas Soccer Club. But tragedy intervenes bringing everything back to the soccer field, where they must choose what is more important: family, revenge or their lifelong dreams. Produced in Venezuela, the film stars Eliú Armas, Fernando Moreno, Gonzalo Cubero, Marcela Girón.

HERMANO will make it’s North American premiere at LALIFF after having swept the trio of top awards at the 2010 Moscow International Film Festival, including the Golden George Award for Best Film, the Critics Award and the Audience Award.

LALIFF Executive Director Marlene Dermer said, “This year our Opening Night film, HERMANO, will be the gateway to wondrous worlds of tales from far away places made by some of the masters, as well as the new voices of cinema. We are honored to once again introduce these talented filmmakers to our public.” Dermer continued, “This is a classic story of the paths two young men raised as brothers take, as they face what men they will ultimately become. HERMANO is an exhilarating drama and is an Opera Prima that exemplifies that good stories are universal stories. HERMANO was the Grand Prix winner at the Moscow International Film Festival in its World Premiere. I know you will find it as exhilarating and entertaining as I did.”

The Los Angeles Latino International Film festival Opening Night Gala presented by Egada & Filmotech will include an excusive after party at The Highlands (6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA).

LALIFF also announced the schedule for its Hollywood Connect program.

A series of events, receptions, industry panels, discussions, conversations and presentations created to build bridges between filmmakers and professionals from the Hollywood film community, Hollywood Connect works to do exactly what the title implies: Create events and a forum to encourage interaction with and instruction from prominent experts, financiers, filmmakers, talent, and industry executives. These include indie and studio executives responsible for development, financing, production, and distribution and marketing.

Hollywood Connect program events include:

Friday, August 20

12:30PM – 3:30PM

The Advantages of International Co-Production

Presented by: EGEDA

Moderated by: Leon Ichaso, Director

Panelists:

Rafael Sanchez, Managing Director, EGEDA-SGR

Manuel Soria, Managing Director, Madrid Film Commission

Julia Steinweg, Founder/Producer, Steinweg Emotion Pictures

Gabriela Tagliavini, Director/Producer

This panel will discuss the “ins and outs” and the “dos and don’ts” with industry professionals that have worked in and around the field of International Co-Productions.

Location:

EGEDA U.S. Offices

681 Trenton Drive

Beverly Hills, CA  90210

Saturday, August 21

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Café con… MATT LOPEZ

Presented by: WGA, West

Moderated by: Ligiah Villalobos, writer UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA)

Matt Lopez (BEDTIME STORIES & RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN) discusses his latest film, the Walt Disney Pictures action adventure, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE with fellow screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos (LA MISMA LUNA).

**Special Bonus – A Special FREE Screening of THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE at 10AM at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas will precede Café con… MATT LOPEZ.

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Saturday, August 21

2:30PM – 4:00PM

BEFORE THE CAMERA ROLLS/MAXIMIZING YOUR TAX INCENTIVES

Introduction by: Leimomi Coloretti, Outreach and Development Director ,

Media Services / Showbiz Store

Dealing with a key element of film producing and budgeting, this seminar aims to serve as a definitive look at pre-production and tax incentives planning, presented by Media Services and Showbiz Software.

Panelists:

Otter Huntley, VP of Business Development, Media Services

Steven Fishman, VP of Sales, Media Services

Roger Jones, Business Development/Software Support, Media Services

John Robertson, Tax Incentives Specialist, Media Services

Alan Bailey, West Coast Production Consultant to Tax Credits, LLC

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Sunday, August 22

2:00PM – 3:00PM

A DIRECTORS ROUNDTABLE

Moderated by: Sydney Levine, Sydney’s Buzz-Indie wire

The panel features a roundtable dialogue with six exciting new voices whose films are being showcased in this year’s Festival. Each filmmaker will share their stories on what it took and the roads they each travelled to get their current films made.

Participants:

Fina Torres – Director, HABANA EVA

Carmen Marron – Director/Producer/Writer, GO FOR IT!

Consuelo Alba – Director , EL ANDALON

Isabel Cueva – Director, IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM

Yvette Edery – Director, JILLIAN DILLON

Sarah Vaill – Director, WOMEN WITH ALTITUDE

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Sunday, August 22

3:30PM – 4:30PM

NEW MEDIA AND YOU

Moderated by: Sydney Levine, Sydney’s Buzz-Indie wire

The panel focuses on using social networking, DIY and Hybrid Models to market and distribute your film.

Panelists:

Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative

Vanessa Arteaga, Jaman

Sheri Candler, Marketing & Publicity

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Monday, August 23

4:00PM – 5:00PM

A GUILD EXPLORATION

Presented by: SAGindie

Moderated by: Darrien M. Gipson, Director SAGindie

Representatives from SAG, SAG Indie and Writers Guild of America, West speak on this panel about independent film and new media – how to work with the Guilds and why.

Panelists:

Kim Myers, WGAWest, Director of Diversity

Mark Friedlander, SAG, National Director, New Media

Elisabeth Flack, WGAW, Contracts Administrator, New Media

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Monday, August 23

5:00PM – 6:00PM

FROM FINANCING TO NEW MEDIA DISTRIBUTION: DECONSTRUCTING FILM

Presented by: Ethos Group

Moderated by: Ivan Cevallos, CEO, Ethos Group

This panel takes a start-to-finish look at film production to distribution with top executives within the independent film arena.

Panelists:

Adrian Ward, SVP, Entertainment, Sports & Media, NBCal

Howard Cohen, Co-President, Roadside Attractions

William Wu, Entertainment Attorney

Marcos Cruz Gonzales, Partner, MCG & Co.

John Kuri, CEO/President, Elixir Entertainment

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Tuesday, August 24

5:00PM – 7:00PM

A DIALOGUE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES: WE ARE AMERICA/NOSOTROS SOMOS AMERICA

Presented by: UCLA Latin America Institute

Moderated by: Lalo Alcaraz, (comic strip “La Cucaracha”, host KPFK “Pocho Hour of Power”)

This 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.

Panelists:

Esaú Meléndez, LALIFF Filmmaker, Director of IMMIGRANT NATION

José Jacques  Medina, Federal Deputy, LX Legislature, 2006-09, Mexican Congress

Professor Justin Akers Chacon, San Diego Community College, Chicano Studies

Thomas Saenz, President & General Consul of MALDEF

Sebastian Cordero, LALIFF Filmmaker, Director of RABIA

Location:

Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 3rd Level

Hollywood & Highland

1755 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90028

Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase at latinofilm.org.

14TH LA LATINO INTL FILM FEST ANNOUNCES FILM SCHEDULE

Posted in film festivals, Latino by johnwildman on July 29, 2010

14TH LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCES “BACKYARD” (“EL TRASPATIO”) TO BE CLOSING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION

“BEDROOMS” MAKES ITS WORLD PREMIERE

“FORGED” MAKES WEST COAST DEBUT

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED INCLUDING AWARD WINNERS “BAD DAY TO GO FISHING” (“MAL DIA PARA PESCAR”), “ENTRE A LUZ E A SOMBRA,” “RABIA,” AND “SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES” (“E PROBIDO FUMAR”)

LOS ANGELES, CA July 26, 2010 – The 14th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announces it will return to the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood Thursday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 25. The seven-day event will highlight the best films and showcase both the auteurs and new talent in the Latin filmmaking community.

The Closing Night presentation of Carlos Carrera’s BACKYARD on Wednesday, August 25 will serve as the capstone for an impressive lineup that will feature 73 films, including 37 features (25 narrative and 12 documentaries) and 36 shorts. Along with the films offered throughout the festival, additional activities will include LALIFF’s filmmaker panels, parties and gala events. The Closing Night Gala will include an after party presented for the 14th consecutive year by The Coca-Cola Company, as well as Lexus.

Carrera’s BACKYARD is an astonishing fictional account of a series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Most of the victims have been low-paid laborers who were drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned factories. In the film, Mexican police officer Blanca Bravo (Ana de la Reguera) is sent to Cuidad Juarez to investigate and discovers the realities of the women’s lives, as well as the truth about a police force and local power structure embodied by entrepreneur Mickey Santos (Jimmy Smits) that has ceased to care. The film also stars Joaquín Cosio, Alejandro Calva, Amorita Rasgado and Enoc Leaño.

The drama, BEDROOMS will be making its official World Premiere on Friday, August 20. Directed by Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos and Victor Teran, the film follows four interwoven stories of heartbreak, the infidelity that’s often the result and the redemption that comes from tearing the walls put up between people down. The impressive cast includes Jordan Belfi, Julie Benz, Xander Berkeley, Moon Bloodgood, Barry Bostwick, Jesse Garcia, Sarah Clarke and Dee Wallace.

William Wedig’s FORGED will be making its West Coast Premiere at LALIFF on Friday, August 20. Co-written and co-produced by Manny Perez, the drama focuses on the struggles of an ex-convict to make a new life and try to salvage a relationship with his son while settling old debts with the criminal element he used to run with. The film stars Manny Perez, David Castro, Margo Martindale, Jaime Tirelli and Kevin Breznahan.

The film schedule also has a truly impressive number of films that have won awards and made notable appearances at previous festivals. Some of those films include:

Anna Muylaert’s É PROIBIDO FUMAR (SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES)

AWARDS: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Music, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Candango Trophy – 2009 Brazilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema, Best Actress, Best Director, APCA Trophy – 2010 São Paulo Association of Arts Critics Award

Luciana Burlamaqui’s ENTRE A LUZ E A SOMBRA

AWARD: Winner – 2010 Guadalajara Film Festival

Ciro Guerra’s LOS VIAJES DEL VIENTO (THE WIND JOURNEYS)

Un Certain Regard selection – 2009 Cannes Film Festival

AWARD: Winner of Latino Screenwriter’s Lab – 2005 LALIFF

Alvaro Bechner’s MAL DIA PARA PESCAR (BAD DAY TO GO FISHING)

AWARDS: Best Art Direction – Gijon International Film Festival, Best Actor Mar del Plata Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize – Sofia International Film Festival, UFCA Award – Uruguyan Film Critics Association, Free Spirit Award – Warsaw International Film Festival)

Miguel Coyula’s MEMORIAS DEL DESARROLLO (MEMORIES OF OVERDEVELOPMENT)

AWARDS: Havana Star for Best Film – 2010 Havana Film Festival, Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature – 2010 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Best Feature Film – New Media Film Festival

Sebastián Leilo’s NAVIDAD (CHRISTMAS)

Directors’ Fortnight selection – 2009 Cannes Film Festival

Sebastian Cordero’s RABIA

AWARDS: Best Director at FICG and won the Golden Globe selection for Best Film at FICG

Carlos Gaviria‘s RETRATOS EN UN MAR DE MENTIRAS (PORTRAITS IN A SEA OF LIES)

AWARD: Winner – 2010 Guadalajara Film Festival

This year’s Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) Showcase films include Abby Ginsberg’s CRUZ REYNOSO: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE, Esaú Meléndez’s IMMIGRANT NATION and Ray Telles’ THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO. LPB Showcase features documentaries created by Latino Producers in the States that focus on the Latino community; the stories, art and culture and issues that affect  Latino communities not simply in the US, but worldwide.

The only Latino international film festival in the world to have its collection of films archived at the Academy Film Archive, this year LALIFF has chosen DIOS LOS CRIA, the Puerto Rican classic film (1979) by Jacobo Morales for presentation continuing its ongoing pledge to preserving the Latino cinematic history for the world. This fully restored print was created by the Academy Film Archive, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences™; Archivo de Imágenes en Movimiento del Archivo General de Puerto Rico; Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival; and the Film and Electronic Arts Department of California State University, Long Beach.

LALIFF Executive Director Marlene Dermer said, “We are very pleased with the

amazing scope of film subjects and talent on display with this collection of films. BACKYARD is a dramatic and thrilling film that will give us a great conclusion to an exciting festival and brings awareness to the crimes happening to the women in Juarez. On a personal note, there is a particular gratification with the tremendous number of female filmmakers participating in this year’s edition of LALIFF. We take our place and responsibility in highlighting the best work of our Latino filmmaking artists very seriously, so to be able to put that part of the artistic community in the spotlight is exhilarating.”

LALIFF will screen films from 20 different countries.

Tickets go on sale today. Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase at latinofilm.org.

The 14th L.A. Latino International Film Festival’s films are as follows:


FEATURE LENGTH FILMS

NARRATIVE (in alphabetical order):

BEDROOMS (USA)

Dir: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Victor Teran

CHAMACO (THE KID) (Mexico)

Dir: Miguel Necoechea

CONTRACORRIENTE (UNDERTOW) (Peru, Colombia)

Dir: Javier Fuentes-Leon

CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS (A MATTER OF PRINCIPLES) (Argentina)

Dir: Rodrigo Grande

DIOS LOS CRIA (FACADE) Puerto Rico)

Dir: Jacobo Morales

È PROBIDO FUMAR (SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES) (Brazil)

Dir: Anna Muylaert

EYES WIDE OPEN (Uruguay, France)

Dir: Gonzalo Arijón

FORGED (USA)

Dir: William Wedig

GO FOR IT! (USA)

Dir: Carmen Marron

HABANA EVA (Cuba, Venezuela, France)

Dir: Fina Torres

HERMAFRODITA (Dominican Republic)

Dir: Albert Xavier

LOS VIAJES DEL VIENTO (THE WIND JOURNEYS) (Colombia)

Dir: Ciro Guerra

LULA, O FILHO DO BRASIL (LULA, THE SON OF BRAZIL) (Brazil)

Dir: Fabio Barreto

MAL DIA PARA PESCAR (BAD DAY TO GO FISHING) (Spain, Uruguay)

Dir: Alvaro Bechner

MEMORIAS DEL DESARROLLO (MEMORIES OF OVERDEVELOPMENT) (USA/Cuba)

Dir: Miguel Coyula

NAVIDAD (CHRISTMAS) (Chile, France)

Dir: Sebastián Leilo

OVEJA NEGRA ((BLACK SHEEP) Mexico, Spain)

Dir: Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz

RABIA (SPAIN, COLOMBIA, MEXICO)

DIR: Sebastian Cordero

RETRATOS EN UN MAR DE MENTIRAS (PORTRAITS IN A SEA OF LIES) (Colombia)

Dir: Carlos Gaviria,

TE EXTRANO (I MISS U) (Mexico, Argentina)

Dir: Fabian Hofman

EL TRASPATIO (BACKYARD) (Mexico)

Dir: Carlos Carrera

TROPICO DE SANGRE (Dominican Republic)

Dir: Juan Delancer

UN DIA DE SOL (Guatemala)

Dir: Rafael Tres

VIAJO PORQUE PRECISO, VOLTO PORQUE TE AMO (ITRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU) (Brazil)

Dir: Karim Ainouz, Marcelo Gomes

LA YUMA (Nicaragua)

Dir: Florence Jaugey

DOCUMENTARY (in alphabetical order):

CRUZ REYNOSO: SOWING THE SEEDS OF JUSTICE (USA)

Dir: Abby Ginsberg

EL AMBULANTE (THE PEDDLER) (Argentina)

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

EL ANDALON – A MAVERICK HUMANITARIAN CONSUELO ALBA (USA)

Dir: Consuelo Alba

ENTRE A LUZ E A SOMBRA (Brazil)

Dir: Luciana Burlamaqui

HARVEST OF LONELINESS: THE BRACERO PROGRAM (COSECHA TRISTE) (USA)

Dir: Gilbert Gonzalez, Vivian Price

IMMIGRANT NATION (USA)

Dir: Esaú Meléndez

ONLY WHEN I DANCE (Brazil, UK)

Dir: Beadie Finzi

SEQUESTRO (KIDNAPPING) (Brazil)

Dir: Jorge Wolney Atalla

THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO (USA)

Dir: Ray Telles

TIEMPO DE LEYENDA (Spain)

Dir: José Sánchez-Montes González

TIN TAN (Mexico)

Dir: Francesco Tabeada Tabone

WOMEN WITH ALTITUDE (USA)

Dir: Sarah Vaill

SHORT FILMS (in alphabetical order):

204 (Puerto Rico)

Dir: Rafi Mercado

ALIJUNA (USA)

Dir: Cristina Escoda

APPLES, (USA)

Dir: Gary Perez

EL ARMADILLO FRONTERIZO (THE BORDER ARMADILLO) (Mexico, Argentina)

Dir: Miguel Anaya

LA AUTORIDAD (Spain)

Dir: Xavi Sala

BABY (USA)

Dir: Yancey Arias

CAPTIVES OF HOPE (USA)

Dir: David Cebrero Ortega

COOKIE (USA)

Dir: Francisco Ordoñez

EL HIJO DE LA 40/THE HOOKERS SON (Costa Rica)

Dir: Erika Bagnarello

EL PRIMOGENITO (THE FIRST BORN) (Mexico)

Dir: Stefano Riccardo

EN TUS MANOS (USA)

Dir: Ron Jacobs

I WANNA SHINE (Venezuela)

Dir: Prakriti Maduro

I’LL BE ALONE (USA)

Dir: Carlos Marques-Marcet

IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM (USA)

Dir: Isabel Cueva

JARDIM BELELÉU (HEAVEN GARDEN) (Brazil, UK)

Dir: Ari Candido Fernandes

JILLIAN DILLON: A HIPPOPLATYPUS TALE (USA)

Dir: Yvette Edery

LOVE (Colombia)

Dir: Guillermo Ivan Duenas

MAGO (USA)

Dir: Maria Victoria Ponce

MAÑANA (USA, Colombia)

Dir: Felipe Holguín

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (USA)

Dir: Michael Carreño

LA PASTISSERIA (USA)

Dir: Victor Ridaura

POSITIVE BUY (USA)

Dir: Hanley Valentin

EL PRIMOGENITO (THE FIRST BORN) (Mexico, Argentina)

Dir: Stefano Riccardi

ROOFTOP WARS (USA)

Dir: Miguel Silveira

ROOM 401 (USA)

Dir: Jason C. Sting

S&M (USA)

Dir: Daniela De Carlo

SOUL CHECK MATE (JAQUE MATE AL ALMA GEMELA) (Chile)

Dir: David Albala

SOUTHBOUND (USA)

Dir: Tim Disney

TAUGHT TO HATE (USA)

Dir: James Garcia

TRES Y MEDIO (THREE AND A HALF) (Chile)

Dir: Jean-Marc Simonneau

TROUBLESOME (USA)

Dir: Hilliard Guess

UNO O EL OTRO (EITHER/OR) (Venezuela)

Dir: Juan Avella

THE VIOLINIST (EL VIOLINISTA) (USA)

Dir: Carlo Besasie

VIRGIN OF THE CANDLES (USA)

Dir: Victoria Giordana

VISITAS (Argentina)

Dir: Juan Schnitman

LA VIUDA (THE WIDOW) (USA)

Dir: David Martin-Porras

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)