Fest closing night screenings- De Young Museum & East Side Cultural Center

The 5th Annual Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival closes tonight with a couple of great free programs and the added treat of visiting filmmakers. See you tonight!

The Absent Stone/La Piedra Ausente – De Young Museum 6:30PM- Sept 27  NO ADVANCE TICKETS.  Arrive by 5:30PM to obtain a ticket at the door of the Koret Auditorium.  More information.  Co-Presented with the De Young Museum and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco. Directors Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner confirmed to attend.

In 1964, the largest carved stone of the Americas was moved from the town of San Miguel Cuatlinchan in the municipality of Texcoco to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City in an impressive feat of engineering. The extraction of the monolith, which represents the pre-Hispanic water deity, set off a rebellion in the town and led to the intervention of the army.

Garifuna in Peril– East Side Cultural Center- 2277 International Blvd, Oakland 94606  7PM ScreeningRSVP Arrive early.  Space limited. First come, first served. Director Ali Allie confirmed to attend.

A Garifuna language teacher fights to keep his endangered language alive in the face of personal betrayal and tourism’s encroachment.

Screenings continue this week- ATA, Galeria de La Raza, & the De Young Museum

The screenings over the weekend were well-attended and well received. Films continue tomorrow with:

The Exquisite Corpse- ATA 7PM Tuesday Sept 24 Tickets, notes, & trailer

Sex, Love, & Salsa- Galeria de La Raza 7PM Sept 25  Tickets, notes & Trailer

Mundo Latino Shorts- Galeria de La Raza 7PM Sept 26 Tickets, notes, & trailer

The Absent Stone/La Piedra Ausente – De Young Museum 6:30PM- Sept 27  NO ADVANCE TICKETS.  Arrive by 5:30PM to obtain a ticket at the door.  More information.

Screenings Continue- MCCLA, La Peña Cultural Center, & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

There’s a full line-up of screenings tonight through Sunday. If you missed a screening last weekend, this is your chance to see it as we hit the halfway point of the fest. Click on tickets for more film notes, trailers, & :

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts- San Francisco
Sept 20 7PM Sofia & The Stubborn Man (Sofia y El Terco)
Sofia is an older woman who has never been outside her hometown.She’s lived a pretty peaceful yet predictable lifenear the Andean mountains and far away from the sea coast, always being the perfect wife. This year, herhusband Alfredo has promised her to make her dream come true and take herto the seaside for the first time in her life, however his stubborness is much stronger and he finds a new excuse to, once again,delay the trip.  Tickets

Sept 21 3PM Viva La Mujer! Shorts Program Includes: The Unique Ladies, Vida Diferida/Life Deferred, Tamale, Lonche.Tickets

Sept 21 5PM Chicama
Cesar is a young man who has prepared all his life to leave his hometown in the northern highlands and migrate to the coast. But not everything goes as planned. The only place where he can get placed for a teaching position is in a small town deep in the Andes. Caesar accepts the challenge and will teach in this town where he will discover his true vocation.  Tickets

Sept 21 7PM Topsy Turvy (Patas Arriba) 
Renato knows his time is running out, meanwhile he teaches his six-year-old granddaughter the importance of the small things in life, the value of friendship and the respect towards other people’s views. His own kids have issues of their own with plans to put him in an old people’s home. With the help of his granddaughter Carlota, he plans to escape and sail from Venezuela to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, as he once promised to his deceased wife.  Tickets


La Peña Cultural Center – Berkeley 
Sept 22 Sunday  5PM Xingu – Period piece drama from Brazil about adventurer brothers charged with the mission of building infrastructure in the ‘unihabited’ Amazon. During their exploration of central Brazil in 1943 the brothers Orlando, Claudio and Leonardo Villas-Bôas encounter the Xingu Indians. Passionately interested by what they discover about the customs and social systems of the other’s culture, the brothers and the indigenous people decide to build an airstrip together. However, it is not until half the population of one village dies of an influenza epidemic, that the brothers realise their true vocation. From this point on they devote their lives to protecting the Xingu peoples, preserving Xingu culture and to the creation of a Xingu National Park. In doing so, the brothers find out that they are not only obliged to take a stand against a corrupt network of ministers and military; fascinated by their discovery of a hitherto unknown lifestyle, their contradictory feelings soon overwhelm and isolate them. Nonetheless, with dogged persistence they manage to find their way back to their initial goal of supporting the Xinguanos’ struggle for survival.Co-Presented by BrasArte. Tickets.

7PM 7 Boxes/7 CajasAudiences are raving about this thriller from Paraguay where our young hero is trying to make some easy money by delivering seven boxes to the other side of the market only to be confronted with a bunch of baddies trying to get the merchandise. What is the merchandise? Great reviews in Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, & Twitch. Not hype. Lots of talent- great filmmaking from the writing to the acting to the production value. Don’t miss it.  Tickets.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- San Francisco
Sunday Sept 22 7PM La Camioneta Making its San Francisco premiere. Co-Presented & screening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Retired American school buses make their way to Guatemala. A story about family, migration, innovation, entrepreneurship and more.  bus makes it. Trailer, notes, & tickets.


Latino Experience Docs

Lots to see but you only want to see films about the experience and contributions of Latinos in the US?  Here are a few films that may be for you. Filmmakers are expected to attend.

Latinos Beyond Reel by Miguel Picker and Chyung is making its San Francisco Premiere. This documentary packs a punch in thoroughly looking at media- film and tv- and how Latinos are depicted. Despite the demographic shifts in the country- 1 in 6 people are Latino- Latinos are largely absent and when they are on screen, the images are less than positive. Screens at Opera Plaza Cinema – Sept 14  1:15PM.

StableLife_FilmStill_JockeyHorseStable Life by Sara MacPherson is a touching film that profiles a family working and living at a horsetrack just outside of San Francisco.  It’s a sensitive account of one family’s challenges- work, home, immigration status, raising children- as well as their commitment, dedication, and tenacity to each other. Screens at Opera Plaza Cinema – September 15 3:15PM 

Everything Comes From the Streets, directed by Alberto Lopez Pulido, is making its World Premiere in San Franicsco! The film provides a very complete study on lowriders- from the early days in 1950’s through today. Do you know what jacket clubs are? Come out to the film and you’ll learn about that and other nuances to what is really a cultural phenomenon. Screens at Opera Plaza Cinema – Sep 15, 2013 1:00 PM

Here’s the link to tickets and passes. All details easy to see.