Ruben Salazar Documentary Airs on PBS April 29


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.


Escaramuza & Elena at SF Doc Fest, Co-Presenting

We’re happy to be co-presenting these two films at SF Doc Fest– which runs from June 6-23 in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Elena- Brazil- Dir. Petra Costa 2012 87 Minutes

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood and years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her 7-year-old sister. Two decades later, Petra also an aspiring actress, goes to New York searching for her. She hopes to find her walking in the streets. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.

Balboa Theater/SF  6/7 9PM
Roxie Theater/SF    6/9 7PM & 6/10 9PM
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Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart- USA- Dir. Bill Yahraus 2012 89 Minutes 

Every weekend, at rodeos from Illinois to California, teams of young Mexican-American women, escaramuzas charras, climb onto sidesaddles and weave their galloping horses through high-speed ballets, as heartstopping as the revolutionary-era skirmishes for which they’re named. The documentary follows one such team, Las Azaleas, on their quest to represent California and the United States at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, where to be Charro is to be Mexican.  

Roxie Theater/SF 6/9 5PM &  6/20 7PM
Rio Theater-Santa Cruz 6/22 5PM
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Bless Me, Ultima – Limited Release

Bless Me, Ultima is a drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a boy, Antonio, and Ultima, an elderly curandera (medicine woman) who helps him understand the world around him including the conflicts and moral dilemmas of life.

The film is written and directed by Carl Franklin, a native of Richmond, who also directed  Out of Time (Denzel Washington and Eva Mendez), Devil in A Blue Dress (Denzel Washington, Jennifer Beals) and High Times (Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd).

Bless Me, Ultima  is based on the controversial novel of the same title by acclaimed author and intellectual, Rudolfo Anaya. The novel was first published in 1972 by a group of Chicano publishers- after being rejected by the big publishing houses. It went on to win the prestigious Premio Quinto Sol and is now considered a classic work frequently included in Latin@/Chican@ Studies reading. The Mexican-American author is a prolific writer who’s body of work includes novels, children’s books, poetry, detective series, and plays.

The film stars Miriam Colon (Guiding Light How to Make it In America) in the title role as Ultima; Luke Ganalon as Antonio, Benito Acevedo  (The Shield, NCIS: Los Angeles, Sons of Anarchy)  plays Gabriel, Joaquin Cosio (El Narco, A Better Life) as Narciso, and Dolores Heredia (Vantage Point, Rudo y Cursi) as Maria.

You can catch Bless Me, Ultima in theaters select theaters starting February 22, 2012.

UPDATE February 21, 2013

These are the SF Bay Area Theaters where it is opening on Feb 22:

Century 9 San Francisco
Sundance Kabuki, San Francisco
UA EmeryBay Stadium 10, Emeryville
San Leandro Bayfair 16
Richmond Hilltop 16
Concord 14
Roxy Stadium 14, Santa Rosa
Rohnert Park 16
Union City 25
Redwood City Downtown
Century Great Mall Milpitas
East Ridge Mall 15, San Jose
Oakridge 20 San Jose

Also opening in Sacramento, Fresno and Salinas this Friday.



Community Screenings at Main SF Public Library

We’ll be screening three films on Friday May 25th at the Main San Francisco Public Library (Civic Center) in the Koret Auditorium located on the lower level.  100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA .

This is an encore screening of two films from past editions of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival- YVEETE and COOKING UP DREAMS- and an early screening of a recently completed film FESTIVE LAND: CARNAVAL IN BAHIA. The films screen back to back starting at 1PM.  We’ll have the pleasure of having filmmaker Carolina Moraes-Liu in attendance for FESTIVE LAND.

Cooking Up Dreams 1PM

Dir. Ernesto Cabellos, 2009 Peru , 75 min.
This documentary journeys to the kitchens of Peru’s coast, highlands and jungle, as well as Peruvian expat communities in Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York for answers. From the most humble family kitchens to the poshest restaurants, from stories of pioneering Peruvian chefs abroad to those who preserve ancient recipes at home, we find that Peru’s cuisine is deliciously integrating for its people, who have historically been marked by ethnic and economic differences. Renowned chefs such as Gaston Acurio, Ferran Adria, Juan Mari Arzak and Bernardo Roca Rey share their views on Peru’s cuisine alongside those unsung chefs, who also dream of Peru’s cuisine as a motor of development. Spanish with subtitles.

Yveete 2:30PM

Dir. Rogelio Almedia, 2008 USA , 104 min.

When a young Chicana , Yveete is sent to live with her grandmother in Mexico after a misunderstanding involving a local drug dealer, she finds that all is not what it seems in this heartwarming drama of cultural and national identity as well as acceptance set in a small Mexican town. Film in English & Spanish.

Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia 4:30Pm

Dir. Carolina Moraes-Liu, 2012 USA, 60 min
Filmmaker in attendance.

Examines one of the largest and most extraordinary popular celebrations in the world, the week-long Carnival that brings more than two million people to the streets of Salvador, the capital of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Carnival is the most expressive showcase of the unique cultural richness of Bahia, where African culture has survived, prospered, and evolved, mixing with other Brazilian influences to create forms found nowhere else in the world. The film captures this unique cultural energy through extraordinary footage of musical performances, dances, religious manifestations, and street celebrations.
At the same time, Carnival reflects the racial and social tensions of Brazil’s heterogeneous society. At first glance there appear to be two million people chaotically mixed on the streets, but a more detailed look reveals how patterns of segregation driven by racial, social and economic differences continue in Carnival.
Featuring: Gilberto Gil / Daniela Mercury / Armandinho


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.