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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.latinofilm.org

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

About LALIFF

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

 
Media Contact:
Johanna Calderon-Dakin
[email protected]

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:

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

Media Contact:
Johanna Calderon-Dakin
[email protected]

LALIFF Program

Features (15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shorts (17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Episodic (5)

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events

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

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

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

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

2019 LALIFF Sponsors:

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

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

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

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

Official Sponsors: Coca Cola, Go Metro

Industry Sponsors: Netflix, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Official Airlines Sponsor: Delta Airlines/Aeromexico

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

Sneak Peek: Latinx TV Sponsor: Stage 13

Official DCP Sponsor: FotoKem

Guild Sponsors: SAG-AFTRA, WGAW

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

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

Follow LALIFF on social media:

Instagram: @laliff_

Twitter: @laliff

Facebook: facebook.com/laliff

Media Contact:

Emily Spence, [email protected]

LALIFF 2018 ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING…

LALIFF 2018 ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING, FEATURING SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL’S AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNING “THE SENTENCE” AND RISING STAR ROSA SALAZAR’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

Festival to showcase variety of international films by next generation Latinx filmmakers including Alan Palomo and Guadalupe Rosales

Five-day music series and CultureStrike art installation to coincide with festival, along with first-ever student film festival – LALIFF Legacy

LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2018 – Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos today announced 2018 festival programming for the long-awaited return of LALIFF, the largest Latinx film festival to be hosted out of Los Angeles, presenting at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood June 20 – 24.

The festival returns with expanded programming, including both short and long form films created, directed, starring or produced by the next generation of Latinx entertainers. Filmmakers and casts alike will come together to present their award-winning work from across the globe: Argentina, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Spain and North America.

“LALIFF has long been the most important Latino film festival in the U.S.. But this time around, with the launch of LALIFF Art, LALIFF Music and LALIFF Legacy, we are making sure it becomes the Mecca of Latino content,” said Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF. “LALIFF is a celebration of having our voices heard beyond the film screen, and we felt it crucial to bring the festival back to the place where it started– Los Angeles.”

LALIFF, aimed at showcasing Latino perspectives through art will kick-off opening night with the Los Angeles premier of “The Sentence,” winner of the “Audience Award – U.S. Documentary” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Drawing from hundreds of hours of footage, filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy’s 15-year sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend—something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.” Valdez’s method of coping with this tragedy is to film his sister’s family for her, both the everyday details and the milestones—moments Cindy herself can no longer share in. But in the midst of this nightmare, Valdez finds his voice as both a filmmaker and activist, and he and his family begin to fight for Cindy’s release during the last months of the Obama administration’s clemency initiative. Whether their attempts will allow Cindy to break free of her draconian sentence becomes the aching question at the core of this deeply personal portrait of a family in crisis.

Many local and international guests will attend the festival, including iconic Spanish cult filmmaker, Alex de la Iglesia, whose latest comedy Perfect Strangers, is a hilarious commentary on how smartphones can be disastrous for relationships, Veneno, The First Fall, starring Manny Perez, details the life of Dominican wrestler Jack Veneno, who himself was inspired by the films of “El Santo.” Both Manny Perez and filmmaker Tabaré Blanchard will attend.

The festival will also feature 26 bold short films throughout, including the following:

  • Good Crazy, the Sundance premiered directorial debut of actress Rosa Salizar (James Cameron’s and director Robert Rodriguez’s forthcoming sci-fi action film Alita: Battle Angel, FX’s American Horror Story: Murder House, and the Maze Runner film series).
  • The Borscht Corp Collective, a series of short films including Chlorophyll from Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) in celebration of its 10-year anniversary.

LALIFF will offer two $5 special screenings that include the presentation of Santo Contra “Cererbro del Mal” (1961), a partnership with the Academy Film archive that marks the West Coast premiere of the restoration. To celebrate the World Cup, we are pleased to offer the Uruguayan film Home Team, a tale about a small town boy whose prodigious talent for soccer takes him to places he never dared to dream.

A special Latinx podcast event (“Live from LALIFF”) with Latinos Who Lunch and Locatora Radio will be free and open to the public, as they interview the creator, Tanya Saracho, and the stars of Starz’s new original hit show, VIDA.

The festival will also host the first-ever student film festival, LALIFF Legacy, powered by the year-round work in public schools of the Youth Cinema Project. This two-day student event is presented by CAA.

The invite-only opening night celebration, sponsored by AltaMed, will be hosted at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and will feature signature psychedelic Cumbia fusion musical act Tropica Magica, formerly known as “Thee Commons” as the headline act and The Mexican Standoff as the pre-opener. Boyle Heights DJ, BSYDE will be spinning cumbia funk. Additional musical acts will be featured nightly after screenings.

Tickets to LALIFF screenings are available now.

For the full programming schedule, please visit: www.latinofilm.org

The list of feature film screenings is below:

  • The Sentence, dir. Rudy Valdez, USA (Opening film)
  • Bad Labor, dir. Chris Carmona, USA
  • Bad Lucky Goat, dir. Samir Oliveros, Colombia
  • Candelaria, dir. Jhonny Hendrix, Colombia/Cuba
  • Killing Jesus, dir. Laura Mora, USA
  • La Quinceañera, dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero, USA
  • Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle, dir. Gustavo Salmerón, Spain
  • Loveling Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil
  • Home Team, dir. Carlos Morelli, Uruguay
  • Perfect Strangers, dir. Alex de la Iglesia, Spain
  • Santos Contra “Cerebro del Mal”, dir. Joselito Rodriguez, Mexico/Cuba
  • The Future Ahead, dir. Constanza Novick, Argentina
  • The Pushouts, dirs. Katie Galloway & Dawn Valdez, USA
  • Who are You? Ari Maniel Cruz, Puerto Rico
  • Veneno, The First Fall, dir. Tabaré Blanchard, Dominican Republic
  • Violeta at Last, dir Hilda Hidalgo, Costa Rica
  • The Gold Seekers, dir. Tana Schémbori & Juan Carlos Maneglia, Paraguay (Closing film)

“For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to being part of the solution.” — Edward James Olmos

Sponsors for 2018 LALIFF include the following:

Premier Sponsor

Youth Cinema Project

Presenting Sponsor

Premios Platino
Egeda

Opening Night Sponsor

AltaMed

LALIFF Legacy

Presenting Sponsor

CAA

Supporting Sponsors

Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP
High Performance Learning Environments
Achieving America Family Foundation

Official Airline Sponsor

Delta/AeroMexico

Industry Sponsor

Warner Bros. Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Fox

Supporting Sponsor

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
TCL Chinese Theatres
Final Draft
Simple DCP
Ketel One

Media Sponsor

Univision
Remezcla
HOY
97.1 AMP Radio
LA TV

Community Partners

CultureStr/ke
Buzzfeed Pero Like
Mitú
Consulate General of Brazil
Spain Arts & Culture
LIMA
Podcasterio Network
SAG-AFTRA
LACMA
Define American
Harness
US Lifestyle
ITEX
Kabazon Premium Water
Killer Design
UndocuMedia
University of Guadalajara Foundation | USA
Common Sense Latino

 

Latino Film Institute (LFI) showcases, strengthens, and celebrates the richness of Latino lives through the audio visual event. We develop, activate, and support artists, creators, and executives through pathways and platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.

Youth Cinema Project (YCP) is project based learning that 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.

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.

Academy Award-Nominee Edward James Olmos Launches Largest U.S. Latino Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2018 – Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos today announced LALIFF 2018 and the Latino Film Institute. LALIFF to be hosted at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood June 20 – 24.

LALIFF is the largest U.S. Latino film festival dedicated to showcasing Latino perspectives through art. LFI is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Latinx voices and content across media and entertainment, both are led out of Los Angeles.

“I am proud to be launching the Latino Film Institute and LALIFF at such a critical time in our social climate,” said Mr. Edward James Olmos. “For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to being part of the solution.” A lifelong advocate of the Latino community, Olmos serves as Chairman of the institute and is currently in post-production of his third feature film, “The Devil Has a Name.” He’s also filming on the highly anticipated “Sons Of Anarchy” spinoff, “Mayans, MC.”

LALIFF’s New Team
Rafael Agustín, a writer for The CW’s “Jane The Virgin” is spearheading the festival and was recently announced as the Latino Film Institute’s Executive Director. Agustín will work in partnership with Diana Sanchez, LALIFF’s 2018 Director of Programming. Sanchez serves as an International Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Dilcia Barrera also joined the LALIFF team as a Senior Programmer. Barrera is also a Programmer, Short Films at Sundance Film Festival.

LFI is Home to Youth Cinema Project
LFI is also home to the Youth Cinema Project, a film education program for public schools across California that aims to teach students the art of 21st Century Learning. The Youth Cinema Project has worked with industry partners such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute (AFI), CAA and mitú.

“Our mission is to pave the way for Hollywood’s multicultural future,” said Rafael Agustín. “The Youth Cinema Project is a gift from the Latino community to all children,”Agustín added.

“For too long we’ve been talking about issues of inequity and lack of diversity in our industry, and we are looking forward to being part of the solution.” — Edward James Olmos

Follow LALIFF on social media:

Instagram: @laliff_

Twitter: @laliff

Facebook: facebook.com/laliff

Latino Film Institute (LFI) showcases, strengthens and celebrates the richness of Latino lives through the audiovisual event. We develop, activate, and support artists, creators, and executives through pathways and platforms for the expression and appreciation of their work.

Youth Cinema Project (YCP) is project-based learning that 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.

LALIFF is a premier 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 (formerly known as the Los Angeles International Film Festival) to commence June 20 – 24 in Hollywood, CA
LFI appoints new team to spearhead festival and Youth Cinema Project

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