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Latinx Stories Take Over LALIFF’s 2019 Film Slate with World Premiere Screenings and Landmark Projects

Reflecting the Latino Film Institute’s commitment to championing and providing spaces for Latinx talent—those born and/or raised in the United States with Latino heritage—the recently announced slate of feature films, shorts, and episodic content to screen at the 2019 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) focuses predominantly on these experiences often neglected by film festivals and the industry at large.

Opening night will see the LA Premiere of the formally stunning and timely hybrid film “The Infiltrators” by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera, which combines fictionalized sequences with documentary footage to tell the incredible story of a group of undocumented youth who banded together against a for-profit detention center. Their clever tactics are a testament to the strength that comes from community, which is also a core notion of the messaging LALIFF is promoting.

New Latinx voices are poised to dazzle audiences with their powerful first features addressing diverse topics relevant to our people and beyond. Chelsea Hernandez’s documentary “Building the American Dream” dives deep into the precarious conditions faced by immigrant workers, Daniel Fermin Pfeffer’s “I’ll See You Around” is a drama centered on an African-American striving to improve his life against adverse circumstances, and Diana Peralta’s “De Lo Mío” deals with two sisters caught up between their life in NYC and the Dominican Republic, where their brother lives.

With more credits under their belt, seasoned Latinx talents are also bringing their latest works to LALIF. Rashaad Ernesto Green, who’s had a successful career in television over the past few years, will present his second feature, romantic Harlem-set tale “Premature.” Adding an edgy vibe to the festival, Daniel Garcia and directing partner Rania Attieh are having the West Coast Premiere of their new work “Initials S.G.,” which takes the duo to Argentina for a story about an aging actor with delusions of grandeur.

While Latinx stories are taking a big part of the spotlight this year, Latin American storytellers are also present at LALIFF via some of the most notable works to emerge from the region over the last year.

Entrancing Brazilian dystopia “Divine Love,” from acclaimed auteur Gabriel Mascaro, explores a future where religion has infiltrated secular society in disturbingly pervasive ways. It’s a thought-provoking vision of a country currently undergoing a peculiar political moment. On a more intimate scale, Uruguayan director Lucía Garibaldi’s debut feature “The Sharks” uses mass panic and unassuming danger to convey a coming-of-age narrative where a complex female protagonist discovering desire in a small town.

Highlighting Latinx and Latin American art, as well as the intersections between them, a trio of fantastic biographical documentaries will celebrate some of our greatest talents in multiple disciplines: “Raúl Julia: The World’s a Stage,” honors the Puerto Rican who left his mark in Hollywood, “Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire” dissects the complicated life of the Chicano activist and artist, while “Siqueiros: Walls of Passion” explores how the singular Mexican painter became a symbol for the Chicano movement.

Prolific globetrotting filmmaker Michael Flores spearheads the shorts programs with two distinct works, one is a bit-size biopic of late narcocorrido star Chalino Sanchez and the other, “The Bell,” takes Flores to El Salvador for a heartfelt drama about displaced people.

A variety of genres and stylistic approaches are featured across the two collections of shorts screening at LALIFF this year, all of which have in common the utter authenticity of the experiences portrayed that find universality in their specificity. From Jessica Mendez Siqueiros’ food-related dramedy “Pozole,” to Chicana filmmaker Lizette Barrera’s friendship story “Chicle,” Cuban-born director Gabriela Garcia Medina’s delightful period piece “Little Con Lili,” or Victor Hugo Duran take on masculinity in “Figueroa.”

As television becomes a major platform for stories by people of color to enter the mainstream, LALIFF’s episodic slate includes several pilots showcasing up-and-coming creators.

The Latino Film Institute’s very own Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez, who’s served as a mentor for the Youth Cinema Project, will debut his comedy project “Stoned Breakups” about a writer’s romantic mishaps. On a similar vein, writer-director David Tripler will present “South of Sunset: Fake Mexicans,” a narrative following a Mexican-American writer as he embarks on a journey to understand his own identity. Also notable, is the docu-series “Werq the World: Valentina,” following the Latina star who became a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” sensation.

As previously revealed, the organization LatinX in Animation, which recently joined the Latino Film Institute, will be present at LALIFF through a masterclass with important figures working in the animation industry: Pilar Flynn, producer of “Elena of Avalor,” Miguel Jiron, story artist for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Niki López, creator and producer of “Santiago of the Seas,” Silvia Olivas, executive producer and head writer of “Maya and the Three,” and Eric Robles, co-creator and executive producer of “Glitch Techs.”

Put together by seasoned Sundance programmer and LALIFF’s Director of Programming Dilcia Barrera, the film and episodic programs for the 2019 edition are bold, original, and above all true to the diverse voices that comprise the Latinx community.

THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL

THE ROOSEVELT THEATER

7000 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Address:
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Parking
Only during LALIFF Events (Music Series), Valet Parking at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is $22. (Please note: This does not include overnight parking)

 

Hollywood and Highland
With entrances on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive, Hollywood & Highland offers the best and cheapest parking in the heart of Hollywood.
The parking structure is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Park for up to 4-hours for $3 with validation from the TCL Chinese Theatre and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. ($2.00 every 20 minutes thereafter.) The daily maximum is $17.

THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL

THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL

7000 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Address:
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

Parking
Only during LALIFF Events (Music Series), Valet Parking at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is $22. (Please note: This does not include overnight parking)

 

Hollywood and Highland
With entrances on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive, Hollywood & Highland offers the best and cheapest parking in the heart of Hollywood.
The parking structure is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Park for up to 4-hours for $3 with validation from the TCL Chinese Theatre and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. ($2.00 every 20 minutes thereafter.) The daily maximum is $17.

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

6801 Hollywood Blvd, 3rd level

Hollywood, CA 90028

Address:
6801 Hollywood Blvd, 3rd level
Hollywood, CA 90028

 

Parking
With entrances on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive, Hollywood & Highland offers the best and cheapest parking in the heart of Hollywood.
The parking structure is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Park for up to 4-hours for $3 with validation from the TCL Chinese Theatre and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. ($2.00 every 20 minutes thereafter.) The daily maximum is $17.

TCL Chinese Theatre

TCL Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028

Address:
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

 

Parking
With entrances on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive, Hollywood & Highland offers the best and cheapest parking in the heart of Hollywood.
The parking structure is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Park for up to 4-hours for $3 with validation from the TCL Chinese Theatre and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. ($2.00 every 20 minutes thereafter.) The daily maximum is $17.

LALIFF ANNOUNCES 2019 MUSIC PROGRAM

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
2019 MUSIC PROGRAM

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2019 – Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward James Olmos today announced the music program that will be featured at the 2019 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). Highlighting diverse and extraordinary Latinx artists for festival attendees, performances will take place Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 4 at The Roosevelt Theatre in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Opening night, Wednesday, July 31, will feature salsa and cumbia with performances by La Mera Candelaria and Sizzle Fantastic at 10pm following the Opening Night gala screening of The Infiltrators at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Thursday, August 1 will feature drag, indie, alt R&B and disco with performances by Hummingbird Meadows, Gemma Castro, Loyal Lobos, August Eve and DJ Vick Jagger at 9pm.

Friday, August 2 will feature synth, electronic, booty shakin’ dance with performances by Walker, Alexis de la Rocha, Jarina De Marco and José Galván at 9pm.

Saturday, August 3 will feature hip hop, R&B and reggaeton with performances by Carlos Figz, Kablito, Jesse Baez, and TIMBALERX at 9pm.

Closing night, Sunday, August 4, will feature indie rock, reggae, afro Colombian, salsa and Cumbia with performances by Triangle Fire, Toni Tee & Liquid Wisdom, Yanga, Linda Nuves of Chulita Vinyl Club at 7:45pm.

Tickets for the Opening Night Celebration include the Opening Night presentation of Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s The Infiltrators, which won the Audience Award: NEXT and The NEXT Innovator Prize at Sundance, the post screening party featuring live performances from by La Mera Candelaria and Sizzle Fantastic at The Roosevelt Theatre at the Roosevelt Hotel. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased www.latinofilm.org.

Festival goers will be able to attend the nightly performances from Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4 for free with a screening ticket from that day or for those that only want to attend the music performances, all-access music series passes are available for $75 and individual passes for a single night entry are available for $20 before July 25.

“Our vision for LALIFF Music is to promote and celebrate brilliant Latinx musicians, DJs and artists,” said Alexis de la Rocha, Music Supervisor for LALIFF. “As the largest Latinx film festival to take place in Los Angeles, we are able to provide a tremendous platform to highlight diverse independent acts who are not only creating spectacular sounds, but who are changing the way the world views Latinx performers.”

For the LALIFF full programming slate and schedule please visit www.latinofilm.org.

ABOUT LALIFF

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is a premiere international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latino perspective, whether through film, television, digital, music, art, or any other vehicle, regardless of platform. LALIFF is presented by the Latino Film Institute (LFI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to showcase, strengthen, and celebrate the richness of Latino lives through the audio-visual event. LFI develops, activates, and supports artists, creators, and executives through pathways and platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.

For more information and updates on LALIFF visit www.latinofilm.org.

For more information on the Youth Cinema Project visit www.youthcinemaproject.org.

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Media Contact:
Johanna Calderon-Dakin
[email protected]

2019 LALIFF Sponsors:

Premiere Sponsor: Youth Cinema Project
Presenting Sponsor: Egeda, Premios Platino
Opening Night Sponsor: AltaMed

LALIFF Legacy Presenter: Creative Artists Agency (CAA), HBO COLLABS
LALIFF Legacy Sponsors: High Performance Learning Environments, Garcia Hernadez Sawhney Law, LLP

Industry Day Presenter: HBO COLLABS
Industry Day Sponsors: NBCUniversal, CBS, WarnerMedia

Presenting Media Sponsors: Univision, CNN en Español
Media Sponsors: LA Times en Español, Hoy Los Angeles, Remezcla

Official Sponsors: Coca Cola, Go Metro

Industry Sponsors: Netflix, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Official Airlines Sponsor: Delta Airlines/Aeromexico

Animation Masterclass Presenter: LatinX in Animation
Animation Masterclass Sponsor: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Sneak Peek: Latinx TV Sponsor: Stage 13

Official DCP Sponsor: FotoKem

LALIFF Music Tequila Sponsor: Ruiseñor Tequila

Guild Sponsors: SAG-AFTRA, WGAW

Community Partners: Hollywood & Highland, Final Draft, Poquito Mas, Gilbert’s El Indio, Fujifilm, Nabor Wines, Kabazon Premium Waters, LIMA, Pero Like

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