2013 Los Angeles Latino Film Festival


The Sixteenth Annual Los Angeles Latino Film Festival (LALIFF) presents four days of international features, documentaries and shorts from Spain, North, South and Central America reflect the past, present and future of the Latino Experience. LALIFF also presents four days of Panels, and one on one discussions with iconic figures of the Entertainment Industry.

GREENCARD WARRIORS, 2013, 91 mins.
Screening: Friday, October 11th, 1:00 p.m. Mann Theatre #4
Sunday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m. Mann Theatre #1 
Director: Miriam Kruishoop
Producers: Miriam Kruishoop, Bronwyn Cornelius, Julian Cautherley
Screenwriter: Miriam
Cast:  Manny Perez (Jesus), Angel Amaral (Angel), Vivica A. Fox (Gabrielle), Page Hurd (Jazmine), McKinley Freeman (LB), Adrian Bellani (Rigo), Christianne Christensen (Rosie), Mario Ardila Jr. (Beto), Richard Cabral (Sharkey), Noel Guglielmi
The story follows a 14 year old boy Angel, an undocumented Latino teen and his family, who struggle to find a place in American society. With the promise of naturalization papers, the US military presents Angel’s father with the opportunity for a brighter future for his family if he sends his eldest son into the us army. With his brother gone, Angel is left to the designs of a local street gang and his new-found love whilst the family is left to deal with the consequences of the choices they have made. 
OUR BOYS, 2013, 88 mins.
Language: ENGLISH
Screening: Friday, October 11th, 3:00 p.m.  Mann Theatre #1
Sunday, October 13th , 9:05 p.m. in Mann Theatre #4
Director:  Leonardo Ricagni
Producer:  Leonardo Ricagni, Guillermo Escalona
Screenwriter:  Leonardo Ricagni
Cast:  Daniel Zacapa, Eddy Martin, Adrian Quinonez, Kendra Jain, Lonnie Hughes, Zeus Mendoza, Eva Tamargo, Norma Maldonado, Darius Cottrell, Ivo Nandi, Christopher Blim, John Charles Meyer
A Mexican-American widower, Salvador, and his son, Junior, live a simple life in a small section of urban Los Angeles. With his eldest son, Memo, in Afghanistan, and Junior, eager to enlist, Salvador buries himself in the everyday world of landscaping. When a strange letter arrives, followed by an uncivil military visit, Salvador is forced to reexamine the war he supports, and son, he admires. Suspected by the neighborhood, hounded by a local radio host, scorned by his youngest son, Salvador finds his simple, everyday world, tangled, and unjust.   
DETAINED IN THE DESERT, 2013, 95 mins.
Screening: Friday, October 11th, 5 p.m. Mann Theatre #1
Director: Iliana Sosa 
Producer: Frances E. Chang
Screenwriter: Iliana Sosa
Cast: Carey Fox, Alexandra Lemus, Enrique Morones, Josh Lutheran, Natalie Camunas, Javier Lezama, Alejandro Antonio Ruiz
Two people on opposite sides of the immigration debate find each other lost in the desert and discover their humanity and the true plight of migrants crossing the Arizona desert.
SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES, 2013, 101 mines.
Screening: Friday, October 11th, 7:00 p.m. in Mann Theatre #1
Sunday, October 13th, 12:45 p.m. in Mann Theatre #4 
Awards: Best New Director, Brooklyn Film Festival 2013
Language: ENGLISH 
Director: Nicole Gomez Fisher
Producer: Courtney Andrialis
Screenwriter: Richard Montoya
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Steven Strait, Ana Ortiz, Priscilla Lopez, Tibor Feldman 
Sleeping with the Fishes is the story of a woman who finds herself stuck. After the death of her philandering husband, Alexis is both broke and broken-hearted. But it’s not until she is called back to Brooklyn for a distant relative’s funeral that she realizes what she thought was her rock bottom, clearly wasn’t… going home is. Sleeping with the Fishes is the story of one woman’s comedic journey back to where it all went wrong, to face her dysfunctional cross-cultural family and admit that the perfect life with the perfect man wasn’t so perfect after

STAND & DELIVER, 1988,103 mins.
Screening: Friday, October 11th, 5:10 p.m. in Mann Theatre #4  
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director: Ramon Menendez
Producer: Igal Weitzman, Nun Melnick, Barnard Steele
Screenwriter: Ramon Menendez
Cast: Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Philips, Rosana De Soto, Andy Garcia 
Edward James Olmos’s Oscar-nominated performance energizes this true-life story of a Los Angeles high school teacher who drives his students on to excellence at calculus.

LA PAZ, 2013, 73 mins.
Screening: Friday, October 11th, 7:30 p.m. Mann Theatre #3
Awards: Best Film, BAFICI; Jury Prize, FIPRESCI, Lima
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director: Santiago Loza
Producers: Ivan Eibuszyc, Santiago Loza
Screenwriter: Santiago Loza
Cast: Lisandro Rodriguez, Andrea Strenitz, Fidelia Batallanos Michel, Ricardo Felix
Liso, a young man from the upper middle class, has been released from a psychiatric clinic. He lives with his parents, who treat him like a child. His attempts to revive old relationships fail. The only solace he finds is that which emerges from his friendship with Sonia, their Bolivian maid, and his visits to his grandmother. Santiago Loza’s camera takes a step back again and again, giving every scene the time and space it needs to develop atmosphere, pitch and a cinematic texture. Within the villa’s rooms, we follow the different members of the family, who may live under the same roof, but hardly connect with one another at all. We look on as Liso develops a relationship with Sonia based on only gestures and glances, without a single word being said. And as we follow her on her rounds through the rambling house, we share in the loneliness of a woman who belongs to a different class. It is precisely crafted 
snapshots such as these that allow the viewer to participate in a life that has fallen out of sync. In this way, everything, even Liso’s joyful motorbike ride with his grandmother, is transferred to the viewer.

CUBA 2013,  84 min
Screening: Friday, Oct.11 – 9:00PM – Theater 3
Directed by Gerardo Chijona
Lino Catala, a serious and reliable elderly man, is approached by Larry Po, a weird elder, who tells him that his late wife, Maruja, had led a double life. From that moment on, the two old men join in a thorough search of Maruja’s past, while they try to find the whereabouts of Esther, Larry’s great love in life.
Director -Gerardo Chijona
Screenwriter – Eduardo Eimil;
Based on the novel “Esther en alguna parte” by Eliseo Alberto Diego
Producers   Camilo Vives, Susana Molina, Francisco Adrianzen
Director of Photography Rafael Solis
Editor  Miriam Talavera
Sound Jorge Luis Chijona, Osmany Olivare
Music Jose Maria Vitier
Cast Reynaldo Miravalles, Enrique Molina, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Nunez, Paula Ali, Alicia Bustamante, Laura de la Uz, Luis Alberto Garcia, Veronica Lynn, Elsa Camp, Hector Molina
Film Language Spanish
Subtitles  English

Screening: Friday, October 11th , 9:15 p.m. Mann Theatre #1
Director: Felix Limardo
Producer:  Feliz Limaro
Screenwriter: Huchi Lora  
Cast:  Amaury Nolasco, Efrain Figueroa, Mercedes Renard, Enrique Castillo, Antonio Jaramillo,
Liche Ariza, Brett Stimely, Ben Cornish, Karina Noble, Mario Lebron 
“Kill The Dictator” is an action thriller. Based on the true story of the Lt. Amado Garcia Guerrero, a military aide to the Dominican dictator, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. After going through dramatic circumstances that personally hurt him, and the preaching of his relative, Salvador Estrella Sadhalá, he decided to participate in the conspiracy to end the dictatorship. Amado was the key figure to perform the feat: First he offered the necessary information to set up an ambush and a chase on the highway that night.  At the scene, with an accurate shot, put out of action Captain Zacarías De La Cruz, Trujillo’s driver and only companion, who had succeeded in stopping the group by emptying two machine guns. Amado went into hiding until he was discovered and fought with the forces of the tyranny. He killed several officers of the Military Intelligence Service before he was killed while they buried the remains of
the dictator. Amado gave his life on June 2nd, 1961, exactly the day he turned 33. This film also shows the geopolitics of the United States to Latin America in the late 50s and early 60s.  It also presents the other heroes and antiheroes, including the most important men of the tyrannical regime.

DRAGON DAY, 2013, 95 mins.  
Country: UNITED STATES, Language: ENGLISH 
Screening: Friday, October 11th , 9:35 p.m. Mann Theatre #4
Director: Jeffrey Travis 
Producers: Matt Patterson, Jeffrey Travis, Alex Sobol
Screenwriters: Jeffrey Travis, Matt Patterson
Cast: Ethan Flower, Åsa Wallander, Jenn Gotzon, Eloy Méndez, Hope Laubach,
William Knight, Scoot McNairy
Duke, an out-of-work NSA engineer, finds his family stuck in a small mountain town the day a devastating cyber-attack destroys the U.S. as we know it. Every microchip “made in China” has been infected with a virus that rapidly shuts down all modern technology. Duke’s fate becomes intertwined with a Mexican migrant worker as they fight the odds to survive in a chaotic world without water, food or power.

Country: CHILE 
Screening: Friday, October 11th, 11:20 p.m. in Mann Theatre #4 
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director: James Katz
Producer: Igal Weitzman, Nun Melnick, Barnard Steele
Screenwriter: Oscar Torres, James Katz
Cast: Aislinn Derbez, Aurelien Wiik, Cosmo Gonik, Jose Maria de Tavira 
The legend of the “Tierra de Sangre” vineyard. The tale of a young girl. Magdalena, who marries Louis, the mysterious French owner of an immense vineyard. Their love affair is interrupted by the surprise arrival of Etienne, Louis’ younger brother. Meanwhile, whispers of a terrifying, bloodsucking monster swirl around the deaths of nearby villagers. Magdalena suspects that Etienne and the monster are somehow connected, leading her on a journey where she will discover the extraordinary truth about the ultimate power of not just a wine, but a magical elixir. 

SHORTS PROGRAM  Saturday, Oct.12 – 11:15AM – Theater 3  
DENTRO DE UNO (INSIDE ONESELF) Oct.12 – 11:15AM – Theater 3  
Directed by Salvador Aguirre
An indigenous boy named Juan faces what, to him, is a terrible monster. His fear grows constantly. Seeing this, his grandmother Mariana believes she has …   8 min 

DEFECTUOSOS (DEFECTIVE) Saturday, Oct.12 – 11:15AM – Theater 3
Directed by Gabriela Martínez Garza & Jon Fernández López
A conversation in a tavern in ancient Judea, topics as old as they are current; the Exchange is interrupted several times by an outsider and some government representatives.  8 min

Saturday, Oct.12 – 11:15AM – Theater 3 
MEXICO Animation
Directed by Alejandro García Caballero
Under the beautiful Quebrada cliff in Acapulco, a group of mosquitoes addicted to tropical music are desperately trying to bring happiness back into a rumba director´s life. Join us and come to enjoy great musical numbers superb talent and a lot of Sabor!     8:30 min

Screening:  Saturday, Oct.12 – 1:15MP – Theater 4 
Directed by Emilio Maillé
An immersion into some of the most symbolic and iconic images of Mexican cinematography, shot by Gabriel Figueroa, along with commentary by the 40 most important cinematographers worldwide.          
Director  Emilio Maillé
Screenwriter Emilio Maillé
Producers Gustavo Ángel, Mónica Lozano
Director of Photography Diego Rodríguez, Jean Gabriel Leynaud
Editor Octavio Iturbe
Sound Jean Guy Veran
Music Michael Nyman
Cast Darius Khondji, Javier Aguirresarobe, Giussepe Rotuno, Hideo Yamamoto, Angel Goded, Walter Carvalho, Philippe Rousselot, Gabriel Beristain, Janusz Kaminski                                
Film Language Spanish
Subtitles  English

HOMEBOUND, 2013, 105 mins.
Screening: Saturday, October 12th, 2:50 p.m. Mann Theatre #3
Awards: Best Actress and Best Actor Award, XicanIndie Film Festival
Language: ENGLISH
Director: Fanny Veliz
Producer: Fanny Veliz
Screenwriter: Fanny Veliz
Cast:  Fanny Veliz, Enrique Castillo, Jeremiah Ocanas, Julia Vera, Cristobal Lamas, Kedrick Brown
Homebound is the story of Richard Lynn, a successful young man who returns to his small hometown, El Campo, Texas. He has to help his father Gilberto who’s ill with cancer, run the family business, a dilapidated bar. Richard Lynn, accidentally falls in love for the first time with Sofia, a Venezuelan immigrant who speaks very little English.

MEXICO Documentary 2012, 80 min
Screening: Saturday, Oct.12 – 7:00PM – Theater 4  
Directed by Emiliano Altuna, Carlos F. Rossini, & Diego Osorno
In northern Mexico, the murder of municipal mayors is a common practice in the fight between drug cartels to control territories. Mauricio Fernandez is a controversial Mayor who presents himself as one who takes justice in his own hands in order to keep the peace in one of the wealthiest counties in Latin America. “The Mayor” analyses the complex plot woven from the exercise of power and current policies, within a period plagued by violence, strong economic interests, and the overwhelming discredit of the political class.   
Director  Emilia no Altoona, Carlos F. Rossini, Diego Osorno
Screenwriter    Emiliano Altuna, Carlos F. Rossini, Diego Osorno
Producers Emiliano Altuna, Carlos F. Rossini
Director of Photography     Carlos F. Rossini
Editor Pedro G. Garcia
Sound Emiliano Altuna, Edwin Culp
Music Daniel Hidalgo                                  
Cast  Mauricio Fernandez Garza
Awards: Best Documentary Feature at Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival, Colombia
Film Language Spanish
Subtitles English
POLVO (DUST), 2012, 80 mins
Screening: Saturday, October 12th , 5:10 p.m. in Mann Theatre #3
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Awards: Butterfly Silver Award- Lille IIFF, Grand Prix du Coeur- Toulouse Latin American Film Festival 2013,
Best Director Award – International Film Festival Ícaro 2012, Best International Feature Film – Festival
Internacional de Cine Antofagasta 2012, Special Jury Mention – Valdivia International Film Festival 2012
Director:  Julio Hernandez Cordón Producers:  Melindrosa Films, Tic Tac Producciones, Fábula, Autentika Films. With: Agustín Ortíz Pérez, Eduardo Spiegeler, Alejandra Estrada, Maria Telón Soc, Fernanda del Nido, Julio Hernández Cordón,
Pamela Guinea, Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Paulo de Carvalho, Gudula Meinzolt
Screenwriters:  Julio Hernández Cordón, Mateo Iribarren
Cast:  Agustín Ortíz Pérez, Eduardo Spiegele, Alejandra Estrada, María Telón Soc
Ignacio and Alejandra are a young couple who are shooting a documentary about the people who disappeared from an indigenous village during the Guatemalan Civil War. From among the families who are still searching for their loved ones, they meet Delfina and her son Juan. Delfina still hopes to find her husband, but Juan is fed up with the search. He knows who was responsible for the disappearance of his father: someone who still lives in the same village. Dust is a contemporary portrait of a Guatemalan society, fragmented and divided, that cannot yet free itself from the brutal legacy of war.
LA PISCINA (THE SWIMMING POOL), 2012, 66 mins.    
Screening: Saturday, October 12th, 5:20 p.m. Mann Theatre #3
Country: Cuba/ VENEZUELA
Awards: The World Cinema Amsterdam Jury Award – World Cinema Amsterdam IFF 2013, Best Film Award –
Sopot FF 2013, Prix CCAS – Toulouse Latin American Film Festival 2013, Découverte de la Critique Française –
Toulouse Latin American Film Festival 2013, Best First Feature – Miami IFF 2013, Best First Film – Havana IFF
2012, Best First Film – Festival del Cine Pobre 2012, Premio al Riesgo y la Busqueda Artística – Muestra Joven
ICAIC 2012 
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director: Carlos Machado  Quintela
Producers:  ICAIC, Alter Producciones Audiovisuales, Muestra Joven Programa Ibermedia, CNAC, Fundación Villa de Cine. With: Raúl Capote, Mónica Molinet, Felipe García, Carlos Javier Martínez, Marcos Costa
Screenwriter: Abel Arcos
Cast: Raúl Capote, Mónica Molinet, Felipe García, Carlos Javier Martínez, Marcos Costa
It’s not about what we lack. It’s about where we belong to. A phlegmatic swimming instructor, a teenage girl who is missing a leg, a boy with Down’s Syndrome, another one with defective legs and one with no apparent physical disability but who refuses to speak, spend a day at the swimming pool. The five outcasts inevitably struggle, clash, separate – and in the end reunite thanks to their imperfections. 

MEU PAÍS (MY COUNTRY), 2012, 84mins
Country: BRAZIL
Screening: Saturday, October 12th,  7:15 p.m.  Mann Theatre #3
Awards: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Music, Official Jury at
44o Brasilia Film Festival; Best Film for The Audience at 44o Brasilia Film
Festival; Best Film of the Year at The Prize Fiesp/Sesi 2012
Language: Portuguese, Italian | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director:  Andre Ristum
Producers:  Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Andre Ristum, Debora Inanov, Gabriel Lacerda
Screenwriter:  Marco Dutra, Andre Ristum, Octavio Scopelliti
Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Cauã Raymond, Paulo José, Debora Falabella, Anita Caprioli, Nicola Siri, Eduardo Semerjian, Luciano Chirolli, Stephanie de Jongh
Mark (Rodrigo Santoro) lives in Italy and returns to Brazil after the sudden death of his father (Paulo José). Back in the country, he finds his brother James (Cauã Reymond) and discovers he has a half sister (Débora Falabella), who suffers mental problems. While they need to deal with grief, Mark and James also have to live with the differences between them and get used to the new sister.  

Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Screening: Saturday, October 12th, 9:00 p.m. Mann Theatre #4
Director: Juan Alfredo Uribe
Producer: Juan Alfredo Uribe
Screenwriter: Juan Alfredo Uribe
Cast: Aldemar Correa, John Alex Toro, Maria Gaviria, Ruth Gabriel Sanchez, Noëlle Schönwald, Ana Maria Sanchez, Carlos Arango
Camilo, is a 23 year old from a single mother home in Medellín, Colombia. After serving the army, he returns home, where he has conflictive issues with his mother and sister. Oscar, his younger brother seems the only one to understand his struggle for independence. Camilo spends most of his time playing indoor soccer at a local league and it is there, where he meets Berri. He presents Camilo with a new set of options on his life. He now must gamble his values and make important decisions. After meeting Sol, a beautiful music student, Camilobecomes obsessed with her. His obsession takes him to reinvent himself, and to start living a double life. There seems to be no limits in his plans to conquer her heart. Camilo and Sol live this idyllic love life. But the past sometimes has its ways to achieve justice and it comes back to haunt Camilo and confront him with new obstacles in his path.

POTOSI, 2013, 120 mins.
Awards: Best Mexican Opera Prima, Guanajuato International Film Festival
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Screening: Saturday, October 12th , 9:10 p.m. in Mann Theatre #1 
Director: Alfredo Castruita
Screenwriter: José Lomas-Hervert 
Producer: José Lomas-Hervert 
Cast: Arcelia Ramírez, Aldo Verásregui, Don Margarito Sanchez, Sonia Couoh, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Gerardo Taracena, Francisco Barreiro, Harold Torres, Melissa Alvarado Ramos, Fernando Becerril, José Sefami, Luisa Huertas
An accident along a deserted road connects three stories, an 82-year-old goat herder that has not shot his gun in 40 years, a woman who is a victim of domestic violence and a humble peasant living on guard to protect his family from the country’s war against organized crime. Potosí, a rural town in Latín América is the crossfire of the bloodshed that has swept the northern part of the country. The lynching on a town, a murder on a desert, and a kidnapping will expose a difficult and tragic story of lives in a country full of violence.
Screening: Saturday, October 12th, 9:15 p.m. Mann Theatre #3 
Awards: Best Screenplay Award, Huelva Film Festival 2012; “Cast Perfomances” Special 
Jury Award, Huelva Film Festival 2012; “Best Screenplay” Press Award, Huelva Film Festival 2012
Director:  Martín Salinas
Producers: Tarea Fina, Martín Salinas, Travesía Producciones 
Screenwriter:  Martín Salinas Cast:  Valeria Bertuccelli, Martin Piroyansky, Juan Minujin, Luis Ziembrowski, Emme, German da Silva, Vanesa Weinberg 
Charley was abandoned at birth in a convent. He looks after an inn in the jungle near Iguazu falls. Karla shows up with a dead man and one hundred thousand dollars in the trunk of her car. While an iguana stew is being cooked, life happens in unpredictable ways.       
SHORTS PROGRAM  Sunday, Oct.13 – 11:00AM – Theater 1
Sunday, Oct.13 – 11:00AM – Theater 1  
Directed by René Rhi
Miguel Canales and his wife learn that their 3-year-old daughter has a brain tumor and needs surgery. Miguel belongs to the 23.6% group of Mexican Citizens that live in extreme poverty and cannot afford to pay for the operation. Running out of options, he decides that his only choice is to work in the United States.            
Run Time                              27 min

DESERT ROAD KILL -Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 11:00AM – Theater 1
Directed by Michael Carreno
One in seven hitchhikers is potentially dangerous. A family on their way home from an outing pick up a hitchhiker with surprising results.      
Patino, Jossara Jinaro, Justin Henrickson, David Koff, Jennifer Lynn Buonantony
Awards   Honorable Mention and Best Supporting Actress, Los Angeles Reel Film Festival; Best Actor
Best Actress, Scarlet Waters Film Festival; Audience Choice Award, Everybody Dies Film Festival; Honorable Mention, Riverside International Film Festival 16:57 min

EL DOCTOR    Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 -11:00AM – Theater 1
Directed by Jude Roth        
EL DOCTOR follows the undocumented day laborer ‘Carlos,’ the family in Arizona that hires him, and the storm of fear that unleashes. Nervously waiting to be hired in a Home Depot parking lot, Carlos practices his English. A married couple – ‘Andrew’ and ‘Jen’ – then hires Carlos and his buddy to repair their desk, despite Andrew’s reticence. During a break, Carlos uses the couple’s bathroom but while washing his hands, the couple’s 7-yr-old son ‘Jonah’ interrupts him. When Jen discovers Carlos with her son, she makes the worst assumption and insists on calling 911. Though her fears are soon proven incorrect, Jen still insists Andrew send the workers away. The couple explodes in marital tension, and the drama that results puts Carlos’s and Andrew’s life at risk, leaving everyone caught between their individual consciences and the law.   
Awards  Best Drama Short at Riverside International Film Festival; International Film Awards Berlin “Award of Merit”; Invitation to be archived at Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía  11:24 min 

EL JAZZ (JAZZ) Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 -11:00AM – Theater 1 
Directed by Andrés Peralta
Juan and Mateo have a constant mission, as heavenly angels, to deliver the souls of those who unfortunately pass away. Tonight, both will have to confront the daily dullness of their work as they wait for Jazz to give his final breath. Run Time 10:30 min 

LLEGAR A TI (TO REACH YOU) Sun, Oct 13, 2013 -11:00AM Theater 1 
Directed by Alejandro Torres Rezzio
An old man learns to let go of his past to start living in the present, and move on to his life’s next chapter. Throughout his personal journey and his family’s help, he’s able to hold to what really matters in life and reunite with his loved one Run Time 8 min

O AFINADOR (THE TUNER)  Sunday, Oct 13, 2013   11:00AM – Theater 1 
Directed by Fernando Camargo & Matheus Parizi
Paulo, a young piano tuner who works in his father’s restoration workshop, wants to be a concert pianist. During a day of work, he tries to find the whereabouts of a letter from a music conservatory that he anxiously awaits.15 min

THE SHOOTING STAR SALESMAN  Sun, Oct 13, 2013  11:00AM Theater1  
Directed by Kico Velarde
Set in modern time, The Shooting Star Salesman is the story of a 19th century ageless Salesman who is granted the magical ability to align individuals with their own unique shooting star to wish upon. His rare gift becomes a curse when he outlives his family, turning him into a recluse and breaking the magic of the shooting star machine. As he ventures out to restore people’s belief in shooting stars, he picks up a curious 8 year old tag along named Elijah who starts to question if perhaps it’s the Salesman himself who needs to have his faith restored. An unlikely partnership is formed between the two as they embark on a journey to restore the faith of humanity. But as their friendship grows, the Salesman is torn between continuing his legacy or renouncing his magical gift for the chance to reunite with the family he lost a lifetime ago.  Awards : Film of the Year, Georgia Latino Film Festival 2012; Silver Winner, 34th Telly, 20 min

YOUR FATHER’S DAUGHTER   Sun, Oct 13, 2013 -11:00AM – Theater 1
UNITED STATES Directed by Carlos Bernard
Domingo Santos is a well to do man and a pillar of his community. But when he spies his teenage daughter Luciana kissing a forbidden boyfriend, his actions unearth a long-held secret and turn his seemingly perfect world upside down. Written and Directed by Carlos Bernard, starring Nestor Serrano and Vanessa Marano in this dark comedy set in a small town in Spain.  Run Time                              15:20 min 

CAPTIVE RADIO (short) Sunday, Oct 13, 2013-11:45AM – Theater 4
Directed by Lauren Rosenfeld
Every Sunday morning, men and women in captivity deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on The Voices of Kidnapping radio show. Captive Radio tells the story of two families that use the unique radio program to communicate with their loved ones held hostage by rebel guerrilla groups in Colombia.
Awards Winner Best Short Documentary – San Diego Latino Film Festival; David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award Nominee — International Documentary Association; North Gate Award for Excellence in Reporting in Any Media; Hearst Documentary Award  Runtime 23 min’

SHORTS PROGRAM  Sunday, Oct 13, 2013  12:35PM – Theater 1
A TRUTH IN SILENCE Sunday, Oct 13, 2013  12:35PM – Theater 1
Directed by Felipe Piña
“A Truth in Silence” is based on the true story of writer/producer Felipe Piña’s mother and one weekend of the 17 years of domestic abuse and violence she would endure. Based on a true story in Chicago, 1976, Elizabeth is a vibrant young mother. Recently married and pregnant, she faces challenges most young women in this situation should never have to imagine. Elizabeth finds herself under constant mental and physical abuse by her new husband Hector. The only peace she encounters are the moments she is alone caring for her baby Joseph. This weekend is the foreshadowing to seventeen years of abuse and domestic violence she and her children would ultimately endure. 16:23 min

CLOSE YOUR EYES   Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 12:35PM – Theater 1     
Directed by Sonia Malfa
Thirteen-year-old Imani Cortes is a gifted photographer longing to experience her first kiss. She has a crush on a quiet artist, Junito, with whom she has a natural connection, but she also faces an enormous challenge: she is slowly losing her sight to retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disease. Will Imani let her disease stop her or will it be her path towards independence?             14:32 min

EL COCODRILO   Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 12:35PM – Theater 1    
Directed by Steve Acevedo
When Eduardo, a Mexican journalist who has reported on the corrupt ties between the cartels and the military, is pressured to reveal the names of his sources, he flees to the U.S. with his young son. Little does he know that hot on his trail is Raul, a cartel sicario dispatched to assassinate him. In a cruel twist of fate, Eduardo must succumb to his darkest impulses in order to protect himself and his son.     
Awards  Best Short Film – Honorable Mention, CineFestival; Best Short Film, Action on Film Festival; Best Action Film, Hollyshorts 15 min

 Sunday, Oct 13, 2013  12:35PM – Theater 1
Directed by Marisé Samitier
A woman wakes up to a new reality and leaves her kitchen behind. 7:20min

PHOENIX   Sunday, Oct 13, 2013  12:35PM – Theater 1 
Directed by Stefano Capuzzi Lapietra
Three policemen. Three ways to deal with corruption.      13 min

THE PRICE WE PAY Sunday, Oct 13, 2013  12:35PM – Theater 1
Directed by Jesse Garcia               Run Time  8:24 min

ZERO HOUR (LA HORA CERO) 1 Sun, Oct 13, 2013  12:35PM – Theater 1
Written by polo. Posted in 2013 Shorts
Directed by Dan Carrillo Levy      
Lovers Paula and Lorenzo are traveling on a long and desolate road when the unexpected happens. They are forced to make a decision, one that could bring them together or tear them apart forever.    Awards  Silver Ace Award, Las Vegas International Film Festival; Audience Award, HollyShorts   7:20 min

AMOR CRONICO, 2012, 83 mins.
Country: Cuba  
Screening: Sunday, October 13th, 2:35p.m. Mann Theatre #1
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director:  Jorge Perrugoría
Producers:  Andres Levine, Sarah Green
Screenwriter:  Jorge Perugorría
Cast:  CuCu Diamantes, Adela Legra, Liosky Clavero, Andres Levin, Jorge Perugorría, Nestor Jimenez, Enrique Molina, Mirtha Ibarra, Mario Limonta, Carlos Acosta, Wendy Guerra, Laura de la Uz, Albertico Pujols, Luis Alberto Garcia, Broselianda Hernandez
CuCu Diamantes, a flamboyant singer who defines herself as too Cuban to live in New York and too much of a New Yorker to live in Havana, returns to the island to give what is the first tour in 50 years by a Cuban musician living abroad. Live concert footage is intertwined with a fictional love story in which CuCu is thrown into the arms of a dwarf called Guarapo. A surreal and comic romance directed by acclaimed Cuban actor Jorge Perugorría, Amor Crónico is at once a tribute and an ode to Cuba. Packed with music, flavor, color and laughter, this is a film perfect for watching under the stars.

NARCO CULTURA Documentary 2012, 102 min
Screening: Sunday, Oct.13 – 4:25PM – Theater 4
Directed by Shaul Schwarz
Narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their new modelsof fame and success. An explosive look at the Mexican drug cartels’ cultural influence on both sides of the border.
Director                                  Shaul Schwarz
Producer                                Lars Knudsen,
Jay Van Hoy, Todd Hagopian
Director of Photography      Shaul Schwarz
Editors                  Bryan Chang, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg
Sound                                     Juan Bertran
Music                                      Jeremy Turner
Film Language                      English, Spanish
Subtitles                                  English

DREAMER, 2012, 93 mins.
Screening: Sunday, October 13th, 4:50 p.m. Mann Theatre #1
Director: Jesse Salmeron
Producers: Jesse Salmeron, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Michelle Mower
Screenwriter: Jesse Salmeron
Cast: Jeremy Ray Valdez, Isabella Hofmann, Cory Knauf, Brit Sheridan, Julio Cedillo, Serena Varghese, Jonna Juul-Hansen, Jake Messinger, Eleese Lester, Ron Jackson
Dreamer is a narrative feature film about Joe Rodriguez, an All-American young man. He’s amiable, well educated and attractive. He graduated from college and is working and excelling in his field. He’s on the way to achieving the American dream. That is until his employer discovers his undocumented status and the life he’s worked so hard for begins to crumble around him. He must face the possibility of losing his livelihood, his family and, even, himself.

TANTA AGUA, 2012, 102mins
Screening: Sunday, October 13th , 5:00 p.m. in Mann Theatre #3
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Directors:  Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge
Producers:  Agustina Chiarino, Fernando Epstein
Screenwriters:  Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge
Cast: Néstor Guzzini, Malu Chouza, Joaquín Castiglioni
Lucia is 14, but looks younger. She’s thin and has the body of a child. Her parents are divorced. Lucia and her brothers live with their mother. Their father Alberto, a chiropractor, only sees his kids occasionally. He rents a cabin at the hot springs. The holiday is going to be short and it looks like it’s about to rain. Their hearts sink on arrival. It’s forbidden to use the pools because of an electric storm. Alberto tries to keep them amused and make good of their disastrous family break, but the harder he tries the worse it gets.

Screening: Sunday, Oct.13 – 3:05PM – Theater 4 
Directed by Kimberly Bautista
Adela, 27, left home for work one day and never returned. Her ex-boyfriend beat her until she was unrecognizable and left her at the side of the road. Her story is all too familiar in Guatemala, where 6,000 women have been murdered in the last decade. Only 2% of those killers have been sentenced. Adela’s sister Rebeca, 34, is determined to see that Adela’s killer is held accountable. She makes tortillas at home and sells them in order to raise her five children, as well as the three children Adela left behind. The challenges Rebeca encounters in her search for justice are illustrative of the thousands of other cases like this one in Guatemala. However, her willingness to practically take on the role of investigator while she is still mourning is exceptional. She encounters many setbacks during her three-year battle: a missing police report, a judge accused of killing his own wife, and witnesses who are too afraid to testify. Completely transformed by her struggle, Rebeca emerges as a feminist leader in her rural community with a message for others: justice is possible.
Director  Kimberly Bautista
Screenwriter  Kimberly Bautista
Producer Kimberly Bautista
Director of Photography      Kimberly Bautista, Juan Mejia
Editor Kimberly Bautista, Michael Flores
Sound Joe Milner
Music   Quetzal Flores
Cast  Kate del Castillo (Narrator)
Awards   Winner of the 2012 HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award First Place Winner, Cuban Hat Transmedia Pitch,
Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle, France,
2012 Latino Artist Mentorship, National Association of Latino Independent Producers
2010-11 Princess Grace Award, Documentary Honorarium,
2008 Silver Butterfly – Camera Justitia Award – Movies that Matter Festival 2013            
Film Language Spanish, English
Subtitles English

Screening: Sunday, October 13th, 6:45 p.m. Mann Theatre #4
Country: COLUMBIA 
Awards: Primer Corte, Ventana Sur, Argentina 2011; Special Young Jury Prize at the 15th Latin American Film Encounters in Marseille
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director: Juan Carlos Melo
Producer: Alexandra Yepes, Maja Zimmermann, Juan Carlos Melo Guevara
Screenwriter: Juan Carlos Melo Guevara
Cast: Luis Burgos, Paula Paez, Carlos Hualpa, Juan Carlos Rosero, Luis Lozano
In Colombia cultivating poppies (Amapolas) is a dangerous, but lucrative business. Farmer Emilio and his 9 year-old son Simon, are exiled by rebels and find refuge in cousin Wilson’s home. Emilio is forced to work in the Amapola crop while Simon befriends Luisa, a girl of his age. She is obsessed with playing with a puppy dog she can’t afford. Simon steals it for her every day, but returns it each night.        
One day, Wilson discovers Simon’s secret to use him for his own greedy plan

A PUERTA FRÍA    2012. 80 Min.       
Screening: Sunday, Oct.13 – 7:00PM – Theater 3
Directed by Xavi Puebla
Salva is a Sevillian salesman in trouble because he does not know how to solve his problems. At a sales-fair, Salva meets Agnes, a beautiful stewardess who he asks for help. Both organize a plan in which Battleworth is involved.
Director Xavi Puebla                           
Screenwriters Xavi Puebla, Jesús Gil Vilda             
Producers  Antonio Pérez           
Director of Photography Mauro Herce Mira
Editor  Isabel A. Valcarce                 
Sound Pablo Demichelis      
Cast  Antonio Dechent, María Valverde, Nick Nolte, José Luis García Pérez, Héctor Colomé, José Ángel Egido, Sergio Caballero, Cesáreo Estébanez, Alex O’Dogherty      
Awards  Best Actor award, Malaga Spanish Film Festival
Film Language Spanish         
Subtitles English                                                 

CARNE DE PERROS (DOG’S FLESH), 2012, 81 mins.
Screening: Sunday, October 13th,  9 p.m. Mann Theatre #3
Awards: Best Film: San Sebastian, Valdivia, Havana, Gotheborg
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director: Fernando Guzzoni
Producer: Adrian Solar
Screenwriter: Fernando Guzzoni
Cast: Alejandro Goic, Amparo Noguera, Daniel Alcaino, Sergio Hernández, María Garcia Omegna, Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farias, Cristian Carvajal
Dog Flesh deals with a complex period in the life of Alejandro, a solitary, fragile and unpredictable man who is crushed by the hostility of his mysterious past. The story is that of a man searching for a new identity, but who becomes lost among his own ghosts and obsessions: a man who begins to dangerously unravel and whose perception of reality is warped. Carne de Perro tells the tale in 2012, of one of the torturers of the Pinochet dictatorship as he attempts to redefine and give purpose to his existence

Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Screening: Sunday, October 13th  9:10 p.m. in Mann Theatre #4
Director: Laura Astorga Carrera
Producer: Marcela Esquivel Jimenez
Screenwriter: Laura Astorga Carrera, Daniela Goggie
Cast: Valeria Conejo, Aura Dinarte, Fernando Bolaños, Carol Sanabria, Ivette Guier, Patricia Velásquez, María José Callejas, María Marta López, Álvaro Marenco, Marta Matamoros
Claudia is eleven years old and has always played the game of being a revolutionary. When her family moves from Nicaragua to Costa Rica, in the middle of the Sandinista revolution, politics turn out not to be such a funny game. 
WATER & POWER, 2012, 87 mins.
Language: ENGLISH
Screening: Sunday, October 13th , 11:05 p.m. in Mann Theatre #1  
Director: Richard Montoya
Producer: Mark Roberts
Screenwriter: Richard Montoya
Cast: Enrique Murciano, Nicholas Gonzalez, Emilio Rivera, Roger Guenveur Smith, Wanda de
Jesus, Robert Beltran, Jacob Vargas, Barry Shabaka Henley, Lupe Ontiveros and Clancy Brown
Twin brothers nicknamed “Water” and “Power” from the hard scrabble Eastside streets of Los Angeles rise like prince’s through the city’s political and police ranks to become players in a complex and dangerous web of the powerful and corrupt of Los Angeles. One a decorated cop – the other a senator, find themselves in a seedy motel room on the eastern edge of Sunset Boulevard on a dark and rainy night. Something has gone very wrong. Can Power exist without Water? The Fixers and Powers of the city need answers. Everybody is looking for the Twins. Viva Chicano Noir!               

SHORTS PROGRAM OCT 14 Monday, Oct.14 – 4:45PM – Theater 4
Directed by Santiago León Cuéllar
The Stereo Street is a story about survival and friendship between Alex and Boris. Two rappers friends, whose biggest dream is to record an album. One day Alex foreseeing their future without any opportunities decides to do things in a different way, but the circumstances are worse than they expect.    30 min

Monday, Oct.14 – 4:45PM – Theater 4  
Directed by Marisé Samitier
A woman wakes up to a new reality and leaves her kitchen behind.  7:20min

Country: MEXICO 
Screening: Monday, October 14th, 7:30 p.m.  The Orpheum
Language: SPANISH | Subtitles: ENGLISH
Director: Gaz Alazraki
Producer: Gaz Alazraki, Leonardo Zimbron
Screenwriter: Gaz Alazraki, Adrian Zurita, Patricio Saiz
Cast: Gonzalo Vega, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Karla Souza, Juan Pablo Gil, Ianis Guerrero, Carlos Gascon
When successful construction Mogul, Herman Noble realizes his children are spoiled beyond
redemption, he stages the company bankruptcy and seizure of all their assets. And tricks them into believing they are fugitives from the law. He moves them into their grandfather’s dilapidated home in a poor neighborhood and makes them do something none of them have ever done before… work. 

LALIFF presents Hollywood Connect.  PANELS
A series of panels and conversations created to build bridges between participating filmmakers and the Hollywood film community.   All panels and conversations are Open to the Public This year LALIFF will be hosting one-on-one conversations with top innovative professionals in the Film and Television industry.   “Café con…” will be scattered over the course of the Festival as – so be sure to check in, re-energize and be inspired. You don’t want to miss this!

Friday, October 11, 2013 / 4:30pm Cafecito @Kmart Layaway- Filmmakers Lounge 
Open to the Public.
October 11, 2013 / 5:30 pm Loews Hollywood Hotel – 3rd level meeting rooms 
WOMEN AND GIRLS IN MEDIA PANEL in commemoration of Domestic
Violence Awareness Month Presented by Artevista Films Moderated by Mandalit del Barco, NPR  
The panel will explore the possibility for films and television to serve as a tool to educate, empower, and mobilize women and girls to be leaders in their communities. In a time when women’s bodies are commified and objectified through mainstream pop culture and social media, it is urgent that we get more women in the storytelling role. What tools are available to the community of women filmmakers? What are the needs for more
Saturday, October 12, 2013 / 12:00 pm Loews Hollywood Hotel – 3rd level meeting rooms
Using Financial Data to Package Your Film
Co-presented with FILMQUOTRA
Before you raise your first dollar for production, what kinds of financial information
should you prepare?  How do you prepare such numbers on a shoestring budget?  What kinds of numbers are investors looking for?  How does the typical film investor view an investment in a film?  What kinds of investors are there currently?  How do you get access to sales estimates,
government tax credits and loans?  Join this discussion by film finance veterans and producers for an insider look at how investors and distributors view a film project.
October 12, 2013 / 2:00 pm Loews Hollywood Hotel – 3rd level meeting
CAFÉ CON…Pablo Ferro – award winning Cuban Title Designer & Graphic
Artist is this year’s LALIFF GABI 
Come and celebrate his great artistic achievement and join us in an intimate and compelling discussion with Pablo Ferro, Cuban born title designer Pablo Ferro will be honored with the 2013 Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In 1963, Ferro worked with Stanley Kubrick to create the title sequence for the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to
Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Throughout the years his title designs have been the opening platform for numerous films. His intricate title designs not only introduce a film, but they also embody the overall magnitude of a film.  Join us in an intimate and compelling discussion with Pablo Ferro, as we celebrate his great artistic achievements.
October 12, 2013 / 4:00 pm Loews Hollywood Hotel – 3rd level meeting
Co-presented with NALIP
Moderated by: Dama Claire of the Incentives Office at Ease 
Do not miss this opportunity to meet film commissioners from New Mexico, California and Puerto Rico as they discuss the latest tax credits, rebates and opportunities their states have to offer!  Every filmmaker must know how to maximize every opportunity to stretch their production budget for a successful production – DO NOT guess how it all
works… KNOW the facts and DO as the pros do!
October 12, 2013 / 6:00pm Cafecito @Kmart Layaway Filmmakers Lounge
– Open to the Public.
Sunday, October 13, 2013 / 1:30 pm Loews Hollywood Hotel – 3rd level meeting
Moderated by Sydney Levine, IndieWIRE, SydneysBuzz
How do Latin American films get financed?  Each country has its system, and most countries are offering financing as incentives for local filmmakers.  Are they offering nationals living in the U.S. these incentives?  Find out at this panel moderated by Sydney Levine who is in the process of writing Iberoamerican Film Financing to be published in
English and Spanish in 2014.  Participants will be filmmakers from various Latin American countries.
October 13, 2013 / 3:15 pm Chinese theater – Theater 3
A Conversation with History explores the ongoing issue of immigration, and national identity. The films n this year’s festival present portraits of immigrants and their stories of suffering and triumph in their quest to create a better life for themselves and their families. The national dialogue on immigration, particularly as it relates to immigrants
from Latin America, has raised the question of what is an American. As the US demographics change we see the struggle to understand and accept a new national identity. 
The conversation will follow a special presentation HUELGA at the Chinese theater on Sunday October 13 @3:15 PM
October 13, 2013 / 4:30pm Cafecito @Kmart Layaway Filmmakers Lounge – Open to the Public.

ALL HOLLYWOOD CONNECT EVENTS PRESENTED BY Film LA, Inc                                                        
Please visit www.latinofilm.org for updated calendar of panels, information and additional events. You may also write to industryoffice@latinofilm.org or call 323.446.2770


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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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