The SF Latino Film Festival has partnered recently with local area activists, artists, scientists, and educators to celebrate our diverse backgrounds. We chose to shine a light on everyday Latinos in a way that isn’t always portrayed in film. Regardless of our superficial differences, we cohabitate—and welcome the opportunity to grow together through a film festival experience.
Come see hand selected foreign language film from all over the Americas at the all new Alamo Drafthouse, Roxy Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and more.
These rare and hard to find films won’t be in town long, so secure your tickets and group passes at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Follow us on Twitter @sflatinofilm to find information about getting involved. This is a fun community event for the whole family. Join us, and help film thrive in the SF Bay Area.
“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
General Admission $12; Students & Seniors: $10
5-Ticket Pass $50, Students & Seniors $40
All Film Pass $125, Students & Seniors, $100
EarlyBirdAllFilmPass: $100, Student & Seniors $90
Early Bird prices through September 30.
Kick-Off Friend-Raiser with La Santa Cecilia performing along with La Candelaria, & DJ Julicio. $12 adv by September 7; $15 door
Festival contact information: 415.826.7057 / info (at) sflatinofilmfestival.com
VENUES & ADDRESSES
Sept 13 Festival Kick-Off Friend Raiser!
La Santa Cecilia in concert. Along with Candelaria and DJ Julicio!
Doors at 8PM.
2565 Mission Street x 22nd Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
September 14, 2012 Opening Night Films
“Filly Brown” 7:30PM
“Sin Padre”. 9:30 PM
2961 16th Street
San Francisco,CA 94103
September 14, 2012 Opening Night After-Party & Meet-Up Spot Meet-up with your friends at SOM Bar, our host venue for the evening before the films- free before 9PM- or afterwards for the after-party.
After-Party 9PM – $10 at the door.- $5 with film ticket. Included with All-Film pass.
2925 16th Street (Steps from Victoria Theater)
San Francisco,CA 94103
September 15-16, 2012 1PM-11PM
Opera Plaza Cinema
601 Van Ness Avenue
September 17 & 24 7:30PM
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center
13108 San Pablo Avenue
September 19 & 26 7:30 PM
Galeria de La Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
September 20-21, 26 7:30PM
ATA/ Artist’s Television Access
San Francisco,CA 94110
September 22-23 1PM-9PM
Mission Cultural Center of Latin American Arts
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
September 27 6PM
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose,CA 95116
Get the entire schedule here: http://bit.ly/FestSchedule2012. For the full schedule of events look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.
Vote for your Favorite Short Film by texting 64631.
101 A Doctor’s job
104 Behind the Mirror
106 Bombing Arizona
111 Each Time I Remember I Forget
114 God Only Watches
116 Inverted, 3 1/2 turns, in the Tuck Position
121 Miles Away
129 The Crazy Life
130 The Crocodile
131 The Empty Nest
133 The Invisible Line
134 The People’s Wardrobe
135 The Volcano
136 Tropico Exotico
140 We’re All Meant To Be Queens
There are three programs including Latin America, LGBT, and US Latino. Some shorts are paired with features.
Every Time I Remember I Forget/ Cada Vez Que Me Acuerdo Me Olvido
Uruguay/Spain/UK 2011 14 min
Dir. Laura González
Maria is an old lady suffering from Alzheimers who keeps returning to her childhood during the Spanish Civil War. Rosa, a young Colombian, has lived through a war in her own country. When she starts taking care of Maria, it is the beginning of a special relationship.
*Shown with feature- Children of Memory
Sept 16 1:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://childrenofmemory.bpt.me
Sept 23 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://memory.bpt.me
The Invisible Line / La Línea Invisible
Mexico/France/USA 2011 43 min
Dir. Lisa Díez Gracia
The Hñahñu (Otomi Indians) community of El Alberto, Hidalgo (Mexico) organizes a strange tourist attraction. An eco-park by day, after nightfall transforms into a representation of the U.S.-Mexican border. Community members help reenact the illegal border crossing, complete with border patrol and narcos, in order to give tourists a more realistic perspective on the trials of the journey. Shown with Maestra.
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me
USA 2012 33 min
Dir. Catherine Murphy
Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. This story is told through the personal testimonies of the young women who taught in rural communities across the island – and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.
*Shown with The Invisible Line
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me
USA 2012 12 min
Dir. Ariel Dovas, Jose Alfaro
On moving day, a mother and her son unpack their differences and discover a new home together. *Shown with feature, Smuggled, Sept 15 1PM Opera Plaza. Tickets: http://smuggled.bpt.me
The Volcano/ El Volcan
2012 Chile 22 min
Dir. Pablo Abrahams
Latin American Shorts Program
Sept 26 7:30PM ATA, ickets: http://latinamericanshorts.bpt.me Dry / A Secas
Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Andreas Papacostas
An animated short on water conservation. The Empty Nest / El Nido Vacío
Spain/Venezuela/USA 2012 25 min
Director/Writer: Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti
A scatterbrained, well-meaning sex therapist embarks on a journey to reconnect with her angst-ridden son after discovering his troubles may stem from the sizable ‘problem’ tucked inside his trousers. Inverse, 3 ½ Turns, in Position C/ Inverso Tres y Media Vueltas, en Posición C Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Carlos Lenin
A young man dives into the abyss. Alongside him, a young couple caresses and smiles hanging onto a moment of ecstasy. The People’s Wardrobe/ El Ropero del Pueblo
Chile 2011 20 min
Dir. Peter McPhee Cruz
Chile, 1932. In middle of an economic depression Alicia helps by repairing worn out clothes that are delivered to poor people. She meets a younger girl who forms part of the world Alicia will discover: the world of poverty. A friendship ensues despite their differences and the political tension around them. Trópico Exótico
Colombia 2012 22 min
Dir. Viviana Gómez Echeverry
Emilio’s dream of being an established musician is coming to fruition as his band becomes more and more successful. Then Violeta, his ex-girlfriend and muse, suddenly comes back one night, shaking things up and reigniting their relationship. Just when everything seems to be going right, destiny plays a dirty card that will change their lives.
LGBT Latino Shorts Program
Sept 26 at ATA. Tickets: http://lgbtshorts.bpt.me Fallen Comrade
USA 2012 13 min Drama
Dir. James Valdez
A story about the bond between two soldiers and the impact after one is lost in combat. *Also show with feature doc, Homeboy, Sept 16 7:15.
Recipe for Love
2011 USA 26 min. LGBT
Dir. Chauncey Wales
Two women from different backgrounds embark on a journey of self-discovery, passion, and their love of food.
We’re All Meant To Be Queens /Todas Íbamos a Ser Reinas
USA 2012 25 min
Dir. Miguel Angel Astudillo
An intimate portrait of Aurora Grajeda & Rosa Cortez, two transgender women from Mexico living in San Francisco., where the intersecting experience of migration and self-discovery, reveal the inner struggle in coming to terms with their true identity .
US Latino Shorts Program
Sept 22 1PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://uslatinoshorts.bpt.me Bombing Arizona
USA 2012 8 min
Dir. Ricardo Bracamonte
What’s the motivation behind the work of graffiti artists? The answers, both diverse and surprising, form a nuanced study of street art in Arizona. *Also shown with feature doc, Bertsolari, Sept 15 5:15pm. Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://bertsolari.bpt.me
The Crocodile / El Cocodrilo
USA 2012 15 min
Dir. Steve Acevedo
A Mexican journalist and a cartel assassin collide in a diner with tragic consequences for both.
*Also shown with feature doc, Reporter, Sept 16 Opera Plaza Cinema Tickets:http://reporter.bpt.me and Sept 28 7PM MACLA Tickets: http://reportero.bpt.me
A Doctor’s Job / ¡Una Carrerita, Doctor!
Peru/USA 2011 10 min
A stubborn but caring ER physician has to drive a taxicab in order to make ends meet in Lima, a city that constantly challenges his pride and work ethics.
Also shown with feature, Sin Padre, Sept 14 9:30PM Victoria Theater. Tickets: http://sinpadre.bpt.me
God Only Watches / Dios Solo Mira
Puerto Rico 2011 15 min Drama
Dir. Alejandro Villalba, Miguel Díaz Rivera
In the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti, a photojournalist chooses to take the picture of a man’s suicide instead of saving his life. But as the photo becomes infamous, he is haunted by a series of mysterious photos that depict his own death.
La Vida Loca
Dir. Adrian Nava
USA 2012 28 min
A film based on a true story about the Chicano gang life and a young man’s search for redemption after his friend is murdered.
On Saturday July 28th, join Cine+Mas SF and other Bay Area Latino professional organizations to celebrate LAM’s five years of building a strong community of Latino professionals and lovers of Latin American culture!
LAM’s anniversary will be held at One Ferry Plaza. It’s a red carpet experience from the minute you arrive. This fabulous place is located behind the Ferry Building on the water with breathtaking panoramic views of the entire SF Bay.
8-9PM reception and professional networking mixer
9-2AM dance reception with two rooms: a dedicated Tropical room with salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbias and a room with Latino Rock/Pop and Top 40 music.
Author Luis J. Rodriguez – Named one of LA Weekly’s People of the Year 2012, will be in the Bay Area for Book/Film Tour and Healing event. Mr. Rodriguez will be presenting his book “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing”. This will also be theBay Area premiere film screening of “Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community.” Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival is the community co-presenter.
Tuesday, July 10, 6-8pm – Cesar E. Chavez Branch Library, 3301 E 12th Street, Suite 271, Oakland, CA 94601. Books available for purchase.
Wednesday, July 11, 12-3pm – SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St (@Grove). Koret Auditorium, lower level, SF, CA 94102.
Thursday, July 12, 6-8:30pm – 826 Valencia, 826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110.
June 2012, San Francisco – Luis J. Rodriguez, will read from his latest book, his long-awaited sequel to his bestselling memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. Now in paper back, and a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing details the intense struggles Luis has had as a writer, father, husband, revolutionary, and healer, including dealing with addictions, family abuse, and a son who did a total of fifteen years in prison.
“In this brilliantly jagged sequel to the gang-life classic, Always Running (1994), acclaimed journalist, poet and fiction writer Rodriguez… chronicles his struggle to leave behind a drug- and crime-ridden world that always threatened to ‘call him back.’ An acute political consciousness and powerful love of the written word ultimately saved the author from the lurking dangers of the street and the ‘nothing life’ to which most Latinos in East Los Angeles were automatically condemned… Raw, searing reading from start to finish.”–(Kirkus Review)
“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” is both a book and film. Economic restructuring during the 1970s decimated the once numerous local aerospace and manufacturing jobs in the San Fernando Valley leading to widespread unemployment and street gangs. Truly a wasteland, there were no bookstores or art galleries in Pacoima or Sylmar until Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore opened in 2001. The multi-media community space quickly became a mecca for performances, workshops, a publishing imprint and a youth empowerment project.
“Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts are Transforming a Community” is a new book documenting the positive changes occurring in Pacoima and Sylmar because of the emerging community arts. Co-edited by Luis Rodriguez and Cal State Northridge Professor Denise Sandoval, it includes essays, poems, paintings and photos from over a dozen contributors on the vibrant arts community at Tia Chucha’s and at events like the annual literary festival “Celebrating Words.” It includes essays by teachers, leaders, youth activists, artists, poets, and others as well as photos, art images, poems, histories, interviews, and more. It is a 9 x 9 table top book, beautifully designed by Tia Chucha Press’s designer Jane Brunette.
Filmmaker John Cantu has also made a documentary film in tandem with the book. Cantu is an independent film maker, writer, and editor. The book will be available for sale and the film will have its Bay Area premier screening. The book is distributed by Northwestern University Press and the film will be distributed at a future date by Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural.
Who doesn’t love Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, and Gael Garcia Bernal! Here’s your chance to see them together in an over the top comedy- CASA DE MI PADRE. We have passes to an early screening. Send us an email with your name, CASA in the subject line, to programming @ sflatinofilmfestival.com The screening is on Tuesday March 13 in San Francisco. Film in theaters on Friday March 16.
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!
This family friendly event includes other activities in the Davies Hall lobbies before the concert. See performances by Ensables Ballet Folclorico de San Francisco, San Francisco’s longest running folkloric dance troupe. Take in a special art piece created for the occasion- a 25–foot installation of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent Aztec god, made of colorful chilies by Bay Area artist Victoria Canby. Interact with actors from Circulo Cultural, a theater company that performs Spanish language productions. In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, there will be sugar skull painting, pan de muerto, and Mexican hot chocolate! ¡Que rico!
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 & Cigala: “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 of 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.