?íHOLA MEXICO! Showcases Filmmakers, Actors, Nonprofits

Three USA premieres and eight LA premieres highlight the film fest at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, May 24 - 30

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: May 18, 2012

?íHOLA MEXICO! Showcases Filmmakers, Actors, Nonprofits

See the introduction video of the Hola Mexico Film Festival here: http://www.holamexicoff.com/news/adios-cliches-hola-mexico-film-festival

The Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) announced the list of actors and filmmakers attending their film screenings at the festival and the eleven non-profit agencies selected as partners for the 2012 edition of the festival. HMFF returns for the fourth consecutive year to Los Angeles California, offering an impressive selection of nine narrative and four documentary feature films by Mexican directors and film production companies. Among them three USA premieres and eight LA premieres. Eight short films will also be showcased.

The 2012 Hola Mexico Film Festival takes place at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, California from May 24th to 30th. The fastest growing Latino themed film festival in Los Angeles is also now the longest running with seven consecutive nights of film screenings. Follow HMFF on www.facebook.com/holamexicoff, on Twitter @HolaMexicoFF and YouTube.

The growing list of actors and filmmakers confirmed to attend the screenings of their respective films include: Dulce Maria and Carmen Salinas of ??Alguien ha visto a Lupita? (Have You Seen Lupita?); Everardo Gout (director) and Tenoch Huerta of D?¡as de gracia (Days of Grace); Alejandra Sanchez, director of Agnus Dei - Cordero de Dios; Pedro Pablo Ybarra (director), Aislinn Derbez and Mane de la Parra from El cielo en tu mirada (Heaven in Your Eyes); Juan Carlos Rulfo, director of De Pan6a6o (Barely Passing); Everardo Reyes, director of Cielo Abierto (The Open Sky); Kyzza Terrazas, director of El lenguaje de los machetes (Machete Language); Carmen Beato and Diana Garcia from Aqu?¡ entre nos (Just Between Us); Roberto Girault, director of Ella y el candidato (The Candidate's Wife); Jack Zagha, director of Adi??s mundo cruel (Good Bye Cruel World); Adriana Trujillo, director of F?®lix: Autoficciones de un traficante (Felix: Self-Fictions of a Smuggler); among others.

Seeking to make a tangible difference in the Latino community of Southern California, the Hola Mexico Film Festival will continue its support for local non-profit organizations, and selected eleven organizations to receive a significant allotment of festival tickets to fundraise or distribute among the community they serve. The list of the Hola Mexico Film Festival's non-profit partners:

Mexican Cultural Institute of LA: Los Angeles' leading Mexican cultural institution, welcomes all cultures to discover the talent and richness of Mexican and Latin American art. The depth and breadth of Latino cultures are represented in the Institute's permanent collection, exhibitions, and are complemented by performing arts events, cultural celebrations, and educational programs. Located in the artistic, cultural, and community gathering place of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the MCI is a center of cultural pride for Angelinos of all cultures.

The Mexican Cultural Institute is benefiting from the sale of tickets to the fest's closing movie: Adios Mundo Cruel, a creative comedy from Mexico that finds humor in a series of unfortunate events. It will take place on Wednesday, May 30 at 9:30 pm.

See trailer here http://www.holamexicoff.com/films/adios-mundo-cruel.

To inquire on discounted tickets, please email Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr., the Institute's director AKA El Editor de LatinoLA at abelardo@latinola.com or call him 323 821-6898.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the nation's premier center of Mexican American culture. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza's interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond.

Bienestar, committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities.?á Bienestar accomplishes this through community education, prevention, mobilization, advocacy, and the provision of direct social support services.

Dolores Mission Proyecto Pastoral: a community building organization whose mission is to provide training, education and social services with the Pico- Aliso/Boyle Heights district of East Los Angeles. Proyecto Pastoral coordinates five community based programs: Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP), a 90-day emergency shelter which provides meals, medical aid, case management, mental health services and workshops for homeless men;?á IMPACTO (Imaginando Ma??ana Pico-Aliso Community Team Outreach, an after-school academic and enrichment program for 2nd -12th grade youth.

Altamed: seeks to eliminate disparities in health care access and outcomes by providing superior quality health and human services through an integrated world-class delivery system for Latino, multi-ethnic and underserved communities in Southern California.

City of Lights: seeks to increase working-class Latino immigrant bicyclists' safety and empower them to educate and spread bicycle safety information and advocacy to their communities.

H.O.L.A.: provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.

La Plaza de La Raza: the only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders as a nonprofit organization, it offers affordable after-school, intergenerational arts education programs to nearly 5,000 children, teens and adults each year. Its mission is to foster enrichment of all cultures bridging the geographic, social, artistic, and cultural boundaries of Los Angeles, and beyond.

Libros Schmibros: a Los Angeles lending library & used bookshop located in the once majority-Jewish, now majority-Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Hatched by former NEA literature director and San Francisco Chronicle book critic David Kipen, Libros Schmibros is dedicated to bringing together writers, scholars, readers, and neighbors from across a large segment of Los Angeles.

Frijolywood: a national, charitable, literary and educational philanthropic organization, administered by a member board of dedicated professionals in the film, television and new media industries. The organization's goal is to provide scholarships, grants and work opportunities for Latin filmmakers in the US entertainment industry.

The Wall Las Memorias: offers innovating educational and prevention programs and several large awareness events. The agency provides a wide arrange of support services and community involvement opportunities for families, churches and individuals at high risk for HIV/AIDS.

?íAdi??s Clich?®s! ?íHola M?®xico! is the theme of the 2012 edition of the Hola Mexico Film Festival that, by showcasing an array of important subjects explored by the best of today's Mexican cinema, seeks to spark dialog and an introspective analysis of what it means to be Mexican in the 21st century and; celebrate the contrasting reality of Mexico.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival will showcase on the Opening Night Celebration on May 24th the USA premiere of the acclaimed film D?¡as de gracia (Days of Grace) directed and produced by Everardo Gout. Featuring impressive acting by a cast that includes Tenoch Huerta in the main character, its own visual language with a first rate photography and an intelligent juxtaposition of different times, the film depicts the reality of Mexico City like no other film has been able to until now.

D?¡as de gracia (Days of Grace) has been embraced by critics everywhere since its showcase at the Cannes Film festival, Rolling Stone Magazine, for example, named it the best Mexican film in the last 10 years. World celebrities like Will.i.am, among others revere it as a unique filmic experience.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival runs from May 24th to 30th of 2012. All screenings will take place at the Ricardo Montalb?ín Theatre (1615 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028). See www.holamexicoff.com for the schedule and ticket purchasing information.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival is sponsored by:









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