Friday, October 31, 2014

Three Films From ‘Cine Latino

Source by Jonathon Sharp
This weekend kicks off Cine Latino, a film festival put on by the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul that seeks to celebrate movies in Spanish and Portuguese.

Thirty-eight films are part of the lineup, and most of them screen twice. The two venues showing the films are the St. Anthony Main Theatre, and The Heart of the Beast Theatre. Both are in Minneapolis.

Here are capsule reviews of a few of the films in this wide-ranging lineup.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

10 Must-Read Books by Latino Authors

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Put down your phone and pick up a book (you do remember those, right?).

Check out the LIST of the 10 Must-Read Books by Latino authors.

The Latino Dream

Source by Daniel A. Flores 

Manuel Miranda has a long, white beard hanging over the faded text on his Pink Floyd T-shirt.

Two generations of Mirandas are standing in their rented space, booth 65, at an indoor bazaar peddling their books, vinyls, CDs and cassettes. Dated music blares as browsers try out records and tapes on the stereo residing on the side wall.

An artist for more than four decades, Manuel Miranda raised his children surrounded by music, film and various other forms of fine art. One son became a cellist and music educator while another went on to study architecture.

Imanol Miranda, the middle son, studied art at the University of Texas-Pan American and found a passion in using digital photography to investigate larger concepts.
“His dad does the old world art with the colors, paintbrush and canvas,” said Bob Jones, exhibit specialist at The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin. “And then his son moved on to a more modernized, digitized type of environment.”

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Author of Graphic Memoir "Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White" Explores Identity, Mysteries of Creativity

Source by Nicole Akoukou Thompson

Buenos Aires, Argentina was home to author-illustrator Lila Quintero Weaver until the age of five, when she and her family immigrated to a small town in Alabama during 1961, in the heart of Alabama's Black Belt. 

That Alabaman home was "chock full of books," predominately stocked by her father, who was orphaned and lived in the streets of Mendoza, yet he taught himself to read. "Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White"
is an ode to the staying power of that family history.

"Darkroom" began as an academic project, inspired by the graphic memoir "Persepolis" by Marjane Sartrapi, an Iranian émigré to France. "Persepolis" was an eye-opener to Weaver, who has drawn and created art all of her life, and has always been committed to telling stories. Read More.

NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers Showcase

Source by Carlos Aguilar

NUVOtv, the premier English-language destination for Latino entertainment, will debut the official film selections for NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers its  showcase on Saturday, November 15 at a screening held in conjunction with the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) film festival at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles.

In addition, the televised special by the same name will include exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and host Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, "Filly Brown"), and will air on Thursday, December 4 at 8pm ET/PT. Actor and SAG-AFTRA Board Member Jon Huertas (Castle, "The Objective") will also lend his support to the premiere event as one of the evening’s program presenters. Read More.

Esther Cepeda: Elizabeth Peña was trailblazer on the big screen

Source by Esther Cepeda

It's no overstatement to say that we lost a trailblazer when Elizabeth Peña died earlier this month. To note that she was wonderful, but not exceptionally famous, isn't a knock on her abilities. It is a testament to her undervalued contributions to the performing arts.

Peñabroke a major barrier for Hispanic women in Hollywood: playing a woman, not a “Hispanic” woman. Formerly, only women who Anglicized their names—such as Jo Raquel Tajada aka Raquel Welch—pulled that off. Though several advocacy organizations complain about a lack of Latino representation in Hollywood, Hispanics have been part of mainstream entertainment for as long as movies have been around. At the dawn of film, some actors changed their names to sound Latino in order to capitalize on the “Latin lover” trend in movies—Jacob Krantz morphed into Ricardo Cortez and went on to stardom in the 1930. Read More.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ruben Blades Dedicates Songs to Disappeared Mexican Students

Ruben Blades dedicated songs to the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students in the closing performance of the 42nd International Cervantino Festival.

Salsa legend Ruben Blades has added his support for justice for the Mexico students from Ayotzinapa who have gone missing since last being seen held by local police.

The salsa artist Ruben Blades had the public swaying and dancing for two and a half hours in the Guanajuato, Mexico, with songs against racism, family violence and state violence.

Early on, hundreds of young people filled the open-air stadium with chants for justice for the teacher training students disappeared a month ago in Iguala, Guerrero.

Blades took up their chants and also called for justice for the missing students, their families, and all the people found in the mass graves near Iguala.

“Love and Control,” he said, is a song that speaks of the family, and it’s impossible not to think of the families who don’t know where the students are…”

To the cheers of the young people, with pictures of the disappeared Ayotzinapa students projected on a screen, he broke into the song Disappeared with the poignant lyrics lyrics “Can anybody tell me if they’ve seen my son? He’s a medicine student. His name’s Agustín. He’s a good boy, kinda stubborn in an argument. They've disappeared him, I don’t know where.”

He roused the crowd of 4,000 people with songs with a strong social message such as They’re Looking For You and The Bells Are Tolling” with its lyrics, “You can kill the people, but you can’t kill their ideas.”

Blades closed the concert with his best known songs, Pedro Navajas, Plastic and Forgetting is Forbidden.