OK, I have a confession to make. I?m afraid of the dark. I still look under the bed before I go to sleep at night. Maybe it was the story about the Boogey man or El Cucuy or the dreadful tales of La Llorona while growing up. Who knows? But, I endure my phobia every year to attend the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Now in its eleventh year, it is bigger and better than ever before.
This year?s films originate from not just Latin America but all over the globe. Last weekend I was treated to the first two new episodes of American Family and even met cast-member Yancey Arias and film director Gregory Nava. Without giving up too much of the storyline, the episodes comment on the war in Iraq while taking us back in time to the Mexican Revolution.
This Thursday, March 18, 2004, supermodel Patricia Velasquez, will be appearing at the festival. Patricia was born in Guajira, Venezuela. She can be seen in such movies as The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns. Wow!! I?m sorry...was I salivating?
Emmy Award winning stage and screen star John Leguizamo will also be appearing on Saturday, March 20, 7:30 pm and will introduce the film he directed ?Undefeated.? There are lots of other surprises this year such as the Sonido Latino component. Every night, the Madstone Theater, host of this year?s festival, is featuring a musical or dance performance, free with your paid admission. In addition, there are the gala fiestas taking place throughout San Diego with lots of live salsa music. For more info on the festival visit their website at: http://www.sdlatinofilm.com/index.html
And, if you see me this weekend at the movies, be sure to say hello. I?ll be the one checking underneath the seat when the lights go off.
Anthony Garcia is an educator at Santa Ana College and an avid salsa dancer. He is still afraid of the dark.