Days of Grace & Other Latin American Films- SF Indie Fest

San Francisco Indie Fest is a quiceañera! That’s right! Celebrating 15 years of edgy independent film and fun parties, the festival opens at the Brava Theater on February 7th and runs through February 21st at The Roxie, Shattuck Cinemas, and others.

We’re excited to be co-presenting Days of Grace/Dias de Gracia, the centerpiece film, which is making its US premiere. Read more about this and other Latin American films in this year’s program:

DAYS OF GRACE –Dias de Gracia a film by Everado Gout – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Saturday 2/16 at 7:15PM and Tuesday 2/19 at 9:30PM. Centerpiece Film
– Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive.  Purchase tickets.

THE LAST ELVIS, a film by Armando Bo – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Sunday 2/10 at 9:30PM and Tuesday 2/12 at 9:30. (Opening Night Film)
– Carlos Gutiérrez (Elvis) is a divorced singer with a young daugther called Lisa Marie which he almost never see. He has always lived his life as if he was the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. In denial of Carlos and his reality. But he is about to turn the age Elvis had when he died and the future appears empty. An unexpected situation will force Carlos to take care of his daughter. This will allow him to find himself as a father and Lisa to accept him as he is. But destiny confronts Carlos with a difficult decision. In a journey of music and madness he will have to choose between the dream of being Elvis and his family. Buy tickets. 

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FACELESS, a film by Tristan Albrecht – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Sunday 2/17 at 5PM and Monday 2/18 at 7:15PM.
– Thousands of people died buried in the structures of the Twin Towers. Entire families suffering the lost of a loved one can do nothing else but to cry a name written under a picture.However, some families cannot even have this mourning. Fathers, mothers, children, and friends from illegal workers suffer their lost in the painful silence imposed by their situation. These families have lost the ones that we called: FACELESS. No address, no name, no social security number, no permanent status to identify them. Buy tickets.

THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING, a film by Zach Weintraub – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Saturday 2/9 at 7:15PM and Thursday 2/14 at 9:30PM.
– A would-be expatriate from the US takes his second stab at life in Buenos Aires. Watch as he drifts between halfhearted attempts at work, a feeble romance with his fellow N. American housemate, and the fruitless search for a mysteriously absent ex-girlfriend. Buy tickets.

Visit SFIndie.com for tickets and additional information.

Bless Me, Ultima – Limited Release

Bless Me, Ultima is a drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a boy, Antonio, and Ultima, an elderly curandera (medicine woman) who helps him understand the world around him including the conflicts and moral dilemmas of life.

The film is written and directed by Carl Franklin, a native of Richmond, who also directed  Out of Time (Denzel Washington and Eva Mendez), Devil in A Blue Dress (Denzel Washington, Jennifer Beals) and High Times (Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd).

Bless Me, Ultima  is based on the controversial novel of the same title by acclaimed author and intellectual, Rudolfo Anaya. The novel was first published in 1972 by a group of Chicano publishers- after being rejected by the big publishing houses. It went on to win the prestigious Premio Quinto Sol and is now considered a classic work frequently included in Latin@/Chican@ Studies reading. The Mexican-American author is a prolific writer who’s body of work includes novels, children’s books, poetry, detective series, and plays.

The film stars Miriam Colon (Guiding Light How to Make it In America) in the title role as Ultima; Luke Ganalon as Antonio, Benito Acevedo  (The Shield, NCIS: Los Angeles, Sons of Anarchy)  plays Gabriel, Joaquin Cosio (El Narco, A Better Life) as Narciso, and Dolores Heredia (Vantage Point, Rudo y Cursi) as Maria.

You can catch Bless Me, Ultima in theaters select theaters starting February 22, 2012.

UPDATE February 21, 2013

These are the SF Bay Area Theaters where it is opening on Feb 22:

Century 9 San Francisco
Sundance Kabuki, San Francisco
UA EmeryBay Stadium 10, Emeryville
San Leandro Bayfair 16
Richmond Hilltop 16
Concord 14
Roxy Stadium 14, Santa Rosa
Rohnert Park 16
Union City 25
Redwood City Downtown
Century Great Mall Milpitas
East Ridge Mall 15, San Jose
Oakridge 20 San Jose

Also opening in Sacramento, Fresno and Salinas this Friday.

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PBS Series- Latino Americans, Narrated by Benjamin Bratt

PBS announced actor Benjamin Bratt will narrate LATINO AMERICANS, a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series that is set to air nationally on PBS in the fall of 2013. It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

Bratt, a multi-award winner for his work on television’s “Law & Order” and star of several films including La Mission, Pinero and Traffic, will narrate LATINO AMERICANS. A team of filmmakers will document the evolution of a new “Latino American” identity from the 1500s to the present day, with interviews with close to 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture, as well as deeply personal portraits of Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history.

LATINO AMERICANS features interviews with an array of individuals, including entertainer Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rican star of West Side Story and a winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards; labor leader and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, who in the 1960s co-founded with César Chávez the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers of America; Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chávez, who became the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House; and Cuban-American singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan, who has sold more than 100 million solo and Miami Sound Machine albums globally.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter Lila Downs will serve as the featured artist for the series, performing the closing song in LATINO AMERICANS. Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, began performing traditional Mexican rancheras as a girl, and singing with mariachis.  “The importance of music as a form of cultural expression to Latinos cannot be understated,” Downs said. “It’s a privilege to have our music be a part of this series, building on that rich tradition.”

LATINO AMERICANS relies on historical accounts and personal experiences to vividly tell the stories of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the creation of this new American identity with an influx of arrivals from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and countries in Central and South America.

The series is broken into the following six chronological segments that cover the 1500s to the present day.


2013 Oscar Nominations Announced

The 2013 Oscar nominees were announced this morning.  Film lovers everywhere will surely be playing catch-up to see some of the films nominated. Of particular interest to us is to spotlight  those films nominated that have either a US-Latino, Latin American, or Spanish theme, cast, or production. The Oscars air on Sunday February 24th on ABC 4PM/PST.

Argo has seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing – Jose Antonio Garcia, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) . The film is inspired by the  true-life account of former CIA agent Tony Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise.

No is a Chilean production directed by Pablo Larraín nominated for Foreign Language Film.  Gael Garcia Bernal stars in this drama about an ad man that put together the campaign to defeat Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet back in 1988.

Claudio Miranda

Claudio Miranda is nominated for Cinematography for Life of Pi. This is his second nomination having been nominated in the same category in 2009 for The Curious Life of Benjamin Button.  Miranda was born in Chile.

 

 

Paco Delgado

Paco Delgado is nominated for Costume Design for Les Misérables. Delgado is a Spanish born costume designer with a long list of film credits including  the Almodovar films- The Skin I Live In and  Bad Education.

 

Sixto Rodriguez

Searching for Sugarman is nominated for Feature Documentary. The subject of the film is Sixto Rodriguez, a 70’s Mexican-American folk singer who was a cult-hero in South Africa but unknown and  forgotten elsewhere.

 

 

Inocente is nominated for Documentary Short Subject. This is an inspiring film about a homeless, undocumented teen in San Diego pursuing her passion for life and art. Inocente narrates the film.

Fresh Guacamole is nominated for Short Film (Animated). There’s nothing more Mexican than guacamole.

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Lo Imposible- The Impossible- Spanish Production

The Impossible is a Spanish film production directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sanchez. This is the second collaboration between Bayona and Sanchez. Their first film, The Orphanage, won a Goya Award for best original script in 2008. The Impossible made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

This film is based on the true story of a Spanish family that was vacationing in Thailand when the deadly tsunami of 2004 struck Southeast Asia. The film stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

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