Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Latino Film Festival 2009

The New York International Latino Film Festival went strong last week with their tenth annual film-screening and partying event. Co-founder, and friend of mine, Juan Caceres was blowing it up all over facebook the weeks leading up to it and all that promotion served well cause the fiesta was a success.

Good friend of mine George Ruiz acted in a short film playing there called "Dead In The Water" which was pretty good. Directed by Marco Aguilar and DP'd by Saro Varjabedian.

At the awards ceremony this past sunday, held at El Morocco in NYC, the winners were announced. So with no further ado, here they are:

Best Domestic Feature
Domestic Feature
Dir: Rik Cordero
Writers: Rik Cordero and Aaron F. Schnore
Key Cast: Ephraim Benton, Donte Bonnor, Karen Chilton, Consequence, Darrell Vanterpool, Seth Stewart

Chris Price is about to serve six months in prison for a first-time offense. When his mother invites him back home for her birthday, he finds his younger brother following in his footsteps and his older brother disowning him. Now, on his last night of freedom, he is forced to re-examine his life and find a way to bring his family together before it is too late.

Best International Feature:
CineLatino Audience Choice Award: Best Picture
Internatonal Feature
Dir: Toshifumi Matsushita
Writer: Toshifumi Matsushita
Key Cast: Christian Huaygua

In the Salar de Uyuni, there is a 13 year-old boy, Kunturi, who lives a life much like any other boy in his village. But when his grandmother dies and his best friend moves away, he decides to embark on a trip with the llama caravan. For three months, he travels throughout the "Ruta de la Sal," exchanging salt for other Andes products, reluctantly bearing witness to an animal sacrifice in the snow-covered peaks and interacting with the indigenous cultures seemingly untouched by modernity.

But when the caravan arrives at its destination, the town of Macha where the “Tinku” Festival is taking place, Kunturi’s life will be changed forever. There he finds the most beautiful girl he could have ever imagined, Ulala. Kunturi and Ulala share the same dream: “to run together across the immense white sea that is the Salar de Uyuni, until they reach the end of the horizon

and my favorite category...

Best Short:

Best Short:
Dir: Daniel Maldonado

Lalo, a NYC Mexican delivery worker on the brink of losing his job, is given one last run to prove himself. Naturally, a series of mishaps ensue. When his bike is totaled, he steals a little pink one belonging to a 10 year-old girl, who enters in hot pursuit to get it back. The next thing he knows, Lalo finds himself in a race to the death against a Chinese delivery-man and a pimped-out punk rock bike messenger.

word! Sorry for the late posting. All work and no play is definitely making me a FUCKING loser! I'll check you guys later!

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