Official Selection Documentaries 2012

This is the Official Selection of Documentaries.

You can download the schedule here: http://bit.ly/2o12Schedule. 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 DOCUMENTARY film by texting the number of the film to 64631.

105      Bertsolari
115      Homeboy
117      Justice for My Sister
118      Looking for Larisa
122      Ninos de La Memoria/Children of Memory
125      Reporter
126      Sibila
138      Unfinished Spaces
139      Voices of Chile

Bertsolari
Spain 2011 90 min
Dir. Asier Altuna

Bertsolari is a Basque oral tradition that is a blend of poetry, improvisation, and song.  Amateur bertsolaris can be heard at parties and bars, but the best of the best compete in a championship where 14,000 people gather to watch their art take shape.  The tradition is an essential part of Basque culture and its poetry is mimicked in the rugged landscapes and poignant symbolism of Asier Altuna’s cinematography.
*Shown with short, Bombing Arizona
Sept 15 5:15PM Opera Plaza   Tickets: http://bpt.me/266308

 

Homeboy
USA 2011 56 min
Dir. Dino Dinco

To be gay, Latino, and in a street gang.  What’s that like? This documentary takes a close look at the lives of several former gang members from the Los Angeles area as they journey down the path of self-realization and self-acceptance in a world that seemingly at odds with a gay identity.
*Shown with short: Fallen Comrade
Sept 16 7:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://homeboy.brownpapertickets.com

Justice for My Sister
USA/Guatemala 2012 69 min
Dir. Kimberly Bautista

Justice for my Sister trailer from Kimberly Bautista on Vimeo.

6,000 women have been murdered in the last decade in Guatemala. Only 2% of those killers have been sentenced. Rebecca is determined to make sure her sister’s killer serves time.

Sept 15 3:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema,
Tickets: http://justice.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 22 5PM Mission Cultural Center
Tickets: http://justiceformysister.brownpapertickets.com

Looking for Larisa/ Buscando a Larisa
Mexico 2012 79 min
Dir. Andrés Pardo Piccone


Imagine rummaging through a flea market and coming across someone’s family pictures and films. Who would get rid of such meaningful mementos and why? After purchasing the lot of super 8mm film at a Mexico City ‘antique’ shop,  the filmmakers embark on search for Larisa, the captivating little blond girl in  the pictures and films. This chance encounter with a family’s belongings becomes a captivating human study of memory and media.
Sept 15 7:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema,  Tickets: http://lookingforlarisa.bpt.me
Sept 17 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center,
Tickets: http://lookingforlarisa-lc.bpt.me

Niños de la Memoria/ Children of Memory
USA 2012 64 min
Dir. María Teresa Rodríguez
During the Salvadoran civil war of the 1980s, hundreds of children disappeared.  Many were survivors of massacres, taken by U.S.-trained soldiers of the Salvadoran Army and permanently separated from their communities and identities. Now, a human rights organization called Pro-Búsqueda is helping to reunite these children with their families.  This documentary follows survivors of the war to the present, revealing a heartbreaking search to reclaim former bonds and identities in a country slowly healing itself from the scars of war.
*Shown with short: Each Time I Remember I Forget

Sept 16 1:15PM Opera Plaza – Tickets: http://childrenofmemory.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 23 1:15PM Mission Cultural Center – Tickets: http://memory.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 28 7PM Eastside Cultural Arts Center-  No ticket required

Reportero/ Reporter
USA/Mexico 2012 72 min
Dir. Bernardo Ruiz

REPORTERO (2012) Trailer from Quiet Pictures on Vimeo.

A veteran reporter and his colleagues at a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for the journalist. More than 40 members of the media have been slain or have vanished since Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón came to power in 2006 and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. Will the free press be silenced?
*Shown with short, The Crocodile

Sept 16 7PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://reporter.brownpapertickets.com
Sept 28 7PM MACLA , Tickets: http://reportero.brownpapertickets.com

Sibila
Chile/Peru/France 2012 94 min
Dir.Teresa Arredondo

I remember the night when the history of my family changed. We received a phone call from Peru saying that my aunt Sibila was in prison accused of forming part of the Shining Path. I was seven years old and my parent’s protective silence made me transform her image into a great mystery. She was kept in prison for 15 years. Today she is free and I want to get close to her, to listen and to understand.  Sibila is a journey that builds the present by looking at the past. It is also an encounter between two generations looking for dialogue.
Sept 16 3:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://sibila.brownpapertickets.com

Unfinished Spaces
USA 2011 96 min
Dir. Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias

Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects return forty years later to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, but was left to ruin by the country’s Revolution. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art.
Sept 19 7:30PM Galeria de La Raza, Tickets: http://unfinishedspaces.bpt.me

Voices of Chile
Chile/USA 2011 62 min
Dir. Cyrus Omoomian

Observes the challenges of achieving democracy after a dictatorship has collapsed. Corporations, Media and Education are candidly discussed through stories and facts.

From the peaks of the Andes to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Chileans candidly address key issues relevant to other nations who are seeking democracy.
*Shown with short, The Volcano.

Sept 23 1PM Mission Cultural Center, Tickets: http://voicesofchilemcc.bpt.me
Sept 24 7:30PM Los Cenzotles Mexican Arts Center,
Tickets: http://voicesofchilemcc.brownpapertickets.com

Call For Entries- 2012

The fourth edition of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival takes place in September. If you’re interested in submitting a film, you can download the application here.  We’re looking for recent works-  shorts and features, documentaries and fiction films- by US Latino, Latin American, and Iberian (Spain/Portugal) filmmakers. The mission of the festival is to provide a platform for these filmmakers and their stories.

Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival Entry Form 2012– PDF

Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival_Entry Form 2012-Word

Updates

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It’s taken us a while but here it is. You can download the schedule here with all the film notes and screening details. 2011 Festival Schedule

Tickets are available at the door for all films today except “La Salsa Cubana”. You can buy tickets online until two hours before the screening or by phone 1-800-838-3006. / Entradas disponibles para todas las peliculas salvo “La Salsa Cubana”. Puede comprar entradas por internet hasta dos horas antes de la funcion o por telefono 1-800-838-3006. Despues de eso en el cine. Gracias!

Iris Disse, director of Following the Stars, is here to present her film. Tickets are available online and at the door. She’s traveled all the way from Quito. It’s a wonderful film I hope you can come out to see!

After the screenings today, there’s a party organized by: Eric Joseph Johnson, director of “La Salsa Cubana”. Party and reception for La Salsa Cubana at ODC Dance in the Mission district, 9pm – midnight, Sept 17, after the screening of the film, with casino style salsa dancing and Cuban Music. Dance performance by the Bay Area’s RUEDA con RITMO. ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St. (between 17th and 18th streets). FREE!!

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.


Costa Rica’s Official Selection for Foreign Film Oscar

Saludos Cybergente. Award season is here and we’re on the verge of hearing official Oscar nominations. However we already know nominees for the Foreign reign Language Film category. Here is a trailer for Costa Rica’s Official Selection.

Del Amor y Otros Demonios (Of Love and other Demons) directed by Hilda Hidalgo from Costa Rica. 2009, 97 min. Drama.




Click here for more info from IMDB. Read our new posts to see other Spanish language foreign film nominees.

A look back at “El Norte”

Hello Cyberlandia, hope you’re all enjoying a lazy Sunday. We’re featuring a video interview of Gregory Nava at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the making of El Norte at Azucar Mojito Bar in Downtown San Jose, 2008.

El Norte, a film about two Guatemalan natives’ journey to the states, garnered Nava an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay – the first independent filmmaker to have been nominated.

The film is also protected by the United States National Film Registry Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Here’s a trailer of the film, which we highly recommend watching.

written by @vc29



Documentary film distributor adds foreign film division

Snag Films an online distribution network for documentaries struck a $10 million dollar deal Monday to expand its digital network which includes a division for foreign produced independent films.

Bingham Ray, former president of United Artists, will help shape the group into this new market.

High five Snag Films, we can’t wait to see more Latino film online.

Reminder: the San Francisco Latino Film Festival’s call for film entries is now live and open to films made by or about Latinos from the U.S. and abroad. To qualify, films must be made between 2008 and now. Short and feature films are welcome. Deadline to submit is June 1, 2011. Click here for our PDF entry form. Good luck.

If you aren’t already, follow us on Twitter for film news tweets and like us on Facebook to join the conversation.

written by @vc29



In rememberance of the late Dr. King

January 15, 1929 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born, one the finest men this country has produced.

Below is the legendary speech “I have a dream,” which is in so many ways as relevant today as it was when it was given on August 28, 1963 at the Washington Mall.

“You cannot kill the dream. The dream remains alive.” Reverend Samuel Kyles.

Do you have a dream?