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.

 

 

#CMSF5 Official Film Selection – Final

Fiction Film Selection   Documentary Film Selection  Short Film Selection

Go to ticketing on BrownPaperTickets.

Official Selection-  Narrative Features

7 Boxes –7 Cajas Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori Paraguay 2012
AE-AutoExposure Disparos Juliana Reis Brazil 2012
Barrio Brawler  Jose Montesinos USA 2013
The Blue of the Sky- Lo Azul del Cielo  Colombia 2013
Chicama Omar Forero Peru 2013
Delusions of Grandeur Iris Almaraz , Gustavo Ramos USA 2012
Garifunas in Peril Ali Allie, Ruben Reyes Honduras/USA 2013
Homebound Fanny Véliz USA 2013
La Paz  Santiago Loza Argentina 2013
Porcelain Horse – Mejor No Hablar de Ciertas Cosas Javier Andrade Ecuador 2012
The Route of the Moon  –Ruta de la Luna Juan Sebastián Jácome Panama/Ecuador 2012
Sex, Love, & Salsa Adrian Manzano USA 2012
Sofia and the Stubborn Man – Sofia y el Terco Andrés Burbano Colombia 2012
Tlatelolco, Summer of ’68 Tlatelolco, Verano de 68 Carlos Bolado Argentina, Mexico 2013
Topsy Turvy -Patas Arriba  Alejandro Garcia Wiedemann Venezuela/Colombia/Brazil 2011
Xingu Cao Hamburger Brazil 2012

Official Selection- Documentary Features
The Absent Stone – La Piedra Ausente Sandra Rozental, Jesse Lerner Mexico 2012
Everything Comes from the Street  Alberto López Pulido USA 2013
Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth-Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra  Frauke Sandig, Eric Black Germany 2011
La Camioneta: A Journey of One American School Bus  Mark Kendall USA – Guatemala 2012

Latinos Beyond Reel  Miguel Picker, Chyng Sun USA 2013

The Metal Stork- La cigüeña metálica  Joan López Spain, El Salvador 2013
My Heart in Yambo -Mi Corazon en Yambo María Fernanda Restrepo Ecuador 2011
The River People -La Gente del Rio  Martin Benchimol, Pablo Aparo Argentina 2012
Stable Life  Sara MacPherson USA 2013
We Women Warriors – Tejiendo Sabiduria Nicole Karsin USA 2012
What about Columbus?  Lander Camarero Spain 2012

Official Short Film Selection- Narrative & Documentary 
The Acting Lesson, The Carmen Pelaez 2012
Echo Bear Yolanda Cruz Mexico 2012
Lonche Claire Weissbluth USA 2013
The Nightshift Armando Uclés 2012
Oiaymelo Nicholas Carter Colombia 2013
Quitral  Francisco J. Paparella Chile 2013
Rake’s Commitment ( El Compromiso del Rastrillo)  Santi Veiga Spain 2012
Shooting Star Salesman Kico Velarde USA 2012
Tamale Carlos Martinez USA 2013
The Unique Ladies Gloria Maria Guadalupe Morán USA 2011
Vida Diferida Life, Deferred  Brenda Avila-Hanna USA 2013
Yasuni Nicolas Entel USA/Ecuador 2013

Latino Comics Expo at the Cartoon Museum Jun 1-2

LatinoComicExpoSFThe Latino Comics Expo takes place on June 1 & 2 at the Cartoon Museum in San Francisco. Now in its third season, this event has something for enthusiasts and artists alike.

Meet the artists, look at comics, see the art work at the museum, sit in on a panel discussion- see the other exhibitions at the museum. Visit LatinoComicsExpo for more detailed program information.

Exhibitors include:

The Expo runs from 11am-5pm. Attendance is included with paid admission to the Museum.

$7 – Adults
$5 – Students & Seniors
$3 – Children (ages 6 – 12)
FREE to children age 5 & under.

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Latin American Films at 56th SF International Film Festival

There are several Iberian and Latin American films in this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival which runs from April 25-May 9th.  With screenings, panels, parties, and awards, the festival offers up a wide array of activities for the casual to the die-hard cinephile. 

Some of the Iberian and Latin American titles include:

The Artist and The Model from Spain by Fernando Trueba. An agin painter and his wife discover a beautiful, waiflike young woman wandering the streets whom they take in as his model in this story by 1994 Oscar winner Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) about artists and their muses.

The Cleaner from Peru by Adrián Saba. As a mysterious epidemic kill Lima’s adult population- but spares its children- a solitary middle-aged forensic worker discovers an orphaned boy at one of his cleanup sites. When he takes in the traumatized boy, it eases his own isolation and a subtle transformation takes hold of both of them. 

Crystal Fairy from Chile by Sebastian Silva. From the director of The Maid (Sundance Jury Prize winner in 2009), an American in Chile joins up with three lanky brothers and a spaced out hippie chick to seek out the perfect high of a desert psychedelic in this partially improvised road movie. Stars Michael Cera.

After Lucia from Mexico by Michel Franco. After this wife’s death in a car accident, Roberto moves to Mexico City with his teenage daughter Alejandra. While they are close, their repressed grief and lack of communication threatens to unhinge them when Ale becomes the victim of a brutal bullying at school.

La Sirga a co-production from Colombia/France/Mexico by William Vega  A shy teenage girl, cast out of her home by a fire which also destroyed her parents, seeks shelter with a handful of denizens of the shores of a lagoon in this coming-of-age tale set in the lonely, enchanted landscapes of the high Andes where everyone quietly nurtures illusions of success and fantasies of intimacy with other humans.

Habi, The Foreigner from Argentina/Brazil by María Florecia Alvarez. In a film that explores what it means to feel like an outsider and examines the role of culture in self-definition, this is a coming-of-age story that traces 20-year-old woman’s spontaneous attempt to create a new identity for herself as a Lebanese orphan in Buenos Aires. North American Premiere. 

Il Futuro  from Argentina Through their relationship with a pair of bodybuilders, an orphaned brother and sister stumble on an opportunity they can’t refuse: seemingly easy money by way of a former Mr. Universe turned reclusive movie star. This is more than crime drame. It’s a meditation on time, aging, identity and the movies. An adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novella.  

They’ll Come Back from Brazil by Marcelo Lordello A potent exploration of class and adolescence, Cris is a privileged teen, who after being left on the side of the road as punishment for bickering with her brother, embarks on a journey that will open her eyes to a world she never knew as she tries to find her way home.

Mai Morire from Mexico by Enrique Rivero. In the ethereal, nearly pre-Columbian landscapes of the Mexican town of Xochimilco, a stoic woman returns home to care for her 99-year-old mother nearing the end of her life. Haunting and meditative. The film shows the experience of  her mother’s death as a beautiful, natural event. 

Visit Festival.SFFS.org for more detailed information about the festival and these particular films.

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