Announcing 8th Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival- Sept 16-Oct 1

For Immediate Release
August 10, 2016

Media Contacts:
Juliana Mojica, Mojica Arts/ Cine+Más SF/ San Francisco Latino Film Festival, 415.225.3725 mojicaarts@gmail.com
David Franco, Cine+Mas SF, 415.754.9580 publicity (at)cine mas sf (dot) org

Cine+Más SF presents
8th Annual San Francisco Latino Film Festival
September 16-October 1, 2016

Calendar Listing / Film / Festival / Community Event
Calendar Editors Please Note:
What: 8th Annual Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival
Where: SAN FRANCISCO / OAKLAND / BERKELEY
When: Sept 16-Oct 1, 2016
INFO: http://www.sflatinofilmfestival.org or call 415-754-9580.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –August 10, 2016 – Cine+Más SF presents the San Francisco Latino Film Festival (September 16-October 1, 2016) in theatres and cultural centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, screening award winning and critically acclaimed documentary and feature films throughout Latin America, South America and the USA. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and visiting filmmakers after many of the screenings.

The Festival is excited to announce this year it will open at the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the Mission District and takes the program to cultural venues in the Bay Area including the Roxie Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, La Pena Cultural Center, the de Young Museum and the Eastside Cultural Center. Films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.

A short list of this year’s program includes:

H.O.M.E by Daniel Maldonado from New York City. Jeremy Ray Valdez (La Mission) plays a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome who finds respite in the subways of New York City. .
SACRED SACRAMENT by Lionel Desai, a San Francisco filmmaker. Familiar sights and faces from the Mission. Boy coming to terms with separation from his mother who was deported as he prepares for his first communion while staying at adoptive family.
SIEMBRA by Samuel Henriquez from Colombia. It’s a drama set in Colombia’s Pacific Coast about a fisherman displaced by the armed conflict yearning to return to his land.
LIBERTAD by Brenda Avila-Haan, a filmmaker from Santa Cruz. A short film profiling a transgender indigenous woman from Oaxaca whose life transcends borders.
CRAVING CUBA by Zuzy Martin Lynch and Rick Lynch, San Francisco filmmakers. A documentary about Cuban-American’s nostalgia and yearning to travel and connect with Cuba. Subjects include Jessica Aguirre (NBC news anchor), George Gascon (San Francisco District Attorney), and singer/actor Carlos Ponce.
SFLFF 8 is pleased to welcome several sponsors back including: KQED, KPFA 94.1FM, KPIX, CBS 5, KBCW, SFstation.com, JCDECAUX, and MDT Agency. Companies or individuals interested in supporting as sponsors or volunteers are encouraged to contact us at 415-754-9580 or programming (at) SFLatinoFilmFestival (dot) org.

Die Standing & All She Can – SF International Women’s Film Festival

Cine+Mas SF is excited to co-present two films in the upcoming San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival which runs from April 13-15th.

MORIR DE PIE- DIE STANDING UP  This film idirected by Jacaranda Correa comes from  Mexico. This is the inspiring story of Irina Layewska, a tireless fighter and advocate for personal freedoms, fighting for progressive causes. Having idolized Che Guevara, Irina fought in the Cuban solidarity movement. When faced with a fatal illness, Irina decides to undertake a personal revolution, to welcome the woman he has always had inside him. It’s also the love story of Irina and lifelong partner Nelida.

Click here for more information and tickets.

ALL SHE CAN is a film directed by Amy Wendel from the US.  In a small south Texas town, there aren’t many career options for young people besides oil rigs, the military, or fast-food restaurants. Luz Garcia, a fiery high-school athlete, is determined to forge a different future; she’s gained admission to the University of Texas at Austin. The problem is she can’t afford to go. With her one shot at a scholarship riding on the state powerlifting championship, she sees no choice but to bend the rules to ensure her victory. Although Luz’s rashness and frustration land her in increasingly hotter water, they also fuel her with courage and empowerment.

Rarely do we see a female protagonist with such agency, intelligence, and flawed humanity, and the experience is enormously satisfying. With lush naturalism, Benavides Born nimbly portrays the textured world of an America seldom explored onscreen: a place where multifaceted, third-generation Mexican-American characters, conscious of obstacles and opportunities, fight to shape their own lives.

For tickets and more information click here.

Jeremy Ray Valdez at SF Pride

Jeremy Ray Valdez

Jeremy Ray Valdez is a rising star that  gained notoriety for his role as Jesse Rivera, a young gay man struggling to come out to his butch  father  played by Benjamin Bratt in the hit film, La Mission.

Valdez won the 2010 Imagen Award for best supporting actor for his work. He was also recently in All She Can an indie pic that screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

He is currently working on his newest film titled, Dreamer, a feature narrative drama about an undocumented young man whose life falls apart after his employer discovers his immigration status.

Don’t miss his appearance in the SF Pride Parade.