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Matria

Faced with the challenges presented by her daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in the relationship that unites her to her daughter and granddaughter.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Alvaro Gago graduates in Audiovisual Communication and Music in Spain, theatre studies in Chicago and filmmaking in London. His first two short films, “Curricán” and “Bombolles”, play and win awards at several film festivals. His most recent short film “Matria”, received the grand jury prize in Sundance, and was premiered in Spain at Valladolid International Film Festival, winning Best National Film. Currently, he is editing “Trote”, Xacio Baño’s first feature film, as well as developing both his next short film and first feature film script.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Álvaro Gago
Year:  2017
Length:  21:00 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: Spain
Festivals: Grand Jury Prize, Short Film at Sundance 2018

Emergency

A group of black and Latino men weigh the pros and cons of calling the police in an emergency situation.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Carey Williams is a director bringing a unique and visually striking cinematic eye to the exploration of the human condition. He has honed his craft as a mentee with Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation, a directing fellow with the 2017 Film Independent Project Involve class and currently as a Directing Fellow in the 2018 HBO ACCESS Program. Williams aspires to evoke thought, reflection and positive change with his work.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Carey Williams
Year:
  2017
Length:  11:40 minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Sundance, SXSW, Aspen Shortsfest, Nashville Film Festival, Nbc Shortscuts. Bend Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, Interfilm Berlin, Hollyshorts, Urbanworld
Award: Best Narrative Short, SXSW 2018

Mi Tesoro – My Treasure

A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War Map and hunts for a treasure with the hopes of reuniting with her son.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Michael Flores is a writer director from South Central LA, a son to Salvadoran immigrants.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Michael Flores
Year:
  2017
Length:  23 minutes
Language:  Spanish
Country: El Salvador
Festivals: Miami Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival

The Town I Live in

In Boyle Heights, local activists and members of the art community clash over the fate of the beloved neighborhood.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

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FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Guadalupe Rosales & Matt Wolf
Year:
  2018
Length:  10:29 minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Official Selection AFI Film Festival, Rooftop Films

Diet & Exercise

Determined to be a bridesmaid, Lilian tries desperately to impress her future sister-in-law and her in-law’s bridesmaids as they dish about their pre-wedding diet tips.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez (or, “Ben”) is an award-winning filmmaker and comedian. His humble brags include: he was accepted into and completed the Fox Writers Intensive, Film Independent’s Project Involve, and the CBS Diversity Showcase 2018 (writer). Ben also created the digital series Pushy Riot (the TV pilot script got him into FWI), MARIconBEN, Strictly Vers, Call Me By Your Sketch Show (he directed and co-starred in a live version of this at Comedy Central Stage earlier this year), and his last two shorts, ALPHA and BETTAS, were accepted into the Oscar-Qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival and O-Q HollyShorts, in addition to playing numerous other fests and BETTAS winning “Best LGBTQI Short” at IFS LA Film Festival. His latest feature script, PEDRO TRIES TO GET MARRIED, was also a top seven finalist for Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel Without a Crew. In a past life, Ben was the Director of Development for Lionsgate/Eugenio Derbez’s 3Pas Studios, and before that a talent manager at Sofia Vergara’s LatinWE. Ben graduated from USC and currently studies at Groundlings, and performs anywhere and everywhere he can.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez
Year:  2017
Length:  3:48 Minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: 

Here I’ll Stay

A coalition of Latino and civil rights activists join forces to confront local Mississippi lawmakers introducing anti-immigrant bills. Among those protesting is 13-year old Yizel who is fighting for her family’s rights.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Marlene McCurtis is a freelance documentary producer, director and teaching artist with over 20 years’ experience in researching, directing, and writing documentary programs. She has directed and produced for documentary series on A&E, Lifetime, PBS, The Discovery Channel, and NatGeo. She is in post-production on “Wednesdays in Mississippi”, her first documentary feature film about a little known interracial alliance between women during the Civil Rights movement. Marlene also works as teaching artist at Dad’s Back Academy, a re-entry program from ex-offenders, where she teaches creative writing. She is an alum Fellow of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab and a member of the DGA.

Lorena Manríquez is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the NALIP Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the IFP Rough Cut Lab, and Firelight Documentary Lab. Her first feature documentary film, Ulises’ Odyssey, screened at international festivals, and had its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2015 on WTTW Chicago. Ms. Manríquez’ film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion was awarded two California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, ITVS Diversity Development Fund, ITVS Open Call funding, Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media funding, and Firelight Media Next Step funding. She has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Lorena Manriquez & Marlene McCurtis
Year:
  2017
Length:  11 minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Premiere: The New Orleans Film Festival, The Oxford Film Festival, The Montclair Film Festival and the Emerson College Film Festival

CAST & CREDITS

Director:  Lorena Manriquez & Marlene McCurtis

86’d

“Full Moon, all the crazies are out.” Four seedy stories transpire over the course of one late-night order at a 24-hour deli in Koch-era NYC.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)

Alan Palomo is a Mexican-born, Texas-raised music producer known for his work under his music moniker Neon Indian. His most recent album Vega Intl. Night School received Pitchfork’s coveted Best New Music classification. As a performer, he’s made numerous television appearances on such TV shows as “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Yo Gabba Gabba,” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” As a filmmaker, he’s directed various music videos; the most recent, one for his own single “Annie,” premiered at Sundance’s Next Fest. This is his third narrative short.

FILM INFO

Section:  Shorts
Director:  Alan Palomo
Year:
  2018
Length:  11 minutes
Language:  English
Country: USA
Festivals: Maryland Film Fest, Seattle International Film Festival