July 5 2002

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Returns to Egyptian Theatre For Sixth Anniversary

HOLLYWOOD — The 6th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will return to the famed Egyptian Theatre near the newly opened Hollywood and Highland complex for ten days from July 19th through July 28th, 2002, with a carefully selected program that highlights the very best of recent and classic Latino cinema and artistry.

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival was founded in 1996 as part of the City of Los Angeles’ Latino Heritage Month festivities. The founding team was led by LALIFF Executive Director and programmer Marlene Dermer, an independent producer with vast knowledge of Latin American film and programming; George Hernandez, experienced film and music producer; and notable actor, director, producer and activist Edward James Olmos. In only six years, LALIFF has grown into the largest Latino International Film festival in the country and the preeminent venue for the exhibition of the highest caliber Latino film and video from throughout the United States, Spain and Latin America.

In 2002 LALIFF is proud to return to its home at the famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for its sixth year as the largest and most comprehensive demonstration of U.S. Hispanic and Latin American films in English, Spanish and Portuguese. This year, LALIFF will present over 60 features, documentaries, and shorts from countries like Argentina, Chile, Peru, Spain, and the United States with an emphasis on Brazilian cinema, including a retrospective of the work of world-renowned Brazilian filmmaker Nelson Pereira dos Santos, who will receive the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Film highlights include Vidas Privadas (Private Lives), directed by Argentinean music sensation Fito Paez, O Invasor, (The Trespasser) (Brazil), winner of this year’s Best Latin American Film at Sundance. Also from Brazil Domesticas O Filme, (Maids) and Lavoura Arcaica (To the Left of the Father). From Mexico, De la Calle (Streeters), which swept that country’s Ariel Awards recently. From the United States, Windows, a moving documentary about the undocumented Hispanic workers who lost their lives while working at Windows on the World Restaurant atop New York’s World Trade Center. From Bolivia, the stunning classic film Mina Alaska, which is being restored by the American Motion Picture Academy.

LALIFF will present opening, closing and Lifetime Achievement Gala events and programs such as Women’s Visions, Modern Classics, First-Time Directors, Music Program and a Children’s Program. The Festival also offers a wide variety of workshops, panels, seminars, galas and a writer’s lab.

In addition to the broad selection of films and galas, LALIFF has developed a strong reputation as a resource for up-and-coming filmmakers and film/TV professionals seeking access to greater opportunities within the Hollywood film industry. During the festival, visiting filmmakers are invited to private luncheons hosted by and held at major studios such as Fox, Disney and Warner Bros. Via direct interactions with Hollywood production executives and film buyers, LALIFF is instrumental in helping visiting filmmakers secure distribution for their films, as well as exposing them to other employment opportunities in Hollywood.

Every year LALIFF pays homage to legends of the film industry that paved the way for today’s Latino filmmakers. Staying within the Brazilian theme of this year’s festivities, the 6th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will present the Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award (The Gabi) to Brazilian Film Director Nelson Pereira dos Santos.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nelson Pereira dos Santos is considered by many as the pioneer of Cinema Novo. This film movement is characterized by its intent on showing a realistic view of Brazilian society and the increasing gaps between the rich and poor. Among his most renowned works are the films Rio, 40 Graus (1955) (Rio, 40 Degrees), his first feature, Como Era Gostoso o Meu Frances (1971) (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman), Memorias do Cárcere (1984) (Memories from Prison), and Vidas Secas (l963) (Barren Lives) that is said to have launched the Cinema Novo movement.

Dos Santos’ films will be screened throughout the festival in a retrospective of his body of work. This Award, named after unforgettable cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, is recognition to the achievements of a lifetime dedicated to the art of film, and a way to say thank you for the contributions and legacies to this fascinating and thought-provoking medium.

In addition to the public screenings, which are priced at $8.00 per general admission ticket or a family pack of four (4) at $5.00 per ticket, LALIFF is highlighted by several special events, including the glamorous Opening Gala, which will be held on July 19th, The Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on July 27th and the Closing Night/Awards Ceremony on July 28th. Tickets go on sale June 29th. To buy tickets, please contact LALIFF’s office at (323) 469-9066.

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