Director Patricia Ramos and El Techo

Director Patricia Ramos and El Techo, a 2017 official selection.

International, Narrative / Cuba, Nicaragua / 2016 / Drama, Society, Women In Film, Youth / 75 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / BD / West Coast Premiere Premiere

Description

Patricia Ramos shows us what it’s like to dream from the rooftops in Cuba.

Three young friends, Yasmani, Vito and Anita, gather on a roof in Havana every day in the midst of boredom decide to set up their own business in this heart-warming drama. The cost of this dream, ultimately, will lead them to personal maturity and certain happiness.

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En el centro de La Habana, sobre una azotea, tres jóvenes amigos -Yasmani, Vito y Anita, se reúnen día a día para contarse historias y sueños, tratando de que el tiempo pase sin notarse. En medio del aburrimiento, sin apenas recursos y soñando con la prosperidad, deciden armar un negocio propio. El precio de este sueño los conducirá finalmente a la madurez personal, no exenta de cierta felicidad.


Director’s Bio

Patricia Ramos has a Bachelor in Spanish Studies from the Havana University and a Bachelor in Screenwriting from the International School of Cinema and TV, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). She has facilitated scriptwriting workshop in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica and Venezuela. In 2009 she directed the documentary Ampáramefrom the TV series History of Cuban Music. She has directed two short films, The Courtyard of my Home (2007) and Nana (2004).


 

Director Maru Buendia-Senties and Windows

Director Maru Buendia-Senties and 2017 official selection Windows.

Description

When artificial comes into our lives, does it make our experiences better or are we living in a bubble of self constructed realities? In Windows two isolated women bond by sharing their lives from a distance through their apartment windows. They are blocks apart, but despite their efforts, will never meet. Two women. Two windows. Two realities.

Director’s Bio

Award winning Mexican writer/director, Maru Buendia-Senties, graduated with an MFA from UT-Austin in Film Production. She worked for three years in the Visual Effects Department for Director Robert Rodriguez at Troublemaker Studios and currently works at Mirada Studios.

Over the years, Maru, has premiered five award-winning films, directed Mexican Ariel winning actors, received the Visionary Award by the Sor Juana Festival: A tribute to Mexican Women and the Cary Grant Film Award by The Princess Grace Foundation. Her latest sci-fi short, Windows, has been chosen as one of four projects of NALIP: Latino Lens Narrative Short Incubator program 2016. She was also been honored to attend this year’s Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy.

Living on the Mexican/American border exposed Maru to two different cultures that created a desire to share that unique perspective through her storytelling. As a female Mexican filmmaker, Maru sees a great opportunity in utilizing genre films to explore our deepest fears, push boundaries and challenge the audience by approaching universal themes like identity, belonging, and solitude.


 

Windows Credits

Writers: Maru Buendia-Senties, Glenn Eanes
Producer: Michele K. Borheim
Cast: Gabriela Ostos, Krista Vendy, Rich Paul

 

Director Libia Stella Gomez and Ella

Born: 1974, Socorro, Colombia

2016 official selection ELLA from Colombia/2015/Drama/ 104 minutes/Subtitled

When Georgina dies, her husband Alcides tries to give her a dignified funeral, which is quite difficult, because they have no money and are living in the poorest district of Bogotá.

Gomez delivers a cinematically gorgeous inside look at the struggle her protagonists face.

Susana Matos and No hay Sistema

Susana Matos and No hay Sistema, a 2017 RoxCine official selection.

In collaboration with Puerto Rico’s Rincon International Film Festival, RoxCine presented a special program of Puerto Rican short films. All proceeds went to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, via donation to Alianza Somos Una Voz / We Are One Voice.

Two Susana Matos short films were selected for the lineup.

No hay Sistema, a 7 min. comedy short film written and directed by Susana Matos Allongo. Winner of Best Comedy, Audience’s Choice, Spirit of Puerto Rico at the Rincon International Film Festival. Produced by: Javier Colon Rios

And Por Feo, a 7 min comedy about the ugliest brother in the family who at last finds someone to confront for his perceived ugliness.

Other shorts from the benefit were as follows.

Volcados – 8 min. (Animation) by Paola Melendez Roca
“A Puerto Rican animation about a Chupacabra’s relentless attempts at making a friend.
Teorias de la Cigüeña – 13 min. (Drama) by Javier Enrique Perez

Luna Vieja – 11 min. (Drama – TIFF) by Raisa Bonnet
Miedo a las Aturas – 4 min. (Comedy) by H.J. Leonard
Así de grandes son las ideas – 5 min. (Animation) by José Enrique Rivera
La Carta – 7 min. (Drama) by Angel Soto
Chula – 17 min. (Action Adventure) by Victoria E. Soberal

A Co-Presentation by Cine+ Mas SF Latino Film Festival and RoxCine at the Roxie in SF.

Meet the filmmakers at SFLFF

Come get to know our visiting filmmakers at their Q&As, our opening night party and other functions. We’re adding more daily! Follow on Twitter for additions.

1.    Director Maru Buendía-Senties, Windows Q&A 9/17 7PM and opening night party.

2.    Reed Rickert, The Third Root, Q&A 9/17 5PM Opera Plaza Cinema and opening night party.

3.    Director Daniel Chávez Ontiveros, The Swan Kick Off Sept 7 – KPIX / CBS Studio Sept 7 5:30pm-8pm, opening night party and screening of film for Q&A (check schedule http://bit.ly/SFLFFTix)

4.    Director Agustin Contrera, Ruta Madre (Going South) Opening night film Q&A and opening night party.

5.    Director Arlan Parsa, The Way to Andina  Q&A Opera Plaza Cinema 9/16 1PM and opening night party.

Divas of the Golden Era Screenings

We’ve partnered with the SF Public Library to present a special series examining the women of the golden era who made significant contributions to the silver screen. Join us Monday, September 25th at Koret Auditorium located at the SF Public Library at 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco for this special one day series starting at 12 pm. All screenings are free to the public.

Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost – 75th Anniversary Spotlight

Monday, September 25 at 3:30 PM

Mexican Spitfire is an 8 film series from RKO Pictures made between 1940 and 1943 starring Lupe Vélez and Leon Errol. The movies are comedies featuring the character Carmelita Lindsay (played by golden era star Lupe Velez), a lovable and tenacious Mexican singer who leaves her career in Mexico to meet Dennis Lindsay, a loving and handsome American businessman. In Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost, the sixth film in the series, Carmelita and Uncle Matt find themselves in a haunted house, but the “ghosts” are actually enemy spy agents who are trying to frighten away visitors in order to develop a nitroglycerin bomb.

SF Poet Laureate and SFSU Contemporary Latina/Latino Literature Professor, Alejandro Murguia, will introduce the film with some words about Lupe Velez.

Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Starring Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Elisabeth Risdon, Donald MacBride, Minna Gombell
Release date June 26, 1942

Running time 75 minutes

Country: United States
Language: English

High Noon – Golden Globes Spotlight

Monday, September 25 at 2 PM

In Hadleyville, a small town in New Mexico, Marshal Will Kane (played by Gary Cooper), newly married to Amy Fowler (Grace Kelly), is preparing to retire. The happy couple is departing for a new life, raising a family and running a store in another town; but word arrives that Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), a vicious outlaw whom Kane sent to jail, has been released, and is arriving on the noon train. Helen Ramírez (played by golden era star Katy Jurado), who was once Miller’s lover, and then Kane’s is caught in a past that won’t let her go. Jurado’s steely seductress performance earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture–the first Latina to ever win one.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann, Produced by Stanley Kramer, Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Starring Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Eve McVeagh

Release date July 24, 1952

Running time: 85 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

Doña Diabla/Lady Devil

Monday, September 25 at 12 PM

No one is born evil. Golden era screen legend Maria Felix plays Angela, a woman who suffers the blow of a messy divorce while pregnant. Her heartbreak forces her to harden which earns her the name Doña Diabla/Lady Devil in cinematically stunning upper crust 1940’s Mexican society. Her old wounds cloud her relationships even with the most eligible of suitors. One turning into a family affair that unfolds with outstanding performances from Maria Felix, Víctor Junco, and Perla Aguiar under the direction of Tito Davison.

Directed by Tito Davison
Starring María Félix, María Félix, Víctor Junco, Adrián Villanueva, Crox Alvarado, José María Linares-Rivas, Perla Aguiar

Release date: 28 January 1950

Running time: 95 minutes
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish

For more info email gini [at] sflatinofilmfestival [dot] org.

 

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017

 

UPDATED June 19, 2017  

SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES
Bay Area film group invites creatives to participate in their 9th annual festival

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Cine+Mas, a year round Bay Area film group, invites the film community to submit their short, feature, narrative, or documentary film made by, with or about Latinos to their 9th annual SF Latino Film Festival.

Festival dates are set for September 15-30, 2017 at multiple Bay Area theaters. The community event series is aimed at showcasing film from the Americas and the organizers invite everyone to take part in the festivities.

Those who would like to sponsor, host, or participate in upcoming events can contact a Cine+Mas development rep directly at info [at] sflatinofilmfestival [dot] com. And for more information about year-round programming, follow Cine+Mas on Twitter here.
Click on the FilmFreeway button below to get started with the submission process!

Cine+Mas is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. Outside of the group’s signature event each September, Cine+Mas hosts monthly screenings and collaborations with other festivals in San Francisco including: Calle 24 Arts Walk, Berlin & Beyond Film Fest, SF Int’l Film Fest, SF LGBT Film Festival, SF Jewish Film Fest, and promotional early screenings of mainstream films. Go to sflatinofilmfestival.org for more.

Media contact: Virginia Chavez, gini@sflatinofilmfestival.com

Interested in sponsoring, hosting, or curating a program?

moody art photo sensual young womanThe SF Latino Film Festival is gearing up for its 9th annual September festival, celebrating film from the Americas. We invite the creative community to participate as sponsors and collaborators. Contact info@sflatinofilmfestival.com about getting involved.

Our goal is to showcase film by, about, or made with Latinos—to shine a light on inclusion. Films are presented to illuminate our innovative and influential Bay Area audiences with foreign film as a way to celebrate culture and get educated about what’s happening in our world.

The festival committee invites collaborators to sponsor, host, and contribute content to our upcoming events.

For more information, contact the festival development rep directly at virginia@surgepublicrelations.com. The SF Latino Film Festival is a 501 C non-profit organization. Outside of our signature event each September, we host monthly screenings and collaborations with other festivals in San Francisco, including: Berlin & Beyond Film Fest, SF Int’l Film Fest, SF LGBT Film Festival, SF Jewish Film Fest, SF Flamenco Festival and promotional early screenings of mainstream films.

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Jorge Sanchez of Chacho’s Gives Back

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Jorge Sanchez is a longtime sponsor of the SF Latino Film Festival and a thriving Bay Area restaurateur who now organizes the annual Chacho’s Taco Festival–an MLE sanctioned event.

Jorge has been a valued sponsor since our predecessor festival, the SF International Latino Film Festival, donating space at his bars and restaurants Blue Monkey and Deluxe, plus countless catered events from Chacho’s. This year he sponsored our wine and beer bar at CBS Studios to kick off the festival season.

We’re most grateful for his ten year participation and look forward to a long and fruitful community partnership with him and his companies. Thanks so much Jorge!

Find tickets for our two week festival online now! See you at the movies!

Media contact: virginia@surgepublicrelations.com

Meet Stars At Night, the band on our commercial

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I first came across this indie girl rock band at Chona Fest at the Black Rose Tavern in West LA a few months back and started following their music, thinking “maybe I can weave them into the festival this year.” While Albert and I discussed music for the commercial, I said “I can just pull something royalty free like a did with our 2014 commercial,” but he insisted we get a band that could benefit from the exposure. So I contacted Stars At Night, and they were extremely generous for letting us use Control for this piece. It is running on CBS till the end of October and is our official PSA on YouTube.

Keep your eye on them! Their creative new music is instant classic material. Look them up now if you haven’t already.

Hear their music on SoundClound and download it on iTunes & Google Play. And you can follow them on Twitter.

Here’s the commercial!