The San Diego Latino Film Festival is here from March 10-20 and promises to bring film fans some of the most amazing offerings through film with the story tellings of life through comedy, drama and sci-fi to documentaries that not only inform but touch the heart.
Opening night brought out the talent to walk the red carpet including director Ian Eldelman and producer Olivia Nunez. In the following days look for actor and poet Ismael “East” Carlo, Iliana Fox, Ana Del La Reguera, Maria del Carmen Farias, Veronica Langer, Patricia Spindola and many more.
Let us not forgot the filmmakers with directors Roberto Najera, Arturo Ripstein, Isaac Izban, Gabriel Litchman, Santiago Cendejas, Jose Paredes and producers Eduardo Ezban, Carlos Fernando Carrillo, Mickey J. Brijandez and more!
From opening night until closing film lovers will have the opportunity to explore and experience films from all genres including some that tug at the heart. 3 Variaciones de Ofelia is the story of what happens when you walk into a café to reexperience the major events of life. There is 40 Aniversario, a film that takes a look inside a 40 year marriage.
Doumentaries such as 400 Maletas, a look at a mother who travels the migration route north to find out what happened to her son on the way to the US/Mexico border. A Father’s Journey that tells the true story of a man who journeys to look for forgiveness after a tragic accident. This documentary won Best Feature Film at the Las Vegas Latino Film Festival.
If comedy is what you have in mind there is A los 40 as a high school reunion brings together friends for a party that celebrates their past but hopefully prepares them for the future. Los domirriquenos brings laughs on the basketball court as Dominicans and Puerto Ricans put aside their difference to shoot hoops.
For a little out of this world is Alien Hunter as a 9-year-old named Skyler is obsessed with outer space and meets Memo. There journey is a lesson in being human.
Docu-shorts come in with amazing storytelling with Cartitas, El Tigre, Los hijos de la tierra, Relu, Tempo of Tomorrow Revisited and Traditional Knowledge: Mapuche Medicine Meets Modernity.
The San Diego Latino Film Festival is presented yearly by Media Arts Center San Diego. Their mission is to promote “access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists.”
The festival is celebrating 22 years bringing 11 days of the best offerings by Latino artists. That’s not their only mission as education and learning are a priority. Offering programs teaching filmmaking, new media, audio and more with the Teen Producers Project is an example. The after-school classes take place at Crawford High School, MAAC Charter High School and the MACD facility in North Park. Digital Media Workshops are also offered at the Digital Gym in North Park.
Through the 22 years of the San Diego Latino Film Festival, over 285,000 people have attended so see over 3,000 films/videos. That in itself shows the power of filmmaking and the effect on the communities that are seeing the work from these storytelling visionaries.
Now is your opportunity to see these films for yourself. Go to http://sdlatinofilmfestival.com to see the entire line up of films and to purchase tickets for the specific films you want to see or spend the entire 11 days getting your view on. From March 10-20, the San Diego Latino Film Festival promises to engage, inform, tug at your heart and give you pause about the world.
I look forward to seeing you there!