Ruben Salazar Documentary Airs on PBS April 29

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Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle  is a documentary about the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a Mexican-American journalist who was killed by a law enforcement agent during a National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War in 1970. Salazar was a very accomplished reporter, correspondent and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.  The documentary is directed by Phillip Rodriguez (Brown is the New Green) and will be aired on PBS stations across the country. Check local TV listings. April 29-May 1.

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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.

 

 

USF Human Rights Film Festival Apr 4-6

The 11th USF Human Rights Film Festival runs from April 4-6 at Presentation Theater located on 2350 Turk Blvd x Masonic in San Francisco.  It’s free and open to the public.

The film selection is fantastic. It includes shorts and feature documentaries by established and emerging filmmakers. Oscar nominated films are part of this festival: The Invisible War and 5 Broken Cameras.  Highlighted are two which involve US Latino or Latin American contexts:

April 4 1:30 PM REPORTERO, 2011, Mexico/US, Dir. Bernardo Ruiz Follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they dauntingly ply their trade in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist.

April 5 4:45 PM THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA: THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN WHO FEED AMERICA, 2011, US, Dir. U Roberto Romano Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. It’s a powerful film that exposes the exploitation of children in the United States.

Visit http://bit.ly/USFHumanRightsFF for the full schedule of films.

 

PBS Series- Latino Americans, Narrated by Benjamin Bratt

PBS announced actor Benjamin Bratt will narrate LATINO AMERICANS, a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series that is set to air nationally on PBS in the fall of 2013. It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

Bratt, a multi-award winner for his work on television’s “Law & Order” and star of several films including La Mission, Pinero and Traffic, will narrate LATINO AMERICANS. A team of filmmakers will document the evolution of a new “Latino American” identity from the 1500s to the present day, with interviews with close to 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture, as well as deeply personal portraits of Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history.

LATINO AMERICANS features interviews with an array of individuals, including entertainer Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rican star of West Side Story and a winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards; labor leader and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, who in the 1960s co-founded with César Chávez the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers of America; Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chávez, who became the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House; and Cuban-American singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan, who has sold more than 100 million solo and Miami Sound Machine albums globally.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter Lila Downs will serve as the featured artist for the series, performing the closing song in LATINO AMERICANS. Downs, born in Oaxaca, Mexico, began performing traditional Mexican rancheras as a girl, and singing with mariachis.  “The importance of music as a form of cultural expression to Latinos cannot be understated,” Downs said. “It’s a privilege to have our music be a part of this series, building on that rich tradition.”

LATINO AMERICANS relies on historical accounts and personal experiences to vividly tell the stories of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the creation of this new American identity with an influx of arrivals from Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and countries in Central and South America.

The series is broken into the following six chronological segments that cover the 1500s to the present day.