Special Screenings

El Cantante

León Ichaso

USA, Biographical Drama, 2006
106 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish, English

 

Spanning the 1960s to the 1980s, EL CANTANTE charts Hector Lavoe's rapid rise to success and fame as an artist whose music combined Puerto Rican tradition with streetwise modernity, unabashed emotion with straightforward realism. It reveals the singer not only as an architect of salsa but as its soul; the kind of artist, like Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf or La Lupe, who forges an uncanny emotional bond with his audience. Love, pain, joy, pride, sorrow, endurance: Hector Lavoe's singing contained the raw stuff of life as ordinary people - and he himself - knew it.

 

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Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.

 

Producer: Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado
Production Companies: Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions
Screenwriter: Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello
Cinematographer: Claudio Chea
Editor: David Tedeschi
Sound Design: Sandy Berman
Music: Willie Colón, Andrés Levin
Cast: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Vincent Laresca, Federico Castellucio, Nelson Vasquez

 

El Cantante

 

Mexican American Cultural Center
Black Box Theater
Wed. April 27 9:00 PM

Free

 

 

Paraíso
Paraiso

León Ichaso

USA, Thriller/Drama, 2009
100, HD, Color/Black & White
Spanish, English with English subtitles

The monotonous life of Miami radio personality Remigio Gallegos changes abruptly when he answers the phone to find out that a son he has never met is waiting for him at the immigration office. Along with his mother's cross, the young man brings with him a haunted past. Paraiso explores generational and class divides within the Cuban exile community in southern Florida. Part thriller, drama, and existential romance, the film explodes with heart, color, music, and a desperate tale.

Regional Premiere

www.paraisothefilm.blogspot.com

leon_ichasoLeon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba. He left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14; his father joined them 5 years later having stayed behind to support the Cuban Revolution. Ichaso is known as "an actor's director," as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales, and as a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.

Producer: León Ichaso, Lisa Rhoden Boyd
Production Companies: Camino Verde Films
Screenwriter: León Ichaso
Cinematographer: Henry Vargas, Henry Lynk
Editor: Juan Carlos Garza, Sebastián Jiménez
Sound Design: Bruno Canale
Music: Alfredo Triff
Cast: Miguel Gutiérrez, Adrián Más, Tamara Melián, Lili Rentería, Ariel Texido, Juan David Ferrer, Aliani Sánchez, Larry Villanueva, Sandra García, Rosie Iguanzo, Roberto Poveda
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Paraiso

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican American Cultural Center
Black Box Theater

Tuesday, April 26, 9pm
Free!

 

 

TL-2: La felicidad es una leyenda urbana
Happiness is an Urban Legend

Tetsuo Lumière

Argentina, Science Fiction, 2009
85 min, HDV, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles

 

Lumi has always dreamed of making the best science fiction movie of all time. In the process, he manages to fall in love with both a blind girl named Lourdes and her best friend Natasha. A passionate and secret romance plays out with both girls. At the same time, he convinces his childhood psychiatrist to take on the role of the arch-villain of his movie, which is being produced by a textile company. Lumi ends up blinded by greed and his base instincts, and nothing turns out as planned. As a result, his mother goes crazy obsessively searching for Lumi's real father. Winner of the Best Film Award in the Mar de Plata International Film Festival.

 

North American Premiere

www.TL-2.com.ar

 

Lumiere_webTetsuo Lumière is a film director, writer, producer and actor born in Argentina. After attending several film courses at the Buenos Aires University Rojas Center, he directed his first short comedy, The Strange Spoon-stabbed Woman Affair. His first feature, TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador, was well received by critics and won numerous awards. He is currently working on his new project, TL-3: Destiny is My Fate.

 

Producer: Tetsuo Lumière
Production Companies: Compañía General de la Imagen
Screenwriter: Tetsuo Lumière
Cinematographer: Sergio Nemirovsky, Sebastián Zicarello, Paola Bellatio, Mariano Torres, Mariano Aponte
Editor: Tetsuo Lumière
Sound Design: Hugo Meyer
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Modest Mussorgsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Edvard Grieg, Fryderyk Chopin, Claude Debussy
Cast: Tetsuo Lumiere, Ana Maria Castel, Natalia Santiago, Diamela Viani, Adrian Goldberger, Daniel Cler, Gabriel Chame Buendía, Claudia Schijman, Gimena Blesa, Simon Ratziel, Leonor De Kirchmayr, Emilio Gei, Gregorio Keleshian, Ezio Massa, Natalia Miranda, Ernesto Suazo, Antu Piazza
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Alamo South Lamar - Wed. April 27 9:45 PM
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TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador
My Kingdom for a Flying Saucer

Tetsuo Lumière

Argentina, Science Fiction, 2004
111 min, HDV, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles

 

Young Lumi, born in a small town without a movie theater, fell in love with movies by watching them on TV. Inspired by his favorite, The War of the Worlds, he dreams of making a movie about flying saucers attacking Buenos Aires. Once a teenager and living in Buenos Aires, he never stopped making cheap movies and waiting for the chance to become rich and famous to finally make his dream film. But one day he faints while filming. After being taken to the hospital, he learns that he has a brain tumor and only a few months to live. Despite having no job, no money, no girlfriend and being on the verge of death, he is not discouraged. He spends his last weeks making his dream film, whatever it takes.

 

North American Premiere

www.TL-1.com.ar

 

Lumiere_webTetsuo Lumière is a film director, writer, producer and actor born in Argentina. After attending several film courses at the Buenos Aires University Rojas Center, he directed his first short comedy, The Strange Spoon-stabbed Woman Affair. His first feature, TL-1: Mi reino por un platillo volador, was well received by critics and won numerous awards. He is currently working on his new project, TL-3: Destiny is My Fate.

 

Producer: Tetsuo Lumière
Production Companies: Compañía General de la Imagen
Screenwriter: Tetsuo Lumière
Cinematographer: Sergio Nemirovsky
Editor: Tetsuo Lumière
Sound Design: Luis Aguero, Tetsuo Lumiere, Hugo Meyer, Sergio Nemirovsky
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Modest Mussorgsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Edvard Grieg, Fryderyk Chopin, Claude Debussy
Cast: Anna Maria Castel, Walter Gavazzi, Facundo Estrada, Verónica Mor, Adrián Goldbergereno, Amauri Sola, María Méndez, Claudia Schijman, León Dugodni, Florencia Smayenka, Elvelyn Bliman
Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Mexican American Cultural Center
Tue. April 26 7:00 PM
FREE!

 

 

 

New Children / New York Compilation

The film New Children/New York, in Cine Las Americas' Feature Documentaries in Competition this year, documents the process by which three Latino Youths from inner-city New York learn to pick up the camera and tell their own stories in their own ways through that medium. We are proud to present this compilation of New Children/New York youth films, representing many of the youth who participated in the workshops, beyond the three profiled in the documentary.

Desconocido
Stranger

Fausto el Piro
11 min, Ecuador, 2010

Fight Fight Fight!
New Children/New York Youth Group
7 min, USA/Ecuador/Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/Mexico, 2010

G-Boys
Bryan Lopez
8 min, Puerto Rico, 2010

iTofu
Desiree Camacho
6 min, Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic, 2010

Mojados
Miriam Patricia Torres
6 min, Ecuador, 2010

My Life
Kelvin Lara
6 min, Dominican Republic, 2010

Sad Churro Family
Joshua Carrero
7 min, Puerto Rico/Aruba/USA, 2010

Toronjil con 12 esencias
Toronjil with 12 Essences
Miriam Patricia Torres
15 min, Ecuador, 2010

Un Ecuatoriano en Nueva York
An Ecuadoran in New York
Fausto El Piro
5 min, Ecuador, 2010

Wrong Way
Michael Vasquez
8 min, Colombia, 2010

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Mexican American Cultural Center
Sat. April 23 2:30 PM

FREE!

 

 

Habla Texas

Alberto Ferreras

USA, Documentary, 2010
63 min, HDV, Color
English, Spanish, Spanglish with English subtitles

 

Habla Texas is the latest installment of the Habla Series produced by Latino Media Works and HBO. Sometimes funny, often poignant, always truthful, Habla is an award-winning series on HBO Latino that has put the faces of US Latinos on the screen like no show has ever done before. In the segments, Latinos from all walks of life tell their personal stories directly to the camera. Since Habla was first shot in New York in 2003, more than 200 stories have gone to air representing Latinos from across the country, both as interstitial stand-alones and as combined into eight Habla specials, including Celebrity Habla I and II. Latino Media Works and HBO are proud to have gone back in the fall of 2010 to Habla's original roots, documenting "real people" in Texas.

 

World Premiere

latinomediaworks.com, hbo.com/celebrity-habla

 

Alberto-FerrerasAlberto Ferreras is a New York based author, producer, songwriter, journalist and director born in Madrid and raised in Caracas. A co-developer of the animated series El Perro y El Gato for HBO Family and HBO Latino, and a partner of Latino Media Works since 2005, he is currently working on his second novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Trina Bardusco
Production Company: Latino Media Works
Cinematographer: Henry Adebonojo
Editor: Alberto Ferreras, Jacky Kamaji, Craft TV
Music: Jose Luis Pardo
Cast: Michelle Valles, Cleto Rodriguez, Julian Castro, Joaquin Castro ,Lisa Andrade, Francisco Gonima, Patricia Vonne, Gabriel Reyes, Santiago Hernandez, Carmen Tafolla, Patricia S. Castillo, Jesús de la Torre, Ramon Talavera, David Rice, Carlos Cervantes, Brian Ramos, Nora de Hoyos, Teresa Lozano Long, Amparo García Crow

 

HBO_habla

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 4:00 PM

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El Gallo: Niño Gallo
El Gallo: Pepe Kid

Sergio Carvajal

USA, Comedy/Drama, 2011
45 min, Digital, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

 

Pepe Kid is a compelling story about a young boy who finds a magical rooster that helps him figure out who he really is. Pepe Kid is a stand alone short film from the El Gallo series. El Gallo is an independent, multi-channel experience taking place in Austin, TX, where different media are used to show the journey of a golden rooster, Sietecueros, and the characters he encounters.

 

World Premiere

www.iamfacundo.com

 

Sergio_Carvajal_webSergio Carvajal is a Venezuelan-American artist, filmmaker, performer and songwriter. He has written and directed an array of narrative, documentary, and experimental shorts which have been featured in festivals such as Tribeca, SXSW, Traverse City, among many others.

 

Producer: Sergio Carvajal
Production Companies: Facundo International
Screenwriter: Sergio Carvajal
Cinematographer: Drew Daniels
Editor: Sergio Carvajal
Sound Design: Sergio Carvajal
Music: Esteban Alvarez
Cast: Ramon Maldonado, Candelario Palma, Abel Valdez
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Mexican American Cultural Center
Fri. April 22 6:30 PM

FREE Episode Screening!

 

Master Class - Mexican American Cultural Center - Wed. April 27 4PM - FREE Master Classes!