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El Conjunto Nueva Ola

Directly from the city of hope – Mexico City, Mexico – in the month of March, 2012, the six-man group EL CONJUNTO NUEVA OLA released its first musical production, an album that is sure to make history. A very unique musical collective, one that will revolutionize the recording industry. The first promotional single from their album is titled “CHIDO, CHIDO” (“Cool, cool”) a classic title in the history of tropical music, but one that here takes on a completely different vibe.

The group is comprised of lead singer Urbano López, guitarist Luzio Nava, bassist Primitivo Ríos, percussionist Hipólito Madero, El Tacho on timpani and El Raio Manzares on keyboards. Their mission is simple: bring flavor and get people to dance to the rhythm of cumbia, mixing new wave, rock and disco sounds into hits from various iconic groups like La Sonora Dinamita, to the late Chico Che & Rigo Tovar.

Under the LUZ RECORD label, their first record was headed by renowned songwriter/producer Ferra with José Quiroz as Executive Producer. The tracks include “Cuando seas grande”, “Chicharrona (My sherona)”, “Cumbia town (Funky town)”, “De quien chon”, “Chido, chido” (first promotional single), “La estaca”, “Perdóname mi amor”, “Los luchadores”, “La suavecita”, “Mi cucú”, “Albañil de la pensil”, “Vía láctea”, “Quítate la máscara”, and “Take on me”.

Despite its track list, EL CONJUNTO NUEVA OLA does not consider itself a cover band. The group members affirm that they “take the work of (de)composing lyrics from powerful tunes like ‘Chicharrona’, ‘El albañil de la pensil’ and ‘Cumbia town’ and others very seriously.”

The next single coming out is “El Pirilí” set to be released August 28th followed by El Tieso in late October. The band is preparing a 6 song E.p of original compositions that go from their distinctive humor to sexy-cumbia love songs called “Poemas musicales de mis pechugas

 

BAND INFO

Members: Lead singer Urbano López, guitarist Luzio Nava, bassist Primitivo Ríos, percussionist Hipólito Madero, El Tacho on timpani and El Raio Manzares on keyboards.
Music Genre:  Cumbia New Wave
LALIFF Date:  6/24 – Closing Night Headliner
Country: Mexico City
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The Pushouts

“I was in prison before I was even born.” So begins the story of Victor Rios – a high school dropout, gang member and three time felon by 15. But when a teacher’s quiet persistence, a mentor’s moral conviction, and his best friend’s murder converge, Rios’ path takes an unlikely turn. Two decades later Rios – by then a 36 year-old tenured UC professor, author and national thought leader on the school to prison pipeline – gets a call. “Hey, hotshot Professor.” It’s Martín Flores, Rios’ high school mentor, who Rios hasn’t heard from in 15 years. “I need you to come to Watts and work with my kids.” Its a make it or break it moment for these youth, Flores – who directs a program serving 16 to 24 olds who haven’t finished high school – warns. “We either get them on the right path now, or we lose them to the system.” Woven with archival material stretching back 25 years to Rios’ own troubled adolescence, and including the contemporary story of this fateful summer in Watts, THE PUSHOUTS examines crucial questions of race, class, power, and the American dream at a particularly urgent time.

FILM INFO

Section:  Feature Film
Director:  Director/ Producer – Katie Galloway; Producer/Co-Director – Dawn Valadez
Year:  2018
Length:  52:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA

Killing Jesus

A few months after witnessing the murder of her father, a woman crosses paths with a young man she believes to be his killer, in Laura Mora’s feature debut based on true events.

FILM INFO

Section:  Feature Film
Director:  Laura Mora
Year:  2017
Length:  99:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: Colombia, Argentina

Violeta at last

Recently divorced, 72-year-old Violeta lives alone in her childhood house, tending to her lush tropical garden and making plans to turn her property into a boarding house. When she discovers the bank is about to take away her house, she breaks all the rules to hold onto her home and her freedom.

FILM INFO

Section:  Feature Film
Director:  Hilda Hidalgo
Year:  2017
Length:  85:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: Costa Rica, México

The Gold Seekers

Manu is looking through an ancient book his grandfather gave him when he discovers an old map and photos. Knowing his grandfather was a treasure hunter who was always looking for the gold and jewels of the famous Paraguayan triple border war treasures, he thinks this map may be a clue. Quickly enlisting a friend, he soon discovers that the location in the map is now an embassy and decides to begin an adventure of his own full of danger, love and of course a missing treasure!

FILM INFO

Section:  Feature Film
Director:  Tana Schembori y Juan Carlos Maneglia
Year:  2017
Length:  102:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: Paraguay

LOVELING

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene has only a few days to overcome her anxiety and regain her inner confidence before sending her eldest son out into the world.

FILM INFO

Section:  Feature Film
Director:  Gustavo Pizzi
Year:  2018
Length:  97:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: Brazil

Candelaria

The 90s. Cuba is drowning in hunger, cigars and rum. In this grim landscape, the life of Candelaria and Victor Hugo, a couple who stayed together out of inertia, takes a surprising turn the day Candelaria finds a video camera.

FILM INFO

Section:  Feature Film
Director:  Jhonny Hendrix
Year:  2017
Length:  88:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA

TIMBALERX

Hailing from East Los Angeles, TIMBALERX has been drumming since his childhood, working on projects ranging from punk to cumbia to hip hop. His talent has been showcased in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Miami, where his sets are a combination of live vocals, a beat machine, and a sampler, reflecting his Latino roots and East LA upbringing as a Timbalero. Beyond live performances, TIMBALERX produces original music and is known to throw down a DJ set taking the crowd on a ride-a typical set could include ballroom voguing to Reggaeton to hip hop, and anything heavy in between.

BAND INFO

Members: TIMBALERX
Music Genre:  Ballroom voguing to Reggaeton to hip hop, and anything heavy in between
LALIFF Date:  6/24 – Closing Night Opener
Country: East Los Angeles, USA
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Santo contra “Cerebro del Mal”

In this first film of El Santo, with the celebrated luchador as an agent of the secret police has been converted in the the zombified slave of the evil scientist, Doctor Campos (Joaquín Cordero), thanks to his mind control machine. El Santo es obligated to collaborate in the plans of the Doctor which includes stealing the formula for the disintegration of the cell which is possessed by other scientists. It is then that the inspector Zambrano (Enrique Zambrano) asks for the help of another masked man, El Incógnito (Fernando Osés), to return El Santo back to normalcy and stop the plans of the Cerebro del Mal.

FILM INFO

Section:  Feature Film
Director:  Joselito Rodriguez
Year:  1961
Length:  71:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: Mexico

Gil Cerezo

KINKY Singer-Composer

BAND INFO

Members: Gil Cerezo.
Music Genre: 
LALIFF Date:  6/24 – Closing Night DJ
Country: Mexico City
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