National Hispanic Media Coalition reveals annual film festival lineup – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: The National Hispanic Media Coalition has unveiled its lineup for the upcoming 7th Official Latin American Film and Arts Festival, which will be presented virtually from November 26-28.
Titles include welcome to our world, directed by Alfredo Ramos, with performances by Danny Trejo, Emilio Rivera and Valente Rodriguez. The feature film tells the story of Freddie, a young and irresponsible supermarket boy who is forced to rise to the occasion when his father (Trejo) has an accident at work. Now Freddie has to take on the role of “the man of the house and keep the family from becoming homeless with hilarious results.”
“The NHMC is proud to work with Official Latino and HBO to ensure that our stories are heard and that we are creating a space for Latino artists to thrive, ”said Brenda Castillo, President and CEO of the NHMC. “The more we can nurture and promote the talent of Latinx in the entertainment industry, the more we will see ourselves represented and truly effect change in Hollywood and beyond.
The full list of shorts and feature films joining Wwelcome to the world can be found below.
Short program 1: Indigenous languages
I can’t have it both ways by Morningstar Angeline, This is the way we rise by Ciara Lacy, Dream Painters by Gabriel J. Medina and Marcus Cisneros, Totems by Justin Deegan, Douk by Michelle Hernandez, Chuj summer boys by Max Walker-Silverman
Short program 2: Spotlight on the alumni
Ghazi Shabazz Omair: Comfortable by Enrique Lebron, Him, the people by Brandon Hugo Arroyo, Disarm by Carlos Carrasco, My love by Yennifer Behrens, MOON by Blake Vaz, Ink by Osvaldo Ozuna, Wounded riders by Angel Barroeta, Until dawn by Juan Gil, Picking daisies by Leonardo Santaiti
Short program 3: In the era of the pandemic
little bean by Adrienne Lovette, Once by Jeff Torres, Inertia by David Harel, Everything but fear by Bryan TwZ Brousseau, Second speakers by Julissa Xena Delacruz, El Montaje (Mounting) by Ed Trucco, Amor in Cuarentena by Eugenia Renteria, In the process by Vagabond
Short program 4: Ties that bind
Home Movies – The murderer by Lorena Russi, Prayer of serenity by Amanda Morell, Our Shag Pad by Aldo Pisano, Accelerate towards red lights by Jonathan Lee-Rey, Save Salvador by Luisa Maria González, Connor by Hilary Bettis, Maria by Zoé Salicrup Junco, With her eyes closed by José Navas, Tejano night by Alexandre Rosales
Short program 5: Youth, truth and resilience
About by Sandra Portal-Andreu, Wreck letter by Gustavo Guardado, Jr., Death and fitness for death (A period piece) by Maria Victoria Ponce, Remember when by Paola Ossa, Beat the lingo by José Navas, Meryland team by Gabriel Gaurano
Short program 6: Las Jefas
Lux Noctis by Damiana Acuña, Alma y Paz by Cris Gris, When you clean a stranger’s house by Sharon Arteaga, My life stopped at 15 by Nicole Mejia, #Whitina by J. Sean Smith, Miss Panama by Lamar Bailey Karamañites, Pascale Boucicaut and David Felix Sutcliffe
Short program 7: Flickeo Streams
Nutcos by Gilberto Flories, Parent approved by the federal government by Katrina Cebreiro, Friends in high places by Christen Celaya, spanking by Alex Martinez, Poet Black & Brown Series by Rafael Flores
Short program 8: Puro Pride
Eres Perfecto by Él Avalon Sandoval Reilly, You are enough by Jacqueline Guillen, Valiente (Brave) by Miguel Melo, Pool boy by Luke Willis, Define Dodo by Lauren Harris, Novena by Fernando Lopez, I just wish you would tell me by Michelle C. Bonilla, Star of gold by Karla Legaspy
Short Program 9: NHMC Latinx Stream Showcase
Hermanas by Michel Martinez, Captions by Michel Martinez, Sorta Ricain by Steph OH, Swimmers by Michel Martinez, Happy to see you again by Edwin Alexis Gómez, Werq it by Edwin Alexis Gómez, Yyou will be happy here by Brenda Castillo
Short program 10: Raza Cosmica
Retain by Grace Goen, Time by Adam Gonzalez, RECuerdo by Alfonso M. Rodriguez, In search of aliens by Susan Aparicio, Luminous by Than Niles, New Rico by Kristian Mercado, La Luna and the Hummingbird (The Moon and the Hummingbird) by Luis Fernando Puente
Short program 11: La Zona Oscura
Crazy machine by Sergio Guerra, Tinder Tango by Cecilia Robles, Worry dolls by Marcella Ochoa, Dentro by Mi by Mélanie D’Andrea, Mi Casa by Kristina Arjona, I am a vampire by Sofia Garza-Barba, Noche del Infierno (Hell night) by Andrew Reid, Crabs in a barrel by Michael León
Short program 12: Urban meetings
Big Leagues by Edgar Nito, Never too late by Guillermo Alfonso, Rosie by Paula A. Cajiao, Burn baby burn by Janthony Roman, The yellow bike by Mickey Nedimovic, Warren? by Juan C. Linares, Shell-shocked by Paula A. Cajiao, In broad daylight by Alex Ferrufino
Short program 13: Excursions in Arte y Cultura
Los Búmerans – Extraña Suerte by Juanchi González, Somewhere else by Morris Callegari,
Poster Boy “Left On Read” Tribute to Alanna Gabin by Enrique Lebron, Living altars by Peggy Peralta, The Beginning is Near: The Art of Vincent Valdez by Ray Santisteban, My mud, my hill by Julia Mendoza Friedman, Joy in music by Mark Kohr, Messiah – The Resurrection by Andres Rivera, Super star by Daniel Larios
Short program 14: Fronteras In Focus
On the wall by Sandra Varona, A real job by Nicole Romero, Sombras by Marc Sanchez, guilas / Eagles by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Maite Zubiaurre, Disturbed borders by Alejandra Aragon, No soy scar by Jon Ayon, Dia de Las Carpas by João Dall’Stella
Directed by Romel Rodriguez
2021, United States, 94 min
A struggling Latino entrepreneur starts a professional cock blocking business to help his mom buy her dream home in Florida.
Directed by Wojciech Lorenc
2021, United States, 89 min
An intimate portrait of a boxing gym in the small town of Conroe, Texas. The film is constructed as an allegory of the challenges facing people of color and immigrants to the United States.
Love and baseball
Directed by Steve Acevedo
2020, United States, 87 min
Will and Michele meet and magically fall in love, but once life gets in their way, they must determine whether their love is real or not. Told through 3 meetings over a 4 year period, we see that love, like a baseball game, is a story, and every date and every pitch are the lines of that story. But what happens between these lines is a matter of interpretation and chance.
Venus of Macho
Directed by Danny Hastings
2019, United States, 76 min
Venus de Macho is a spicy, gender-reversing Latin American comedy about men seeking love, respect and support in a bizarre matriarchal world that very much reflects the patriarchy and machismo that has plagued our community.