MACUILXOCHITL: Five Flower”, the Aztec god of music and dance
San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary
By: Francisco Ciriza
The Tenth Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF 2003) began last night and will continue through March 23, 2003. It is being hosted by the new Madstone Theaters located in the Hazard Center in Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Dr.). The SDLFF, in its tenth year of existence, will be occupying three screens and featuring 90 films and videos from throughout Latin America and United States. Additionally, the festival’s executive director and founder, Ethan van Thillo has put together yet another impressive line-up of supporting events such as Gala Celebrations, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and unique student outreach screenings. Local audiences will have the rare opportunity to meet with San Diego Latino Film Festival’s guest list of over 75 filmmakers and actors from Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Argentina and throughout the United States.
“With over 12,000 people attending last year’s festival, I encourage San Diego and Baja California audiences to see what others have been experiencing for the past nine years. Our tenth anniversary festival will have something for everyone including family oriented films, opportunities to meet Latino celebrities, the very best of current Mexican, Cuban and Spanish Cinema, musical entertainment and much more,” says van Thillo
Confirmed feature films for this year’s event include 2003 Sundance Film Festival entry, LOS LUNES AL SOL (Spain) starring Oscar & Golden Globe nominee Javier Berdem, Fernando Sariñana’s CIU-DADES OSCURAS (Mexico) starring Diego Luna, LOS ZAFIROS (CUBA/USA), 2003 Sundance Film Festival entry RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS (U.S.A.), VIDAS PRIVADAS (Argentina) starring Gael Garcia & Cecilia Roth,12 HORAS (Puerto Rico) starring Charlie Masso, DOMESTICAS (Brazil) from Golden Globe nominated director Fernando Meirelles, UNA CASA CON VISTA AL MAR (Venezuela), and LA YUNTA BRAVA (Peru).
Throughout its tenure, the SDLFF has provided local audiences the opportunity to see works by and/or about the Latino experience. Over 500 films/videos have been screened and 45,000 people have attended since 1993 and is a production of Media Arts Center San Diego, a non-profit organization.
Media Arts Center San Diego also produces Cíne Mexicano, and has the mission of 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.