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LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANUNCIA LALIFF CONNECT, UN FESTIVAL VIRTUAL Y GRATUITO

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANUNCIA LALIFF CONNECT, UN FESTIVAL VIRTUAL Y GRATUITO, QUE INCLUIRÁ PROGRAMACIÓN DEL 2020 Y UNA RETROSPECTIVA DE LO MEJOR DEL FESTIVAL EN 2019 

EL ÚLTIMO BALSERO INAUGURA LALIFF CONNECT 2020  EL MARTES 5 DE MAYO – LALIFF CONNECT RETROSPECTIVA 2019 YA DISPONIBLE EN LÍNEA 

LALIFF CONNECT 2020 Y LALIFF CONNECT RETROSPECTIVA 2019 TAMBIÉN CONTARÁN CON PRESENTACIONES MUSICALES DE ALGUNOS DE LOS MEJORES ARTISTAS LATINOS DEL MOMENTO

LOS ANGELES, CA 14 de abril 2020 – El actor nominado al Oscar Edward James Olmos, fundador del Latino Film Institute, anunció hoy que el Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) presentará una retrospectiva de su edición del 2019 del 14 de abril al 4 de mayo de 2020, en anticipación a su versión virtual del festival 2020 que se llevará acabo del 5 al 31 de mayo. LALIFF Connect 2020 y la Retrospectiva 2019 incluirán largometrajes, cortometrajes, series, clases magistrales y presentaciones musicales – estas estarán disponibles de forma gratuita a través de la página web de LALIFF   – que estará anunciando títulos adicionales en las siguientes semanas.

“Estamos viviendo tiempos inciertos y debemos encontrar nuevas alternativas para seguir apoyando el trabajo de nuestros cineastas latinos y brindándoles una plataforma para exhibir sus trabajos,” dijo Edward James Olmos, fundador de LALIFF. “Trabajando en conjunto con nuestros cineastas, músicos, socios y patrocinadores podremos celebrar nuestro festival de forma virtual y así continuar exhibiendo algunos de las películas latinas más provocadoras e inspiradoras de 2020 y poder compartir con cinéfilos de todo el mundo desde la seguridad de nuestras casas.”  

El programa incluye el largometraje El último balsero del dúo galardonado Carlos Rafael Betancourt y Oscar Ernesto Ortega. La película, que ha sido homenajeada por la critica, narra la historia de un hombre cubano que arriesga su vida en el estrecho de la Florida en una balsa para ir en busca de su padre en Miami, pero por un cambio político inesperado se convierte en el primer indocumentado cubano en Estados Unidos. Deberá luchar contra el miedo a la deportación mientras trata de encontrar a donde realmente pertenece. El evento tendrá lugar el martes 5 de mayo y contará con la presencia de sus directores para una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con la audiencia al finalizar la proyección virtual.

Paper Children (Niños de papel) dirigida por Alexandra Codina hará también parte de la programación oficial del Festival con un evento virtual y contará con una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con su directora el martes 12 de mayo. La película, que estará disponible en YouTube este verano, explora la invisibilizada crisis de refugiados en los Estados Unidos a través de la experiencia de una familia en Miami. Esta familia navega un sistema roto con resistencia inquebrantable. 

Adicionalmente Ella es Cristina, ópera prima del galardonado guionista Gonzalo Mata, se presentará en un evento virtual el martes 19 de mayo. Distribuida por Figa Films y con producción ejecutiva de Salma Hayek, Ella es Cristina cuenta la historia de Cristina, quien justo cuando se pelea con su mejor amiga Susana, debe enfrentar las consecuencias de las decisiones que ha tomado a lo largo de su vida. Ya en sus 30s, Cristina deberá asumir su adultez, sin tener a nadie a su lado.

Además, el programa incluirá seis cortometrajes: “1,2,3 All Eyes on Me” dirigido por Emil Gallardo, “Baby” dirigido por Thais Drassinower, “Flowers Within” dirigido por Catalina Loret, “María” dirigido por Zoe Salicrup Junco, “Rizo” dirigido por Jeanette Dilone, “Say You Will” dirigido por Mariel Sosa y los cortos animados: “Ailin On the Moon” dirigido por Claudia Ruiz, “Borrachero” dirigido por Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea, y “Miguel” dirigido por Armando Sepúlveda Mendoza.

“LALIFF Connect es nuestra iniciativa en línea en respuesta a la situación global. LALIFF Connect es una plataforma gratuita para el público, que busca apoyar a nuestra comunidad durante la orden de distanciamiento social dijo el Director Ejecutivo del Festival, Rafael Agustín.

El programa musical de LALIFF Connect 2020 incluirá presentaciones de talentosos artistas latinos, como Def Sound, Chrisol, Lupita Infante, Tatiana Hazel y Weapons of Mass Creation. 

Asimismo, LALIFF Connect 2020 también presentará una serie de clases magistrales incluyendo Nightlife Curation in the LatinX World con DJ Sizzle y Funky Caramelo; LatinX in Animation con el Jefe de Narrativa de Connected at Sony Pictures Animation Guillermo Martínez, con la co-productora de Walt Disney Animation Studios Yvette Merino, y el productor creativo de The Casagrandes Nickelodeon Animations Studios Miguel Puga; Music Composition: Masterclass con los compositores Elik Álvarez, Tony Morales y los compositores y productores Carl Thiel y Maria Vertiz; y Sound Design Masterclass con la diseñadora de sonido de  El último balsero, película que abre el Festival, Paola Magrans.  

“Estamos orgullosos de poder abogar por nuestros artistas y músicos Latinx, especialmente durante momentos en los que se están viendo afectados por la problemática global, y poder ayudar al compartir su hermosa música con nuestro público. No habrá necesidad de preocuparse por el costo de la entrada, ¡para eso está LALIFF! lo único que tienen que hacer es bailar y disfrutar desde sus salas,” dijo la Directora General de LALIFF, Alexis de la Rocha. 

La retrospectiva 2019, la cual empieza el día de hoy, incluirá tres largometrajes, nueve cortos y tres series al igual que actos musicales. Los largometrajes incluyen Councilwoman dirigido por Margo Guernsey y I’ll See You Around dirigida por Daniel Fermín Pfeffer, los cuales estarán disponibles durante todo el mes de la retrospectiva (14 de abril al 4 de mayo). El programa también contará con un evento virtual especial de Divine Love dirigida por Gabriel Mascaro. La proyección virtual estará seguida por una presentación en vivo del reconocido DJ José Galván. Este evento se llevará a cabo el 29 de abril. 

La sección de cortometrajes de la retrospectiva incluirá “And the Brave Shall Rise” dirigido por Adam Schlachte, “Chicle” dirigido por Lizette Barrera, “Figueroa” dirigido por Víctor Hugo Duran, “Pozole” dirigido por Jessica Méndez Siqueiros, “Simon Cries” dirigido por Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento, “Skaya” dirigido por Gabriel Noguez, “Suicidrag” dirigido por Andrea Pérez Su, “Unlucky’s Luck” dirigido por Felipe Holguin Caro, y “Water Warrior” dirigido por Mónica Medellín. La sección de series incluirá South of Sunset, Stoned Breakups y Unimundo 45.  

La edición de LALIFF Connect Retrospectiva 2019 también incluirá apariciones musicales de algunos de los mejores actos de que fueron parte de esa edición incluyendo a ‘La Mera’ Candelaria, DJ José Galván, DJ Vick Jagger y Linda Nuves de Chulita Vinyl Club que se presentarán en las siguientes fechas: 

  • Miércoles 22 de abril | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – Linda Nuves, Chulita Vinyl Club
  • Jueves 23 de abril | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – “La Mera” Candelaria
  • Viernes 24 de abril | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – DJ Vick Jagger & Femme C Mel 
  • Miércoles 29 de abril | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – DJ José Galván 

Igualmente, el programa Youth Cinema Project (YCP)— otra iniciativa del Latino Film Institute—en un esfuerzo por apoyar a sus maestros y estudiantes, también lanzó la alternativa YCPLiveReads. YCP traerá lecturas de guión en vivo, de guiones escritos por sus estudiantes, y leídos por artistas de series de televisión y películas incluyendo Gentefied, Vida, Devious Maids, Napoleon Dynamite, entre otros. Las lecturas tendrán lugar cada miércoles y viernes a la 1 pm PDT durante todo el mes de abril.  Esta semana participarán actores de Spanish Aquí Presents y Devious Maids. El público se puede unir a estos eventos en vivo a través de la página web de YCP o buscando en las redes sociales el hashtag YCPLiveReads. 

El festival es presentado por EGEDA, AltaMed, Sony y WGAW. 

Para la programación completa y los horarios visite: www.latinofilm.org.

 

Información sobre LALIFF

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) fue fundado en 1997 por el productor, director, actor y activista Edward James Olmos y productores independientes, Marlene Dermer, George Hernández, y Kirk Whisler. LALIFF es una organización sin fines de lucro con la meta de apoyar el desarrollo y exhibición de visiones diversas desde la perspectiva de creadores latinos. LALIFF reconoce la riqueza y diversidad de las culturas, arte y países latinos a través del cine y otros medios. El festival reúne cineastas, compradores y distribuidores que ayudan a promover a nivel local, nacional e internacional. LALIFF también ofrece talleres de industria, discusiones con cineastas, recepciones, programas educativos, y presenta una de las mejores galas en la ciudad de Los Ángeles.

Para más información y ultimas noticias sobre LALIFF, visita la página www.latinofilm.org

Para más información sobre el Youth Cinema Project, visita la página www.youthcinemaproject.org.

Sigue a LALIFF en sus redes sociales: 

Contacto de Prensa:
Johanna Calderón-Dakin
[email protected]
310.699.8903 

 

LALIFF CONNECT 2020 

Largometrajes (3)
The Last Rafter (El último balsero)Después de arriesgar su vida cruzando el estrecho de La Florida en una balsa, un joven cubano busca a su padre, del cual sabe muy poco, en Miami. Debido a un cambio inesperado en la política de inmigración de EEUU, se convierte en el primer indocumentado cubano en suelo estadounidense, ahora deberá también luchar con el miedo de ser deportado mientras trata de encontrar a donde pertenece. Dirigida por Carlos Rafael Betancourt y Oscar Ernesto Ortega. (EEUU)

Paper Children (Niños de papel) – Niños de papel explora la invisibilizada crisis de refugiados en los Estados Unidos, a través de la experiencia de una familia en Miami. Esta familia navega un sistema roto con resistencia inquebrantable. Los cuatro hermanos y sus padres trabajan incansablemente para crearse un futuro juntos, tan lejos como sea posible de la violencia de pandillas en su país natal, Honduras. Cuando empiezan a recuperarse de los traumas del pasado, la compleja y espinosa red del sistema de inmigración estadounidense los lleva a quebrantarse de nuevo, con su sentido de seguridad amenazado una vez más. Durante esta odisea, la familia se aferra a su fé y a su espíritu de amor. Ya han arriesgado demasiado para perder la esperanza. (EEUU)

This is Cristina (Ella es Cristina) – Ella es Cristina cuenta la historia de Cristina, quien justo cuando se pelea con su mejor amiga Susana, debe enfrentar las consecuencias de las decisiones que ha tomado a lo largo de su vida. Ya en sus 30s, Cristina deberá asumir su adultez, sin tener a nadie a su lado. (Chile)

Cortometrajes (6)
“1, 2, 3, All Eyes on Me”Cuando una crisis sobrelleva el campus de una escuela primaria, la Sra. Leena, una maestra de arte con mucha determinación, intentará todo para salvar a sus estudiantes aterrados. Dirigido por Emil Gallardo. (EEUU)

“Baby”Un encuentro desconcertante con su padre, al cual no conoce muy bien, en una discoteca en Lima durante una vista de fin de semana, es suficiente para que Lia recuerde que todavía quedan muchas heridas sin sanar. Dirigido por Thais Drassinowe (PERU)

“Flowers Within”Dos mujeres que están en busca de la “belleza perfecta” se dan cuenta que su mayor pelea no es entre ellas. “Flowers Within” es un viaje visual de como los estándares de belleza impuestos sobre las mujeres no las ha permitido ver el poder que llevan dentro. Dirigida por Catalina Loret (MÉXICO) 

“María” – Después de varias semanas del huracán devastador, una mujer joven, Maria, regresa a casa para cuidar a su padre que tiene tendencias suicidas. Dirigido por Zoe Salicrup Junco. (EEUU)

“Rizo” – Una afrolatina, lucha con su identidad mientras trata de navegar la maquina que es Hollywood. Dirigido por Jeanette Dilone. (EEUU)

“Say You WillDespués de que es dejado en libertad de la cárcel para jóvenes a los 14 años, Jeovay “Jeo” Salgado, se entera que esta en el centro de una investigación de pandillas – una herramienta secreta de la policía que lo seguirá por el resto de su vida. Dirigido por Mariel Sosa. (EEU)

Cortometrajes Animados (3)
“Ailin on the Moon” – Vilma es una madre de 40 años que esta abrumada del cansancio y la intolerancia de su piel. Ailín solo quiere jugar, hasta que un día le ocasiona un ataque emocional a su madre. Dirigida por Claudia Ruiz. (ARGENTINA)

“Borrachero”Después de que un trabajo sale mal, una mujer huye a su hogar en el sur de Colombia. En el camino, se topa con una figura misteriosa la cual lleva la forma espiritual de una planta ancestral. Dirigido por Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea. (CANADA)

“Miguel” Miguel debe de superar sus sentimientos de rechazo en su primer día de escuela en un nuevo país. Dirigido por Armando Sepúlveda Mendoza. (EEUU)

Clases Magistrales (Masterclasses)
Nightlife Curation in the LatinX World: Masterclass con Cumbaitón’s Dj Sizzle Fantastic y Funky Caramelo
Cumbiatón es un movimiento cultural que usa la música y el arte como vehículos para sanar y alzar el espíritu de comunidades que han sido reprimidas. Únete a Cumbiaton para escuchar sus experiencias colectivas, inspiraciones y que es lo indispensable para poder crear eventos dinámicos como ningún otro para nuestra comunidad. Exploraremos cuáles son las motivaciones e influencias detrás de estos talentosos músicos, artistas, y activistas y como su punto de vista ha cambiado la escena nocturna del mundo Latinx. Presentadores: DJ Sizzle Fantastic y Funky Caramelo

LatinX in Animation: A Masterclass
Únete a LatinX in Animiation donde tendremos a creadores, artistas y productores de los proyectos de animación más recientes que subrayan las voces latinas, su representación y diversidad. Moderado por Carlos Aguilar, discutiremos cuales han sido las influencias detrás de estos talentosos artistas, escritores, productores, y creadores al igual de cómo su perspectiva ha influido sobre sus proyectos. Moderador: Carlos Aguilar (Escritor y crítico de cine) Presentadores: Guillermo Martínez, jefe de narrativa, Connected, Sony Pictures Animation, Yvette Merino, Coproductora, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Miguel Puga Productor Creativo, The Casagrandes, Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Music Composition Masterclass
Únete a LatinX in Animation donde tendremos a compositores musicales, productores, y cantautores que actualmente trabajan en la industria del cine y televisión. En este panel hablaremos sobre las influencias que ha tenido estos talentosos músicos y artistas al igual que como su perspectiva a influido sobres sus proyectos. Hablaremos de sus inspiraciones y su proceso creativo al igual de como trabajan con producciones para crear sonidos únicos que apoyan la historia. Moderador: Alexis de la Rocha (Directora Gerente, LALIFF, LALIFF Music, Músico) Presentadores: Elik Álvarez, Compositor, Tony Morales, Compositor, Carl Thiel, Compositor & Productor, Maria Vertiz, Compositora y Productora. 

Sound Design Masterclass
Únete a LALIFF y a la nominada al Oscar y al Emmy, Paola Magrans, para adentrarnos al mundo del diseño de sonido mientras ella comparte su filosofía, técnica y método para crear mundos auditivos extraordinarios de nuestras historias favoritas. Hablará de su experiencia como editora de sonido de Once Upon a Time in Hollywood y como diseñadora de sonido de El ultimo balsero al igual de sus métodos y obstáculos al trabajar con grandes y pequeños presupuestos. Presentadora: Paola Magrans, Diseñadora de Sonido, El último balsero.

 

LALIFF Retrospectiva 2019

Largometrajes (3)
Councilwoman – Una empleada de limpieza de un hotel gana un asiento en el ayuntamiento de Providence, Rhode Island. Determinada a luchar por la clase de bajos ingresos, su aguante político se pondrá a prueba. Dirigida por Margo Guernsey (EEUU) 

Divine Love – Brasil, 2027. Una devota mujer religiosa usa su posición en una notaría para avanzar su misión y salvar a parejas al borde del divorcio. Mientras espera que sus esfuerzos se reconozcan, se enfrenta a una crisis en su propio matrimonio que la pondrá más cerca de Dios. Dirigida por Gabriel Mascaro (Brasil/Uruguay, Chile, Dinamarca, Noruega, Suecia)

I’ll See You Around – Lucas intenta detener el ciclo de adicciones en su familia, y se arriesga a perder a todos los que ama si no aprende a perdonar. Dirigido por Daniel Fermín Pfeffer (EEUU)

Cortometrajes (9)
“And the Brave Shall Rise”Motivada por un movimiento liderado por madres y amas de casa, una mujer decide postularse a un cargo público para honrar a su hijo y su familia. Dirigida por Adam Schlachter (EEUU)

“Chicle” Una adolescente con mal genio trata de encontrar tranquilidad en el día de la muerte de su abuelo, hasta que una amiga de su pasado la visita. Dirigida por Lizette Barrera. (EEUU)

“Figueroa” – Cuando su hermano menor pierde una pelea, un adolescente le trata de enseñar cómo ser hombre, hasta que un evento amenaza con destruir su mundo. Dirigida por Víctor Hugo Durán (EEUU).

“Pozole” Cuando Maia trata de reconectarse con sus raíces mexicanas en el centésimo cumpleaños de su abuela, las cosas salen terriblemente mal. Dirigida por Jessica Méndez Siqueiros.  (EEUU)

“Simón Cries” Simón, destruido por un amorío, se desborda de tristeza. Dirigida por Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento (Bélgica) 

“Skaya” Sergio Ramírez crea un programa académico y de básquetbol que empodera a una generación de niños en las montañas de Oaxaca, México. Dirigida por Gabriel Noguez (EEUU) 

“Suicidrag”El grupo de drag queens mexicanas “Suicidrag” camina por las calles y antros de la Ciudad de México para crear consciencia sobre los estereotipos de género impuestos por la sociedad consumista. Dirigida por Andrea Pérez Su (México) 

“Unlucky’s Luck” – En su cumpleaños 63, Pellito recibe un boleto para la Rifa de la Suerte, un concurso casi surreal que llega a su pueblo. Dirigida por Felipe Holguin Caro (Colombia)

“Water Warrior”“Water Warrior” es un cortometraje sobre mujeres surfistas latinas, y el por qué verte representado en el deporte que amas es importante. Dirigida por Mónica Medellín (EEUU)

Series (3)
South of Sunset: Fake Mexicans – Después de que un ejecutivo le dice al escritor mexicoamericano DJ Banks que sus guiones no suenan auténticos, DJ intenta redescubrir su autenticidad cultural con la ayuda de sus primos, y se reconecta con una vieja amiga mexicoamericana, que termina en desastre. Dirigida por David Tripler (EEUU) 

Stoned Breakups – El escritor Daniel F. Pérez se droga y explica su trágico romance y ruptura, mientras un grupo de cómicos sobrios lo recrea. Dirigida por Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez (EEUU) 

Unimundo 45 – Cuando el candidato antiinmigrante gana la presidencia, una productora de noticias latina expresa su cinismo y hastío, y reconecta con su lado activista reprimido — al aire y en vivo. Dirigida por Thembi Banks (EEUU)

LALIFF ANNOUNCES LALIFF CONNECT, A FREE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL

 

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES  LALIFF CONNECT, A FREE VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, WHICH INCLUDES A 2020 PROGRAM AND A 2019 RETROSPECTIVE

THE LAST RAFTER TO OPEN LALIFF CONNECT 2020 ON TUESDAY, MAY 5 – LALIFF CONNECT 2019 RETROSPECTIVE ONLINE NOW

LALIFF CONNECT 2020 AND LALIFF CONNECT 2019 RETROSPECTIVE BOTH WITH MUSIC PERFORMANCES BY TOP LATINX ARTISTS

LOS ANGELES, CA April 14, 2020 – Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute, announced today that the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will host a virtual retrospective program of its 2019 edition from April 14 to May 4, 2020 in anticipation of its 2020 virtual edition, LALIFF Connect, held from May 5 – 31st.  LALIFF Connect 2020 and 2019 Retrospective will include feature films, short films, episodics, masterclasses and musical performances — all will be available through LALIFF’s website for free with additional titles to be announced. 

“We are living in unprecedented times and we must find unprecedented solutions to continue to support our Latino filmmakers and provide them with a platform to showcase their work,” says Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF. “Working together with our filmmakers, musicians, partners and sponsors we will be able to celebrate our festival virtually to continue to showcase some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking Latino films of 2020 and share with cinephiles everywhere, from the safety of their homes.” 

The program will include the feature film The Last Rafter from award-winning directing duo Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega. The critically acclaimed film follows the journey of a Cuban man who risks his life in the Florida Straits on a raft to search for his long-absent father in Miami, but a political shift makes him America’s first undocumented Cuban immigrant. Now he must battle the new and bigger fear of deportation, while trying to find where he really belongs. 

Paper Children directed by Alexandra Codina will also be part of the festival with a special virtual event followed by a Q&A session on Tuesday, May 12. The film, available on YouTube this summer, explores America’s invisible refugee crisis through the eyes of one Miami family who navigate a broken system with unwavering resilience. 

The Chilean film This Is Cristina, directed by Gonzalo Maza, distributed by Figa Films and executive produced by Salma Hayek, will also be part of the Festival’s Official Selection. The film tells the story of Cristina and Susana, who have been best friends since high school but now, when they are already over 30 years-old, are receiving a wake-up call. 

In addition, the program will include six short films “1,2,3 All Eyes on Me” directed by Emil Gallardo, ”Baby” directed by Thais Drassinower, “Flowers Within” directed by Catalina Loret, “Maria” directed by Zoe Salicrup Junco, “Rizo” directed by Jeanette Dilone, “Say You Will” directed by Mariel Sosa and the animated shorts “Ailin On the Moon” directed by Claudia Ruiz, “Borrachero” directed by Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea, and “Miguel” directed by Armando Sepulveda Mendoza

“LALIFF Connect is our new online initiative to address the world’s current reality. LALIFF Connect is completely free to the public in order to support our community during the stay-at-home emergency order,” says Executive Director of LALIFF, Rafael Agustín

The LALIFF Connect 2020 Music program will include performances by top Latinx artists Def Sound, Chrisol, Lupita Infante, Tatiana Hazel and Weapons of Mass Creation.

LALIFF Connect 2020 will also present a series of masterclasses including Nightlife Curation in the LatinX World with Cumbiaton’s DJ Sizzle of Cumbiatón and Funky Caramelo; LatinX in Animation: A Masterclasswith Head of Story of Connected at Sony Pictures Animation Guillermo Martinez, Co-Producer at Walt Disney Animation Studios Yvett Merino, and Creative Producer of The Casagrandes at Nickelodeon Animations Studio Miguel Puga; Music Composition: Masterclass with composer Elik Álvarez, composer Tony Morales and composers/producers Carl Thiel and Maria Vertiz; and a Sound Design Masterclass with the Sound Designer of the film The Last Rafter, Paola Magrans.  

We are proud to advocate for Latinx artists and musicians, especially at a time where they have been hit the most and share their beautiful sounds. Be sure to dance in your living rooms and don’t worry about the door fee—LALIFF has you covered,” says Managing Director of LALIFF, Alexis de la Rocha. 

The 2019 retrospective, which starts today, will include three features, nine shorts and three episodics as well as musical performances. The features will include Councilwoman directed by Margo Guernsey and I’ll See You Around directed by Daniel Fermin Pfeffer which will be available online during the entire month of the retrospective (April 14th – May 4th). The program will also host a special virtual event of the film Divine Love directed by Gabriel Mascaro followed by a special presentation with music from DJ José Galvan on April 29th

The shorts section will include “And the Brave Shall Rise” directed by Adam Schlachte, “Chicle” (“Gum”) directed by Lizette Barrera, “Figueroa” directed by Victor Hugo Duran, “Pozole” directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros, “Simon Cries” directed by Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento, “Skaya” directed by Gabriel Noguez, “Suicidrag” directed by Andrea Perez Su, “Unlucky’s Luck” directed by Felipe Holguin Caro, and “Water Warrior” directed by Monica Medellín. The episodic section includes South of Sunset, Stoned Breakups and Unimundo 45.  

The LALIFF 2019 Retrospective, that brings some of the best acts of last year’s edition including ‘La Mera’ Candelaria, DJ José Galván, DJ Vick Jagger and Linda Nuves of Chulita Vinyl Club who will join us again to perform on the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, April 22nd | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – Linda Nuves, Chulita Vinyl Club
  • Thursday, April 23rd | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – “La Mera” Candelaria
  • Friday, April 24th | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – DJ Vick Jagger & Femme C Mel 
  • Wednesday, April 29th | 6:00PM PST / 9:00PM EST – DJ Jose Galvan 

Additionally, the Youth Cinema Project (YCP)—another initiative of the Latino Film Institute—in an effort to help its teachers and students while schools remain closed, has also started a program called YCPLiveReads. YCP will host live script readings of its students by talent from TV series and films including Gentefied, Vida, Devious Maids, Napoleon Dynamite, among others every Wednesday and Friday at 1pm PDT throughout the month of April. This week’s YCPLiveReads will include participation from the cast of Spanish Aquí Presents and Devious Maids. People can join the live reads by visiting YCP website or by searching the hashtag #YCPLiveReads on social media. 

Presenting sponsors include EGEDA, AltaMed, Sony and WGAW. 

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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LALIFF CONNECT 2020

Features (3)
The Last Rafter – After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, a young Cuban searches Miami for his long-absent 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. Directed by Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega. (USA)

Paper Children – Paper Children explores America’s invisible refugee crisis through the eyes of one Miami family who navigates a broken system with unwavering resilience. The four siblings and their parents work hard at a new start together, as far away from the frightening gang violence in their native Honduras as possible. As they begin to heal from past trauma, the thorny complexities of the US immigration system lead to crushing setbacks that once again threaten their sense of security. Through it all, the family holds on to their faith and loving spirit—they’ve risked too much to give up hope. Directed by Alexandra Codina. (USA)

This Is Cristina – Cristina and Susana have been 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 again in her mother’s house. Because of a fight, they take distance from each other and now both, separated, will have to deal with a long list of selfish, self-centered and egotistical men around them. Directed by Gonzalo Maza. (Chile)

Shorts (6)
“1, 2, 3, All Eyes on Me” – When a crisis suddenly engulfs an elementary school campus, Ms. Leena, a determined art teacher tries everything she can to save her frightened class. Directed by Emil Gallardo. (USA)

“Baby” – An unnerving encounter with her estranged father at a night club while on a weekend back home in Lima is enough to remind Lia that there are unhealed wounds. Directed by Thais Drassinower. (PERU)

“Flowers Within” – Two women searching for “perfect beauty” realize that their biggest fight is not against each other. “Flowers Within” is a visual journey on how beauty standards imposed on women have blinded them from the power that lies within. Directed by Catalina Loret. (MEXICO)

“María” – Several weeks after a devastating hurricane, a young woman, María, returns home to care for her suicidal father. Directed by Zoe Salicrup Junco. (USA)

“Rizo” – An Afro-Latina struggles with her identity as she navigates the Hollywood machine. Directed by Jeanette Dilone. (USA)

“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. Directed by Mariel Sosa. (USA)

Animated Shorts (3)
“Ailin on the Moon” – Vilma is a 40-year-old mother overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín just wants to play, until one day she causes the emotional outbreak of her mother. Directed by Claudia Ruiz. (ARGENTINA)

“Borrachero” – After a job goes wrong, a woman flees to her hometown in southern Colombia. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious figure, which might be the embodied spirit of an ancient plant. Directed by Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea. (CANADA)

“Miguel” – Miguel must overcome the feeling of being an outcast on his first day of school in a new country. Directed by Armando Sepulveda Mendoza. (USA)

Masterclasses
Nightlife Curation in the LatinX World: Masterclass with Cumbaitón’s Dj Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Caramelo
Cumbiatón is an integral cultural movement which utilizes music and art as a vessel to heal and uplift oppressed hood communities. Join Cumbiatón as they share their collective experiences, inspirations, and what it takes to create dynamic events unlike any other for our community. We will dive into the influence behind these talented musicians, artists, and activists and how their unique lenses have shaped their nightlife curation in the Latinx world. Speakers: DJ Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Caramelo

LatinX in Animation: A Masterclass
Join LatinX in Animation as we host Latinx Creators, Artists, and Producers of diverse animated projects that highlights Latinx voices, representation, and diversity. Moderated by Carlos Aguilar, we will discuss the influences behind these talented artists, writers, producers, and creators, and how their unique perspectives have influenced their projects. Moderator: Carlos Aguilar (Film Critic & Writer) Speakers: Guillermo Martinez, Head of Story, Connected, Sony Pictures Animation, Yvett Merino, Co-Producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Miguel Puga, Creative Producer, The Casagrandes, Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Music Composition Masterclass
Join LALIFF Connect as we host Music Composers, Producers, and Songwriters currently working in the Film and TV landscape. This panel will discuss the influence behind these talented musicians and artists and how their unique perspectives have influenced their music and projects. We will cover their inspirations and music creation process, and how they work closely with productions to craft unique sounds that supports the storytelling. Moderator: Alexis de la Rocha (Managing Director LALIFF, LALIFF Music, Musician) Speakers: Elik Álvarez, Composer, Tony Morales, Composer, Carl Thiel, Composer & Producer, Maria Vertiz, Composer & Producer

Sound Design Masterclass
Join LALIFF as Emmy Award winning and Academy Award Nominated Paola Magrans dives into the world of Sound Design and shares her philosophy, technique and approach to creating phenomenal soundscapes to our favorite stories. She will discuss her experiences as the Sound Editor of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and as Sound Designer of THE LAST RAFTER, as well as her approach, concept and challenges of working within a large or small budget. Speaker: Paola Magrans, Sound Designer, The Last Rafter

LALIFF Retrospective 2019

Features (3)
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)

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)

Shorts (9)
“And the Brave Shall Rise” – Rooted 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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“Simon Cries” – Simon, 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 Noguez. (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. Directed by Andrea Perez Su. (Mexico)

“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 Warrior” – Water Warrior is a short film about Latina surfers and why seeing yourself in the sport you love matters. Directed by Mónica Medellín. (USA)

Episodic (3)
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)

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)

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]

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.

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.

Follow LALIFF on social media:

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

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:

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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’s Volunteers Find Community and Inclusion While Supporting the Fight for Latino Representation

Since its inception, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) has thrived thanks to the support of countless individuals who believe in its mission as a bastion for Latino representation. LALIFF is an event powered by community, and as such the role of its volunteers carries immeasurable significance. In short, the festival wouldn’t function without them.

Last year, upon the festival’s return from hiatus, a new generation of cinema lovers, emerging artists, and committed supporters in general had the chance to be part of the LALIFF family as volunteers. Though their help in a variety of positions regarding the operations of the event is crucial, volunteers also benefit from the creative environment and inclusivity that define the festival.

Take the case of actress Graciela Campos, for example, who joined LALIFF’s band of volunteers in 2018 and was able to “meet many creative Latinx people, and also learned a lot about the business.” Her genuine dedication and openness made her an invaluable member of the team. Floating around multiple tasks, Campos soaked in the experience and engaged not only with other members of the staff, but also audiences, and guests.

“As an actor I love being in that atmosphere,” added Campos. “I learned that a good attitude will get you a long way. Just being genuine and helpful will work in your favor. It’s not about rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. It’s about community and people can see where your intentions are. Good intentions get you in doors.”

For Valentina D’Agostini, a student at Marymount Manhattan College, it was the vision behind the festival and all of the Latino Film Institute’s initiatives and the change they are trying to enact that enticed her to be a part of it.

“One thing I learned at LALIFF is how important it is that we continue to work on and be in discussion about the lack of inclusivity in the entertainment industry,” said D’Agostini. “On top of being a cool event to be involved with, LALIFF is about promoting culture and Latinx representation in media which is something I would consider myself passionate about. “

Following the fantastic and welcoming experience she had during her first year, D’Agostini is returning to volunteer at LALIFF 2019 this summer, and her continued involvement is proof that everyone in the team immediately becomes part of a likeminded group pushing forward for our collective advancement.

“The number one thing about the organization that made me want to come back and volunteer is the people! I got to meet so many incredibly talented and kind people that immediately made me feel at home. I felt like I was surrounded by family the entire time,” added D’Agostini.

Along the same lines, for student Randy Cruz, who’s starting this fall at CSUN, joining LALIFF’s volunteer force represented a sort of homecoming as she tried to navigate the ins and outs of the entertainment business. “Being a Latina trying to find my place in the film industry, I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like or where to go, but I’m so happy to have found LALIFF and become part of the team and meet so many amazing people,” said Cruz.

LALIFF became an open space for Cruz to feel connected to a larger community of Latinos in the industry, so much that she didn’t think twice about returning once again to support the organization. “The feeling of inclusion is amazing at LALIFF and am happy to be coming back for my second year volunteering,” she added.

Beyond an astounding film program, unforgettable musical performances, and networking opportunities for career advancement, LALIFF stands as a unique intersection for all Latino creators and their patrons to engage not only with the art on the screens, but with the issues, yearnings, and shared experiences that concerns us as a community. No one embodies these sentiments of selfless dedication for the good of our people as a whole than the volunteers.

In her own words, Cruz summed it up nicely: “If someone wants to come in and help, allow them. It may seem silly but being in an inclusive place like LALIFF helps spread that sort of mentality. There is a place for everyone if we open up our doors.”

To become a LALIFF volunteer apply here.

LatinX in Animation Joins LFI and Plans Exciting Events for LALIFF 2019

LatinX in Animation Joins LFI and Plans Exciting Events for LALIFF 2019

Expanding its reach into the animation, VFX, and gaming industries, the Latino Film Institute (LFI) has partnered with LatinX in Animation (LXiA), an organization founded in 2018 by Magdiela Hermida Duhamel and Bryan Dimas with the goal of creating a network of Latinx professionals working in these fields.

Over the past few months, thanks in part to its monthly networking events, the group of talented individuals from across multiple studios and a variety of career paths has rapidly grown to become a major player in the fight for representation in media. LatinX in Animation is helping the collective career advancement of our community by building bridges with studios and providing spaces for creators and emerging talents to connect.

By championing and showcasing diverse voices, LXiA hopes to inspire a new generation of artists to pursue careers in animation and related areas.

 “The lack of Latinx voices and diversity in general steams from growing up in a world with only a few animated characters that look like us. Seeing yourself on screen is very powerful to a child and the child in all of us. Not seeing yourself on screen or on a creative, executive or production role subliminally tells your brain that you are not meant to play any of those roles,” said Duhamel regarding the significance of representation.

As their efforts solidified and their membership grew in numbers, Duhamel and Dimas reached out to Rafael Agustin, Executive Director of LFI, to lay out the ground for LXiA to be part of the LFI family. In March 2019, the young organization officially joined the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) and the Youth Cinema Project (YCP) as a Signature Program under the LFI umbrella.

“This opportunity will help our organization in several ways, most importantly becoming part of a non-profit organization that has strong leaders like Edward James Olmos, Rafael Agustin, and the rest of the Board of Directors of LFI,” said Dimas about the union that will enable LXiA to continue flourishing.

LFI will provide LatinX in Animation with an operating budget each the year, which will allow them to implement programs and offer opportunities to its members and beyond that they simply didn’t have the resources to execute before.

As part of LFI, LatinX in Animation will interact with the institute’s other programs to build an ecosystem of mutual support and talent crosspollination.

Starting with LALIFF 2019 (July 31-August 4), LatinX in Animation will be present with two special events: a Q&A panel with an industry guest speaker and an animation workshop. In addition, the group is currently working with Youth Cinema Project to develop an animation curriculum to implement in their program, which provides access to visual storytelling to underserved communities across California.

Details about LXiA’s two programs at LALIFF will be announced in upcoming weeks.

In New Project “Instant Crush” Latinx Filmmaker Chris Carmona Keeps Putting South East LA on Screen

Last year at LALIFF, Chris Carmona, a young Latinx filmmaker from the city of Bell, experienced a powerful moment of validation and fulfillment when his debut feature, “Bad Labor” premiered at the festival in front of an enthusiastic audience.

The film made for just $700 with a group of friends showcases the people and places familiar to the Latino community in Southeast Los Angeles, which are rarely seen on screen. “It’s really humbling how moved people are by the fact that ‘Bad Labor’ got to play last year as part of LALIFF at the Chinese Theater,” said Carmona.

Representing people of color from places often ignored by the entertainment industry is a key part of what motivates him and fuels his storytelling decisions. Following the success of “Bad Labor,” Carmona embarked on an episodic project titled “Instant Crush” for Latino media company MiTú.

Though his idea was originally for another feature-length movie, Carmona adapted the story to MiTú’s preferred format: a web series to debut on their platforms that reach countless millennials. Centered on Cindy (Nisalda Gonzalez) and Andy (Emilio Garcia-Sanchez), the show emanated from the director’s own brushes with complicated romantic love.

The entire series was shot in seven days all over Southeast LA, and the cities of Torrance and Long Beach, remaining true to his philosophy of highlighting unseen places in the Los Angeles County. Originally, the series was supposed to be released as three long episodes, but then these were turned into 6 mini-episodes to facilitate its release.

This was the first time Carmona worked with a sizeable budget and a professional crew, a different experience than the scrappy project he’d made before. Still, while the task was undoubtedly overwhelming, it was equally empowering to know he didn’t have to be in charge of every aspect of the production.

Carmona admits that making “Bad Labor” wasn’t particularly enjoyable because of the level of ambition and limited resources. “The goal this time was to have fun,” he said. Whenever they encountered an issue his approach was to rationalize the problem as an opportunity. His mantra would be: “It’s great that this didn’t work because now we can find a new way to do it.” The prolific artist attributes this new professional outlook to his decision to meditate every morning.

For “Instant Crush,” Carmona brought along his two closest collaborators on “Bad Labor.” Tony Remigio returned as cinematographer, while Jose Martinez, who did sound in the feature, served as first assistant director on the series.

None of them had any formal filmmaking education, but Carmona believes that’s exactly what allows them to be less fearful of approaching the medium freely. They have built a community of likeminded people, just like many aspiring filmmakers do in film school, but don’t have adhere to any dogma. “I’ve become very comfortable with not having the film school limitations on my brain and just doing it,” he said.

Now that his career is starting to take shape in a more significant and professional manner, Carmona understands that his purpose should be to encourage other Latino creators and create spaces for them to be nurtured, just like many others have done for him. It’s not only about entering preexisting circles of power and opportunities, but also about creating their own.

“I don’t see white creators as any different than me, but it shouldn’t be my goal to try to be part of their circle. I got to form my own circle and start bringing people that are brown, that come from my hood, and that want to attain this thing so that they can know it’s real,” he emphatically explained.

Inspired by multi-hyphenates such as Donald Glover, Carmona is making his first professional foray into music this year with the upcoming release of an EP in the summer and a music video over the next few weeks.

Currently, he also co-hosts a podcast called “The Us Podcast” and is writing a lose remake of the troubled and virtually unseen production “Don’s Plum” that originally starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. His version will recast all roles with Latinx teenagers and is expected to begin shooting before the end of the year.

“Instant Crush” is currently available on MiTú’s YouTube Channel.

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SETS 2019 DATES

Festival Which Promotes The Advancement of Latinx Voices To Focus on U.S. Talent Returns July 31-August 4 at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

 

CAA, Egeda And AltaMed Confirmed As Sponsors

**Submissions Now Open At LatinoFilm.org **

LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2019 –Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF), the premiere international event dedicated to showcasing the entirety of human experience from the Latinx perspective, today announced it is set to return July 31-August 4 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Co-founded by Academy Award® nominee, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Stand and Deliver”) and run by Executive Director Rafael Agustin (“Jane The Virgin”), the platform agnostic festival which showcases film, television, digital, music and art – will this year put a major emphasis on U.S. Latinx talent. CAA, Egeda and AltaMed return this year as sponsors.

“LALIFF has become the preeminent destination for Latinx storytellers and this year we want to spotlight our homegrown U.S. community of filmmakers, musicians, students, TV writers, visual artists, digital producers and podcasters,” said festival co-founder Edward James Olmos.

LALIFF is programmed by two leading women with distinct pedigrees: Artistic Director Diana Sanchez (who is an International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival®) and Director of Programming Dilcia Barrera (who is a Programmer, Feature Films at the Sundance Film Festival). Submissions are now open at www.latinofilm.org.

LALIFF returned in 2018 after a five year hiatus, during which the organizers invested efforts in the Youth Cinema Project (YCP), which evolved from the festival’s youth program. YCP produces competent, resilient, and real world problem-solvers and bridges the achievement and opportunity gaps by creating lifelong learners and the entertainment industry’s multicultural future. This year YCP established its first-ever scholarship, which comes with a paid LALIFF internship, for a high school student who has shown great academic improvement and displayed extraordinary filmmaking excellence. This year it will go to a Santa Ana High School student from the Santa Ana Unified School District.

LALIFF and YCP are programs of the Latino Film Institute (LFI), which this year added Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon (co-author of the highly influential Hollywood Diversity Report) to its Board of Directors. She said: “As the largest minority group in the U.S. and one whose buying power outpaces other groups, Latinos are still severely underrepresented in film and TV. My goal is to provide the data necessary to enact meaningful change and motivate those in the industry to make content that is authentic and representative of how the majority of Latinos and other people of color live and work in America.”

To further expand efforts to be in the forefront of our industry, LFI this year has added LatinX In Animation as one of its signature programs. Championing the growth of diversity in animation, the LatinX in Animation team will continue monthly networking events as well as take on developing an Animation curriculum for YCP and building out LALIFF Animation at this year’s festival.

About LALIFF

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and independent producers, Marlene Dermer, George Hernandez, and Kirk Whisler. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latinx creators. LALIFF brings awareness to the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film and other mediums. The festival brings together filmmakers, buyers and distributors serving as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion locally, nationally and internationally. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinsel town.

For more information and updates on LALIFF visit https://latinofilm.org

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

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