Filly Brown- Opens Nationally – April 19

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Filly Brown opens on April 19 nationally. Check listings for times at a theater near you. You may recall this was our opening night film at the last edition of the Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival back in September.

Congratulations to the cast and crew including directors Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos.  The film stars Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond-Phillips, Edward James Olmos, and Jenni Rivera.
Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio is a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo’s sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices. Does she accept the deal and turn her back on the friends who got her to the precipice of success or does she let a golden opportunity slip away. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012.

“Rita Moreno: A Memoir” in Bookstores & Online

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Whenever you hear the song “America” from West Side Story, no doubt Rita Moreno comes to mind. Moreno’s ‘Anita’ won her the Oscar and stardom. She is in the exclusive club of artists that have won the grand slam of arts awards including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony…plus a Golden Globe and the National Medal of Honor.

At 80, Moreno is still singing, dancing, acting and writing.  Performing since the age of 7, Rita was discovered by Louis B. Mayer, the famed filmmaker of old Hollywood who remarked upon seeing her that she looked like a ‘Spanish’ Elizabeth Taylor.  Moreno was in her late teens/early twenties when she was rubbing shoulders with the greats of old Hollywood- Clark Gable, Yul Brynner, Gene Kelly, Marlon Brando- and yes, Elizabeth Taylor, too.

Last year Moreno starred in her autobiographical one-woman show, Life Without Makeup, to rave reviews at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Earlier this month she released  Rita Moreno: A Memoir.  Born Rosa Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, her mother moved the family to New York City when she was 3. She takes us on her life journey once again- as an immigrant, as a starlet, and as a heartbroken young woman. To say she was involved with bad boy Marlon Brando is an understatement; infidelity, an unwanted pregnancy, and a suicide attempt made for good tabloid fodder publicly but privately it was a source of much pain.

Get the book and read all about Rita.

@SFLucho

Bay Lights, Art Installation by light sculptor Leo Villareal

If you’re in San Francisco, make your way to the Embarcadero waterfront and be prepared to linger. To celebrate the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, built 75 years ago, a large scale art installation will brighten the skyline for the next two years starting tonight.

The Bay Lights by renown light sculptor Leo Villareal consists of 25,000 white LED bulbs attached to the north side cables of the Bay Bridge and linked to a laptop programmed to  “play” rhythmic patterns that never repeat.  Covering an area 1.5 miles wide and 500 feet high, this is an impressive public art display that will bring sparkle and panache to San Francisco’s other iconic bridge.

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Days of Grace & Other Latin American Films- SF Indie Fest

San Francisco Indie Fest is a quiceañera! That’s right! Celebrating 15 years of edgy independent film and fun parties, the festival opens at the Brava Theater on February 7th and runs through February 21st at The Roxie, Shattuck Cinemas, and others.

We’re excited to be co-presenting Days of Grace/Dias de Gracia, the centerpiece film, which is making its US premiere. Read more about this and other Latin American films in this year’s program:

DAYS OF GRACE –Dias de Gracia a film by Everado Gout – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Saturday 2/16 at 7:15PM and Tuesday 2/19 at 9:30PM. Centerpiece Film
– Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive.  Purchase tickets.

THE LAST ELVIS, a film by Armando Bo – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Sunday 2/10 at 9:30PM and Tuesday 2/12 at 9:30. (Opening Night Film)
– Carlos Gutiérrez (Elvis) is a divorced singer with a young daugther called Lisa Marie which he almost never see. He has always lived his life as if he was the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. In denial of Carlos and his reality. But he is about to turn the age Elvis had when he died and the future appears empty. An unexpected situation will force Carlos to take care of his daughter. This will allow him to find himself as a father and Lisa to accept him as he is. But destiny confronts Carlos with a difficult decision. In a journey of music and madness he will have to choose between the dream of being Elvis and his family. Buy tickets. 

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FACELESS, a film by Tristan Albrecht – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Sunday 2/17 at 5PM and Monday 2/18 at 7:15PM.
– Thousands of people died buried in the structures of the Twin Towers. Entire families suffering the lost of a loved one can do nothing else but to cry a name written under a picture.However, some families cannot even have this mourning. Fathers, mothers, children, and friends from illegal workers suffer their lost in the painful silence imposed by their situation. These families have lost the ones that we called: FACELESS. No address, no name, no social security number, no permanent status to identify them. Buy tickets.

THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING, a film by Zach Weintraub – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Saturday 2/9 at 7:15PM and Thursday 2/14 at 9:30PM.
– A would-be expatriate from the US takes his second stab at life in Buenos Aires. Watch as he drifts between halfhearted attempts at work, a feeble romance with his fellow N. American housemate, and the fruitless search for a mysteriously absent ex-girlfriend. Buy tickets.

Visit SFIndie.com for tickets and additional information.

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

 

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced

The 2013 Oscar nominees were announced this morning.  Film lovers everywhere will surely be playing catch-up to see some of the films nominated. Of particular interest to us is to spotlight  those films nominated that have either a US-Latino, Latin American, or Spanish theme, cast, or production. The Oscars air on Sunday February 24th on ABC 4PM/PST.

Argo has seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing – Jose Antonio Garcia, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) . The film is inspired by the  true-life account of former CIA agent Tony Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise.

No is a Chilean production directed by Pablo Larraín nominated for Foreign Language Film.  Gael Garcia Bernal stars in this drama about an ad man that put together the campaign to defeat Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet back in 1988.

Claudio Miranda

Claudio Miranda is nominated for Cinematography for Life of Pi. This is his second nomination having been nominated in the same category in 2009 for The Curious Life of Benjamin Button.  Miranda was born in Chile.

 

 

Paco Delgado

Paco Delgado is nominated for Costume Design for Les Misérables. Delgado is a Spanish born costume designer with a long list of film credits including  the Almodovar films- The Skin I Live In and  Bad Education.

 

Sixto Rodriguez

Searching for Sugarman is nominated for Feature Documentary. The subject of the film is Sixto Rodriguez, a 70’s Mexican-American folk singer who was a cult-hero in South Africa but unknown and  forgotten elsewhere.

 

 

Inocente is nominated for Documentary Short Subject. This is an inspiring film about a homeless, undocumented teen in San Diego pursuing her passion for life and art. Inocente narrates the film.

Fresh Guacamole is nominated for Short Film (Animated). There’s nothing more Mexican than guacamole.

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Lo Imposible- The Impossible- Spanish Production

The Impossible is a Spanish film production directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sanchez. This is the second collaboration between Bayona and Sanchez. Their first film, The Orphanage, won a Goya Award for best original script in 2008. The Impossible made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

This film is based on the true story of a Spanish family that was vacationing in Thailand when the deadly tsunami of 2004 struck Southeast Asia. The film stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

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Happy Birthday, Rita!

HEY,YOU GUYS!  The iconic Rita Moreno turned 81 this week (December 11)!

If you know what that line is from that’s probably one of the first times you saw Rita. She screamed the opening line of the Electric Company, the PBS children’s show that aired from 1971-1985. Rita is a singer, dancer, and actor with many credits to her name in film, tv, stage, and music. You probably have seen her in West Side Story (1961) as Anita, the role for which she is best remembered and which earned her an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.  If you’re a fan of cable programming, perhaps you saw her on HBO’s OZ,  the prison dramatic series where she played Sister Pete, a psychiatrist nun counseling prisoners. She’s currently on TV Land’s “Happily Divorced”  where she plays Fran Drescher’s mother.

Rita is entertainment royalty. She’s part of an elite small club of artists that have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.  She was also honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

Happy birthday & many more, Rita!

@SFLucho

Pan’s Labyrinth, the musical!?!

The news is out that Guillermo Del Toro is bringing it to the stage and adapting it as an English language musical.  Writer Jeremy Ungar, Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain) and lyricist Paul Williams (The Muppets, The Love Boat) make up Del Toro’s team. Drama, fantasy, and fascism on stage- I can see it now.

Back in 2006, Pan’s Labyrinth was universally acclaimed for its originality and went on to win Oscar’s in art direction, make-up, and cinematography- and nominated in three other categories including Best Foreign Language film. It also received honors from film organizations around the world including Ariel Awards (Mexico), BAFTA Awards (England), Goya Awards (Spain), among others.

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Call For Entries- 2012

The fourth edition of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival takes place in September. If you’re interested in submitting a film, you can download the application here.  We’re looking for recent works-  shorts and features, documentaries and fiction films- by US Latino, Latin American, and Iberian (Spain/Portugal) filmmakers. The mission of the festival is to provide a platform for these filmmakers and their stories.

Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival Entry Form 2012– PDF

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