Ecuador in the Spotlight

Sometimes you just have to let things come together on their own. Films from Ecuador were a welcomed surprise. Besides being a beautiful country, there are some talented filmmakers doing wonderful work. Get a sampling at this year’s festival. For tickets, trailers, and more film details visit the ticketing page.

ALBA  
Opera Plaza Cinema – 09/16 9:10 PM  /Roxie Theater 09/27 9:00 PM

After her mother becomes bedridden, a shy and lonely 11-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged father. They hardly talk at first, but over time, they slowly get to know one another. Award winner at Rotterdam Film Festival (FF), Mumbai FF, and Lima FF

IF I DIE FIRST – Opera Plaza Cinema 09/19/2017 5:15 PM

A portrait of Ecuadorian musician Julio Jaramillo, who before being an idol in his country, gave himself the luxury of conquering all of America with his voice.

SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS / Sin Muerto No Hay Carnaval
Opera Plaza Cinema – 09/16 9:00 PM/  Roxie Theater 09/22/2017 7:00 PM
In Guayaquil, a populous city in Ecuador, a wealthy young man is trying to evict 250 families who have been squatting on the land he inherited from his father. The leader of the squatters is willing to negotiate, but can this tense conflict be resolved without bloodshed?

TRANSLUCID/ Translucido
Roxie Theater 09/24/2017 6:30 PM/ La Pena Cultural Center 10/01/2017 6:00 PM
Rubén has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He has three months to live or a year-and-a-half with treatment. Rubén has decided to end his life with dignity, without loose ends.

2017 Cine Mas SF Latino Film Festival Opens September 15

The 2017 Cine Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival opens September 15, 2017 at the iconic Alamo DraftHouse. Ticketing website CLICK HERE!

SCREENINGS
15 Sept Alamo Drafthouse- San Francisco
16-21 Sept Landmark’s Opera Plaza-San Francisco
22-28 Sept Roxie Theater- San Francisco
28 Sept Museum of African Diaspora-San Francisco (Co-Presenting)
28-30 Sept Pickleweed Park-San Rafael
29-30 East Side Cultural Center – Oakland
29-30 La Pena Cultural Center- Berkeley
14 Oct De Young Museum-San Francisco

EVENTS & AFTER PARTIES
7 Sept 5:30pm Kick-Off Latino Heritage Month, CMSF Latino Film Fest Reception -KPIX
15 Sept 7pm Opening Night Film -Alamo Drafthouse- San Francisco
15 Sept 9pm Opening Night Party- Gray Area/Grand Theater-Music by Latino Soul, Live Art- San Francisco
23 Sept 9pm Filmmakers’ Night Afterparty-Slate Bar- San Francisco

28 Sept 9:30pm SF Closing After Party- Venue TBD- San Francisco

MEX AM Festival Starts July 16

We encourage the community to come out for the MEX AM FESTIVAL. It’s a eight-day festival celebrating Mexico’s art, culture, and people. Whether a performance, talk or a foodie, there’s something for everyone.

MEXAM FESTIVAL 2017
Celebrating the integration between Mexico and the United States of America in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The festival is a multidisciplinary initiative that showcases a program with music, film, food, visual arts, digital art, dance, literature and talks of some of the most influential Mexicans in their field of expertise. It runs its fourth edition this summer and it’s already a major event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Portraying Mexico as a country of innovation and a leader in art and creativity.

This year the festival includes a much more comprehensive program with Mexican talent who was born and raised in the United States. This special characteristic looks for the promotion of the people who are changing the world and making great contributions as a result of the integration between both countries: Mexico and the United States of America.
We have as a special partner this year – The State of Jalisco – featuring outstanding performances and exhibitions from one of the most diverse and rich states of Mexico.
It is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, with the support of Federal Agencies such as the Ministry of Culture, ProMexico, Mexico’s Country Brand Office and the Ministry of Tourism.”

For full festival details visit: www.MexAmFest.com

Subte Polska, Argentine Film, at SF Jewish Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present this wonderful film from Argentina at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.  Visit SFJFF.org for full festival information.
Subte Polska
Dir. Alejandro Mangnone, Argentina, 2017
(Click on a date for tickets)
Past and present collide in the jagged memories of an aging chess player who longs for later-life romance in the dreamlike Argentine melodrama SUBTE-POLSKA. As a young man, Tadeusz (Héctor Bidonde) left behind his entire family and the girl he loved in Poland, to fight for the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. After the war was lost and the rise of fascism made it unsafe for a Jewish communist to return to Europe, he immigrated to Buenos Aires, literally going underground to help build the subway tunnels beneath the city. Now 90, he finds himself lost in reverie, desperate to recapture his mental acuity and sexual libido. As he refuses the doctor’s pills he believes responsible for robbing his lucidity and manhood, the past returns and melds with the present. Knowing that his next journey will likely be his last, Tadeusz sets about to reconnect with long-lost lovers from his youth, with help from an eccentric circle of caring friends and neighbors.

Cine Latino at Frameline 2017 LGBT Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is excited to once again co-present several films at Frameline 41.  The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the largest and longest running LGBT film festival in the world.  Visit Frameline.org for full festival details including screenings, parties, and special events.

Here’s the selection of films that Cine Mas SF is co-presenting. Click on the link for more details about the film including trailers:

I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE / Sueño en Otro Idioma (Centerpiece Film)
directed by Ernesto Contreras
Tuesday June 20, 2017 6:30 PM – Castro Theatre TICKETS
The mysterious circumstances surrounding a fifty-year feud between two of the last speakers of a dying indigenous language in Mexico are artfully intertwined with bittersweet remembrances of the past in this enchanting feature, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

CHAVELA (Centerpiece Film)
directed by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
2017- USA
Monday June 19, 2017 6:30PM – Castro Theatre – TICKETS
Thursday June 22, 2017 6:30 PM – Landmark Theatres Piedmont-TICKETS

This is a larger-than-life portrait of one of the toughest, most talented singers of her generation, the iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas—a favorite of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. She was a macha lesbian who forcefully played by her own subversive rules.

 

NO DRESS CODE REQUIRED / Etiqueta no rigurosa
directed by Cristina Herrera Bórquez
2016 – Mexico
Saturday June 24, 2017 11AM – Castro Theatre – TICKETS
Victor and Fernando’s moving quest for marriage equality leads them into a seemingly endless bureaucratic maze in conservative Mexicali. With allies and attorneys, their devotion to each other fuels their fight for human rights for all LGBT Mexicans. Love wins!

 

EXTRA TERRESTRIALS / Extra Terrestres
directed by Carla Cavina Meléndez
2016 – Venezuela, Puerto Rico
Saturday June 17, 2017 9:15 PM – Roxie Theater – TICKETS
Thursday June 22, 2017 9:30 PM – Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood- TICKETS
An astrophysicist returns home to announce her engagement just as catastrophe strikes her family’s poultry business. These two events set in motion a chain reaction that will either bring the clan together or jolt them into separate trajectories.

 

SANTA AND ANDRES
directed by Carlos Lechuga
2016 – Colombia, France, Cuba
Thursday June 15, 2017 10PM & Sunday June 25, 2017 4PM – Castro Theatre TICKETS
An unusual relationship develops between a gay counter-revolutionary writer living in exile and a peasant girl informant-committee member assigned to monitor him, in this harrowing, heartbreaking, and award-winning tale set in 1983 Cuba.

 

Summer Sacrament- Screening- Paseo Artistico May 13

We would like to invite you to an encore screening of “Summer Sacrament”- a local film shot in the Mission and composed by local actors and crew.

Hope to see you all there and thank you for supporting local talent!

Director: Lionel Desai
USA, 2016, Drama, 62 min
English with some Spanish- subtitled.

Actors:
Ari Atken
Robert Matas
Lucena Herrera
Xavier Galindo

Trailer:

 

During one fateful summer in San Francisco’s Mission district, Richy is forced to deal with his mother’s deportation and prepare for his First Holy Communion as a Catholic while living with a caring adoptive family whose young son becomes Richy’s closest friend and support.

Durante un verano en el distrito Mission de San Francisco , Richy se ve obligado a hacer frente a la deportación de su madre y prepararse para la Primera Comunión, como católico , mientras que vive con una familia adoptiva cuyo hijo chico se convierte en amigo y apoyo cercano de Richy.

Filmmaker invited.

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La Yuma- Nicaraguan film- Screening March 11 4pm in SF

Paseo Artistico returns in full force to the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District with a Saturday full of FREE arts and culture programming for the entire family! This month we strive to stand in solidarity with Women’s History Month and engage the Mission District community with local artists, activists, musicians, and creators. We hope you can join us!

Cine+Mas SF will screen LA YUMA by Florence Jauguey. It was the opening night film for the 2010 edition of the SF Latino Film Festival and the audience choice winner.

What: LA YUMA, film screening, free
When: Saturday March 11 4pm
Where: Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

La Yuma – Trailer with English Subtitles.

Check out the full schedule below:

Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th Street
11am – 12 pm
Bilingual guided mural tour focusing on women muralists and history of women artists in La Misión.

Alley CatBooks, 3036 24th Street
11am – 1pm
“Signs of the Times” – We invite the community to create signs and posters in support of equality for all. Inspiration & materials provided.

Juan R. Fuentes Gallery at Accion Latina, 2958 24th Street
1-3pm
Silkscreen printmaking workshop. A workshop designed for and by women. Instructed by: Lisa Marie Castellanos.

Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission, 24th Street BART Plaza
3pm
Taiko dance performance with Grrl Brigade

Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival, 3036 24th St.
4-6 pm
La Yuma (2009). The story of a strong-willed girl from the poor neighborhood of Managua who dreams of being a boxer.

Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street
7-9 pm
Live musical performances by: Miss Moist, Tristan Puig, Staring Back, and Bobey

Argentina & Brazil Represented at SF Indie Fest

The 19th SF Indie Fest kicks off on February 2 and runs through February 17th with films, parties and special events. We are excited to be co-presenting two wonderful films- 2001: While Kubrick Was in Space from Argentina and Kill Me Please from Brazil. Visit SFIndieFest.com for full festival details.

2001: While Kubrick was in Space / Mientras Kubrick Estaba En El Espacio
Directed by Gabriel Nicoli
2016, Argentina, 76 min, North American Premiere, Comedy/Drama
Roxie Theater  Feb 11, 5pm; Alamo Drafthouse  Feb 12, 915p – BUY TICKETS

Stanley Kubrick imagined the year 2001 to be a technological world, but for Buenos Aires that same year meant the worst financial crisis in their history. Three teenage friends tormented by their uncertain future decide to avoid reality and escape from everything on a road trip in a stolen pink car. During their odyssey, they’ll have to confront their fears, knowing that adulthood is waiting just around the corner. Gabriel Nicoli’s debut feature is an unexpected pop vision of a damaged country- a place where Kubrick lives on as a god.

Kill Me Please / Mate Me Por Favor
Directed by Anita Rocha da Silveira
2016, Brazil, 101 min, Northern California Premiere
RoxieTheater  Feb 12, 715p; Alamo Feb 16, 630p BUY TICKETS

The classic coming-of-age premise “You guys wanna go see a dead body?” from Stand By Me gets an update and twist as fifteen-year-old Bia becomes obsessed with a series of unsolved murders and the graveyard Facebook pages of the victims. Drawn into the world of darkness, she finds more in common with the dead girls than her own group of friends.  Visually alluring, it’s a refreshing, unapologetic love letter to melancholic curiosity, something every teen passes through.

Support Cine+Mas on Giving Tuesday! How about a little gift?

Cine Mas SF  is excited to participate in this year’s #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving TODAY! The campaign has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

giving_tuesday_logostacked1Cine Mas SF is committed to organizing educational and cultural activities around film in San Francisco and other Bay Area communities. We believe these artistic exchanges helps further greater understanding  in an interconnected world and our culturally diverse communities.

We invite you to support  Cine Mas SF by making a gift towards our annual fund. No donation is too big or too small! Consider a one time or ongoing gift. Your company may even match your donation!  Click here to donate: http://bit.ly/CMSFdonate

Film at 2nd Sunday Paseo Cultural – Book of Life- Nov 13, 3pm

Join us and several other participating organizations for Paseo Artistico- 2nd Sunday Arts walk at various locations on 24th Street. We will be showing BOOK OF LIFE at Precita Eyes. Very limited seating. Family friendly.

Nov 13 Sunday 3pm at Precita Eyes – 2981 24th Street, San Francisco

THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

Directed & Written By Jorge R. Gutiérrez. Produced by Guillermo del Toro

The Day’s Events Information

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Start the day off with a Bilingual Guided Mural tour courtesy ofPrecita Eyes Muralists. Then create minature Mexican inspired sculptures under the instruction of artist Alejandro Meza inside the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery at Accion Latina. In the afternoon you can relax and unwind by joining Alley CatBooks‘ drawing circle workshop and/or watch the critically acclaimed film “The Book of Life” thanks to Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival. You do not want to miss saying your final goodbyes toModern Times Bookstore, who will be leaving the neighborhood after 45 years of enriching the Mission District with bilingual literature. And lastly, you can dry your tears and dance the night away with some feel good tunes at Pops Bar. You don’t want to miss it, all events are FREE!

11 AM-12:30 PM ● Bilingual Guided Mural Tour

Precita Eyes Murals, 2981 24th Street

Spanish & English mural tour through 24th Street Corridor.

12 – 2 PM ● Miniature Sculpture Class

Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th Street

Instructed by Mexican sculpture artist Alejandro Meza.

2-5 PM ● Drawing Circle Workshop

Alley Cat Gallery, 3036 24th Street

All ages, all levels, all materials supplied.

3:00 – 4:30 ● Cine+Mas Film Screening

Precita Eyes Murals, 2981 24th Street

Film: The Book of Life (2014) Rated: PG

4-6 PM ● Farewell Modern Times/Gears Turning Poetry

Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th Street

After 45 years in the neighborhood don’t miss your last chance to visit the iconic bookstore of the Mission District.

5-7 PM ● KASSIDAT

Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative, 3130 24th Street

Spoken Word & Music

5-9 PM ● Music Therapy and BOPS at POPS

Pop’s Bar, 2800 24th Street

DJ Clave will be mixing the tunes. Oldies but goodies!