SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL SETS LOCATIONS, SEEKS COLLABORATORS

The SF Latino Film Festival is gearing up for its 8th annual September events, celebrating independent film from the Americas and Europe. Our goal is to showcase film by, about, or made with Latinos—to shine a light on inclusion. Other films are presented to expose our innovative and influential Bay Area audiences to popular foreign film as a way to celebrate cultural differences.

The festival committee invites collaborators to sponsor, host, and contribute content to our upcoming events. Venues on the confirmed schedule include the following Bay Area locations.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – New Mission 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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DeYoung Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

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Eastside Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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For more information, contact the festival development rep directly here: http://bit.ly/bizdevsf. 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 aside from promotional early screenings of mainstream films.

 

MEX I AM Festival Celebrating Mexico’s Creativity- Runs July 19-26

The MEX I AM Festival returns to San Francisco to showcase a wide ranging sampling of Mexico’s creativty in the arts, performance and thought leadership.  Catch a film, a concert with Natalia Lafoucarde, sculptures by Rivelino, or a performance by Isaac Hernandez – principal dancer of the English National Ballet.  Scroll down to see more about the film, music, and lectures.

Scroll down for a snapshot about the film, speaker (IDEAS) , and music events.

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The MEX I AM Festival opens with a film screening of:

GUTEN TAG RAMON (Good Day, Ramon) Sunday July 19 5pm at the Brava Theater in San Franicsco.

Free screening. Reserve your ticket. Arrive early. http://bit.ly/Ramon_CMSF

Buen día, Ramón tells the story of Ramón (Kristyan Ferrer, 18), a young man from a small northern Mexican town who has tried, unsuccessfully, to cross the US border five times. Back home he refuses to become a criminal. Instead, he decides to travel to Germany and contact a friend’s aunt but his plans go awry when he can’t find her. He struggles to survive on the streets, not properly prepared for the harsh weather and carrying practically no money, until he meets Ruth (IngeborgSchöner, 80), a retired and lonely woman. Moving beyond language barriers and prejudices, they develop an amazing friendship.

Guten Tag, Ramón cuenta la historia de Ramón (Kristyan Ferrer, 18), un joven de una ranchería del norte del país, que se niega a ser delincuente y decide buscar a la tía de un amigo en Alemania, quien le dará trabajo. Pero al llegar nunca encuentra a la tía. Sin dinero, sin papeles y sin hablar otro idioma más que el suyo, apenas sobreviviendo en las calles hasta que conoce a Ruth (IngeborgSchöner, 80), una solitaria anciana jubilada. Ella le ofrece apoyo sin hablar el mismo idioma, se comunican con mímica y dibujos. Utilizando el lenguaje universal de la amistad, ambos la entablan de una forma maravillosa.

Check out all the events details by visiting MEX I AM : http://bit.ly/MEXiAM_Events.

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MEX I AM: IDEAS

July 22 10am-1pm at the Palace of Fine Arts. Free. RSVP for ticket: http://bit.ly/IDEAScmsf

The presentations are short, to the point and easy to understand. No technical knowledge on any field is required (so no two hour mathematical conferences here). The speakers are all Mexican, and the talks will be all in English (with a sexy accent, of course).http://bit.ly/IDEAScmsf

 

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MEX I AM Concert Series at SF JAZZ CENTER

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Natalia Lafourcade

July 23 7:30PM 

For tickets: http://bit.ly/1IYYSo4

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Tania Libertad, a tribute to Chavela Vargas

7/25 7pm.

For tickets: http://bit.ly/1IYZBFO

La Santa Cecilia​

7/24 7:30pm

For tickets: http://bit.ly/1IYZHgK

 

Flaco Jiménez/ Max Baca

7/26 7:30pm

For tickets: http://bit.ly/1IYZRoh

 

Most events are free though we do encourage you to RSVP through the ticketing links. Concerts at the SF Jazz Center are ticketed and moderately priced.

For complete details about these and other events visit: http://mexiam.net/

11th CubaCaribe Fest April 9-26

The 11th CubaCaribe Festival celebrates the music and dance of Cuba and the Caribbean in a festival with events that include performance, film, lectures and workshops. Local and visiting artists share their art with audiences across the Bay Area. Events in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley.

Film Screening: “Dancing The Drum”
April 9
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St, SF
Thursday @ 7pm
Tickets: $10 online, $12 door

Week 1: African Souls – Cuba & Brasil
April 10 – 12:
ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, SF
Friday-Saturday @ 8 pm; Sunday @ 7 pm
Tickets: $25 online; $28 door;

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April 12:
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
Saturday 4 – 7pm
$5 Suggested Donation at the door

Lecture: De Curros a Especuladores: Black to the Future in Cuba
April 16
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St, SF
Thursday @ 7pm
Tickets: $10 online, $12 door

Week 2: Soul Caribe
April 17 – 19:
Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street, SF
Friday-Saturday @ 8 pm; Sunday @ 7 pm
Tickets: $22 online; $24 door;

Week 3: Alma
April 24 – 26:
Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
Thursday – Saturday @ 8 pm; Sunday @ 7 pm
Tickets: $25 online; $28 door

For ticket and other information go to CubaCaribe.org.  http://bit.ly/1HQKkUf

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Pichuco Screens Dec 5-6 in San Francisco, Tango doc & Performance

A documentary about Aníbal Troilo, an Argentine Tango giant, in celebration of his 100th birthday. Troilo’s music lives and enjoyed by tango dancers throughout the world. Directed by Martin Turnes.

Synopsis
A teacher at the Escuelar de Música Popular in Buenos Aires, Argentina, together with his students, took on the project of digitizing ~500 original, handwritten arrangements of Aníbal “Pichuco” Troilo orchestra. Through interviews of musicians from different generations and styles, this documentary takes us to a musical tour through the work of one of the most influential characters in the history of Tango and Argentine music.

Tickets & Times
$15 + fee online, $20 at the door
Purchase tickets at EventBrite http://bit.ly/1A0h49b.
Dec 5, 2014 (Fri) . 8pm . Door opens at 7pm
Dec 6, 2014 (Sat) . 8pm . Door opens at 7pm
Theatre of Yugen at NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco (Free street parking)

Tango Performance
The screening will be followed by a tango performance. Performances by some of the finest tango instructors and performers of the Bay Area, including Cristian Sierra and Casanova Tango, Doruk Golcu and Erin Malley, Jonas Aquino and Monza Lui.

Fiestas Fridas Returns! Events, Performance, Art & Crafts

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Aside from Mexico and Paris, San Francisco was one of Frida Kahlo’s favorite places to be. She spent many days watching Diego paint commissioned murals all over the Bay Area and many days visiting her doctor, whose practice was in San Francisco. In 1931, Frida’s painting “Frieda and Diego Rivera” showed at the “Sixth Annual Exhibition of the San Francisco Society of Women Artists” – the first public showing of her work. She married Diego for the second time at SF City Hall on Diego’s birthday.

Fiestas Fridas SF and Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival seek to revive the love affair between Frida and San Francisco. Our events combine art, food, and music into culturally relevant events that focus on community and Frida’s message of healing through art no matter what tragedies life throws in our path. All funds raised after expenses benefit SF LaTEENo Youth Filmmakers program, Rainbow Teen Center in Oakland and PlayNice Youth programs of the Peninsula.

Our inaugural three day event in 2013 left many wishing they didn’t have to choose between Fourth of July and Frida of July. We have resolved the dilemma by offering a month long celebration this July. Check out what we have in store.

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*This year’s Fiestas Fridas SF (he)Art! Exhbit has moved to la Calle 24. Catch our Virtual Art Exhibit running continuously from July 1st – August 10th.

*Puerto Alegre restaurant hosts Bird Levy’s legendary “Pasion de Frida” exhibit for its fifth season featuring FridArte submissions by over 32 talented Friduchos. July 1 – August 15th

 

*Our “Somos Frida (We are Frida)” Birthday Celebration/Family Day offers shopping, food, art and music. July 6th

  • Stop by our (he)Art! Exhibit Opening celebration of Frida & Mi Otro Yo, meet the artists and
  • Get your Frida PASS for only $10 We’ve got all the Frida stuff you’ve ever dreamed of and more, with over 15 vendors and artisans selling their wares and handmade FridArte at a discount to our Pass holders. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/frida-pass-early-bird-tickets-11819192523
  • We end our celebration at Alley Cat Books and Gallery for the art opening of one of SF’s prolific Friducho artists and San Francisco’s own Santos Perdidos serenading Frida on her special day. Their mix of Latino music will have you on the dance floor throwing down your moves before you can say Diego Rivera.

*JC Events, Mahlae Balenciaga and The Lady Miss Vagina Jenkins curate our FriDrAg and Burlesque show at The Café in the Castro for a night of high class drag, no class debauchery and homegrown sass & burlesque. July 7th, doors open at 7, show at 9 PM http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fridrag-burlesque-show-tickets-11912569817

*The 60th Anniversary of Frida’s Death. In honor of her 47 years of life we present two films www.brownpapertickets.com

  • “The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo as told to Karen and David Crommie”-40 minutes
  • “Frida – Naturaleza Viva/Frida Still Life” -108 minutes
  • A celebration with music, food and drinks to follow the movie

*The following shops will feature Frida art, Jewelry or clothing for sale in July

  • Runway Style House. Oakland
  • Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery. San Francisco
  • Modern Times Bookstore. San Francisco
  • The Gallery (lower Haight). San Francisco
  • Everlasting Love. San Francisco
  • Niju Jewelry Store
  • Luz de Luna. San Francisco
  • Cliff’s Variety. San Francisco. Join us for the unveiling of the Castro’s Homenaje a Frida Kahlo on July 7th at 5:30 pm. Snacks, beverages and a Frida Kahlo look-a-like contest.

 

Que viva Frida!

Que viva el arte!

Dia de la Amistad

In several Latin American countries Valentine’s Day is referred to as “Dia de la Amistad y Amor” or “Dia de la Amistad” for short. Melding love and friendship makes it so much more inclusive irrespective of your relationship or marital status. Inspired by the theme of love, we found this ‘vintage’ video of a young and dapper Placido Domingo singing “Maria Bonita” to the said Maria- Maria Felix, the iconic film star known as La Doña.  Written by her husband Agustin Lara, “Maria Bonita” went on to become a Mexican standard.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ¡Feliz día de la amistad!

 

Dia De Los Muertos Community Concert

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The Dia de Los Muertos Community Concert has now become an annual tradition at the San Francisco Symphony.  The concert will be conducted by SFS Resident Conductor Donato Cabrera with guest soloist Mexican tenor David Lomelí performing “Besáme Mucho”, “Granada” and other beloved Latin American favorites.  Tickets are selling fast! Get yours, too!

This family friendly event includes other activities in the Davies Hall lobbies before the concert. See performances by Ensables Ballet Folclorico de San Francisco, San Francisco’s longest running folkloric dance troupe. Take in a special art piece created for the occasion- a  25–foot installation of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent Aztec god, made of colorful chilies by Bay Area artist Victoria Canby. Interact with actors from Circulo Cultural, a theater company that performs Spanish language productions.  In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, there will be sugar skull painting, pan de muerto, and Mexican hot chocolate! ¡Que rico!

Channeling Spain

Diego el Cigala is making his much anticipated debut in the Bay Area as part of his first major North American tour. Noted as a pioneer for his unique approach to Latin American music forms such as the bolero, tango and Afro-Caribbean jazz, Cigala has deep roots in flamenco. As explained by Josh Kun in the New York Times, Cigala is able to “enter flamenco into conversations with other traditions without ever sacrificing its distinctive identity.” He won his first Latin GRAMMY for Bebo & Cigalcigala flyera: “Lagrimas Negras,” hailed by critic Ben Ratliff of The New York Times as Album of the Year and “one of the great new cross-pollinating documents of Latin music.” And then he went on to win another for a more flamenco-oriented CD “Picasso en Mis Ojos” which featured guests such as the legendary Paco de Lucia and Latin jazz master Jerry Gonzalez. Returning to the bolero, his 2008 project “Dos Lagrimas” united him with giants of Cuban percussion Tata Guines and Changuito and established his ongoing collaboration with the musicians who will be appearing with him at Zellerbach: guitarist Diego del Morao, pianist Jaime Calabuch Jumitus, percussionist Sabú Porrina and Cuban bassist Yelsy Heredia. Just nominated for yet another Latin Grammy, his latest album “Cigala & Tango”  marries  “Spanish flamenco with the equally gritty and powerful South American tango.” (The Observer, UK). “It works effortlessly,” says Felix Contreras of NPR.
Click here to get your  tickets online or call 800-838-3006

 

ZAHARA is a dynamic exploration into the links between Flamenco and Moroccan music and dance. A journey into the heart of ‘el Andalus’ that combines the passion and power of Flamenco with the richness ofzahara Moroccan traditions, Zahara is a unique collaboration featuring Gypsy Flamenco singer Kina Mendez, the Moroccan Musicians of El Hamideen and Artistic Director/Dancer Kerensa DeMars.   Watch this clip from a recent performance.

See it at Cafe du Nord 8PM/Doors at 7PM. Friday October 21. Tickets can be prepurchased at cafedunord.com for $25. You can also RSVP with us at programming (at)sflatinofilmfestival.com for a discounted rate of $20. You can pay at the door.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN / La Piel Que Habito by Pedro Almodovar opens tomorrow (October 21)  in San Francisco (Kabuki & Embarcadero). Familiar faces (including the talented and muy guapo Antonio Banderas) drama, and fixations as Almodovar fans can come to expect but with a storyline that’s thrilling and twisted. Check it out.