“Harvest of Empire” – Showing in San Francisco & Berkeley- March 8-14

“We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.” – Juan González, Harvest of Empire

Win tickets to any screening. Email us at programming (at) SfLatinoFilmFestival.com  with your name & either Harvest/Berkeley or Harvest/SanFrancisco in the subject line.

At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, comes HARVEST OF EMPIRE, a feature-length documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan González, HARVEST OF EMPIRE takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.

From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, this documentary unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S. “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades — actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,” says Juan González at the beginning of the film.

The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists Maria Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

Filmmakers are producer J. Wendy Thompson-Marquez (Onyx Media Group, EVS Communications, Telemundo), co-director & producer Eduardo López (EVS Communications, Spanish TV’s Línea Directa, winner of Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award), and co-director & producer Peter Getzels (PBS series Closer to Truth, documentaries for National Geographic, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel.)

Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
DIRECTOR IN PERSON: Eduardo Lopez will speak in person on 3/8 at the 7:00pm & 9:40pm shows
Showtimes (valid 3/8-3/14): Fri-Sat: 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7:00, 9:40; Sun: 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7:00; Mon-Thur: 2:35, 4:50, 7:00 BUY TICKETS

Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley (510) 644-2992
DIRECTOR IN PERSON: Eduardo Lopez will speak in person on 3/9 at the 5:00pm & 7:20pm shows.
Showtimes (valid 3/8-3/14): Fri-Thur: 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40 BUY TICKETS

 

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

If you know what ‘molecular gastronomy’ is, you’re definitely a foodie. Chef Ferran Adria revolutionized the culinary world with his innovative techniques and artistic presentation. This documentary,  EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS, takes us behind the scenes to see first hand the creativity and intensity that garnered accolades as the best in the world. The film  just opened in San Francisco and Berkeley. Check your local listings. A real treat!

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.

September Film Programming Update

Filmmaker

Our programming team has been screening, discussing, arguing and carefully deciding on the final few films that will makeup the official selection for our film festival, which kicks off September 15th.

If you’ve submitted a film, hold tight. You will be notified if your film has been selected. We received an amazing crop of film to choose from and we’re very excited about reporting our selections soon.

The development team has been ironing out community partnerships and will also be reporting those and exciting new additions to the festival’s dynamic.

Stay tuned to our industry shout-outs via Twitter or spark a convo with us on Facebook. We’re chatty, so feel free to voice your film thoughts with us!

Call For Film Entries

call for film entriesThe San Francisco Latino Film Festival is now accepting film entries.

Films made by, about or with Latinos from the U.S. and abroad are encouraged to enter.

To qualify films must be made between 2008 and now. Short and feature films are welcome to enter and the deadline to submit is June 3, 2011.

Click here for the PDF entry form. If you have questions, email info@sflatinofilmfestival.com.

Follow SF Latino film happenings on Twitter and like the SF Latino Film Festival on Facebook to join the conversation.

Good luck!

@vc29

Call For Film Entries

call for film entriesThe San Francisco Latino Film Festival is now accepting film entries.

Films made by, about or with Latinos from the U.S. and abroad are encouraged to enter.

To qualify films must be made between 2008 and now. Short and feature films are welcome to enter and the deadline to submit is June 3, 2011.

Click here for the PDF entry form. If you have questions, email info@sflatinofilmfestival.com.

Follow SF Latino film happenings on Twitter and like the SF Latino Film Festival on Facebook to join the conversation.

Good luck!

@vc29

Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain) Showtimes

Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia-Bernal’s new film, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain) screens February 18-24 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Theater in San Francisco and Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley.

Don’t miss Tambien La Lluvia while it’s on the big screen. Showtimes here: http://bit.ly/eU4gaU

It only screens through February 24th, so don’t miss this highly acclaimed Spanish film. Esta pelicula abre hoy en San Francisco y Berkeley, no se lo pierdan!

Visit Tambien la Luvia (Even the Rain) on Facebook for a full synopsis. Para información en español visita: tambienlalluvia.com.

written by @vc29

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.”

written by @vc29

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.