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LALIFF ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DEVIL HAS A NAME AS ITS CLOSING NIGHT

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DEVIL HAS A NAME AS ITS CLOSING NIGHT 

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES UNDONE JOINS THE LINEUP AT LALIFF 2019 WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING AND PANEL

LOS ANGELES, CA July 24, 2019 — LALIFF is pleased to announce the world premiere of The Devil Has A Name directed by co-founder of the festival and Academy Award® nominated actor Edward James Olmos as its Closing Night on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood. LALIFF has also added a special screening and panel of Amazon Prime Video’s original series, Undone, to its lineup. 

The film tells the story of a widowed, broke and adrift, farmer Fred Stern, who finds a new purpose in life when he learns that a multi-national oil company has been polluting his water. But as his crusade against the powers that be spills out of the courtroom and into his personal life, Fred must find a way to avoid the ruin of his farm, his family and his dreams. Inspired by bizarre, true events going back decades and continuing to this day, The Devil Has a Name pulls back the curtain on the culture of greed that poisons Corporate America, from sea to polluted sea. The film stars David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Haley Joel Osment, Martin Sheen, Alfred Molina, Pablo Schreiber and Edward James Olmos.

“Mr.Olmos directed a powerful and provocative film that brings to light some of the most crucial environmental issues our society is dealing with today with extraordinary performances by the entire cast,” explained Rafael Agustín, Executive Director of LALIFF. 

Amazon Prime Video’s latest original series Undone, directed by Hisko Hulsing, has joined the festival, where it will screen the first two episodes, followed by a panel with cast and creators. Created by acclaimed executive producers Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), Undone is a groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death. Alma Winograd-Diaz, played by Rosa Salazar, takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near fatal accident induces visions of her late-father, Jacob. The cast also includes Daveed Diggs, Angelique Cabral, Constance Marie and Siddarth Dhananjay. 

“We are thrilled to host this screening of Undone, because not only is it one of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing animated series we’ve seen, but its lead character is a Latinx female, which reflects the importance of our community and representation in the industry,” says Dilcia Barrera, Director of Programming. 

In addition, the festival will also be presenting a free screening of Veneno Para Las Hadas with support from IMCINE. In this groundbreaking 1984 horror fantasy film from one of Mexico’s ultimate horror auteurs, Carlos Enrique Taboada, a 10-year-old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn. 

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.latinofilm.org

AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) runs Wednesday, July 31 to Sunday, August 4 at the TCL Chinese Theatres. The Opening Night gala will be the LA premiere of The Infiltrators directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. The film won the Audience Award: NEXT and The NEXT Innovator Prize at Sundance earlier this year.  As the largest Latinx film festival to be hosted in Los Angeles, this year the festival will shine a spotlight on US-born Latinx filmmakers. The festival program is comprised of 15 feature films including three World Premieres including I’ll See You Around, Siqueiros: Walls of Passion and Raúl Julia: The World’s A Stage. LALIFF will also offer special screenings including Les Blank’s Chulas Fronteras (1976), marking the Los Angeles premiere of the 4K restoration, and a screening of Ascent of Weavers, 3-channel video piece a by artist, Rebeca Mendez as part of LALIFF Art. LALIFF Legacy, LALIFF’s student festival, will feature films produced by students of the statewide, public school film program, the Youth Cinema Project, which was also founded by Olmos. The program also includes a shorts program comprised of 17 shorts including four World Premieres and five episodics, plus two special events, Latinx in Animation: A Masterclass and Sneak Peek: Latinx TV. As part of its music program the festival will present nightly performances by highlighting diverse and extraordinary Latinx artists including a special performance for Opening Night by La Mera Candelaria and Sizzle Fantastic. Additional performances include Hummingbird Meadows, Gemma Castro, DJ Vick Jagger, Alexis de la Rocha, Jarina De Marco and Jose Galvan. For a full lineup of films and musical performances 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.
 
Follow LALIFF on social media: 

 
Media Contact:
Johanna Calderon-Dakin
[email protected]

The Devil has a name

The Devil has a name

Closing Night Film

Sunday, August 4 – 8:00 PM

TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES

Widowed, broke and adrift, farmer Fred Stern finds a new purpose in life when he learns that a multi-national oil company has been polluting his water. But as his crusade against the powers that be spills out of the courtroom and into his personal life, Fred must find a way to avoid the ruin of his farm, his family and his dreams. Inspired by bizarre, true events, The Devil Has a Name pulls back the curtain on the culture of greed that poisons Corporate America, from sea to polluted sea.

One-line logline: An ambitious oil executive leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outwit a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned.

INFO

Title: The Devil Has A Name
Director(s): Edward James Olmos
Country: USA
Year:  2019
Running time: 97 min
Premiere status: Los Angeles Premiere

Includes a post screening Q&A with the director(s)

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer and humanitarian. The Tony, Emmy and Academy Award® Nominated actor, is probably best known to young audiences for his work on the SYFY television series “Battlestar Galatica” as Admiral William Adama.  Although the series kept the actor busy during its run from 2003 through 2009, it didn’t stop him from directing the HBO movie “Walkout” in 2007, for which he earned a DGA Nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television category.

Olmos’ career in entertainment spans over 50 years of working in the business. In that time he created a signature style and aesthetic that he applies to every artist endeavor, often grounding his characters in reality and gravitas. His dedication to his craft has brought him attention across the industry, and with audiences worldwide.

Originally a musician, Olmos branched out into acting, appearing in many small theatre productions until portraying the iconic El Pachuco in “Zoot Suit.”  The play moved to Broadway and Olmos earned a Tony nomination for the role, which he revised in the 1981 film version.

Olmos went on to appear in the films Wolfen, Blade Runner, and the Ballad of Gregorio Cortez before starring in his biggest role to date, that of Lieutenant Martin Castillo in the iconic 80’s television series “Miami Vice” opposite Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.  During his time on the Michael Mann series, Olmos earned two Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations, resulting in a win from each.

In 1988, the actor was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver.  He directed and starred in his first motion picture, American Me, in 1992.

Olmos’ passion for the arts grows every year, but he never forgets to give back to the communities that support him with their dedication and support. He is an international advocate, spokesman, and humanitarian working with organizations such as Thank You Ocean, Project Hope Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America, The River Keepers, Dr. Andros’ Diabetic Foot Global Conference and he speaks up to 150 times a year in schools, universities, and corporations.

Other credits as an actor include the motion pictures My Family/Mi Familia; Selena, which was a breakout film for Jennifer Lopez; and In the Time of Butterflies, in which he played Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo.  In television, he is bringing gravitas to Mayans, M.C., in its second hit season.  He enjoyed a recurring role as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roberto Mendoza in the NBC drama “The West Wing,” portrayed a widowed father in the PBS drama American Family: Journey of Dreams, and “Dexter.”  He recently Directed the YouTube phenomena “The Short Film BP Doesn’t Want You To See,” featured on Larry King/CNN.

Director’s Twitter handle: @edwardjolmos

Film’s  Twitter handle: @TheDevilHasName

VENENO PARA LAS HADAS

VENENO PARA LAS HADAS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 – 11:30PM

TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES IN THEATER 5

In this groundbreaking 1984 horror fantasy film from one of Mexico’s ultimate horror auteurs, Carlos Enrique Taboada, a 10 year old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.

INFO

Title: Poison for the Fairies (Veneno para las Hadas)
Director(s): Carlos Enrique Taboada
Year: 1985
Length: 90 min
Country: Mexico

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Carlos Enrique Taboada Walker was a Mexican screenwriter and director, best known for his supernatural horror and suspense films including Hasta el viento tiene miedo, Más negro que la noche, Veneno para las hadas, and El Libro de piedra. He won two Ariel Awards (the Mexican Academy Awards) for Best Picture and Best Director for Poison for the Fairies, and his work continues to influence modern-day horror and fantasy filmmakers, like Guillermo del Toro.

UNDONE

UNDONE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 – 7:30PM
TCL CHINESE 6 THEATRES

From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (“BoJack Horseman”) comes the Amazon Original Undone, a groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death.

 

Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar, “Alita: Battle Angel”) takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near fatal accident induces visions of her late-father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk). Through these persistent visions he urges her to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to travel through space and time with the hopes of preventing his untimely death. This quest challenges Alma’s relationships and brings into question her mental wellbeing with those closest to her.

 

Undone is brought to life using rotoscope animation, a process that has never before been used in episodic television. The unique look of the animation, under the direction of Hisko Hulsing (“Montage of Heck”), utilizes a variety of mediums, including oil painting on canvas to render the backgrounds. Amsterdam-based animation studio Submarine has assembled an incredible team of artists and painters from all over Europe to bring the animation elements to life, with rotoscope by the veteran team behind “A Scanner Darkly” at Austin-based Minnow Mountain (“Tower”) led by co-producer Craig Staggs.

 

Undone also stars Angelique Cabral, Constance Marie, Siddarth Dhananjay and Daveed Diggs. John Corbett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Nick Gonzalez, Sheila Vand and Tyler Posey are among the guest stars.

 

Purdy and Bob-Waksberg serve as executive producers along with Noel Bright (“BoJack Horseman”), Steven A. Cohen (“BoJack Horseman”) and Tommy Pallotta (“A Scanner Darkly”). Dutch artist and filmmaker Hisko Hulsing served as the series director and production designer. Odenkirk serves as producer.

 

Undone is produced by Amazon Studios and Tornante Productions.

 

INFO

Director(s): Hisko Hulsing
Year:  2019
Length: 22 minutes/episode, 2 episodes, total screening time ~44 minutes
Country: USA
Website: www.amazon.com
Premiere Status: Coming Soon
Includes a post screening Q&A with the director(s)

Kate Purdy (Co-Creator)
Angelique Cabral (Voice Actor)
Constance Marie (Voice Actor)

Moderated by Carlos Aguilar

Creator(s): Kate Purdy & Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Kate Purdy is an executive producer, co-creator, and showrunner of the new Amazon Original series Undone.  Some of her other TV writing and producing credits include “Cold Case” (CBS), “MADtv” (FOX), “Cougar Town” (ABC), and “Bojack Horseman” (NETFLIX).  For her writing on “Bojack Horseman,” Kate won a Writer’s Guild of America award. Kate also serves as a mentor to other writers and has worked with the Imagine Impact program, as well as the David Lynch MFA program at Maharishi University. In addition to writing, Kate studies Ayurveda and other healing modalities.

Chulas Fronteras w/ Del Mero Corazón

Chulas Fronteras w/ Del Mero Corazón

Saturday, August 3 – 2:30 PM

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

Chulas Fronteras is a zesty introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border. The music is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, música Norteña has evolved since the turn of the 20th century into a unique Mexican-American hybrid. Blank links the music’s spirit and vitality to the strong family bonds of Tejanos. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to this joyous film.

FILM INFO

Director(s): Les Blank
Year: 1976
Length: 58 mins
Country: USA

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Les Blank (1935-2013) was an internationally renowned, independent filmmaker, whose poetic work offers intimate, idiosyncratic glimpses into the lives, culture and music of the passionate people at the periphery of American society. His film topics have included Cajun, Mexican, Polish, Hawaiian, and Serbian- American music and food traditions, Afro-Cuban drummers, Texas blues men, Appalachian fiddlers, “flower children”, gap-toothed women, and the garlic plant.

Blank is perhaps best known for his feature-length Burden of Dreams (1982), with co-filmmaker Maureen Gosling, documenting the chaotic production of fellow director, and friend, Werner Herzog’s 1982  film Fitzcarraldo in the jungles of the Peruvian Amazon. Honored with a Criterion DVD edition, and a British Academy Award, Roger Ebert called Burden of Dreams, “…one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie.” Another of Blank’s best-loved works is Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980), a seminal food film featuring culinary pioneer Alice Waters, and the Gilroy Garlic Festival. This film, notorious for its mouth-wateringness, was initially shown in “Aromaround” with garlic simultaneously roasted in-theater.

LALIFF ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAMMING LINE-UP INCLUDING SEVEN WORLD PREMIERES

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAMMING LINE-UP INCLUDING
SEVEN WORLD PREMIERES

SUNDANCE AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER, THE INFILTRATORS, TO
OPEN THE FESTIVAL ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 AT
THE TCL CHINESE THEATRE

PROGRAM INCLUDES 15 FEATURES – TEN DIRECTED BY WOMEN,
PLUS 17 SHORTS, FIVE EPISODICS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS
INCLUDING A MASTERCLASS ON LATINX IN ANIMATION

LOS ANGELES, CA July 9, 2019 – Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward James Olmos today announced the program that will be featured at the 2019 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) which runs Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 4 at the TCL Chinese Theatres.  As the largest Latinx film festival to be hosted in Los Angeles, this year the festival will shine a spotlight on US-born Latinx filmmakers. This year’s program includes 15 features, 17 shorts, five episodics, two special events and two Latinx podcasts live from the festival.

This year’s program will open with Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera’s The Infiltrators, which won the Audience Award: NEXT and The NEXT Innovator Prize at Sundance earlier this year.  The film, a mixture of documentary and narrative, focuses on a real-life rag-tag group of undocumented youth – Dreamers – that get deliberately detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center. The film is a suspenseful telling of this high-stakes mission – a little-known chapter in American activism, and a rare insider experience of a for-profit immigrant detention center, an institution that is rapidly expanding across the American landscape.

The Infiltrators represents everything LALIFF aspires to be – a film for our U.S. community by our U.S. community with international ramifications,” said LALIFF co-founder Edward James Olmos.  “The film was made by a Latinx duo and focuses on the real-life story of undocumented youth that sacrificed everything to help others like them being held inside migrant detention centers. Nothing can be more timely.”

The festival program is comprised of 15 feature films including three World Premieres, with ten of the features helmed by women.  In addition to The Infiltrators, the section includes Building the American Dream (directed by Chelsea Hernandez), Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire (directed by Elsa Flores Almaraz and Richard J. Montoya), Councilwoman (directed by Margo Guernsey), De Lo Mio (directed by Diana Peralta), Divine Love (directed by Gabriel Mascaro), the World Premiere of I’ll See You Around (directed by Daniel Fermin Pfeffer), Initials S. G. (directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia), Midnight Family (directed by Luke Lorentzen), Pahokee (directed by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan), Premature (directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green), the World Premiere of Raúl Julia: The World’s a Stage (directed by Ben DeJesus), Sick Sick Sick (directed by Alice Furtado), the World Premiere of Siqueiros: Walls of Passion (directed by Lorena Manriquez) and The Sharks (directed by Los Tiburones and Lucia Garibaldi).

“This year’s program redefines what a Latinx story is,” said Dilcia Barrera, Director of Programming.  “The diversity in voice, aesthetic and vision propels our narratives beyond clichés and conventions.  I am certain that the next generation of storytellers can be found within this group of talented artists.”

The program also includes a shorts program comprised of 17 shorts including four World Premieres and five episodics, plus two special events, Latinx in Animation: A Masterclass and Sneak Peek: Latinx TVLatinx in Animation: A Masterclass will feature some of the most influential creators and producers of upcoming animated projects discussing their influences and how their unique perspectives help bring their projects to life.  The discussion will be moderated by Remezcla’s film and television editor, Vanessa Erazo.  Sneak Peek: Latinx TV will give the audience a preview of two highly anticipated TV shows, The CW’s Two Sentence Horror Stories and Netflix’s Gentefied.  Written in part by some of the most exciting new Latinx voices in television today including Stephanie Adams-Santos, Linda Yvette Chavez and Marvin Lemus, the event will be moderated by Gadiel Del Orbe from BuzzFeed’s Pero Like and is presented by Stage 13.

Additionally, there will be two live podcast conversations from the festival, Latina Representation Podcast and Latinx Podcast.  The first on TV Latina representation features Locatora Radio, with hosts Diosa Femme and Mala Muñoz, both who are podcast trailblazers in the Latinx community. They will lead a conversation on Latina representation on television with TV writer, Moises Zamora, Writer and Executive Producer of the up-and-coming Netflix series, Selena, and writer/director Aurora Guerrero.  The second, Latinx Podcast, is focused on media criticism by Espoilers Podcast, featuring hosts StephOH and Rubén Angel. They will lead a conversation on Latinx coming-of-age stories with TV and film writer, Eddie Gonzalez, co-creator of Netflix’s hit TV show, On My Block.

 LALIFF will also offer special screenings including Les Blank’s Chulas Fronteras (1976), marking the Los Angeles premiere of the 4K restoration, and a screening of Ascent of Weavers, 3-channel video piece a by artist, Rebeca Mendez as part of LALIFF Art.

 LALIFF Legacy, LALIFF’s student festival, returns for its second year.  LALIFF Legacy will feature films produced by students of the statewide, public school film program, the Youth Cinema Project, which was also founded by Olmos. This two-day event is presented by CAA and HBO COLLABS, and will feature 93 student produced short films, along with 30 student filmmaker panelists, who range from elementary school, middle school and high school students.

Youth Cinema Project is the Premiere Sponsor of LALIFF, Egeda and Premios Platino are the Presenting Sponsors and AltaMed is the Opening Night Sponsor, with additional festival sponsors listed below.

 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 https://latinofilm.org.
For more information on the Youth Cinema Project visit https://youthcinemaproject.org.

Follow LALIFF on social media:

  • Instagram: @laliff_
  • Twitter: @laliff
  • Facebook: com/laliff

Media Contact:
Johanna Calderon-Dakin
[email protected]

LALIFF Program

Features (15)

Building the American Dream – Three immigrant families facing the deadliest working conditions in the USA, rise up to seek justice and equality in the Texas construction industry. Directed by Chelsea Hernandez (USA)

 Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire – This stunning documentary explores the brief, rich, and contradictory life of the artist Carlos Almaraz: a Chicano activist, sexual outlaw, and visionary painter of some of the most unforgettable images of southern California. Directed by Elsa Flores Almaraz & Richard J. Montoya (USA)

Councilwoman – A hotel housekeeper has won a City Council seat in Providence, RI. Energized to advocate for low-income workers, her stamina for politics is put to the test. Directed by Margo Guernsey (USA)

De Lo Mío – An achingly alive look at cherishing the past while learning to let go. Directed by Diana Peralta (USA)

Divine Love – Brazil, 2027. A deeply religious woman uses her position in a notary’s office to advance her mission to save struggling couples from divorce. Whilst waiting for a sign in recognition of her efforts, she’s confronted with a crisis in her own marriage that ultimately brings her closer to God. Directed by Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil/Uruguay, Chile, Denmark, Norway, Sweden)

I’ll See You Around – Lucas struggles to break the cycle of addiction gripping his family and risks losing everyone he loves if he can’t learn to forgive. Directed by Daniel Fermin Pfeffer (USA)

Initials S.G. – Down on his luck, an aging Serge Gainsbourg wannabe struggles with an acting career he can’t seem to get on track, an affair he doesn’t want, and a crime he didn’t mean to commit. Directed by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia (USA/Argentina/Lebanon)

Midnight Family – In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. Directed by Luke Lorentzen (Mexico)

Pahokee – In a small agricultural town in the Florida Everglades, hopes for the future are concentrated on the youth. Four teens face heartbreak and celebrate in the rituals of an extraordinary senior year. Directed by Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan (USA)

Premature – The summer before she leaves for college, Ayanna meets handsome and mysterious outsider Isaiah; her entire world is turned upside down as she navigates the demanding terrain of young love against a changing Harlem landscape. Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green (USA)

Raúl Julia: The World’s a StageRaúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage examines the life and career of the inspiring entertainer, Raúl Juliá. The feature documentary is a revealing portrait of the charismatic actor, who earned recognition across the world for his versatility on stage and on screen before his life was tragically cut short. From his early days on local stages in Puerto Rico to stardom on Broadway and in Hollywood, Raúl’s story is one of passion, determination, and a bit of magic – all qualities for which his performances were known. Directed by Ben DeJesus (USA)

Sick Sick Sick – Silvia and Artur’s teenage-romance starts abruptly and ends up all of sudden after a serious accident. Silvia gets sick and her days turn into dark. Her mourning becomes an obsessive quest to bring him back to life. Directed by Alice Furtado (Brazil)

Siqueiros: Walls of Passion – A documentary film about revolutionary Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) and the resurrection of his Los Angeles mural AMÉRICA TROPICAL, located at the birthplace of Los Angeles and later championed by the Chicano movement as a symbol of its oppressed culture.  Directed by Lorena Manríquez and Miguel Picker (USA).

The Inflitrators – A rag-tag group of undocumented youth deliberately get themselves detained in order to infiltrate a shadowy for-profit detention center. Directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera (USA)

The Sharks – While reports of shark sightings create panic in a small beach town, 14-year-old Rosina begins to circle her own prey as her intense attraction to an older co-worker grows. Directed by Lucía Garibaldi (Uruguay/Argentina/Spain)

Shorts (17)

And the Brave Shall RiseRooted in the newfound strength of a movement led by stay-at-home moms, one woman decides to run for office in a grass-roots effort to honor her son and family. Directed by Adam Schlachter.  (USA)

 Chalino Inspired by the life, music, and murder of Chalino Sanchez, an immigrant in Los Angeles becomes an international sensation as the King of Narco Music. Directed by Michael Flores.  (USA)

Chicle (Gum) An ill-tempered teenager attempts to find peaceful solitude on the day of her grandfather’s passing until an estranged friend pays her a visit.  Directed by Lizette Barrera.  (USA)

Cuco “Hydrocodone”Hydrocodone is a music video dedicated to the memory of our past selves and the longing of who we have yet to become as we grow older, visualized as an abstract journey through a young man’s (Cuco’s) experiences when confronting death. Directed by Jazmin Garcia.  USA.

Figueroa – When his younger brother loses a fight, a teenage boy tries to teach his little brother about manhood, only to face an event that threatens to shatter their world altogether.  Directed by Victor Hugo Duran.  (USA)

Little con Lili – LILI, is a 10-year-old Cuban-American girl who should be doing her homework, but instead, decides to enjoy a leisurely afternoon, home alone, eating all her favorite foods, and listening to her favorite band, Air Supply.  Directed by Gabriela Garcia Medina.  (USA)

Pozole When Maia sets out to reconnect with her traditional Mexican roots on her Nana’s 100th birthday, things go terribly wrong.  Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros.  (USA)

Raptor Ariel gets involved in a teenager civil arrest of a guy is accused of stealing a phone. Directed by Felipe Gálvez.  (Chile)

Sebastian An emigrating father writes home to his son.  Directed by Sam Fragoso.  (USA)

Simon CriesSimon, wrecked by a love sorrow, overflows with sadness.  Directed by Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento.  (Belgium)

Skaya Sergio Ramirez builds a basketball and academics program that empowers a generation of kids in the north western mountains of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Directed by Gabriel Noquez.  (USA)

Suicidrag The Mexican group of drag queens Suicidrag streak the streets and nightclubs of Mexico City to raise awareness about the gender stereotype imposed by the consumer society.  (Mexico)

The Bell A young woman in El Salvador wishes to hear the village bell before she joins a caravan to the US, but the antique bell hasn’t rung in 25 years and there is only one man left that can repair it: a drunkard that lives in the cemetery.  Directed by Michael Flores.  (El Salvador)

The Bony Lady – Arely Vazquez, an immigrant and transgender woman, overcomes prejudices and breaks tabus as she fulfills her vows to the Skeleton Saint.  Directed by Adriana Barbosa. (USA/Brazil/Mexico)

To Be QueenIn Luling, the “toughest town in Texas”, two Latina high school girls compete to be the next watermelon thump queen.  Directed by Farihah Zaman & Jeff Reichert. (USA)

Unlucky’s Luck – On his 63rd birthday, Pellito receives a ticket for the Fortune’s Raffle, an almost surreal lottery that comes into town. Directed by Felipe Holguin Caro.  (Colombia)

Water WarriorWater Warrior is a short film about Latina surfers and why seeing yourself in the sport you love matters. (USA)

Episodic (5)

South of Sunset: Fake Mexicans – After an Executive tells Mexican-American writer DJ Banks his writing isn’t authentic, and with the help of his comedic cousins, DJ sets his day on rediscovering his cultural authenticity by re-connecting with an old Mexican-American lady friend that ends up in disaster.  Directed by David Tripler. (USA)

Stoned Breakups – Writer Daniel f. Pérez gets really high and opens up about a tragic east coast romance and breakup as a group of sober comedians reenact it. Directed by Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez. (USA)

THE BIBLE: The Sacrifice of Isaac – An extremely Biblically accurate retelling of the Binding of Isaac. Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp (USA)

Unimundo 45 – When the anti-immigrant candidate wins the presidency, a jaded Latina news producer sheds her cynicism and reconnects with her suppressed activist side—on live TV.  Directed by Thembi Banks.  (USA)

Werq the World: Valentina – Werq the World: Valentina follows the enigmatic Miss Congeniality (or fan favorite) of RuPaul’s drag race Season 9 as she tries to keep up with the fast pace and intense hustle of an international tour. Directed by Jasper Rischen.  (USA)

Special Events

 Latinx in Animation:  A Masterclass featuring panelists Pilar Flynn, the producer of Avalor, Miguel Jiron, the director of Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham and Story Artist for Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse, Niki Lopez, the 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, moderated by Vanessa Erazo, film and television editor at Remezcla.  This animation masterclass will reveal the influences behind these talented artists, writers and creators, and how their unique perspectives help bring their projects to life.

Sneak Peek:  Latinx TV with Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chavez, the co-creators of Netflix’s Gentefied and Stephanie Adams – Santos, the writer for Two Sentence Horror Stories on the CW, moderated by Gadiel Del Orbe, the digital content creator of Buzzfeed’s Pero Like.  This panel is presented by Stage 13.

Latina Representation Podcast with Latinx podcast trailblazers, Locatora Radio, featuring hosts Diosa Femme and Mala Muñoz.  They will lead a conversation on Latina representation on television with TV writer, Moises Zamora, Writer and Executive Producer of the up-and-coming Netflix series, Selena, and writer/director Aurora Guerrero.

Latinx Podcast focused on media criticism by Espoilers Podcast, featuring hosts StephOH and Rubén Angel.  They will lead a conversation on Latinx coming-of-age stories with TV and film writer, Eddie Gonzalez, co-creator of Netflix’s hit TV show, On My Block.

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 Hernandez 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

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

LALIFF LIVE: A PODCAST CONVERSATION ON LATINX COMING-OF-AGE STORIES

LALIFF LIVE: A PODCAST CONVERSATION ON LATINX COMING-OF-AGE STORIES

Sunday, August 4 – 2:00PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Theater 1

One of the very best Latinx podcasts focused on media criticism, Espoilers Podcast, lead a conversation on Latinx coming-of-age stories with TV and film writer, Eddie Gonzalez, co-creator of Netflix’s hit TV show, On My Block.

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Eddie Gonzalez – Co-Creator of On My Block on Netflix
Eddie Gonzalez is a first-generation Mexican American who was born in Compton and grew up in neighboring Lynwood. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Political Science degree.
Along with his writing partner Jeremy Haft, Gonzalez has sold many feature and TV projects. The duo’s most recent success is the Netflix Original series ON MY BLOCK, in which Gonzalez co-created and Executive Produced. Gonzalez also co-wrote ALL EYEZ ON ME, the 2017 Tupac Shakur bio-pic.

 

MODERATED BY ESPOILERS PODCAST

 

RUBEN ANGEL aka QUEER XICANO CHISME – Co-Host of Espoilers Podcast
An English Literature and Creative Writing graduate from UCDavis, Rubén, better known as Queer Xicano Chisme, is a multimedia content creator present across all social media. Their work includes: curating a social commentary blog, writing and editing essays, hosting and producing podcasts, as well as creating video content and other visual media. Ruben’s most popular project include being the host and producer for Bitter Brown Femmes and Espoiler Podcast, as well as their youtube channel where they unpack socio-political issues in a relatable and often comedic manner. They employ their embodied knowledge, oral histories, and critical readings, as well as their experience as an organizer, educator, and artist to educate and entertain. Their work focuses on Latinx/Chicanx issues, QTPOC, lived and generational trauma, survivor advocacy, pop culture, social justice, media criticism, and the ethical application of radical “chisme.”

STEPH OH – Co-Host of Espoilers Podcast
Stephanie Hernandez is a Latina writer/director from Inglewood, CA. She graduated from UC Davis with a double major in Design and Film Studies. Being a first generation Mexican-American, she aspires to create work that centers the Latinx community and tells our stories in the most authentic way. She is a strong advocate for representation on and off the screen. Her digital work centers on uplifting women of color. She directed her first music video for Hunnah’s ” Think About It” and worked on an acoustic music video for her other song, “Show You“. She has created digital series, like “Las Jefas” for We Are Mitú, which focused on small Latina business owners and their stories. She has also worked with Latina companies like Viva La Bonita, Ella Loca, and Vive Cosmetics to create branded videos that fit their voice. She just wrapped “Gentefied”, where she was the social media manager and assistant to creators, Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chavez. She also has a podcast named “Espoilers Podcast” with her co-host Ruben Angel, where they review and discuss media made by/for marginalized people. She is currently writing coming of age short films and a rom-com feature, all which center the Latinx community. She just premiered her first short film about the fear of family separation.

LALIFF LIVE: A PODCAST CONVERSATION ON LATINA TV REPRESENTATION

LALIFF LIVE: A PODCAST CONVERSATION ON LATINA TV REPRESENTATION

Sunday, August 4 – 3:45PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Theater 1

Latinx podcast trailblazers, Locatora Radio, lead a conversation on Latina representation on television with TV writer, Moises Zamora, Writer and Executive Producer of the up-and-coming Netflix series, Selena, and Aurora Guerrero, writer and director of Mosquita y Mari.

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Moisés Zamora – Writer & Executive Producer of Selena on Netflix
Moisés Zamora is the Writer & Executive Producer of Netflix’s upcoming SELENA: The Series, the official story of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla.
Previously, Moisés was a staff writer on the Emmy-winning series American Crime and Star on FOX. Born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico, this award-winning writer and filmmaker won the Binational Literary Prize for Young Novel Border of Words for his Spanish-language novel. He was twenty-five years old. In 2011, he received the award for Best Documentary by a Mexican Director at the Oaxaca FilmFest. He is a graduate of Brown University.

 

Aurora Guerrero – Writer & Director
Aurora Guerrero wrote and directed Mosquita Y Mari, her debut narrative feature film which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Her film traveled numerous film festivals including San Francisco, Melbourne, Goteburg, and Guadalajara and garnered multiple awards including Best First Narrative Feature and Best Leading Actress at Outfest and was nominated for a Cassavetes Spirit Award and a GLAAD Media Award. Guerrero was also named a Berlin Talent Campus Fellow and a Time Warner/Sundance Storytelling Fellow. In 2017, Guerrero was invited to direct an episode of Ava Duvernay’s television drama, Queen Sugar. Since then she has directed television episodes of The Red Line, 13 Reasons Why, Little America, and Gente-fied.

 

MODERATED BY DIOSA FEMME & MALA MUNOZ – HOSTS OF LOCATORA RADIO (A RADIOPHONIC NOVELA)

Locatora Radio is an independent multimedia production company committed to archiving and celebrating the brilliance of womxn of color through podcasting, film-making, educational workshops, and live events.

SNEAK PEEK: LATINX TV

SNEAK PEEK: LATINX TV

Sunday, August 4 – 6:00PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Theater 5

This event is a special sneak peek at two highly anticipated TV series, The CW’s Two Sentence Horror Stories and Netflix’s Gentefied. These shows are written in part by some of the most exciting new Latinx voices in television today: Stephanie Adams-Santos, Linda Yvette Chavez and Marvin Lemus. The event is moderated by Gadiel Del Orbe from BuzzFeed’s Pero Like. This panel is brought to you by Stage 13.

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Marvin Lemus – Co-creator of Gentefied on Netflix
Marvin Lemus is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with a passion for telling unapologetic stories. Most recently, Lemus co-created and directed GENTEFIED, a bilingual digital series executive produced by MACRO and America Ferrera. Gentefied premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and has been greenlit for 10 half-hour episodes for NETFLIX.

Additionally, Lemus is an alum of the 2017 Sony Diverse Director’s Program and is a current fellow of the ‘18-’20 Disney/ABC Directors Fellowship. Lemus is a Mexican + Guatemalan-American anchor-baby born in the hot AF desert of Bakersfield, CA.

 

Linda Yvette Chavez – Co-creator of Gentefied on Netflix
Linda Yvette Chávez is an award-winning chingona and Xicana screenwriter/producer. Because you don’t see much of those in Hollywood, Linda has made it her mission to tell authentic Latinx stories on screen. And recently, she did just that by co-creating, co-executive producing and writing Netflix’s much-anticipated series GENTEFIED with her creative partner-in-crime Marvin Lemus. She’s so happy it found its home at Netflix and hopes it will capture the hearts of many more when it premieres in 2020.

In a former life, Linda helped form and establish COMEDIVA, a successful digital platform and production studio that developed comedy content specifically targeted to women. As VP of Programming, she developed, wrote, and produced tons of viral sketches and web series for clients like Nickelodeon, MiTu Network, Pepsi, and Univision. Linda’s work has received millions of views and has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Wired, AdWeek, The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. Linda holds an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Stanford University.

 

Stephanie Adams-Santos – Writer for Two Sentence Horror Stories on the CW
Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American writer whose work spans poetry, prose, screenwriting, and hybrid genres. Her work is rooted in the crossroads of ritual, ancestry, identity, and environment — with a penchant for the queer & uncanny. Her full-length poetry collection, Swarm Queen’s Crown (Fathom Books) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrates excellence in LGBTQ voices. Stephanie’s work has been generously supported by fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Film Independent, as well as by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Oregon Arts Commission. She was a fellow of Film Independent’s Episodic Lab in 2018 and is currently a screenwriting fellow of Project Involve, and recipient of the 2019 Chaz Ebert Fellowship.

 

Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia are winners of 2015 Independent Spirit Award “Someone to watch”. They are also 2014 Guggenheim Fellows and 2012 U.S. Rockefeller Fellows in film. Rania is from Tripoli, Lebanon and Daniel is from South Texas. Together, they have co-written, co-directed, co-edited and produced many films to date.

 

 

Moderated By Gadiel Del Orbe – Video Producer
Gadiel Del Orbe is a Naval Veteran, Comedian, and BuzzFeed producer. He was born and raised in New York City from Dominican parents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he has built a career in creating Latinx content.

 

 

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LATINX IN ANIMATION: A MASTERCLASS

LATINX IN ANIMATION: A MASTERCLASS

Saturday, August 3 – 6:00PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Theater 6

Join LatinX in Animation as they host some of the most influential creators and producers of up-coming animated projects. Moderated by Remezcla’s Film & TV Editor, Vanessa Erazo, this animation masterclass will reveal the influences behind these talented artists, writers and creators, and how their unique perspectives help bring their projects to life.

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Pilar Flynn – Producer of Elena of Avalor
Pilar Flynn is the Producer on Disney’s Elena of Avalor, which follows Disney’s first princess inspired by Latin cultures and folklore. Flynn is a native of Chile and Ecuador and spent most of her early life in countries throughout South America and Europe. She began her animation career at DreamWorks where she co-produced the award winning short, First Flight, and worked on the production of films such as The Road to El Dorado, Sinbad, Spirit, Madagascar and Flushed Away. Flynn then went on to serve as Associate Producer of the animated feature films Mean Margaret and Astroboy. Flynn Co-Produced the groundbreaking R-rated animated feature Sausage Party starring Seth Rogen. Following her passion for innovative media, Flynn also wrote and produced My Beastly ABCs, a heartwarming interactive storybook named Top Ten Kid App of the Year for 2012 by USA Today.

Miguel Jiron – Director of Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham & Story Artist for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Miguel Jiron is a story artist at Sony Pictures Animation, who most recently worked on the studio’s latest feature film, the Academy Award®-winning“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Jiron also directed an original short titled “Spider-Ham: Caught in a Ham,” for the home entertainment release of the film.
Jiron has directed several animated shorts, which have screened at film festivals around the world including SXSW, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Slamdance, Ottawa International Animated Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. He has also painted for artist Takashi Murakami.
In 2015, Jiron was named one of Variety’s Top Animators to Watch, and in 2018, one of Animation Magazine’s Rising Stars.

Niki López – Creator & Producer of Santiago of the Seas
Niki López is the Creator and Producer of Nick Jr.’s Santiago of the Seas, an action-adventure series that follows eight-year-old Santiago Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, as he embarks on daring adventures in a fantastical Caribbean world. López was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL to earn a BFA in Illustration. Her animation career began as a Nicktern for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, where she got hired shortly after as a production assistant on “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” and then as a color designer on “The Fairly Odd-Parents”, “Harvey Beaks”, and “Glitch Techs”. In 2018, she was selected as one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch. In her free time, Niki enjoys dabbling in aromatherapy and drinking tea while sharing ghost stories to anyone willing to humor her.

Silvia Olivas – Executive Producer & Head Writer of Maya and the Three
Silvia Olivas is an incredibly versatile EMMY, ANNIE and HUMANITAS nominated writer/producer. She has worked on multi-camera and single camera sitcoms, live-action, animation, direct-to-videos and feature films. As Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer on Disney’s first Latina Princess series, ELENA OF AVALOR, Olivas was chosen as VARIETY MAGAZINE’S TEN SCRIBES TO WATCH. Currently, Silvia is the Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer on Netflix’s animation series MAYA AND THE THREE. And most recently, she sold an original live action limited series musical to Netflix!

Eric Robles – Co-Creator & Executive Producer of Glitch Techs
Eric Robles has been living his childhood dream since landing his first animation job in 1995. Since then, he has made his creative mark on countless projects, including his current role as Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s newest animated series Glitch Techs, an adventure-comedy which boasts a multi-ethnic cast that surrounds two newly recruited kids who battle video game monsters that come into the real world. Robles is also known as the Creator and Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s Five Time Emmy award winning CG-animated comedy series, Fanboy and Chum Chum. He also contributed to the studios shorts program and produced a Stop Motion short named Zombie Brothers which he again pushed the envelope with his unique creative vision. While studying law enforcement as a teenager, Robles entered the world of animation after an instructor encouraged him to put together an art portfolio. Eric then caught the eye of Graz Entertainment’s Stephanie Graziano, who brought him in-house for his first internship. Jobs on the studio’s X-Men, Streetfighter, and The Tick series soon followed. Robles is a self-taught artist out of the Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank area and has held lead designer roles at several Hollywood studios, including Dreamworks Animation, Walt Disney Animation, Universal Studios Creative, Cartoon Network, MGM Animation, and The Jim Henson Company.

MODERATED BY VANESSA ERAZO – FILM & TV EDITOR AT REMEZCLA
Vanessa Erazo is a journalist and film programmer. She has worked in various capacities for film festivals in San Francisco, Mexico City, and New York. After receiving an M.A. in Latin American Studies from New York University, she served as the Documentary Programmer at the New York International Latino Film Festival. For the last six years, she has led and shaped Remezcla’s Film and TV coverage as an editor. She is also a Co-Founder of Cinelandia, an online guide to Latino films playing across the U.S. She has served on the jury of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mendocino Film Festival, Cinema Tropical Awards, and Princess Grace Foundation Film Awards. Her work has appeared on Remezcla, Indiewire, and in the New York Times.

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