2016 FESTIVAL FILM GUIDE

Friday

FRIDAY,
JUNE 10—6:30PM

Opening Night

Normal

Venezuela 2015
Vadim Lasca, Director
Genre: Drama
Running time | 17 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles

Fabricio, a Chavista young man, is stuck at home during the rioting that occurred in Venezuela in 2014. Alejandra, his former opposition girlfriend, who is participating in the street rioting, is pursued by the National Guard, and arrives, without knowing, to Fabricio’s house, who helps her to hide. Due to the volatile situation in the streets, Alejandra should stay with Fabricio until it is safe to get out. During this time together should deal with their political differences, which in the past led to their separation.

Friday,
JUNE 10—6:30PM

Short Film + Q&A

Being ñ

United States, 2015
Henry Ansbacher & Denise Soler Cox, Co-Directors
Genre: Documentary
Running time | 38 minutes
English

A successful powerhouse mom turns her life upside down risking it all to fulfill on a promise she made 20 years ago and sets out to make a movie she believes will heal a generation of more than 16 million Latinos.

SATURDAY

Saturday,
JUNE 11—12PM

Panel Discussion

Emergence:
Carving your own path

Eunice Levis, Moderator

Panelists
Carla P. Morales
Juan Agustin Marquez, The Last Colony
Laima Sanfiorenzo, La Fabrica de los Autoretratos
Louie A. Ortiz Fonseca, The Gran Varones

These emerging artists have arrived through unconventional means. They provide critical content that consciously inspires, dispels myths, connects and builds. During this discussion we will explore nonconventional filmmaking, the Latino voice and how to carve your own path.

"The artist must try to raise the level of taste of the masses, not debase himself to the level of unformed and impoverished taste." —Diego Rivera

Saturday,
JUNE 11—1PM

Short Films

Shorts Showcase:
La Vida

Clave, Carmen Corral
ALMA, Alycya Magaña
El Púgil, Angel Manuel Soto
Ciclo Sin Fin / Endless Cycle, Fernando Rodriguez
Legacy, Ivo Oliva

Saturday,
JUNE 11—2:30PM

Film + Q&A

Nikkei

Venezuela | Japan | Peru, 2011
Kaori Flores Yonekura, Director
Genre: Documentary | Biography | Drama
Running time | 80 minutes
Spanish + Japanese with English subtitles

The search for identity. Cultures crossing continents. In Nikkei, director Kaori Flores Yonekura tells the story of her grandparents’ intrepid journey from Japan to Peru to Venezuela. Along the way, their personal search for a new home is set against the larger backdrop of the history of Japanese immigration to Latin America: from servitude in Peru, to the anti-Japanese media campaigns in World War II, to propaganda and promises of a better life in Venezuela. Nikkei is a fascinating and artfully constructed documentary that uses photographs, animation and personal testimony to reconstruct a subject of Latin American history that is rarely presented in cinema.

Saturday,
JUNE 11—4:30PM

Film

The Gran Varones

United States, 2015
Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca, Director
Genre: Documentary
Running time | 56 minutes
English

The Gran Varones is a storytelling project that uses video and photography for Latino Gay and Latino Queer* men. Inspired by... Willie Colon’s groundbreaking song “El Gran Varòn,” this project shines a light on what being “out” and “proud” means to us, our families, and our communities.

Saturday,
JUNE 11—7:30PM

Film

Las Vacas
con Gafas/
Cows Wearing Glasses

Puerto Rico, 2014
Alex Santiago, Director
Genre: Drama | Family
Running time | 93 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles

'Cows wearing glasses' is a film about the emotional awakening of a man who is nearing the end of his days. Marso, a solitary and eccentric painter and art professor, has a disease that will make him lose his sight at any time and that has forced him to rethink the relationship with his daughter, while taking stock of a life full of professional success but unsatisfactory on the personal level. With touches of humor to tell small daily humiliations, 'Cows wearing glasses' is a reflection on the position of a man facing the inevitable. An intimate story, reduced to a minimum, which shows the internal reality of a character to the brink of his circumstances.

SUNDAY

Sunday,
JUNE 12—12PM

Workshop

Youth Salon

presented by: Sannii Crespina-Flores
The Do Remember Me Project

The Youth Salon was created to inspire and be a catalyst for the change youth seek in their communities and the world around them. This year we have a diverse and exceptional group of filmmakers. Our day of begins with the youth workshop, a 90 minute program that will empower students through hands on-training and exposure to socially relevant tools, supporting young people media skills necessary to be creative and productive global citizens. This workshop will be followed by a screening of short films and a panel discussion lead by young artists and activists.

Workshop registration @ 11:30AM. Space is limited.
The film showcase will begin at 2PM. All are welcome.

Sunday
JUNE 12—1PM

Short Films

Shorts Showcase:
Our Communities

Atrevete, PhillyCAM Latino
Floating: The Puerto Rican Crisis, Gabriela Goitia
The Chocolate Alchemist, Joshua Mallory
The Engine of My Life, Milena Velis & Melissa Beatriz Skolnick
Doris, Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

LOLA Award Honorable Mentions

Experimental
sANTO: A DANCE NARRATIVE
ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Stephanie Ramones

Social Change
THE LAND OF EXODUS
Skinner Myers

Sunday
JUNE 12—2:30PM

Youth

Youth Showcase

Vamos Juntos, Poppyn
La Puerta Abierta, Poppyn
Erasing Erasure, The University Community Collaborative, Power Internships
People in the Dark, Gabriella Carrera: Reel Works
Dreamers, Esther Romero: Reel Works
Breathless, Mariah Harper: Big Picture Alliance

Sunday,
JUNE 12—4PM

Short Film + Q&A

Roma:
The Silent Film

United States, 2015
Adam Gonzalez, Director
Genre: Drama
Running time | 25 minutes

Josh, an aspiring pianist, falls in love with a theater dancer named Roma, but their relationship is challenged by her ex-fiancé Dean, a vigilant womanizer. This modern day silent film is carried by instrumental music of various genres while keeping to the classic look of black and white cinema. 

Sunday,
JUNE 12—5PM

Film + Q&A

Millie & The Lords

United States, 2015
Jennica Carmona, Director
Genre: Drama | Family
Running time | 90 minutes
English

This is the story of Milagros Baez (Millie.) Millie struggles with low self esteem and has little or no sense of who she is as a Puerto Rican. Her life begins to change when she meets Mateo, a former member of the Young Lords Party. As she begins to educate herself and stand up for her own needs, making new friends and finding a boyfriend along the way,she changes herself and everyone around her.She begins to see that it is her and only her that can take the first step in changing her life. 

Sunday,
JUNE 12—7PM

Film

La Familia Reyna

Dominican Republic, 2015
Tito Rodriguez, Director
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Running time | 96 minutes
Spanish

The rebel eldest son of a prosperous family returns home, setting off a series of events that will help them forget old feuds.