Bay Lights, Art Installation by light sculptor Leo Villareal

If you’re in San Francisco, make your way to the Embarcadero waterfront and be prepared to linger. To celebrate the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, built 75 years ago, a large scale art installation will brighten the skyline for the next two years starting tonight.

The Bay Lights by renown light sculptor Leo Villareal consists of 25,000 white LED bulbs attached to the north side cables of the Bay Bridge and linked to a laptop programmed to  “play” rhythmic patterns that never repeat.  Covering an area 1.5 miles wide and 500 feet high, this is an impressive public art display that will bring sparkle and panache to San Francisco’s other iconic bridge.

@SFLucho

2012 San Francisco Latino Film Festival Schedule of Events

Get the entire 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.

Buy tickets on line or by phone at BrownPaperTickets.com / 1-800-838-3006/ Hablamos Español.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/16776

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.

Blue Macaw
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

Victoria Theater
2961 16th Street
San Francisco,CA 94103
(415) 334-3307

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.

SOM Bar
2925 16th Street (Steps from Victoria Theater)
San Francisco,CA 94103

September 15-16, 2012 1PM-11PM

Opera Plaza Cinema
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco,CA
(415) 267-4893

September 17 & 24 7:30PM
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center
13108 San Pablo Avenue
Richmond,CA 94805

September 19 & 26 7:30 PM
Galeria de La Raza
2857 24th Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
(415) 826-8009

September 20-21, 26 7:30PM
ATA/ Artist’s Television Access
992 Valencia
San Francisco,CA 94110

September 22-23 1PM-9PM
Mission Cultural Center of Latin American Arts
2868 Mission Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
(415) 821-1155

September 27  6PM
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose,CA 95116
(408) 794-6240

Free event. RSVP through: http://kqedlatino.eventbrite.com/

September 25 & 28 7PM
MACLA
510 South 1st Street
San Jose,CA95113
(408)998-2783

September 28, 7PM
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Boulevard,
Oakland,CA 94606
(510) 533-6629

Official Selection Short Films 2012

This is the Official Selection of Shorts.

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
110 Dry
111 Each Time I Remember I Forget
114 God Only Watches
116 Inverted, 3 1/2 turns, in the Tuck Position
120 Maestra
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

Maestra
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

Miles Away
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

Luisito and Alexis are two kids who are involved in a story of friendship and survival in a marginal slum in Santiago, Chile.
*Shown with feature Voices of Chile Sept 23 1PM Mission Cultural Center .Tickets: http://voicesofchilemcc.bpt.me Sept 24 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center. Tickets: http://voicesofchile.bpt.me

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.


 

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

September Film Programming Update

Filmmaker

Our programming team has been screening, discussing, arguing and carefully deciding on the final few films that will makeup the official selection for our film festival, which kicks off September 15th.

If you’ve submitted a film, hold tight. You will be notified if your film has been selected. We received an amazing crop of film to choose from and we’re very excited about reporting our selections soon.

The development team has been ironing out community partnerships and will also be reporting those and exciting new additions to the festival’s dynamic.

Stay tuned to our industry shout-outs via Twitter or spark a convo with us on Facebook. We’re chatty, so feel free to voice your film thoughts with us!

Call For Film Entries

call for film entriesThe San Francisco Latino Film Festival is now accepting film entries.

Films made by, about or with Latinos from the U.S. and abroad are encouraged to enter.

To qualify films must be made between 2008 and now. Short and feature films are welcome to enter and the deadline to submit is June 3, 2011.

Click here for the PDF entry form. If you have questions, email info@sflatinofilmfestival.com.

Follow SF Latino film happenings on Twitter and like the SF Latino Film Festival on Facebook to join the conversation.

Good luck!

@vc29

Call For Film Entries

call for film entriesThe San Francisco Latino Film Festival is now accepting film entries.

Films made by, about or with Latinos from the U.S. and abroad are encouraged to enter.

To qualify films must be made between 2008 and now. Short and feature films are welcome to enter and the deadline to submit is June 3, 2011.

Click here for the PDF entry form. If you have questions, email info@sflatinofilmfestival.com.

Follow SF Latino film happenings on Twitter and like the SF Latino Film Festival on Facebook to join the conversation.

Good luck!

@vc29

Latino Casting Call in Oakland

Nicole Kidman

Latinos are needed for feature film ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn‘ starring Nicole Kidman & Clive Owen. The film shoots in Oakland, CA over 9 days in March, 2011.

To be considered, actors must be between the ages of  18 – 75 years old. Those interested in participating are asked to contact Beau Bonneau Casting at beaubonneaucasting.com.

Good Luck!

@vc29

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