Ecuador in the Spotlight

Sometimes you just have to let things come together on their own. Films from Ecuador were a welcomed surprise. Besides being a beautiful country, there are some talented filmmakers doing wonderful work. Get a sampling at this year’s festival. For tickets, trailers, and more film details visit the ticketing page.

ALBA  
Opera Plaza Cinema – 09/16 9:10 PM  /Roxie Theater 09/27 9:00 PM

After her mother becomes bedridden, a shy and lonely 11-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged father. They hardly talk at first, but over time, they slowly get to know one another. Award winner at Rotterdam Film Festival (FF), Mumbai FF, and Lima FF

IF I DIE FIRST – Opera Plaza Cinema 09/19/2017 5:15 PM

A portrait of Ecuadorian musician Julio Jaramillo, who before being an idol in his country, gave himself the luxury of conquering all of America with his voice.

SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS / Sin Muerto No Hay Carnaval
Opera Plaza Cinema – 09/16 9:00 PM/  Roxie Theater 09/22/2017 7:00 PM
In Guayaquil, a populous city in Ecuador, a wealthy young man is trying to evict 250 families who have been squatting on the land he inherited from his father. The leader of the squatters is willing to negotiate, but can this tense conflict be resolved without bloodshed?

TRANSLUCID/ Translucido
Roxie Theater 09/24/2017 6:30 PM/ La Pena Cultural Center 10/01/2017 6:00 PM
Rubén has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He has three months to live or a year-and-a-half with treatment. Rubén has decided to end his life with dignity, without loose ends.

Meet the filmmakers at SFLFF

Come get to know our visiting filmmakers at their Q&As, our opening night party and other functions. We’re adding more daily! Follow on Twitter for additions.

1.    Director Maru Buendía-Senties, Windows Q&A 9/17 7PM and opening night party.

2.    Reed Rickert, The Third Root, Q&A 9/17 5PM Opera Plaza Cinema and opening night party.

3.    Director Daniel Chávez Ontiveros, The Swan Kick Off Sept 7 – KPIX / CBS Studio Sept 7 5:30pm-8pm, opening night party and screening of film for Q&A (check schedule http://bit.ly/SFLFFTix)

4.    Director Agustin Contrera, Ruta Madre (Going South) Opening night film Q&A and opening night party.

5.    Director Arlan Parsa, The Way to Andina  Q&A Opera Plaza Cinema 9/16 1PM and opening night party.

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.

 

 

2017 Cine Mas SF Latino Film Festival Opens September 15

The 2017 Cine Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival opens September 15, 2017 at the iconic Alamo DraftHouse. Ticketing website CLICK HERE!

SCREENINGS
15 Sept Alamo Drafthouse- San Francisco
16-21 Sept Landmark’s Opera Plaza-San Francisco
22-28 Sept Roxie Theater- San Francisco
28 Sept Museum of African Diaspora-San Francisco (Co-Presenting)
28-30 Sept Pickleweed Park-San Rafael
29-30 East Side Cultural Center – Oakland
29-30 La Pena Cultural Center- Berkeley
14 Oct De Young Museum-San Francisco

EVENTS & AFTER PARTIES
7 Sept 5:30pm Kick-Off Latino Heritage Month, CMSF Latino Film Fest Reception -KPIX
15 Sept 7pm Opening Night Film -Alamo Drafthouse- San Francisco
15 Sept 9pm Opening Night Party- Gray Area/Grand Theater-Music by Latino Soul, Live Art- San Francisco
23 Sept 9pm Filmmakers’ Night Afterparty-Slate Bar- San Francisco

28 Sept 9:30pm SF Closing After Party- Venue TBD- San Francisco

MEX AM Festival Starts July 16

We encourage the community to come out for the MEX AM FESTIVAL. It’s a eight-day festival celebrating Mexico’s art, culture, and people. Whether a performance, talk or a foodie, there’s something for everyone.

MEXAM FESTIVAL 2017
Celebrating the integration between Mexico and the United States of America in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The festival is a multidisciplinary initiative that showcases a program with music, film, food, visual arts, digital art, dance, literature and talks of some of the most influential Mexicans in their field of expertise. It runs its fourth edition this summer and it’s already a major event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Portraying Mexico as a country of innovation and a leader in art and creativity.

This year the festival includes a much more comprehensive program with Mexican talent who was born and raised in the United States. This special characteristic looks for the promotion of the people who are changing the world and making great contributions as a result of the integration between both countries: Mexico and the United States of America.
We have as a special partner this year – The State of Jalisco – featuring outstanding performances and exhibitions from one of the most diverse and rich states of Mexico.
It is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, with the support of Federal Agencies such as the Ministry of Culture, ProMexico, Mexico’s Country Brand Office and the Ministry of Tourism.”

For full festival details visit: www.MexAmFest.com

Subte Polska, Argentine Film, at SF Jewish Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present this wonderful film from Argentina at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.  Visit SFJFF.org for full festival information.
Subte Polska
Dir. Alejandro Mangnone, Argentina, 2017
(Click on a date for tickets)
Past and present collide in the jagged memories of an aging chess player who longs for later-life romance in the dreamlike Argentine melodrama SUBTE-POLSKA. As a young man, Tadeusz (Héctor Bidonde) left behind his entire family and the girl he loved in Poland, to fight for the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. After the war was lost and the rise of fascism made it unsafe for a Jewish communist to return to Europe, he immigrated to Buenos Aires, literally going underground to help build the subway tunnels beneath the city. Now 90, he finds himself lost in reverie, desperate to recapture his mental acuity and sexual libido. As he refuses the doctor’s pills he believes responsible for robbing his lucidity and manhood, the past returns and melds with the present. Knowing that his next journey will likely be his last, Tadeusz sets about to reconnect with long-lost lovers from his youth, with help from an eccentric circle of caring friends and neighbors.

Cine Latino at Frameline 2017 LGBT Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is excited to once again co-present several films at Frameline 41.  The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the largest and longest running LGBT film festival in the world.  Visit Frameline.org for full festival details including screenings, parties, and special events.

Here’s the selection of films that Cine Mas SF is co-presenting. Click on the link for more details about the film including trailers:

I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE / Sueño en Otro Idioma (Centerpiece Film)
directed by Ernesto Contreras
Tuesday June 20, 2017 6:30 PM – Castro Theatre TICKETS
The mysterious circumstances surrounding a fifty-year feud between two of the last speakers of a dying indigenous language in Mexico are artfully intertwined with bittersweet remembrances of the past in this enchanting feature, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

CHAVELA (Centerpiece Film)
directed by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
2017- USA
Monday June 19, 2017 6:30PM – Castro Theatre – TICKETS
Thursday June 22, 2017 6:30 PM – Landmark Theatres Piedmont-TICKETS

This is a larger-than-life portrait of one of the toughest, most talented singers of her generation, the iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas—a favorite of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. She was a macha lesbian who forcefully played by her own subversive rules.

 

NO DRESS CODE REQUIRED / Etiqueta no rigurosa
directed by Cristina Herrera Bórquez
2016 – Mexico
Saturday June 24, 2017 11AM – Castro Theatre – TICKETS
Victor and Fernando’s moving quest for marriage equality leads them into a seemingly endless bureaucratic maze in conservative Mexicali. With allies and attorneys, their devotion to each other fuels their fight for human rights for all LGBT Mexicans. Love wins!

 

EXTRA TERRESTRIALS / Extra Terrestres
directed by Carla Cavina Meléndez
2016 – Venezuela, Puerto Rico
Saturday June 17, 2017 9:15 PM – Roxie Theater – TICKETS
Thursday June 22, 2017 9:30 PM – Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood- TICKETS
An astrophysicist returns home to announce her engagement just as catastrophe strikes her family’s poultry business. These two events set in motion a chain reaction that will either bring the clan together or jolt them into separate trajectories.

 

SANTA AND ANDRES
directed by Carlos Lechuga
2016 – Colombia, France, Cuba
Thursday June 15, 2017 10PM & Sunday June 25, 2017 4PM – Castro Theatre TICKETS
An unusual relationship develops between a gay counter-revolutionary writer living in exile and a peasant girl informant-committee member assigned to monitor him, in this harrowing, heartbreaking, and award-winning tale set in 1983 Cuba.

 

Summer Sacrament- Screening- Paseo Artistico May 13

We would like to invite you to an encore screening of “Summer Sacrament”- a local film shot in the Mission and composed by local actors and crew.

Hope to see you all there and thank you for supporting local talent!

Director: Lionel Desai
USA, 2016, Drama, 62 min
English with some Spanish- subtitled.

Actors:
Ari Atken
Robert Matas
Lucena Herrera
Xavier Galindo

Trailer:

 

During one fateful summer in San Francisco’s Mission district, Richy is forced to deal with his mother’s deportation and prepare for his First Holy Communion as a Catholic while living with a caring adoptive family whose young son becomes Richy’s closest friend and support.

Durante un verano en el distrito Mission de San Francisco , Richy se ve obligado a hacer frente a la deportación de su madre y prepararse para la Primera Comunión, como católico , mientras que vive con una familia adoptiva cuyo hijo chico se convierte en amigo y apoyo cercano de Richy.

Filmmaker invited.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017

 

UPDATED June 19, 2017  

SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES
Bay Area film group invites creatives to participate in their 9th annual festival

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Cine+Mas, a year round Bay Area film group, invites the film community to submit their short, feature, narrative, or documentary film made by, with or about Latinos to their 9th annual SF Latino Film Festival.

Festival dates are set for September 15-30, 2017 at multiple Bay Area theaters. The community event series is aimed at showcasing film from the Americas and the organizers invite everyone to take part in the festivities.

Those who would like to sponsor, host, or participate in upcoming events can contact a Cine+Mas development rep directly at info [at] sflatinofilmfestival [dot] com. And for more information about year-round programming, follow Cine+Mas on Twitter here.
Click on the FilmFreeway button below to get started with the submission process!

Cine+Mas is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. Outside of the group’s signature event each September, Cine+Mas hosts monthly screenings and collaborations with other festivals in San Francisco including: Calle 24 Arts Walk, Berlin & Beyond Film Fest, SF Int’l Film Fest, SF LGBT Film Festival, SF Jewish Film Fest, and promotional early screenings of mainstream films. Go to sflatinofilmfestival.org for more.

Media contact: Virginia Chavez, gini@sflatinofilmfestival.com

Interested in sponsoring, hosting, or curating a program?

moody art photo sensual young womanThe SF Latino Film Festival is gearing up for its 9th annual September festival, celebrating film from the Americas. We invite the creative community to participate as sponsors and collaborators. Contact info@sflatinofilmfestival.com about getting involved.

Our goal is to showcase film by, about, or made with Latinos—to shine a light on inclusion. Films are presented to illuminate our innovative and influential Bay Area audiences with foreign film as a way to celebrate culture and get educated about what’s happening in our world.

The festival committee invites collaborators to sponsor, host, and contribute content to our upcoming events.

For more information, contact the festival development rep directly at virginia@surgepublicrelations.com. 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 and promotional early screenings of mainstream films.

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