One of my earliest memories of Latino Hollywood began with a busload of my fellow college students heading to a movie premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater. The film featured a new Latino talent who had recently starred as Ritchie Valens in the film "La Bamba". His name was Lou Diamond Phillips and the film was called "Stand and Deliver".
For his role, Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe as "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture." Though Edward James Olmos was the star of the film, Phillips stole the show in the role of Angel, a cholo turning his life around. Based on the life of Jaime Escalante, an inner city math teacher who demanded more from his students and allowed them to achieve their dreams, Angel's role was the most endearing.
Phillips was in attendance at this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival for a screening of a new film Filly Brown starring rising star Gina Rodriguez along with Edward James Olmos and Jenni Rivera. If you missed it you're in luck. The film screens again Saturday, March 16.
But, don't wait till then to come to the 20th San Diego Latino Film Festival. There are a number of other great films, documentaries and shorts that you will not want to miss along with the directors, artists and stars who bring the characters and stories to life.
The Twentieth anniversary of the San Diego Latino Film Festival will not disappoint!
The festival runs from Thursday, March 7 through March 17, 2013 at the Digiplex Mission Valley Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive #100, San Diego, California 92108.
Be sure not to miss the Centerpiece Party at the beautiful FLUXX Nightclub in the historic Gaslamp District. Come dance to the irresistible beats of the STYLETONES, or sip a beverage and hang out with friends. VIP guests from the night's films will also be in attendance for meet and greet.
Wednesday, MARCH 13, 2013
9:00 PM ÔÇô 1:30 AM
500 4th Avenue
San Diego, 92101
A highlight of this year's Centerpiece event is FREE transportation from the Digiplex Mission Valley Cinemas directly to FLUXX. To order your tickets today or for more information visit the San Diego Latino Film Festival website at: