A Venue for Aspiring Filmmakers

11th Cine Sin Fin is cementing its reputation as one of the premier film festivals in LA, Nov. 6 - 13

Published on LatinoLA: October 23, 2005

A Venue for Aspiring Filmmakers

In its second decade of production, the 11th Cine Sin Fin is cementing its reputation as one of the premier film festivals in Los Angeles. What started as a vision between brothers has exploded into an important catalyst for independent Chicano/a filmmakers and audiences alike.

This year, Cine Sin Fin: the 11th Annual East Los Angeles Chicana/o Film Festival, will be held from November 6-13, 2005. Please join us at the Barnsdall Theater Gallery for our Premier Night, Friday, November 11, 2005 when we will have a 7pm Screening of Danny Trejo's film "CHAMPION", followed by the "FIRME AWARDS" to celebrate the BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST SHORT FILM, BEST DOCUMENTARY, and The JOHN ALONZO Award for Cinematography and The ANTHONY QUINN Award for Acting.

CINE SIN FIN acts both as a venue and networking experience for aspiring filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and producers. "Our mission is to provide a venue for aspiring Chicana/o filmmakers to screen their films and videos", said Jaime Segal-Gutierrez, President of A La Brava Productions, at a press conference earlier this week.

The festival will showcase feature films such as MAID IN AMERICA, A LANGUAGE OF PASSION, LOWRIDING IN AZTLAN; NUESTRA FAMILIA - OUR FAMILY, FATMAN AND MR. TACO, CIUDAD NEZA: DE DIA Y NOCHE, and EL PADRINO, and shorts in the experimental, narrative, comedy and documentary categories.

CINE SIN FIN will also host a PANEL DISCUSSION on Nov. 11, 2005. The panel includes established filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, producers and activists to moderate a forum on the current issues facing the community, Hollywood and the growing trends of Hollywood towards the Chicana/o community. "The discussion is a forum for aspiring artists to ask career-defining questions among peers."

In addition, special workshops will be hosted throughout the week of November 6-13, 2005 (call for reservations). The workshops include: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA; DIRECTING; SCREENWRITING 1: "WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW"; SCREENWRITING 2:"CREATING THE BLOCKBUSTER"; PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT and TECHNICAL PRODUCTION. All workshops are coordinated by industry professionals and well attended.

"Our audience has consistently catered to the local communities of families, artists, producers, directors, and youth living in the City", said Eduardo Hinojosa-Espinoza, Vice President of A La Brava Productions.

CINE SIN FIN will be held at the following locations: A La Brava Headquarters in Boyle Heights; Casa del Mexicano, in the heart of Boyle Heights; the Echo Park Film Center, a community collaborative for film production and promotion; Barnsdall Theater Gallery, an Architectural treasure in Hollywood; Casa de Sousa Coffee House, restaurant and performance space at the historic Olvera Street; and the L.A. Youth Opportunity Program, a community youth organization located in San Fernando. (See schedule at www.alabrava.com for location dates, time and directions)

"We have worked to empower those individuals and organizations who make films that personify and humanize the Chicana/o experience and to bring that message to those who would otherwise not be familiar with it," said Ernesto Espinoza, Director of Cine Sin Fin, at a film presentation earlier this year.

CINE SIN FIN makes a special effort to inform the community of all our events with ticket giveaways to the local High Schools, Community Colleges, Community Groups, Senior Centers, Boy's and Girls Clubs. Ticket sales $5 donation (no one is turned away for lack of funds).

Event sponsored by: A La Brava Producciones Revolucionarias, Inc., a nonprofit group.

LatinoLA readers: Send an email with your name, address and phone number to Ernesto Espinoza at espinoza@nfwscmail.com. The first 10 readers who do so will receive tix to the Cine Sin Fin festival!

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