THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO

Pancho Villa

The Mexican Revolution was the first major revolution to be filmed. The Storm that Swept Mexico incorporates photographs and motion pictures from these earliest days of cinema, many of which have never before been seen outside of Mexico.

Ten years in the making by Bay Area filmmakers Ray Telles and Kenn Rabin, The Storm that Swept Mexico is a powerful exploration of one of the most fascinating eras in modern history.

This exclusive new documentary The Storm that Swept Mexico, which tells the epic story of the Mexican revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, will screen only one night in the Bay Area and will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers.

This rare footage will be on the big screen Thursday, March 31, 7:00pM at 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. Call 415.454.1222 for more information. This is a California Film Institute screening.

Watch the trailer.



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The Elizabeth Taylor Legacy

Elizabeth Taylor

Today we mourn the passing of one of the brightest luminaries that has ever graced the silver screen. Elizabeth Taylor died this morning from heart complications at the age of 79.

The Oscar winning actress starred in 72 films, including The Last Time I Saw Paris, click on the link to watch in full.

She is an iconic beauty that will live on through her classic films and her survivor spirit. The silver-screen bombshell had no shortage of trials and tribulations.

Taylor lived through the extremes – joyful fame and fortune but also a brain tumor, numerous health complications and 8 marriages.

Through it all she managed to spearhead fundraising efforts for AIDS research, and founded The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

To one of the coolest divas of cinema, rest in peace.

“It’s all about hope, kindness and a connection with one another.”

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Leguizamo on the set of The Lincoln Lawyer

John Leguizamo

The Lincoln Lawyer is based on the best-selling novel by Michael Connelly in which a lawyer, played by Matthew McConaughey, does business from the back of a Lincoln Town Car representing a high-profile client.

The star studded cast includes John Leguizamo, Michael Peña (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), and Marissa Tomei.

Here’s a behind the scenes clip of Leguizamo talking about working the streets of LA as Val Valenzuela.

 

Check him out in action.

The Lincoln Lawyer is in theaters now.

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One Day San Francisco Film Festival

The Wall by Ricardo Martinez

SOMArts Theatre in San Francisco will screen seven films, followed by a Q&A session and reception with the filmmakers
 on Sunday, March 13 from noon – 8:00 p.m.

This free one-day-only San Francisco film festival celebrates crossings and dismantling of symbolic, nationalistic, cultural, internal, and external borders.

Also catch a chance to see the SF Latino Film Festival Audience Choice 2010 winning documentary The Wall by Bay Area native Ricardo Martinez. View trailer here.

More stand out films include: Crepe Covered Sidewalks by acclaimed singer and actor Renee Wilson and In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem.
For a complete film schedule and summaries click here.

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Somos Lo Que Hay at San Diego Latino Film Festival

Somos Lo Que Hay

The 18th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of the highly anticipated thriller Somos Lo Que Hay, a Canana film about cannibals in modern day Mexico City.

We’re excited to see it along with a slew of new Spanish language films this weekend. Tweet us if you’re out there @sflatinofilm.

To get more information about San Diego Latino Film Festival screenings go to sdlatinofilm.com, follow them on Twitter @macsd and follow hashtag #SDLFF11.

Here’s a trailer of Somos Lo Que Hay.


Directed by Jorge Michel Grau.

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A Salute to María Félix

Maria Felix

On International Women’s Day, María Félix aka La Doña came to mind.

Not only is she the most recognized face from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema but she was also a trailblazer, pursuing her career aspirations despite cultural norms of the times.

She starred in a total of 52 films and only played roles that embodied who she really was – a strong, cut-throat femme fatale. Félix turned down anything that fell short of those standards.

Here is a short clip of Félix as Angela in Doña Diabla, a 1950 Mexican drama.

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Call For Film Entries

call for film entriesThe San Francisco Latino Film Festival is now accepting film entries.

Films made by, about or with Latinos from the U.S. and abroad are encouraged to enter.

To qualify films must be made between 2008 and now. Short and feature films are welcome to enter and the deadline to submit is June 3, 2011.

Click here for the PDF entry form. If you have questions, email info@sflatinofilmfestival.com.

Follow SF Latino film happenings on Twitter and like the SF Latino Film Festival on Facebook to join the conversation.

Good luck!

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Charlie Sheen in PLATOON

Our movie of the week is PLATOON in honor of Charlie Sheen winning.

In 1986, Sheen was making movies. He played Chris Taylor, a college drop out deployed to Vietnam.

The film, written and directed by Oliver Stone, won an Academy Award for best picture and is considered one of the top six war movies of all time.

Here’s the trailer.

In related news, amidst controversial bad mouthing of “Two and Half Men” producers, Sheen joined Twitter.

The Guinness World Records says he has the “fastest Twitter to reach 1 Million followers”. Click here to read what all the hype is about.

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