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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Charlie Sheen in PLATOON

Our movie of the week is PLATOON in honor of Charlie Sheen winning.

In 1986, Sheen was making movies. He played Chris Taylor, a college drop out deployed to Vietnam.

The film, written and directed by Oliver Stone, won an Academy Award for best picture and is considered one of the top six war movies of all time.

Here’s the trailer.

In related news, amidst controversial bad mouthing of “Two and Half Men” producers, Sheen joined Twitter.

The Guinness World Records says he has the “fastest Twitter to reach 1 Million followers”. Click here to read what all the hype is about.

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Mystico Fantástico Makes World Premiere at Cinequest

SF Latino Film Co-Presents at Cinequest Film Festival

The SF Latino Film Festival is pleased to co-present the world premiere of Mystico Fantastico.

This feature film is written and directed by Anita Doron who is known for her work on indie hits, End of Silence and Late Fragment.

Doron tells the story of a woman washed up on the shore in a remote village in the south of Mexico. Accompanied by a tour guide, the story of this woman from the sea reveals the true meaning of what it means to live on the edge.

Mystico Fantastico stars Beatriz Yuste, Jean-Luc Chartier, Pablo Núñez Belmont and Jose Guadalupe Sansedo.

Click below for showtimes and tickets
03/03, 7:00pm Camera 12, San Jose, CA
03/05, 4:30pm Camera 12, San Jose, CA
03/08, 4:30pm San Jose Repertory Theatre

For more information follow Mystico Fantástico on Facebook

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‘From Prada to Nada’ tops the indie box office charts

Have you seen this riches to rags story on the big screen? You probably heard the buzz online. ‘From Prada to Nada’ tops the indie box office charts, making $1,115,638 over opening weekend. Not bad for an independent Latino film, right?

While some protest it for enforcing cultural stereotypes, I say watch it. It’s a family film, written by veteran screenwriter Fina Torres and Luis Alfaro, directed by Angel Garcia. Get over the prejudgments, have a laugh and see what some Latinos are doing in film today. The movie stars Alexa Vega, Camilla Belle and Luis Rosales.

Click here for showtimes.

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Bollywood Gets BAD to the BONE in Endhiran

Bollywood is the highest grossing movie industry in the world, making more than three times the green as the Hollywood film industry.

In India’s most expensive movie to date titled Endhiran (Robot), you’ll see one of the most elaborate and creative action scenes ever in film.

If you have a subtitled version of this scene leave a link in the comment section.

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Spain’s Official Selection for Foreign Film Oscar

Icíar Bollaín tells the story of Christopher Columbus in También la Lluvia (Even the Rain). Drama. 2009. 103 min.

Mexico’s Official Selection for Foreign Language Oscar Gets Nominated

Biutiful directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu from Mexico is among the five nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Javier Bardem is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role by the Academy and we are elated. This was a power performance by the veteran Spanish actor.

Bardem said in a statement: “I am truly honored for this nomination and deeply thankful to the Academy members for their trust and support. … It’s really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance and in the name of all my colleagues in Spain and mine I want to show my gratitude to the Academy for support and a recognition in this nomination.”

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Argentina’s Official Selection for Foreign Film Oscar

Carancho directed by Pablo Trapero from Argentina. 107 minutes, drama.

The film was presented as Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival 2010, Pablo Trapero as Best Director and Martina Gusman as Best Actress at Fantastic Fest 2010.

Find more info about this film at IMDB.