Oscars 2012

Lots of great films seem to come just in time for the awards season. This year is no different.  The nominees for this year’s Oscars were announced earlier this week.  Here are some of the nominees that excited us just a little more:

Demian Bichir from Mexico was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in “A Better Life”.  The film was released in 2011 with much critical acclaim. It’s a drama about an undocumented immigrant father, working as a gardener, that struggles both to provide for his son and to keep him out of harms way. Gangs beckoning and immigration agents on their heels.

“The Artist” has been marketed heavily with both critical and popular appeal. It’s no surprise that Oscar nominations would be in the cards.  Though we don’t get to hear her in this fantastic silent film,  here’s your chance to hear Argentina born Berenice Bejo, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, in an interview last year after a film festival screening:

Five time Oscar nominee Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematographer,  hails from Mexico and has worked on some amazing films including “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Children of Men”,  “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, and many more. He’s up for an Oscar with “Tree of Life” directed by Terrence Malick which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.  Here’s a great introduction by Ben Affleck at the Hollywood Film Awards:

 

Updates

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It’s taken us a while but here it is. You can download the schedule here with all the film notes and screening details. 2011 Festival Schedule

Tickets are available at the door for all films today except “La Salsa Cubana”. You can buy tickets online until two hours before the screening or by phone 1-800-838-3006. / Entradas disponibles para todas las peliculas salvo “La Salsa Cubana”. Puede comprar entradas por internet hasta dos horas antes de la funcion o por telefono 1-800-838-3006. Despues de eso en el cine. Gracias!

Iris Disse, director of Following the Stars, is here to present her film. Tickets are available online and at the door. She’s traveled all the way from Quito. It’s a wonderful film I hope you can come out to see!

After the screenings today, there’s a party organized by: Eric Joseph Johnson, director of “La Salsa Cubana”. Party and reception for La Salsa Cubana at ODC Dance in the Mission district, 9pm – midnight, Sept 17, after the screening of the film, with casino style salsa dancing and Cuban Music. Dance performance by the Bay Area’s RUEDA con RITMO. ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. (between 17th and 18th streets). FREE!!

Schedule & Tickets

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It’s taken us a while but here it is. You can download the schedule here with all the film notes and screening details. 2011 Festival Schedule

September 14 Hispanic Heritage Month & San Francisco Latino Film Festival Kick-Off Celebration

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September 16, 2011 7PM Opening Night at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema

Opening Night Film- BEING: CAFÉ TACVBA 2010 Mexico 80 minutes

After-Party at Supperclub. Hosted by LAM Social Club.

September 16 7:15PM Free screening at De Young Museum, Friday Nights at the De Young. San Francisco. Screening Mistura: The Power of Food

September 17-18 1PM-10PM Screenings Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco.

September 19 7PM Free screening at MACLA in San Jose. Co-Presented with KQED

September 19 7PM Screening at MACLA in San Jose

September 20 7PM Free screening at Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley

September 20-21 12:30PM Free screenings at College of Marin.

September 21 7PM Screening and reception at IcTus Gallery in SF

September 22-23 7PM Screening at Mission Cultural Center in SF

September 24 3PM-10PM Screenings at Mission Cultural Center in SF

September 25 2PM Final screening at the Brava Theater in SF

September 25 4PM Closing party meet-up at El Rio in SF

 

Tickets on Sale Now

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You can see the films and notes at that link. Some of the films were just uploaded and will be live later today.  Catch the premiere of MLK Jr. Way by Eliseo Cabrera and Kara Cohen. Filmed in Oakland! The story is about two young Mexican-American guys who lose their jobs (partly from laziness partly from the recession), and their home (due to the rocky climate

Film still: MLK JR WAY

in West Oakland). They decide to pursue a casully mentioned plan suggested by their friend to find girlfriends and subsequently live with them, in order to find a free place to live.

 

 

Sneak Peak of Titles- 2011 Official Selection

We’re excited to announce a partial list of films selected for this year’s festival:

Feature Length

Capsulas by Veronica Riedel-2011  Guatemala

The Chileans’ Building by Macarena Aguilo- 2010 Chile

Film still of "Following the Stars" / "Siguiendo Las Estrellas"

Following the Stars by Iris Dirse – 2011 Ecuador/Panama

Hell by Luis Estrada- 2010 Mexico

Santiago byFelix Martiz- 2011 USA

Seguir Siendo: Café Tacuva by Ernesto Contreras and Jose Manuel Cravioto- 2010 Mexico

Soulbound by Caio Sóh- 2011 Brazil

Shorts

La Bicicleta Vieja by Claudia A. Escobar- 2011 USA

Defender by Aitor Miguel- 2011 Colombia/Spain

Mistura: The Power of Food by Patricia Perez- 2011 Peru

Image from film- Photo of Angie

Film still: Photo of Angie

Photos of Angie by Alan Dominguez- 2011 USA

Three Drop of Water by Jose Alfaro & Marco Castro-Bojorquez -2011 USA

 

September Film Programming Update

Filmmaker

Our programming team has been screening, discussing, arguing and carefully deciding on the final few films that will makeup the official selection for our film festival, which kicks off September 15th.

If you’ve submitted a film, hold tight. You will be notified if your film has been selected. We received an amazing crop of film to choose from and we’re very excited about reporting our selections soon.

The development team has been ironing out community partnerships and will also be reporting those and exciting new additions to the festival’s dynamic.

Stay tuned to our industry shout-outs via Twitter or spark a convo with us on Facebook. We’re chatty, so feel free to voice your film thoughts with us!

Jeremy Ray Valdez at SF Pride

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Jeremy Ray Valdez is a rising star that  gained notoriety for his role as Jesse Rivera, a young gay man struggling to come out to his butch  father  played by Benjamin Bratt in the hit film, La Mission.

Valdez won the 2010 Imagen Award for best supporting actor for his work. He was also recently in All She Can an indie pic that screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

He is currently working on his newest film titled, Dreamer, a feature narrative drama about an undocumented young man whose life falls apart after his employer discovers his immigration status.

Don’t miss his appearance in the SF Pride Parade.

 

THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO

Pancho Villa

The Mexican Revolution was the first major revolution to be filmed. The Storm that Swept Mexico incorporates photographs and motion pictures from these earliest days of cinema, many of which have never before been seen outside of Mexico.

Ten years in the making by Bay Area filmmakers Ray Telles and Kenn Rabin, The Storm that Swept Mexico is a powerful exploration of one of the most fascinating eras in modern history.

This exclusive new documentary The Storm that Swept Mexico, which tells the epic story of the Mexican revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, will screen only one night in the Bay Area and will be followed by a conversation with the filmmakers.

This rare footage will be on the big screen Thursday, March 31, 7:00pM at 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. Call 415.454.1222 for more information. This is a California Film Institute screening.

Watch the trailer.



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One Day San Francisco Film Festival

The Wall by Ricardo Martinez

SOMArts Theatre in San Francisco will screen seven films, followed by a Q&A session and reception with the filmmakers
 on Sunday, March 13 from noon – 8:00 p.m.

This free one-day-only San Francisco film festival celebrates crossings and dismantling of symbolic, nationalistic, cultural, internal, and external borders.

Also catch a chance to see the SF Latino Film Festival Audience Choice 2010 winning documentary The Wall by Bay Area native Ricardo Martinez. View trailer here.

More stand out films include: Crepe Covered Sidewalks by acclaimed singer and actor Renee Wilson and In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem.
For a complete film schedule and summaries click here.

@EricAvilaThomas

 

Somos Lo Que Hay at San Diego Latino Film Festival

Somos Lo Que Hay

The 18th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of the highly anticipated thriller Somos Lo Que Hay, a Canana film about cannibals in modern day Mexico City.

We’re excited to see it along with a slew of new Spanish language films this weekend. Tweet us if you’re out there @sflatinofilm.

To get more information about San Diego Latino Film Festival screenings go to sdlatinofilm.com, follow them on Twitter @macsd and follow hashtag #SDLFF11.

Here’s a trailer of Somos Lo Que Hay.


Directed by Jorge Michel Grau.

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