MEX AM Festival Starts July 16

We encourage the community to come out for the MEX AM FESTIVAL. It’s a eight-day festival celebrating Mexico’s art, culture, and people. Whether a performance, talk or a foodie, there’s something for everyone.

MEXAM FESTIVAL 2017
Celebrating the integration between Mexico and the United States of America in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The festival is a multidisciplinary initiative that showcases a program with music, film, food, visual arts, digital art, dance, literature and talks of some of the most influential Mexicans in their field of expertise. It runs its fourth edition this summer and it’s already a major event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Portraying Mexico as a country of innovation and a leader in art and creativity.

This year the festival includes a much more comprehensive program with Mexican talent who was born and raised in the United States. This special characteristic looks for the promotion of the people who are changing the world and making great contributions as a result of the integration between both countries: Mexico and the United States of America.
We have as a special partner this year – The State of Jalisco – featuring outstanding performances and exhibitions from one of the most diverse and rich states of Mexico.
It is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, with the support of Federal Agencies such as the Ministry of Culture, ProMexico, Mexico’s Country Brand Office and the Ministry of Tourism.”

For full festival details visit: www.MexAmFest.com

Subte Polska, Argentine Film, at SF Jewish Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present this wonderful film from Argentina at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.  Visit SFJFF.org for full festival information.
Subte Polska
Dir. Alejandro Mangnone, Argentina, 2017
(Click on a date for tickets)
Past and present collide in the jagged memories of an aging chess player who longs for later-life romance in the dreamlike Argentine melodrama SUBTE-POLSKA. As a young man, Tadeusz (Héctor Bidonde) left behind his entire family and the girl he loved in Poland, to fight for the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. After the war was lost and the rise of fascism made it unsafe for a Jewish communist to return to Europe, he immigrated to Buenos Aires, literally going underground to help build the subway tunnels beneath the city. Now 90, he finds himself lost in reverie, desperate to recapture his mental acuity and sexual libido. As he refuses the doctor’s pills he believes responsible for robbing his lucidity and manhood, the past returns and melds with the present. Knowing that his next journey will likely be his last, Tadeusz sets about to reconnect with long-lost lovers from his youth, with help from an eccentric circle of caring friends and neighbors.

Summer Sacrament- Screening- Paseo Artistico May 13

We would like to invite you to an encore screening of “Summer Sacrament”- a local film shot in the Mission and composed by local actors and crew.

Hope to see you all there and thank you for supporting local talent!

Director: Lionel Desai
USA, 2016, Drama, 62 min
English with some Spanish- subtitled.

Actors:
Ari Atken
Robert Matas
Lucena Herrera
Xavier Galindo

Trailer:

 

During one fateful summer in San Francisco’s Mission district, Richy is forced to deal with his mother’s deportation and prepare for his First Holy Communion as a Catholic while living with a caring adoptive family whose young son becomes Richy’s closest friend and support.

Durante un verano en el distrito Mission de San Francisco , Richy se ve obligado a hacer frente a la deportación de su madre y prepararse para la Primera Comunión, como católico , mientras que vive con una familia adoptiva cuyo hijo chico se convierte en amigo y apoyo cercano de Richy.

Filmmaker invited.

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Interested in sponsoring, hosting, or curating a program?

moody art photo sensual young womanThe SF Latino Film Festival is gearing up for its 9th annual September festival, celebrating film from the Americas. We invite the creative community to participate as sponsors and collaborators. Contact info@sflatinofilmfestival.com about getting involved.

Our goal is to showcase film by, about, or made with Latinos—to shine a light on inclusion. Films are presented to illuminate our innovative and influential Bay Area audiences with foreign film as a way to celebrate culture and get educated about what’s happening in our world.

The festival committee invites collaborators to sponsor, host, and contribute content to our upcoming events.

For more information, contact the festival development rep directly at virginia@surgepublicrelations.com. The SF Latino Film Festival is a 501 C non-profit organization. Outside of our signature event each September, we host monthly screenings and collaborations with other festivals in San Francisco, including: Berlin & Beyond Film Fest, SF Int’l Film Fest, SF LGBT Film Festival, SF Jewish Film Fest, SF Flamenco Festival and promotional early screenings of mainstream films.

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Film at 2nd Sunday Paseo Cultural – Book of Life- Nov 13, 3pm

Join us and several other participating organizations for Paseo Artistico- 2nd Sunday Arts walk at various locations on 24th Street. We will be showing BOOK OF LIFE at Precita Eyes. Very limited seating. Family friendly.

Nov 13 Sunday 3pm at Precita Eyes – 2981 24th Street, San Francisco

THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

Directed & Written By Jorge R. Gutiérrez. Produced by Guillermo del Toro

The Day’s Events Information

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Start the day off with a Bilingual Guided Mural tour courtesy ofPrecita Eyes Muralists. Then create minature Mexican inspired sculptures under the instruction of artist Alejandro Meza inside the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery at Accion Latina. In the afternoon you can relax and unwind by joining Alley CatBooks‘ drawing circle workshop and/or watch the critically acclaimed film “The Book of Life” thanks to Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival. You do not want to miss saying your final goodbyes toModern Times Bookstore, who will be leaving the neighborhood after 45 years of enriching the Mission District with bilingual literature. And lastly, you can dry your tears and dance the night away with some feel good tunes at Pops Bar. You don’t want to miss it, all events are FREE!

11 AM-12:30 PM ● Bilingual Guided Mural Tour

Precita Eyes Murals, 2981 24th Street

Spanish & English mural tour through 24th Street Corridor.

12 – 2 PM ● Miniature Sculpture Class

Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th Street

Instructed by Mexican sculpture artist Alejandro Meza.

2-5 PM ● Drawing Circle Workshop

Alley Cat Gallery, 3036 24th Street

All ages, all levels, all materials supplied.

3:00 – 4:30 ● Cine+Mas Film Screening

Precita Eyes Murals, 2981 24th Street

Film: The Book of Life (2014) Rated: PG

4-6 PM ● Farewell Modern Times/Gears Turning Poetry

Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th Street

After 45 years in the neighborhood don’t miss your last chance to visit the iconic bookstore of the Mission District.

5-7 PM ● KASSIDAT

Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative, 3130 24th Street

Spoken Word & Music

5-9 PM ● Music Therapy and BOPS at POPS

Pop’s Bar, 2800 24th Street

DJ Clave will be mixing the tunes. Oldies but goodies!

Jorge Sanchez of Chacho’s Gives Back

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Jorge Sanchez is a longtime sponsor of the SF Latino Film Festival and a thriving Bay Area restaurateur who now organizes the annual Chacho’s Taco Festival–an MLE sanctioned event.

Jorge has been a valued sponsor since our predecessor festival, the SF International Latino Film Festival, donating space at his bars and restaurants Blue Monkey and Deluxe, plus countless catered events from Chacho’s. This year he sponsored our wine and beer bar at CBS Studios to kick off the festival season.

We’re most grateful for his ten year participation and look forward to a long and fruitful community partnership with him and his companies. Thanks so much Jorge!

Find tickets for our two week festival online now! See you at the movies!

Media contact: virginia@surgepublicrelations.com

Meet Stars At Night, the band on our commercial

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I first came across this indie girl rock band at Chona Fest at the Black Rose Tavern in West LA a few months back and started following their music, thinking “maybe I can weave them into the festival this year.” While Albert and I discussed music for the commercial, I said “I can just pull something royalty free like a did with our 2014 commercial,” but he insisted we get a band that could benefit from the exposure. So I contacted Stars At Night, and they were extremely generous for letting us use Control for this piece. It is running on CBS till the end of October and is our official PSA on YouTube.

Keep your eye on them! Their creative new music is instant classic material. Look them up now if you haven’t already.

Hear their music on SoundClound and download it on iTunes & Google Play. And you can follow them on Twitter.

Here’s the commercial!

 

Meet Albert Xavier, the director of our commercial

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A native of the Dominican Republic and 20 year film industry veteran, Albert Xavier brings a unique set of eyes to cinema and live event productions. As founder and CEO of Infinity Features, he has created, produced, and directed award-winning foreign features, short films, music videos, medical industrials, reality shows, and commercials. He was a featured filmmaker at the first annual SF Latino Film Festival with his second feature film, “Hermafrodita.”

“I’m proud to be part of this year’s festival team as the producer who created the commercials and bumpers for TV and online promotions. As a long time friend to the director of the festival, I wish him the best and hope Cine+Mas lasts for generations to come.”

Take a look a the commercial he made for us!

Favorite US Film: Taxi Driver

Favorite Foreign Film: Cuidad de Dios (Brazil)

Favorite Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu

To see Albert Xavier’s work visit: https://vimeo.com/channels/547765

Robert Liu-Trujillo, Oakland Author and Illustrator

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My name is Robert Liu-Trujillo. I am the author and illustrator of “Furqan’s First Flat Top”. I was born in Oakland, California and raised all across the Bay Area. I’m a visual artist, father, and a husband who employs the use of illustration, public art, and storytelling to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect my cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. My motivation to do what I do is to unearth beautiful and un-told stories, to be a positive and nurturing influence on my son, and to honor my ancestors and family who worked so hard for me to be here.
I’m also a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to Rad Dad, and the founder of Come Bien Books.
This festival is important to me because our indigenous peoples/raza need to see a very beautiful, subtle, nuanced, and layered reflection of themselves. Since we can’t get that from our popular media lanes, we have to create our own and drive traffic to it. Not only to watch the great films, but to support our own self determination. I’m happy to see the film fest continue on and I’m excited to see some of the great films.

Find festival passes here: http://bit.ly/SFLFF8tix & follow on Twitter @sflatinofilm.

Meet Michael Becerra

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After receiving my business degree at Cal Poly SLO, I moved to Silicon Valley where my career has taken me to various companies working in IT, finance, and marketing project manager roles. To further my education and social network I went to Santa Clara University for a MBA. After graduation I needed to burn off all those late night eats from working days and studying nights, and found myself fully addicted to triathlons. My absolute favorite and most challenging races have been the Ironman 140.6. The mental and physical challenges of those races helped me find two things; first and foremost, that a driven mind can do anything and second, my cheekbones, which I hadn’t seen since undergrad. Since then I have also worked as a fashion model and actor building strong connections within the fashion and film industry and the charities they support including SF Latino Film Festival’s yearly events!

Find festival passes here: http://bit.ly/SFLFF8tix & follow on Twitter @sflatinofilm.