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.

SF Latino Film Festival Poster Features Bay Area Notables

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The SF Latino Film Festival has partnered recently with local area activists, artists, scientists, and educators to celebrate our diverse backgrounds. We chose to shine a light on everyday Latinos in a way that isn’t always portrayed in film. Regardless of our superficial differences, we cohabitate—and welcome the opportunity to grow together through a film festival experience.

Come see hand selected foreign language film from all over the Americas at the all new Alamo Drafthouse, Roxy Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and more.

These rare and hard to find films won’t be in town long, so secure your tickets and group passes at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Follow us on Twitter @sflatinofilm to find information about getting involved. This is a fun community event for the whole family. Join us, and help film thrive in the SF Bay Area.

MEDIA CONTACT

VIRGINIA CHAVEZ

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Short film contest to be juried by Peter Bratt

Short film contest to be juried by Peter Bratt

WritersCorps announces their first-ever film event:  the Poetry Projection Project.  This contest calls on filmmakers of all ages to create short films based on poems by the kids at WritersCorps.  In keeping with WritersCorps’ mission of helping youth through creative expression, the Poetry Projection Project encourages filmmakers to explore the power of young people’s words and voices.

Entries will be juried by filmmaker Peter Bratt, and will compete for two $150 cash prizes and the opportunity to screen at two venues in San Francisco, CA April 16 and 19th, 2011. Entry deadline is March 27. Completed entries should be five minutes long or under. Enter here.

written by @EricAvilaThomas

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.

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written by @vc29