BHLIFE: A Celebration of Latina Cinematic Visions

Film festival focuses on immigration issues, Dec. 8 - 10, 2006

By Josefina Lopez
Published on LatinoLA: December 7, 2006

BHLIFE: A Celebration of Latina Cinematic Visions

Josefina Lopez, acclaimed author of Real Women Have Curves; and CASA 0101 invite you to celebrate the voices and visions of Latina filmmakers in the Second Annual Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza.

BHLIFE will be a celebration of Latinas, their voices and their cinematic visions. The mission of the festival is to build a network of Latina filmmakers that will draw attention to the growing number of Latinas working behind the camera. The program of films constitutes a body of work that will act as a powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of Latinas on screen.

The festival will open with a screening of the feature length film, Buscando a Leti, a film that addresses the immigrant experience from the point of view of those that are left behind, in this case, children in Mexico. This opening night event will include a discussion of current immigration legislation. The film's director will be present and USC Professor Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, whose research focuses on Mexican undocumented immigration and transnational families, will facilitate the discussion.

The works of emerging filmmakers will be screened as well as those of more established film directors like Nancy De Los Santos, whose documentary The Bronze Screen was shown at the first BHLIFE festival, and 30 Days Before I'm Famous by Gabriela Tagliavani whose first film Ladies Night broke box office records in Mexico. Films will be screened in the categories of youth media, feature length dramas, feature length documentaries, dramatic shorts, documentary shorts, experimental shorts, and erotica. The 47 films featured in the festival come locally from Boyle Heights' artists as well as from filmmakers representing diverse Latino communities throughout the country. The cities represented include New York, Chicago, Tucson, Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.

BHLIFE will take place on December 8th-10th, 2006 at CASA 0101 Theatre Art Space, 2009 E. First St. in Boyle Heights. TICKET PRICES, Opening Night & Gala $20, Saturday and Sunday programs: $10 general admission, $8 students, $5 residents of Boyle Heights (Festival schedule is available at bhlife.org and myspace.com/bhlifefestival. For reservations please visit casa0101.org)rnrnFor more information regarding the program, please contact: Katynka Martinez, Festival Director, at bhlifefestival@yahoo.com, via phone at 323-440-4695, or visit bhlife.orgrn

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