Choices, Consequences & Sacrifices

Feature film Six Thugs, Firme Awards conclude Cine Sin Fin festival, 11.14.06

By Alejo SIerra
Published on LatinoLA: November 12, 2006

Choices, Consequences & Sacrifices

Al La Brava Producciones Revolucionarias, Inc. proudly present the 12th Annual "Firme Awards" celebration as part the closing night festivities for the 12th Annual Cine Sin Fin East LA Chicano Film Festival. The Awards, along with the screening of homegrown feature film SIX THUGS, conclude a week of film screenings presented throughout urban Latino LA.

This year, the annual festival celebrates its final night in style at the historic Ricardo Montalb?n Theatre, located in the heart of the entertainment industry renaissance on the eastern edge of Tinseltown between Hollywood and Sunset at 1615 N. Vine St.

Home of NOSOTROS, a support organization for aspiring Latino talent, and the prestigious Golden Eagle Awards, both founded 36 years ago by the legendary actor for whom the building is named, the Ricarcdo Montalb?n Theatre stays true to the NOSOTROS mission by working in alliance with local, neighborhood arts organizations. While opening its doors to a diverse spectrum of live theatre, music, dance productions created in by Angelenos and touring artists, the Ricardo Montalb?n Theatre also seeks to nurture up-and-coming filmmakers and content creators who represent the city?s cultural roots. In partnership with the 12th Annual East LA Chicano Film Festival, NOSOTROS and it's parent, the Ricardo Montalb?n Foundation, are proud to host the closing ceremonies of an LA-based festival which screens independent Mexican American and Latino filmworks in Echo Park, El Sereno and downtown's historic Plaza Olvera.

"We're excited to be at the Montalb?n for the first time this year as we wrap up a week-long series of films in the community, and we are just as thrilled to be presenting SIX THUGS, a homegrown feature film as the highlight of our closing night event,? says festival President Jaime Segall-Gutierrez.

SIX THUGS, the dramatic featured being presented in conjunction with the annual Firme Awards, which are given to filmmakers chosen from among those who have participated in the festival, marks the directorial debut for actor, writer and producer Magdaleno ?Guic One? Robles, Jr. Produced in partnership with After Tha Fact Films and Executive Producer Leticia J. Robles, the film has generated nearly 40K views for a pair of trailers posted this summer on YouTube. One of the advance clips was described Scott Macauly, editor of Filmmaker Magazine and contributor to the The Daily Reel, as ?one of the most visually compelling and dramatically arresting? on the web.?

?It?s about choices, consequences and sacrifices,? says associate producer and co-writer Abel Salas about the story. ?It dares to the tell the truth about what?s really happening to our young people while challenging them to stand up for what they believe in and fight for what's right.?

The cast of the film includes veteran actors Rolando Molina (CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, NEXT FRIDAY), Robert Zepeda (GRIDIRON GANG, VICIOUS CIRCLE), NOEL G. (SPLINTER, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS), Demetrius Navarro (PURPLE HEART, E.R., NORTH BY EL NORTE). The film also introduces Andrea Jimenez as ?Carmen? and Gilbert Saldivar as ?Lil? Lucky? who are thrown together as pair of innocents swept up in a tidal wave of agony and violence that erupts unexpectedly on a beautiful, sunshine-filled day in the Southern California suburbs among a group of friends who all casualties in one way or another.

The 12th Annual East LA Chicano Film Festival runs from November 6th through November 14th, 2006 at select venues throughout Los Angeles that include: Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St.; Antigua Cultural Caf?, 4836 Huntington Dr.; Pico House Gallery at Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda St.; and the Ricardo Montalb?n Theatre, 1615 N. Vine St. This year, the festival focuses on the immigration issue and the immigrant experience as a thematic thread which ties many of the submissions together. For screening schedules and times,see www.cinesinfin.com or call (323) 265-2344.

A 501 c3 registered non-profit A La Brava Producciones Revolucionarias was founded in 1994 as a collaborative with roots in Boyle Heights by twin brothers Ernesto and Eduardo Espinoza, and brothers Jaime and Marcos Gutierrez. The Cine Sin Fin East LA Chicano Film Festival was launched to support the organization?s two-fold mission: to promote positive images of the Chicano experience, and provide a permanent venue to aspiring Chicano filmmakers and their cinematic stories.

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