Ruben Salazar Documentary Airs on PBS April 29

Ruben-Salazar-Man-in-the-Middle

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.

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Latin American Films at Frameline LGBT Film Festival June 20-30

We’re happy to be co-presenting these three films at Frameline- which runs from June 20-30 in San Francisco and Berkeley.

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 LA PARTIDA
LaPartida_FramelineAntonio Hens 2013 Spain/Cuba 90 min World Premier!
An Ecstasy-fueled night out leads to romantic feelings between Cuban youngsters Reinier and Yosvani, but external pressures of family, girlfriends, and poverty cause dramatic ups and downs in their subsequent relationship in this powerful and sexy drama set amid the streets of picturesque Havana. Castro Theater June 24 6:30 PM
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MIA
Mia_FramelineDir Javier Van de Couter 2012 Argentina/Spain 105 min
Ale, a transwoman living in a shanty-town, becomes a surrogate mother for a grieving girl. Without sugarcoating Ale’s life, the film portrays her indomitable spirit in this poignant meditation on family, home and loss.                                                                 Castro Theater June 27 11 AM Buy tickets.

DEL OTRO LADO DEL VERANO / The Other Side of Summer

Dir. Antonia San Juan, Spain , 2012 , 100 min.
Tana’s family put the “D” in dysfunctional. Never is this more clear than when her unemployed, alcoholic Dad kicks the bucket. The ties (licit and illicit) between his widow, her sisters, his sister, and various cousins are more tangled than a rat’s nest, and Salvador’s death unleashes a merry-go-round of backstabbing gossip and melodrama. How do you maintain your sanity in a family where your grandmother crank calls your mom? Victoria Theater June 25 9:30 PM Buy Tickets/See Trailer

TuRecuerdo_FramelineTU RECUERDO
This stunning offering of queer Latin@ shorts brings together a potent mixture of deseo, espíritu y nuestra communidad.

Victoria Theater June 26 9:30 PM Buy tickets.

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.

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Book Signing & Film Tour – It Calls You Back

 

It Calls You Back- Book Cover

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 the Bay 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. 

WHEN/WHERE:

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.

For more info about Luis J. Rodriguez please visit: http://www.luisjrodriguez.com/index.htm

Latin@ Program at Frameline June 14-24

Frameline 36- the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival runs from June 14 through June 24.  Cine+Mas SF is proudly co-presenting this year’s Latin@ Program. Read more about each film in the Latin@ Program below or visit Frameline for the full line-up of films and special events.

Elliot Loves
Monday, June 18 @ 7PM, Victoria Theatre
Wednesday, June 20 @ 9:30PM, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley

http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=2677&FID=49

Finding love in the big city is never easy. But it’s always entertaining in this bouncy romantic comedy from first time feature filmmaker Terracino. Complete with wild visual nuances, surprising fantasy interludes and a non-traditional approach to just about every aspect of filmmaking, this a must see for connoisseurs of brave new cinema.

Con Tu Nombre
Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00PM, Victoria Theatre

http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=2518&FID=49

This collection of queer Latin@ shorts brings together a strong blend of poder, fe y nuestra familia. Family photos entwine with sacred ritual and relationship remembrance, fly homeboys and crushed-out schoolgirls explore their deseos, a ranchero yearns of being una reina, and a precious regalo is shared with comunidad.

Habana Muda
Monday, June 18 at 1:30PM, Castro Theatre

http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=2464&FID=49


Amor speaks louder than words in Eric Brach’s compassionate documentary that follows the complicated romantic entanglements and émigré dreams of Chino, a charismatic deaf-mute bisexual who supports his female partner and kids in rural Cuba while falling for a Mexican lover in Havana.

Mosquita y Mari
Saturday, June 16 at 7:00PM, Victoria Theatre
Monday, June 18 at 7:00PM, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood

http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=2644&FID=49

A sweet and genuine film about two Chicana high schoolers, Yolanda, a shy, straight-A student, and Mari, her “bad girl” classmate, as they come into their own and come to grips with their budding romance.

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

 

Sneak Peak of Titles- 2011 Official Selection

We’re excited to announce a partial list of films selected for this year’s festival:

Feature Length

Capsulas by Veronica Riedel-2011  Guatemala

The Chileans’ Building by Macarena Aguilo- 2010 Chile

Film still of "Following the Stars" / "Siguiendo Las Estrellas"

Following the Stars by Iris Dirse – 2011 Ecuador/Panama

Hell by Luis Estrada- 2010 Mexico

Santiago byFelix Martiz- 2011 USA

Seguir Siendo: Café Tacuva by Ernesto Contreras and Jose Manuel Cravioto- 2010 Mexico

Soulbound by Caio Sóh- 2011 Brazil

Shorts

La Bicicleta Vieja by Claudia A. Escobar- 2011 USA

Defender by Aitor Miguel- 2011 Colombia/Spain

Mistura: The Power of Food by Patricia Perez- 2011 Peru

Image from film- Photo of Angie

Film still: Photo of Angie

Photos of Angie by Alan Dominguez- 2011 USA

Three Drop of Water by Jose Alfaro & Marco Castro-Bojorquez -2011 USA

 

‘From Prada to Nada’ tops the indie box office charts

Have you seen this riches to rags story on the big screen? You probably heard the buzz online. ‘From Prada to Nada’ tops the indie box office charts, making $1,115,638 over opening weekend. Not bad for an independent Latino film, right?

While some protest it for enforcing cultural stereotypes, I say watch it. It’s a family film, written by veteran screenwriter Fina Torres and Luis Alfaro, directed by Angel Garcia. Get over the prejudgments, have a laugh and see what some Latinos are doing in film today. The movie stars Alexa Vega, Camilla Belle and Luis Rosales.

Click here for showtimes.

written by @vc29