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2020 Features

HURACÁN

HURACÁN

Tuesday, May 26th 7 PM PT

FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

HURACAN

Huracán is a psychological thriller about an aspiring MMA fighter who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. Co-starring in the film are writer/director Cassius Corrigan as Alonso Santos, Yara Martinez (from Jane the Virgin) as his pioneering but troubled therapist, and UFC legend Jorge Masvidal as his final opponent.

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Director(s): Cassius Corrigan
Year:  2020
Length: 105 min
Country: United States
Film Trailer: vimeo.com/273395868
Notable Festivals: Miami Film Festival, New York Latino Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Cassius Corrigan is a writer, director and actor from Miami. He is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. His debut feature film is HURACÁN, a psychological thriller about an aspiring mixed martial arts fighter who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. It was acquired for a September 2020 release, with the incredible distributor to be announced in July. A passionate martial artist who has created documentary content for Conor McGregor, Cassius is dedicated to creating breakthrough global content for the fast growing sport of MMA, and to empowering Latino voices and stories. A filmmaker with a deep love for production, Cassius recently produced and 1st AD’d the upcoming gangster film THE BIRTHDAY CAKE, starring Val Kilmer, Ewan McGregor, Luis Guzmán, Shiloh Fernandez, William Fichtner, Penn Badgely, and the Queen of Mob Cinema, Lorraine Bracco.

 

 

Blanes St. and Muller

Blanes St. and Muller

Program 3
Sunday, May 24th 5 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

BLANES AND ST. MULLER

A few days after he moved in with his girlfriend, Jorge receives the visit of his futureself who traveled through time to warn him that she is going to leave him for another guy, and proposes him a plan to avoid it. The plan is successful… at least that’s what it seems.

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Director(s): Nicolás Botana
Year:  2020
Length: 15 min
Country: Uruguay
Notable Festivals: Jiff – José Ignacio Film Festival 2020 (Special mention)

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Nicolás Botana is a screenwriter, director and film editor. In 2013 Nicolás joined Vera+, an online tv channel, as director, editor and camarographer. He has been shooting fiction projects since 2008. Among those projects is the well-known short-film “Demasiada Agua” (“Two much water”, 2012) which had its world premiere in AFI Film Festival. “Blanes St. and Muller” (2020) is his latest short film.

 

 

Ailin on the Moon

Ailin on the Moon

Program 1
Sunday, May 10th 5 PM PST

AILIN ON THE MOON

Work, do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing, taking care of Ailín: that is the routine of Vilma, mother of 40 years, overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín (4), just looking to play and demand the attention of a restless girl, one day causes the emotional outbreak of the mother. The routine that led them away must be broken to meet again.

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Director(s): Claudia Marcela Ruiz
Year:  2019
Length: 5 min
Country: Argentina
Notable Festivals: Festival Animation Berlin; La Matatena Film Festival; NYCFF; International Puerto Mardryn Film Festival; Malaga Film Festival; KINEKO Film Festival.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Claudia Ruiz is an Argentinian animator and director of El Molinete Animaciones, a specialized stop motion production company. She directed the “Dr. Cocicienzo series, the science of cooking” (2012), “The League of the Five Pens” and “The Journey of Gaia”, an animated fragment for Your Face Global JAM. She has also directed “Niñas y Niños Cuentan” for Unicef. “Ailin on the Moon” is her latest animated short film.

 

 

Paper Children

Paper Children

Tuesday, May 12th 7 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

PAPER CHILDREN

Paper Children is the story of 4 siblings who fled gang violence in Honduras to seek safety in the US. The story begins where most immigration stories hope to end—with a family reunited and seemingly safe (just how safe they really are, remains to be seen) in Miami, Florida. The film’s approach is deeply intimate, circumventing the politics and anger that surround immigration with everyday images of love, family, healing, and resilience.

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Director(s): Alexandra Codina
Year:  2020
Length: 65 min
Country: United States
Notable Festivals: Miami Film Festival
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If you were moved by Fernando’s story, we encourage you to support Catholic Legal Services of Miami, who offer free legal representation to him and his siblings. Children and adults who appear in immigration courts are not entitled to a lawyer. Roughly 90% of children who do not have legal representation in immigration proceedings are denied.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Alexandra Codina’s debut film, Monica & David (2010), tells the love story of two adults with Down syndrome. The film won Tribeca Film Festival’s Jury Award, was nominated for an Emmy Award, premiered on HBO, and broadcast in 33 countries. Paper Children (2020), Alexandra’s sophomore documentary, is supported by Knight Foundation, The Perspective Fund, and The Good Pitch. Ali is an alumna of: Sundance Knight Fellowship, Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab, South Florida Arts Consortium & Tribeca All Access. She is also co-founder of Miami Filmmakers Collective.

 

 

The Last Rafter

The Last Rafter

Tuesday, May 5th 7 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTORS

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After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, a young Cuban searches Miami for his missing father. When a political shift makes him America’s first Cuban undocumented immigrant, he must battle the new and bigger fear of deportation, while trying to find where he really belongs.

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Director(s): Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega
Year:  2020
Length: 82 min
Country: United States
Notable Festivals: Yes, Miami International Film Festival and is selected for the Dallas International Film Festival

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega developed a common voice as they created El Central, one of the first production companies in Cuba, with award winning titles like La Isla de Corcho, winner of the Ibero-American contest Cinergia, and the NYCIFF and IFQ Festival in the US. While Oscar relocated with El Central to Miami, Carlos moved to Los Angeles to pursue graduate studies in film, becoming the first Cuban Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute. Carlos’ AFI Thesis Film, Running Shadow played at NALIP, Skins Fest, Red Nation Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, LA Diversity Film Festival, among others.

Carlos and Oscar joined forces one more time to write and direct their first feature film, The Last Rafter (2020), a very personal film that mines from their immigrant experience. The film premiered at the Miami Film Festival.

 

 

This is Cristina

This is Cristina

Saturday, May 16th 7 PM PST

THIS IS CRISTINA

Cristina and Susana are best friends since high school. But now, when they are already over 30 years-old, they are receiving a wake-up call. Cristina just divorced and she is not prepared for her new spinsterhood; Susana is returning to live in her mother’s house. Because of a fight, they take distance of each other and now both, separated, will have to deal with a long list of selfish, self-centered and egotistical men around them.

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Director(s): Gonzalo Maza
Year:  2019
Length: 82 min
Country: Chile
Notable Festivals: Miami FF; Goteborg Film Festival; Jeonju FF; Morelia FF

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Gonzalo Maza is an award-winner Chilean screenwriter, director and producer. He wrote with director Sebastián Lelio four of his films: Navidad (2009) that premiered in Cannes Director’s Fortnight; El Año del Tigre (2011), an Official Competition at the Locarno Film Festival; Gloria (2013) and A Fantastic Woman (2017), winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2018. His work in this film got a Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, and Gloria also received a Platino Award (Ibero-American Academy Awards) for Best Screenplay. This is Cristina (2020) is his feature debut as director.

 

 

One in a Thousand

One in a Thousand

Saturday, May 23rd 7 PM PST

ONE IN A THOUSAND

Set in a community of project houses, One in a Thousand explores deep friendship and sexual awakening. When Iris (17) meets Renata (20), a young woman with a tough past, she feels immediately attracted to her. She will have to overcome her fears and struggle with her insecurities in order to experience first love. A story full of tenderness in a very hostile environment where desire adapts many forms in the darkness, and gossip can turn into a hostile weapon.

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Director(s): Clarisa Navas
Year: 2020
Length: 120
Country: Argentina, Germany
Notable Festivals: Panorama, Berlinale, Germany; Toulouse LAFF, France (Special Mention of the Jury Coup de Coeur); Guadalajara IFF, Mexico; BAFICI, Argentina

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Clarisa Navas is a director and production manager from Argentina. Her debut feature, Today Match at 3 (2017), was screened at several festivals nationally and internationally. One in a Thousand (2020), her sophomore film, premiered at the Panorama section of the Berlinale 2020.

 

 

 

Miguelito

Miguelito

Friday, May 22nd 6:30 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

MIGUELITO

In 1973 by pure chance, the eleven year old Miguelito was discovered singing in the San Juan airport by the legendary New York record producer Harvey Averne. Within the year he went from the slums of Manuel A Perez, to recording an album with some of the finest salsa musicians of the time to finally performing with Eddie Palmieri at Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people. And then he simply disappeared.

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Miguelito takes on the form of an upbeat road movie travelling through Latin America, uncovering the memories of those who were effected by his music and short-lived career. Featuring performances from Papo Lucca’s La Sonora Poncena, Nelson Feliciano, Maximo Torres, Malo Malo and many others, this is a film that celebrates the musical and cultural depth of the Caribbean as well as revealing a story of a once forgotten ‘Salsero’.

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Director(s): Sam Zubrycki
Year:  2019
Length: 93 min
Country: Australia
Notable Festivals:Margaret Mead Documentary Film Festival; Antenna Documentary Film Festival (Winner best australian doc); Oaxaca Film Festival (Best documentary); Raindance Film Festival; Cartagena International Film Festival; San Juan International Film Festival; Festival of the Docks San Sebastian.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

 

Sam Zubrycki is a filmmaker from Australia who has been working in the arts industry for over ten years. He has been involved in a range of productions from feature films to reality television and has also worked on a number of international co-productions. He directed the short documentary “L’Artigiano” that was selected for competition at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival,  Sydney. He was the editor on the short drama “Driftwood Dustmites” that was selected for competition at the 65th Berlinale Film Festival. Miguelito (2019) is his latest feature documentary.

 

 

Letters to Eloisa

Letters to Eloisa

Tuesday, May 19th 7 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

LETTERS TO ELOISA

Featuring the intimate correspondence of a brother to his sister living in exile, Letters to Eloisa tells the story of obscured Cuban literary genius and poet José Lezama Lima, author of a monumental novel, “Paradiso”. A baroque masterpiece with strong homoerotic content “Paradiso” catapulted Lezama to the heights of the literary world but placed him on a direct collision course with the Cuban revolutionary government. Part biography, and part cultural history, Letters to Eloisa traces Lezama’s rise as a literary figure in Cuba and his tragic end, alone and silenced in his Havana home.

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Director(s): Adriana Bosch
Year:  2020
Length: 62 min
Country: Cuba
Notable Festivals: Miami Film Festival, March 8, 2020

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Adriana Bosch is an independent documentary film maker with more than 30 years of experience. She was Series Producer of Latino Americans a six hour series for PBS (2013) and for the four hour series Latin Music USA, (2009). Bosch has produced and written a number of films for “American Experience”. She also produced and wrote a documentary on The Rockefeller family, a documentary on Fidel Castro (2005), and a documentary on Cuban scientist Carlos Finlay (2007). Her films have received many of the industry’s highest awards, including two Peabody Awards, an Emmy Award, a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, an Erik Barnouw Award in addition to many nominations, including for best documentary from the IDA and the Writer’s Guild, among others. Letters to Eloisa (2020), is her latest feature documentary.

 

 

Cantera 5v5

Cantera 5v5

Friday, May 8th 6 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTORS

CANTERA 5V5

This 5 part docuseries directed by filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, gives the audience an exclusive insight into a global student 5v5 Soccer Tournament and the lives of five inspiring athletes from the cities and countrysides of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and beyond. With behind-the-scenes access, the content brings viewers high-octane, exciting portraits of sacrifice and passion, exploring what it takes to be a champion – both on and off the pitch.

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The episodes feature the stories of athletes: Gisela Robledo Gil (Colombia), Rodrigo Alpizar (Mexico), Daniel Zabala (Argentina), Flavia Alonso De Carvalho (Brazil), and Yahya Sabbar (Italy).

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Director(s): Michael and Jeff Zimbalist
Year:  2020
Length: 72 min
Country: USA

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Jeff  Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist are multi-Emmy and Peabody Award winning writers, directors, and editors whose films have been broadcast on HBO, Netflix, Showtime, Fox, MTV, IFC, PBS, ESPN, CBS, Channel 4, the BBC and BET, as well theatrically distributed worldwide. The brothers are the creators and showrunners of Netflix’s multi-Emmy nominated marquee investigative music documentary series “Remastered”. In 2016 they wrote and directed Pelé: Birth of a Legend, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. They’re also known for Cannes favorite The Two Escobars (ESPN), Oscar-shortlisted Favela Rising (HBO), and critically acclaimed Nossa Chape (Fox).