Corazon del Cielo, Corazon de la Tiera (Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth) – Watch it Free Online

El documental -Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra- se ha mostrado en mas de 100 festivales de cine mundialmente inclusive el nuestro en la edición pasada – 5°Festival de Cine Latino San Francisco. Ahora puedes verlo gratuitamente por internet. Conoce a seis jovenes Maya en México y Guatemala compartiendo su manera de ver la vida, naturaleza, identidad, y espiritualidad basada en sus creencias. http://bit.ly/KBp39w

Visita la página de Facebook de la pelicula para mas informes.

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.

Eva Mendes’ Latest Film

Place Beyond the Pines is the latest film by Derek Cianfrance starring Ryan Gosling (as Luke), Bradley Cooper (as Avery), and Eva Mendes (as Romina).  The film centers on the two men’s tragic encounter- Cooper as a rookie cop and Gosling as a bad-boy biker who upon learning that he has a baby tries to make good as a provider but chooses crime as the path.

The Place Beyond the PinesEva Mendes plays a working mother with a man that cares for her, her mother and her baby. Her brief romantic liaison with Luke and his immediate departure, left her alone and with a baby. She never told him about the boy.


The story takes some twists and looks at the long term impact of choices made by parents in their own lives and children.

The film opens today.

Spanish Cinema under the Franco Regime, Pacific Film Archive Starts March 29

The UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives (BFA/PFA) in Berkeley will present the series The Spanish Mirth: the Comedic Films of Luis Garcia Berlanga from March 29 through April.  Visit the BAM/PFA website for the series details.

Luis Garcia Berlanga (1921-2010) was a Spanish filmmaker who wrote and directed some of Spain’s most important films during the Francisco Franco dictatorship. Using satire and irony, Berlanga evaded censors to deliver his barbs against the regimeand a style of film that helped shape Spanish cinema thereafter.  Berlanga received many honors and accolades from the most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy, and Montreal; served as the head of the jury at Berlin;  was nominated for an Oscar for Placido ; won a Goya Award for Everyone to Jail!  in 1980.

Here are notes about three of the seven films:

Friday, March 29, 2013
7:00 p.m. ¡Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall!
Luis García Berlanga (Spain, 1953). A tiny Spanish backwater pulls out all the stops to reinvent itself as a postcard-perfect Andalusian village—complete with flamenco dancing, bullfights, and more—in order to impress delegates doling out financial rewards in Berlanga’s satirical jab at Spanish national values. (86 mins)

Thursday, April 4, 2013
7:00 p.m. Plácido
Luis García Berlanga (Spain, 1961).  A charity campaign suggests “Sit a Poor Person at Your Table” in Berlanga’s frantic, gag-riddled romp. Filled with hilarious barbs, impious prattle, and high society comeuppance, you’ll revel in a surplus of black humor. (85 mins)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00 p.m. La escopeta nacional
Luis García Berlanga (Spain, 1978). Archival print! An oily manufacturer sponsors a hunt on the estate of a nobleman who has fallen on hard times. Berlanga’s madcap Escopeta (Shotgun) stays on target with a load of high-impact and hilarious shot. (95 mins)

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.

@SFLucho

 

Fundraiser Dec 9- San Francisco Produced Feature Film – The Other Barrio

Shot on location in San Francisco, “The Other Barrio” tells the story of housing inspector Roberto Morales (Richard Montoya) as he investigates the suspicious circumstances of a fatal fire in a residential hotel in the Mission and finds himself face to face with corruption at City Hall and a beautiful flame (Veronica Valencia) from his past.  This is SF Noir at its best, a tale of greed, murder, corruption and justice.

Join the cast, crew and special guests for an evening of edgy SF entertainment to raise funds to complete the film.
Brava Theater, SF www.brava.org
Sunday December 9, 2012
Doors open at 7:00pm-Show 7:30pm

General Admission: $25
Students with ID: $10

BUY TICKETS HERE
Or at Brava Theater Box Office: 415.641.7657

SPECIAL VIP RECEPTION
5:30-7:00pm: $50 per person
Meet and hang out with the cast and crew
Includes food, drinks, and reserved seats

NOIR DRESS ENCOURAGED

With special appearances by:
-Jerry Gonzalez, award winning, Latin jazz great trumpeter and percussionist.
-Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Poet Laureate, whose Noir short story of the same name is the basis of the film.
-Film clips and live musical performances
“The Other Barrio” is a production of SF Noir Films.

Produced by Louis F. Dematteis and Dante Betteo
Directed by Dante Betteo
Director of Photography Andrew Crighton
Production Designer Rene Yanez
Sound Design by Greg Landau
Based on a Short Story by Alejandro Murguia

Crowd-Funding Film Project: Prodigal Daughter

After nearly two decades disconnected- by choice- from her family and from her homeland, Prodigal Daughter Mabel Valdiviezo gets her American visa to reconnect with her family in Peru only to learn that the family barely survived the Fujimori regime. Moreover, there’s a secret of her own that she’s compelled to reveal.

Once face to face with her aging parents and now grown siblings, expectations come down clashing on both sides threatening an already fragile bond. Her family recriminates Mabel for her absence and candidly recount how they struggled to survive both terrorism and the dictatorship.

In a desperate attempt to seek a better life just like Mabel did, her brothers immigrated to Japan only to be deported right back. Her father had a bigamous marriage to a Japanese woman for a visa and her mother almost committed suicide over a mounting debt to a loan shark. They view Mabel as the lucky one, yet she still has to tell them how immigration brought her more sorrow than happiness.

Negotiating between their withheld affection and requests of financial help and visa sponsorship, Mabel gathers courage to tell her secret and put their demands into perspective. Now, she must find a way to regain their love and respect or risk being shunned and disowned. Prodigal Daughter explores the complex relationship between parents and children when geography and mismatched expectations sets them apart.

 

Harvest of Empire Screening in November

HARVEST OF EMPIRE A History of Latinos in America  is a documentary that traces Latin American immigration to the US back to US foreign policy activities in the region. This is a film adaptation of  Juan González (award winning journalist of Democracy Now!, New York Times, New York Daily News fame) book of the same name. Check out the trailer along with an interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!

In addition to rare archival material, this film features interviews with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz, Mexican historian Lorenzo Meyer, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, poet Martin Espada, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Gerald Rivera.

 

Monday, November 12 2012: 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Brava Theater
2781 24th St, San Francisco

$10 Advance Tickets brownpapertickets.com / $12 at the door:   or call 800-838-3006

or at these stores: Modern Times, Marcus Books, City Lights, Global Exchange Store

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 3 screenings: 4:15 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm
Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$10 advance tickets brownpapertickets.com /$12 at the the door  800-838-3006

or at these stores: Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL a Bookstore ($12 door)

In person:

Wendy Thompson-Marquez is the President and CEO of the Onyx Media Group and EVS Communications, Inc. In 2004 she was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice with the Media and Community Service Award. Currently she is a board member of Latino Public Broadcasting, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the Community Foundation in D.C.

Miguel Guerrero, Web Producer at KPFA, is also the Executive Producer and Host for Rock en Rebelión, a weekly Latin Alternative music and Public Affairs radio show, airing on KPFA every Sunday at 5 PM.

Miguel Gavilan Molina, a longtime activist, is the Executive Producer of KPFA Radio’s La Onda Bajita, and Associate Producer of Flashpoints.

Davey D, Popular Hip Hop journalist and media activist, is the Executive Producer ofKPFA’s Hard Knock Radio.

 

 

2012 San Francisco Latino Film Festival Schedule of Events

Get the entire schedule here:http://bit.ly/2o12Schedule. For the full schedule of events look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.

Buy tickets on line or by phone at BrownPaperTickets.com / 1-800-838-3006/ Hablamos Español.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/16776

General Admission $12; Students & Seniors: $10
5-Ticket Pass $50, Students & Seniors $40
All Film Pass $125, Students & Seniors, $100
EarlyBirdAllFilmPass: $100, Student & Seniors $90
Early Bird prices through September 30.
Kick-Off Friend-Raiser with La Santa Cecilia performing along with La Candelaria, & DJ Julicio. $12 adv by September 7; $15 door

Festival contact information: 415.826.7057 / info (at) sflatinofilmfestival.com

VENUES & ADDRESSES

Sept 13 Festival Kick-Off Friend Raiser!
La Santa Cecilia in concert. Along with Candelaria and DJ Julicio!
Doors at 8PM.

Blue Macaw
2565 Mission Street  x 22nd Street
San Francisco,CA 94110

September 14, 2012 Opening Night Films
“Filly Brown” 7:30PM
“Sin Padre”. 9:30 PM

Victoria Theater
2961 16th Street
San Francisco,CA 94103
(415) 334-3307

September 14, 2012 Opening Night After-Party & Meet-Up Spot
Meet-up with your friends at SOM Bar, our host venue for the evening before the films- free before 9PM- or afterwards for the after-party.

After-Party 9PM – $10 at the door.- $5 with film ticket. Included with All-Film pass.

SOM Bar
2925 16th Street (Steps from Victoria Theater)
San Francisco,CA 94103

September 15-16, 2012 1PM-11PM

Opera Plaza Cinema
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco,CA
(415) 267-4893

September 17 & 24 7:30PM
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center
13108 San Pablo Avenue
Richmond,CA 94805

September 19 & 26 7:30 PM
Galeria de La Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
(415) 826-8009

September 20-21, 26 7:30PM
ATA/ Artist’s Television Access
992 Valencia
San Francisco,CA 94110

September 22-23 1PM-9PM
Mission Cultural Center of Latin American Arts
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
(415) 821-1155

September 27  6PM
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose,CA 95116
(408) 794-6240

Free event. RSVP through: http://kqedlatino.eventbrite.com/

September 25 & 28 7PM
MACLA
510 South 1st Street
San Jose,CA95113
(408)998-2783

September 28, 7PM
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Boulevard,
Oakland,CA 94606
(510) 533-6629

Official Selection Documentaries 2012

This is the Official Selection of Documentaries.

You can download the schedule here: http://bit.ly/2o12Schedule. For the full schedule of events look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.

Vote for your favorite DOCUMENTARY film by texting the number of the film to 64631.

105      Bertsolari
115      Homeboy
117      Justice for My Sister
118      Looking for Larisa
122      Ninos de La Memoria/Children of Memory
125      Reporter
126      Sibila
138      Unfinished Spaces
139      Voices of Chile

Bertsolari
Spain 2011 90 min
Dir. Asier Altuna

Bertsolari is a Basque oral tradition that is a blend of poetry, improvisation, and song.  Amateur bertsolaris can be heard at parties and bars, but the best of the best compete in a championship where 14,000 people gather to watch their art take shape.  The tradition is an essential part of Basque culture and its poetry is mimicked in the rugged landscapes and poignant symbolism of Asier Altuna’s cinematography.
*Shown with short, Bombing Arizona
Sept 15 5:15PM Opera Plaza   Tickets: http://bpt.me/266308

 

Homeboy
USA 2011 56 min
Dir. Dino Dinco

To be gay, Latino, and in a street gang.  What’s that like? This documentary takes a close look at the lives of several former gang members from the Los Angeles area as they journey down the path of self-realization and self-acceptance in a world that seemingly at odds with a gay identity.
*Shown with short: Fallen Comrade
Sept 16 7:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://homeboy.brownpapertickets.com

Justice for My Sister
USA/Guatemala 2012 69 min
Dir. Kimberly Bautista

Justice for my Sister trailer from Kimberly Bautista on Vimeo.

6,000 women have been murdered in the last decade in Guatemala. Only 2% of those killers have been sentenced. Rebecca is determined to make sure her sister’s killer serves time.

Sept 15 3:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema,
Tickets: http://justice.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 22 5PM Mission Cultural Center
Tickets: http://justiceformysister.brownpapertickets.com

Looking for Larisa/ Buscando a Larisa
Mexico 2012 79 min
Dir. Andrés Pardo Piccone


Imagine rummaging through a flea market and coming across someone’s family pictures and films. Who would get rid of such meaningful mementos and why? After purchasing the lot of super 8mm film at a Mexico City ‘antique’ shop,  the filmmakers embark on search for Larisa, the captivating little blond girl in  the pictures and films. This chance encounter with a family’s belongings becomes a captivating human study of memory and media.
Sept 15 7:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema,  Tickets: http://lookingforlarisa.bpt.me
Sept 17 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center,
Tickets: http://lookingforlarisa-lc.bpt.me

Niños de la Memoria/ Children of Memory
USA 2012 64 min
Dir. María Teresa Rodríguez
During the Salvadoran civil war of the 1980s, hundreds of children disappeared.  Many were survivors of massacres, taken by U.S.-trained soldiers of the Salvadoran Army and permanently separated from their communities and identities. Now, a human rights organization called Pro-Búsqueda is helping to reunite these children with their families.  This documentary follows survivors of the war to the present, revealing a heartbreaking search to reclaim former bonds and identities in a country slowly healing itself from the scars of war.
*Shown with short: Each Time I Remember I Forget

Sept 16 1:15PM Opera Plaza – Tickets: http://childrenofmemory.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 23 1:15PM Mission Cultural Center – Tickets: http://memory.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 28 7PM Eastside Cultural Arts Center-  No ticket required

Reportero/ Reporter
USA/Mexico 2012 72 min
Dir. Bernardo Ruiz

REPORTERO (2012) Trailer from Quiet Pictures on Vimeo.

A veteran reporter and his colleagues at a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for the journalist. More than 40 members of the media have been slain or have vanished since Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón came to power in 2006 and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. Will the free press be silenced?
*Shown with short, The Crocodile

Sept 16 7PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://reporter.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 28 7PM MACLA , Tickets: http://reportero.brownpapertickets.com

Sibila
Chile/Peru/France 2012 94 min
Dir.Teresa Arredondo

I remember the night when the history of my family changed. We received a phone call from Peru saying that my aunt Sibila was in prison accused of forming part of the Shining Path. I was seven years old and my parent’s protective silence made me transform her image into a great mystery. She was kept in prison for 15 years. Today she is free and I want to get close to her, to listen and to understand.  Sibila is a journey that builds the present by looking at the past. It is also an encounter between two generations looking for dialogue.
Sept 16 3:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://sibila.brownpapertickets.com

Unfinished Spaces
USA 2011 96 min
Dir. Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias

Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects return forty years later to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, but was left to ruin by the country’s Revolution. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art.
Sept 19 7:30PM Galeria de La Raza, Tickets: http://unfinishedspaces.bpt.me

Voices of Chile
Chile/USA 2011 62 min
Dir. Cyrus Omoomian

Observes the challenges of achieving democracy after a dictatorship has collapsed. Corporations, Media and Education are candidly discussed through stories and facts.

From the peaks of the Andes to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Chileans candidly address key issues relevant to other nations who are seeking democracy.
*Shown with short, The Volcano.

Sept 23 1PM Mission Cultural Center, Tickets: http://voicesofchilemcc.bpt.me
Sept 24 7:30PM Los Cenzotles Mexican Arts Center,
Tickets: http://voicesofchilemcc.brownpapertickets.com