Reel Rasquache Returns

Cal State LA to showcase independent Latino films, April 29

Published on LatinoLA: April 2, 2005

Reel Rasquache Returns

Reel Rasquache 2005 - Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art returns for its second year on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. The Festival will be held at the Luckman Intimate Theatre on Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1. Reel Rasquache 2005 will present approximately 20 new independent Latino films and videos from across the nation, guest filmmaker Q & A sessions, panel presentations, celebrity awards, and a Los Angeles high school student film showcase.

The event will pay tribute to award-winning writer/director Jes?s Salvador Trevi?o's landmark Ra?ces de sangre/Roots of Blood, which depicts the struggle to form an international union of garment workers in a Texas border town. The first co-production involving Mexican and Chicano actors from both sides of the border, it was selected as one of the 25 Most Significant Films of Latin American Cinema at the 1991 36th Annual International Film Festival of Valladolid, Spain.

Trevi?o (pictured), who began his career by documenting the 1960s Chicano civil rights struggle, is internationally known for his PBS documentaries that include America Tropical, Yo Soy Chicano, La Raza Unida, Chicano Moratorium, and The Salazar Inquest. Noted television directing credits include NYPD Blue, ER, The Practice, Chicago Hope, Dawson's Creek, Star Trek: Voyager and Deep Space Nine, among many others.

Reel Rasquache 2005 will also include an art exhibition, music by Ollin, and multimedia performances of poetry and spoken word by In Lak Ech/Mujeres de maiz and by poet Juan Felipe Herrera with graffiti artist Nuke to provide a unique West Coast celebration of works by and about U.S. Latino communities and experiences.

Reel Rasquache 2005 is cosponsored by Cal State L.A., College of Arts and Letters, Department of Communication Studies, the CSULA Rockefeller Humanities Residency Program, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, SONY Pictures Entertainment, and Metro.

This year, Reel Rasquache will be preceded by a forum sponsored by the CSU and Cal State L.A. on the role of the CSU in building the entertainment workforce.

On the evening of Friday, April 29, the Reel Rasquache 2005 kick-off program will feature a spoken word performance by L.A.-based poet, Antonieta Villamil, to be followed by the Los Angeles premi?re of New York filmmaker Albert Xavier's gripping urban action drama, Pasaporte Rojo/Red Passport. The film captures the truisms of a Dominican culture by filming actual members of the community as players and extras in authentic locations throughout New York City. Albert Xavier will be in attendance.

Reel Rasquache 2005 will also showcase a free Saturday mid-day program featuring documentary filmmaker Hector Gonzalez' work-in-progress, East Side Sounds, on the rock 'n' roll scene in '60s East Los Angeles, followed by a live music performance by Cannibal and the Headhunters.

For updated program and Web site information, call Festival director John Ramirez at (323) 343-4207.

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