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2020 Shorts

La Casita Rosa

La Casita Rosa

Program 3
Sunday, May 24th 5 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTORS

LA CASITA ROSA

A documentary based on the humanitarian efforts of Las Patronas, a group of Mexican women determined in feeding countless immigrants riding on top of cargo trains heading north to the United States.

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Director(s): Elvin Herrera
Year: 2019
Length: 13 min
Country: USA, Mexico
Notable Festivals: 2019 Hola Mexico Film Festival

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Elvin Herrera is a documentary filmmaker and video editor based in Los Angeles, California. During his early college years, Herrera discovered his calling as a documentarian by filming cultural and social justice events around LA, while at the same time exploring his Chicano roots and overcoming the challenges of being a first generation college student.

As Herrera became involved with grassroots organizations, he grew passionate in capturing groups fighting for social justice in their communities. Till this day he often travels to L.A.’s Olvera Street and Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights for inspiration. Through the embrace of his Chicano identity and community involvement, Herrera developed a talent for filmmaking, by documenting the spirit of the people and advocating their struggle.

 

Eagle

Eagle

Program 2
Friday, May 15th 7 PM PST

EAGLE

Edgar, a high school senior in Brooklyn, gets good news.

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Director(s): Jose Acevedo
Year:  2019
Length: 9 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Jose Acevedo is a writer, director and producer who works as Head of Development at Phoebe Robinson’s production company Tiny Reparations. He makes short films under his own banner Angel’s Brother’s Productions. In his free time he looks for the perfect hairless cat to adopt.

 

 

 

Say You Will

Say You Will

Program 1
Sunday, May 10th 5 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

SAY YOU WILL

Following his release from the juvenile hall at fourteen, Jeovany “Jeo” Salgado finds out he is subject to a gang injunction – a secretive law enforcement tool that will follow him for the rest of his life. Fast forward to fourteen years later, his mother and youngest brother unveil Jeo’s chronicle and how their three lives were shaped by the enduring abuse of the criminal justice system in the United States.

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Director(s): Mariel Sosa
Year: 2019
Length: 18 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

 

Mariel Sosa is a Peruvian Director and Photographer. She completed a Bachelor degree in Film Production and Art History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Her experience as a woman in the industry has allowed her to dig deeper into portraying stories that encircle marginalized and underrepresented communities. “Say You Will” (2020) is her latest short film.

 

 

 

 

Wilderness

Wilderness

Program 1
Sunday, May 10th 5 PM PST

WILDERNESS

Wilderness tells the story of a father and son who contemplate life and the cosmos while stargazing on their camping trip. When the son is suddenly struck with a feeling of homesickness, his father sets out to comfort his son’s longing by helping him re-imagine him what home really means.

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Director(s): Andrew Vasquez
Year: 2020
Length: 7 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Andrew Vasquez is a writer and director from Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Film Production from the School of Cinematic Arts (USC).​ He is ​co-founder of the Latinx production company Bracero, creating with collaborators such as Black Lives Matter, CicLAvia, and the LA Philharmonic. His work has premiered on Remezcla and NPR Music ALT LATINO. His project, ​”Camisa Al Rev​é​s”​, was an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival (2018). His original play, ​”Ciudadano Desaparecido”​, was commissioned and presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association for the program ​Latino Americans: 500 Years of U.S. History​. “Wilderness” is his latest short film.

 

 

 

The Undocumented Lawyer

The Undocumented Lawyer

Program 1
Sunday, May 10th 5 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTORS

THE UNDOCUMENTED LAWYER

Lizbeth Mateo is an attorney who swore to uphold the Constitution. She’s also undocumented. When a client takes sanctuary in a church, Lizbeth’s own experience guides their fight for justice.

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Director(s): Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci
Year: 2020
Length: 19 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are filmmakers and the founders of Optimist, a non-profit production studio that creates films with impact. They are best known for directing the feature documentaries Living On One Dollar and Salam Neighbor. Their films have been released by Netflix, Amazon Prime, National Geographic, and The Atlantic. Every film they make is accompanied by an impact campaign to create measurable outcomes. Their projects have raised over $91.5 million dollars for the films’ causes and have changed over 275,000 lives. “The Undocumented Lawyer” is their latest short film.

 

 

 

Rizo

Rizo

Program 1
Sunday, May 10th 5 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

RIZO

“Rizo” tells the story of an Afro-Latina actress, Cristina, who struggles with her natural hair during a busy day of auditions. She spends the day trying to fit into a Hollywood-esque “Latina” beauty standard in hopes of booking a role, while her best friend encourages her to write and produce her own material instead. Cristina refuses to do so, instead focusing her attention on an upcoming “big break” audition. Her hopes are disrupted, however, when the audition takes a turn for the worse.

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Director(s): Jeanette Dilone
Year: 2020
Length: 15 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Jeanette Dilone is an actress and director from New York. Jeanette graduated from Columbia University, where she double majored in Theater and Psychology. Since then, her acting work has spanned numerous mediums including, television, film, theater, and new media. She made her directorial debut with the short film “Return” (2017). “Rizo” (2020) is her latest short film.

 

 

 

Ode to the Beans

Ode to the Beans

Program 2
Friday, May 15th 7 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

ODE TO THE BEANS

A literary and visual rendition of beans, “Ode to the Beans” merges a cooking recipe with archival footage of immigrants and fieldworkers.

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Director(s): Karolina Esqueda
Year: 2020
Length: 4 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Karolina Esqueda is a writer, director and editor from Tijuana, Mexico. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018 with a degree in Media Studies. In 2019 she was a Bridges Fellow at the Bay Area Video Coalition, where she directed a video on the legacy of the Women’s Building of San Francisco. Karolina is currently a film mentor and is actively writing and creating stories. “Ode to the Beans” is her latest short film.

 

 

Muy Gay Too Mexicano

Muy Gay Too Mexicano

Program 1
Sunday, May 10th 5 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

MUY GAY TOO MEXICANO

As he prepares for a date, J.D. seeks advice from two opposite people that try to make him feel comfortable with his identity.

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Director(s): Lorena Lourenço
Year: 2019
Length: 13 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

Lorena Lourenço is an award-winning director, writer and producer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a USC School of Cinematic Arts alum. She has written, directed and produced several short films and web-series with stars such as Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), Emily Osment (Hannah Montana), Ivy George (Big Little Lies) and Salina EsTitties. Her most recent work, “Joy”, screened at numerous festival worldwide.

Jorge Molina is a writer and filmmaker. He was born and raised in Mexico City, and is based in LA. He studied Writing for Screen & Television in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His scripts have been awarded in world-renowned competitions, like the Outfest Screenwriting Lab, the Austin Film Festival and the Juan Rulfo Short Story Competition.

 

Miguel

Miguel

Program 2
Friday, May 15th 7 PM PST

MIGUEL

Miguel must overcome the feeling of being an outcast on his first day of school in a new country.

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Director(s): Armando Sepulveda Mendoza
Year: 2018
Length: 5 min
Country: Mexico
Festivals: LA Shorts; Festival de Nouveau Cinema.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Armando Sepulveda Mendoza is originally from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. He now lives in Los Angeles where he immigrated as a kid and has spent the majority of his life. While a student at USC he discovered his affinity for stop-motion animation and film; now specializing in making animated shorts. “Miguel” (2018) touched upon his experiences with immigrating to the United States, and it screened at film festivals such as LA Shorts International Film Festival and Festival de Nouveau Cinema.

 

 

 

Status Pending

Status Pending

Program 2
Friday, May 15th 7 PM PST

FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR

STATUS PENDING

With Immigration Law under attack, five Mexican-American Immigration lawyers form a support group as they strive to help their clients obtain safety and status in the United States. Through their friendship and constant communication, Araceli, Alma, Gladdys, Elizabeth and Jose provide professional and emotional support for each other as they navigate the constant attacks on their clients and profession.

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Director(s): Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz
Year: 2020
Length: 26 min
Country: United States

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

 

 

Priscilla González Sainz is an award-winning filmmaker who specializes in non-fiction media. Her parents immigrated from Mexico and she grew up in Southern California. Priscilla earned her MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, where she was awarded a Stanford Arts grant and curated the Latin American Cinema series “Espejos”. Her work has been supported by Tribeca Film Institute and National Association of Latino Independent Producers. “Status Pending” is her latest short film.