Before my role as Creative Executive at Stage 13 where I find and develop short form digital episodic series, I spent over ten years screening hundreds of independent films, focusing on Spanish language and U.S. Latino as a freelance programming associate for film festivals like Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Antonio’s CineFestival, Morelia Film Festival and the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam. To my vexing concern, there is an alarming under-representation of American Latino writers/directors, as well many other deserving multi-cultural voices who are not given an opportunity for their work to meet a broader audience. In this blog I will focus on the diaspora of American cinema made by people with roots in Mexico, Central & South America, and the Caribbean. The goal is to promote awareness to diverse and compelling stories that cross genres and borders. I also want to define the conversation of what “Latino” means. It is a U.S. construct and there is a big difference between Latin Americans and Latino storytellers. Taking a page from my favorite blog Shadow and Act, which focuses on the African Diaspora in cinema, I aim to introduce and track the content scene of American = Latino, a landscape which is sadly lacking in current reference let alone attention and cultural context. Here and there, I’ll share my fun-filled film festival circuit via on-the-scene dispatches in the vein of my all-time favorite gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson.
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I really dig your site – good stuff! (I’d like to know more about your work as a film programmer)
I came across your ‘TALENTO’ link via NALIP.org and tweeted it a few days ago – not sure I you recall.
My name’s Lee and I write for two sites. For one of them, I’m a staff writer, movie reviewer and marketing coordinator. It’s a Latino-based entertainment site based out of NYC. (The other is more of a contribution, and it’s on general entertainment, but movies is where I’m heavy on.)
Hope this note finds you and your loved ones well – keep in touch!
All the best,
Lee (My Latin roots are Puerto Rican/Colombian – born and raised in NYC)
Thank you for the amazing review of our film. I appreciate it more than you can imagine!
Virginia Saenz McCarthy
Oh, thanks so much Virginia. Great job! I’d love to hear about your next projects
It was lovely to meet u in guadalajara
come to toronto!
see you soon
It was a real pleasure to hear your opinion at the afci -you’re great!- and then meeting you at the LAFF. Un orgullo tener a una persona tan talentosa como tu con raices latinas! 😉
I am loving your blog. I am working with SF Noir Films in San Francisco on their film The Other Barrio, currently in production. It stars Richard Montoya and is based on a short story by SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia.. We are hoping that you can share our Indiegogo campaign with your followers. We need completion funds for the production. You can check us out on facebook at http://on.fb.me/ZANcSp or at our Indiegogo site at http://bit.ly/IndiegogoTOB. I can be contacted at TheOtherBarrio@gmail.com.
Hopefully, with your help we can make a magical movie.
Hello I was really impressed with what I read about your film Four and would love to show it at our film festival here in Durham. Please get in touch with me at Bluesradio@gmail.com and let me know if we can show it at our annual film festival next month…
Great to meet and chat with you during the closing night festivities!
Hasta pronto, Salvador Benavides
(Illusion in Delusions of Grandeur Directed by Iris Almaraz and Gabriel Gustavo Ramos)
Hola! We love your page!
Hi, Christine. I would love to chat with you about helping find some films by Hispanic and Latino filmmakers for a new fest coming up in April. If I could chat with you in more detail I would greatly appreciate it!
happy to talk