I have the privilege of screening hundreds of US Latino and Spanish language films throughout the year as a freelance programmer for film festivals like Sundance, Morelia, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Antonio’s CineFestival, among others. To my vexing concern, far too many deserving multi-cultural voices are kept under the radar and not given a chance to meet their audience or gain exposure in the festival and other distribution platforms. In this blog I will focus on the diaspora of American cinema made by people with roots/origin/descendant in Mexico, Central & South America, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. I will do my best to bring awareness to these diverse and compelling stories across genres, crafted by our next generation, majority- minority talent. I aim to change the conversation of what “Latino” films mean in today’s furiously melted pot. Taking a page from my favorite blog Shadow and Act, which focuses on the African Diaspora in cinema, I aim to monitor, track and critique the scene of American = Latino, a landscape which is sadly lacking in current reference let alone attention and cultural context. I’m extremely eager to make noise, build dialogue and connect our wildly artistic, underserved community. Here and there, I’ll share my mad fun film festival circuit via on-the-scene dispatches in the vein of my favorite all-time writer Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo style which I promise to keep PG…. hmmm okay, lets be real, how about PG-13.
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