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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