Written by Al Borde News
Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:05
Very few emerging Latino directors have screened at internationally recognized film festivals, much less received a call from Hollywood. Most of them, if not all, began their careers with only a digital camera and a bag full of dreams, ideas and imagination. Not to mention first-hand experiences deserving to be shared with the world.
As part of the 5th Annual East Los Angeles Film Festival taking place on Friday, September, 14, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm at Self Help Graphics, many of those new Latino directors will have their opportunity to present the films that represent them as the new wave of directorial talent.
Under the film name “Visionarios: Emerging Latino Voices”, the film festival will feature 11 short features one right after the other. The features run from 4 to 14 minutes long and are categorized into “Young Directors”, “Vicious (in) Existence” and “Visionarios: Emerging Latino Voices”.
Among the short features to be screened is a music video by Cuevo Perez. “Besos de fuego” from the Latin rocker’s debut album "Hasta Que El Sol Se Vaya", was directed by Javier Robles who has also worked on numerous music videos for electronic group Kinky. The “Besos de fuego” vid was edited by Saul Escobedo and counted with Alex Lehmann as director of photography.
Remember Me in Red and Primera Comunión are the film’s lengthiest features, each running 15 and 14 minutes long, respectively. Directed by Hector Ceballos, Remember Me in Red is a short film about a group of transgender Latinas that must find a way to honor how their deceased friend wanted to be remembered. In Primera Comunión is director Daniel Eduvijes Carrera tells the story of a young outsider confronting the harsh rituals of a cruel, Catholic village.
All films in the “Visionarios: Emerging Latino Voices” program are in English or with English subtitles. Immediately after the showcase a reception will take place with a Q&A session with the directors and wine and hors d'oeuvres. Film screening begins at 8pm.
ELAFF is presented by The East Los Angeles Society of Film and Arts (TELA SOFA in collaboration with Bienvenidos, Coba Aguas Frescas, Self Help Graphics, City of Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. It’s mission is “To Provoke Thought, Inspire Solutions”.
Cholo Chaplin (3min) - Kenneth Castillo
Cuevo (6min) - Cuevo Perez Music Video
Luminarias (5min) - Directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella
Mentirosa (3min) - Daniel Munoz El Ausente music video
Pura Lengua (9 min) - A young Xicana searches for ways to heal maladies of the heart. Directed by Aurora Guerrero
Sexy Rubber (2:46 min) - Directed by Juan Escobedo, Produced by AHF
Remember Me in Red (15 min) - A group of transgender Latinas must find a way to honor how their deceased friend wanted to be remembered. Directed by Hector Ceballos
Rusted Chrome (6:45 min) - Kenneth Castillo
The Perfect Ones (9 min) - An amnesia stricken housewife wanders into a lesbian punk club and discovers a new way of life. Directed by Nao Bustamante and Matt Johnstone
Fábrica de Muñecas (5min) - Ainhoa Menendez
Primera Comunión (14 min) - A young outsider confronts the harsh rituals of a cruel, if also Catholic village. Directed by Daniel Eduvijes Carrera
Total running time: 78 minutes
East Los Angeles Film Festival will take place on Friday, September, 14, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm at Self Help Graphics, located on 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.