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.
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.
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.
Win a chance to join us at a sneak preview of CHICO & RITA, an Oscar nominated animation film directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal. E-mail us your contact information by February 6 including address so we can mail you passes: programming @ sflatinofilmfestival.com The event is next Thursday February 9 in San Francisco. The film opens on February 17 in Bay Area Theaters.
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.