Divas of the Golden Era Screenings

We’ve partnered with the SF Public Library to present a special series examining the women of the golden era who made significant contributions to the silver screen. Join us Monday, September 25th at Koret Auditorium located at the SF Public Library at 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco for this special one day series starting at 12 pm. All screenings are free to the public.

Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost – 75th Anniversary Spotlight

Monday, September 25 at 3:30 PM

Mexican Spitfire is an 8 film series from RKO Pictures made between 1940 and 1943 starring Lupe Vélez and Leon Errol. The movies are comedies featuring the character Carmelita Lindsay (played by golden era star Lupe Velez), a lovable and tenacious Mexican singer who leaves her career in Mexico to meet Dennis Lindsay, a loving and handsome American businessman. In Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost, the sixth film in the series, Carmelita and Uncle Matt find themselves in a haunted house, but the “ghosts” are actually enemy spy agents who are trying to frighten away visitors in order to develop a nitroglycerin bomb.

SF Poet Laureate and SFSU Contemporary Latina/Latino Literature Professor, Alejandro Murguia, will introduce the film with some words about Lupe Velez.

Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Starring Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Elisabeth Risdon, Donald MacBride, Minna Gombell
Release date June 26, 1942

Running time 75 minutes

Country: United States
Language: English

High Noon – Golden Globes Spotlight

Monday, September 25 at 2 PM

In Hadleyville, a small town in New Mexico, Marshal Will Kane (played by Gary Cooper), newly married to Amy Fowler (Grace Kelly), is preparing to retire. The happy couple is departing for a new life, raising a family and running a store in another town; but word arrives that Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), a vicious outlaw whom Kane sent to jail, has been released, and is arriving on the noon train. Helen Ramírez (played by golden era star Katy Jurado), who was once Miller’s lover, and then Kane’s is caught in a past that won’t let her go. Jurado’s steely seductress performance earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture–the first Latina to ever win one.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann, Produced by Stanley Kramer, Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Starring Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Eve McVeagh

Release date July 24, 1952

Running time: 85 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

Doña Diabla/Lady Devil

Monday, September 25 at 12 PM

No one is born evil. Golden era screen legend Maria Felix plays Angela, a woman who suffers the blow of a messy divorce while pregnant. Her heartbreak forces her to harden which earns her the name Doña Diabla/Lady Devil in cinematically stunning upper crust 1940’s Mexican society. Her old wounds cloud her relationships even with the most eligible of suitors. One turning into a family affair that unfolds with outstanding performances from Maria Felix, Víctor Junco, and Perla Aguiar under the direction of Tito Davison.

Directed by Tito Davison
Starring María Félix, María Félix, Víctor Junco, Adrián Villanueva, Crox Alvarado, José María Linares-Rivas, Perla Aguiar

Release date: 28 January 1950

Running time: 95 minutes
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish

For more info email gini [at] sflatinofilmfestival [dot] org.

 

 

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.

 

Bigas Luna Tribute at the Roxie March 6-8

A special treat for cinephiles- a tribute to Bigas Luna!  Cine+Mas is happy to be a community partner. Get your tickets in advance. Use the promo code: LUNA25 for a discount.

March 6, 7:00pm Jamon Jamón “Ham, Ham”

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A modern classic of Spanish cinema starring Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollà and, in her debut film, Penélope Cruz, Jamón Jamón is seared into cinema history as much for its image of Cruz taking shelter from a storm under a testicle she has ripped from a giant billboard bull, as for rival lovers Bardem and Mollà squaring off, each armed with legs cured ham. An allegory for Spain itself, Luna engages in intricate word play while rhapsodically juxtaposing the new and the old and food and erotic desire. Directed by Bigas Luna, 95min., 1992, Spain

March 7, 7:00pm Huevos de Oro “Golden Balls”

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Benito González works construction in Melilla and dreams big – of building the tallest building in Benidorm, a great phallic symbol of power, González Towers. Over several years, we see Benito’s rise and fall, much like the construction of his tower. Through force of personality, he puts the financing together, taking advantage of women who love him – Claudia, a model who wants to be a star, and Marta, the US educated daughter of a banker whose loan Beni- to needs. Can his force of personality – his huevos de oro – compensate for shoddy building materials, no permits, and undercapitalization? Nature may have her own power and surpri- ses in store for Benito. Directed by Bigas Luna, 95mins, Spain, 1993.

March 7, 9:30pm La Teta y la Luna “The Tit and the Moon”

The Tit and the Moon_BigasLunaBeautiful, playful, innocent, funny, endearing. Nine-year-old Tete (Duran) has a problem any older brother can relate to; the family’s new arrival has replaced him at his mother’s breast. He must invoke the moon for a new tit to call his own. Cue the entrance of Estrellita, an imposing Gallic cabaret performer. However, adolescent Miquel already has his eyes on Estrellita, while the lady herself seems sweet on her stage partner, Maurice, never mind his impotence. The director sets up symbolic oppositions between the relative youth and sexual experience of the various males, and even the French, Spanish and Catalan speaking participants in the drama – the whole affair being unified by the image of the breast suckling one and all. It is a paean to a Mediterranean culture. Directed by Bigas Luna, 90min., Spain, 1994

March 8, 7:00pm Angustia “Anguish”

Anguish_BigasLunaAfter being hypnotized by his bizarre mother, a man goes on a brutal killing spree complete with telepathic commands from mom to carve the eyeballs from his victims. But just when you think you’ve seen it all, comes the most shocking twist imaginable.

Zelda Rubinstein (POLTERGEIST, SOUTHLAND TALES) and Oscar nominee Michael Ler- ner (BARTON FINK, MANIAC COP 2) star in one of the most acclaimed and unconventional horror films of the ‘80s. You won’t believe your eyes as controversial Spanish writer/direc- tor Bigas Luna, known primarily for his ‘art house films’ like JAMON, JAMON, creates an otherworldly twist of reality in the William Castle tradition. Directed by Bigas Luna, 89min., Spain, 1987.

*All titles are Original Spanish version with English subtitles.
CMSF Latino Film Fest followers can enter promo code LUNA25 for a discount.

Who is Dayani Cristal? – Screening only if you get your tickets this week

Who Is Dayani Cristal? will screen in San Francisco and Berkeley for one showing only if you buy your tickets this week. Visit the links to buy tickets and learn more about the documentary.

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The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate. San Francisco

June 4th 7:30PM at Opera Plaza Cinemas – San Francisco Tickets:  http://bit.ly/1vN9SNn
June 9th 7:30PM at Berkeley 7 – Berkeley                 Tickets:  http://bit.ly/1vNc8UN Postponed. Stay tuned.

CMSF Monthly Screening: Delusions of Grandeur – June 12 Thursday at ATA

Join us for an encore screening of  Delusions of Grandeur (5th CMSF Latino Film Festival) on June 12 at Artists’ Television Access 7:15PM.

Buy your tickets online at http://bit.ly/1rPFQpk or call 1-800-838-3006. We suggest getting tickets ahead of time. It’s a small venue.

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Directed by Iris Almaraz & Gustavo Ramos.

San Francisco is known as the home of progressive liberals and the free-spirited; so it only makes sense that after quitting her depression medication, Lulu, a voluptuous, rebellious, grungy girl moves tere to live with her transgender fairy godmother, Illusion. Bored by her job at a local coffee shop, Lulu leaves no stone unturned when it comes to her sexual lust. Meanwhile, Illusion searches for someone to love and Lulu’s friend Mario turns on her intrigue for living outside the box. With its avant-garde perspective, Delusions of Grandeur is a bright and colorful presentation of the struggle from adolescence into adulthood. Enjoy this local spin on the coming-of-age tale for a new generation.

Familiar sights in San Francisco. Cameo by nightlife icon Juanita More!

Flamenco doc Guitarra de Palo at Brava Theater April 6

In honor of Paco de Lucia, Bay Area Flamenco is celebrating his life and talent with a memorable program of flamenco performances with reknown artists and a documentary film premiere on Sunday April 6 6PM at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. Visit BayAreaFlamencoFestival.org for full program details and tickets.  Read more about the film, Guitarra de Palo, below.

Guitarra de Palo, by director Andrea Zapata Girau is an anthropological-musical documentary voyage without dialogue or narration: the music speaks for itself. Shot in Spain, Cuba, the United States, Nicaragua, Germany, Russia and the Cayman Islands, the flamenco guitar acts as the main character as the film showcases some of the most renowned names of flamenco and its contemporary fusions. The documentary is highlighted by its stunning cinematography and its sound design, the work of Goya Award winner (Spain’s Academy Awards) Pelayo Guiterrez and Nacho Royo-Villanova.

GUITARRA DE PALO trailer 2013 from guitarradepalo.

 

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Screening of documentary “Lemon” – February 26 7PM

Cine+Mas SF is starting a monthly screening series this month starting in San Francisco but adding dates and other Bay Area locations shortly.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get announcements of upcoming screenings and special subscriber-only events.  Enter your name and email in the form on the upper-right hand side of this page.

The first film programmed in the series:

LEMON 
Thursday February 26 7PM
Artists’ Television Access
992 valencia street, San Francisco, California 94110

LEMON the Movie – Official Trailer from Dandelion Films.

Directed/Produced by Laura Brownson and Beth Levison
USA 2012 83 minutes

First time screening in San Francisco.

Three-time felon. One-time Tony award winner

In this intricately crafted documentary, LEMON follows one man’s harrowing journey to bring his life story to the stage while battling the demons from his past. Featuring a surprise turn by Spike Lee and music by Hip-hop phenoms Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Aloe Blacc.. Lemon Andersen is a pioneering poet whose words speak for a generation. But Lemon has landed back in the ‘hood, living in the projects with thirteen family members and desperate for a way out. So he turns to the only thing he has left, his pen and his past.

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.

 

 

New Argentine Cinema- Viola- Screens this Week at YBCA

Directed by Matías Piñeiro
Thu, Jul 25 & Sat, Jul 27, 7:30 PM; Sun, Jul 28, 2 PM

YBCA Screening Room – 701 Mission St., San Francisco, California 94103

“Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. In Viola, he ingeniously fashions out of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, Viola bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements, an elliptical narrative, and a playful confusion of reality and artifice.” -New Directors, New Films (2012, 65 min, digital).

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Price: $10 regular/$8 senior, student, YBCA member

 

Shenandoah, Documentary Screening & Conversation April 29

Shenandoah, a coal-mining town with a proud immigrant past, once fueled America’s industrial revolution. Today, it is a town in decline, and the descendants of yesterday’s European immigrants rub shoulders with the Mexican immigrants of today. Tensions came to a head when four white football players were charged in the beating death of Luis Ramirez, an undocumented Mexican migrant. In the documentary “Shenandoah,” Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer turned director David Turnley creates a deeply felt portrait of a working-class community torn apart by violence. 97 minutes. English.

“It was a tragedy that touched upon several great national themes — the dislocation wrought by fading industry, the turmoil of immigration, the endurance of sports…” — Sam Dolnick, The New York Times

Director David Turnley will hold a question-and-answer session after the film.

Free advance tickets for this event. Free tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, April 29, 6:30 pm

UC Berkeley Campus – 145 Dwinelle Hall

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