The Ninth Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF 2002) will take place March 14-24, 2002 at Mann Hazard Center 7 located in Hazard Center in Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Dr.). Now celebrating its ninth year, the 2002 festival will occupy three screens for eleven days at Mann Hazard Center 7 presenting an astounding 80 films and videos from throughout Latin America and United States, Gala Celebrations, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, and unique student outreach screenings. In addition to the films to be screened, local audiences will have the rare opportunity to meet with San Diego Latino Film Festival’s guest list of over 25 filmmakers and actors from Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and throughout the United States. The 2002 San Diego Latino Film Festival is presented by the new on-line resource for independent musicians, filmmakers, performers, athletes, and models, Agent155.com.
Confirmed feature films for the 2002 San Diego Latino Film Festival include: Golden Globe nominee Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (Mexico), 2002 Sundance Film Festival entry MANITO (U.S.A), Maria Navarro’s SIN DEJAR HUELLA (Mexico), Humberto Solas’ MIEL PARA OSHUN, THE BLUE DINER (U.S.A.), 2001 Venice Film Festival entry VAGON FUMADOR (Argentina), UN MUNDO RARO (Mexico), DE IDA Y VUELTA (Mexico), THE BRONZE SCREEN (U.S.A.), LA CIENEGA (Argentina), CASTILLO RA-TIM-BUM (Brazil), BRAVA GENTE (Brazil), COME AND TAKE IT DAY (U.S.A.), EL VINEDO (Uruguay), ATLETICO SAN PANCHO (Mexico), ARREGUI, LA NOTICIA DEL DIA (Argentina), TRES PAJAROS (Argentina), SOLO POR HOY (Argentina), NO TURNING BACK (U.S.A.), PACHITO REX (Mexico), ORO DIABLO (Venezuela), and MANUELA SAENZ (Venezuela).
Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director and Founder of the San Diego Latino Film Festival states, “The wealth of outstanding Latino films to be screened at the upcoming festival is unprecedented. San Diego audiences will be seeing some of the same great works that usually only audiences at major film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and Toronto usually get to see.” Mr. van Thillo adds, “With over 8,000 people attending last year’s festival, I encourage San Diego and Baja California audiences to see what others have been experiencing for the past eight years. The upcoming festival will have something for everyone including family oriented films, opportunities to meet Latino celebrities, the very best of current Mexican Cinema, Cuban Cinema, musical entertainment and much more.”
The 2002 San Diego Latino Film Festival is presented by the new on-line resource for independent musicians, filmmakers, performers, athletes, and models, Agent155.com. “As the new presenting sponsor for the San Diego Latino Film Festival, we look forward to being part of this event,” said Christopher Martinez, CEO, Agent155.com. “Since our mission is to give the creative mind a stage, and bring the stage to a global Internet audience, our alliance with this festival couldn’t be a better fit.”
The San Diego Latino Film Festival has been providing local San Diego and Baja California audiences with the rare chance to see works by and/or about the Latino experience for the past eight years. Over 400 films/videos have been screened and 30,000 people have attended in the past. SDLFF is a production of Media Arts Center San Diego. Media Arts Center San Diego is a non-profit organization nurturing and supporting media artists working in film, video, audio, and computer-based multimedia. The organization seeks to provide a forum for and promote the diversity of interests of San Diego Border Region media artists through regular screenings, educational outreach, distribution, film festivals, production and technical assistance, scholarships, and fiscal sponsorships. Most recently Media Arts Center San Diego produced the highly successful Third Annual Cine Mexicano: Mexican Film Series held August through November 2001 at Mann Hazard Center 7 in Mission valley and attended by over 6,500 people.
For more info including a complete schedule, call 619-230-1938 or visit the San Diego Latino Film Festival web site.
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