BHLIFE Film Festival

Latina Film Maker incubator

By Rafael Calderon
Published on LatinoLA: December 3, 2007

BHLIFE Film Festival

The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza (BHLIFE) the first festival with all an Latina filmmaker line up, is back for its third year and it will take place December 7th, 8th and 9th.

Founded by one of the most successful Latina writers of our generation, Josefina Lopez (writer Real Women Have Curves) aims to build a network of Latina filmmakers that will draw attention to the growing number of Latinas working behind the camera.

"The films of these Latinas constitute a body of work that acts as a powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of Latinas on screen", said Lopez. The festival will take place at Theatre CASA 0101 at 2009 East 1st St. 90033, Boyle Heights.

BHLIFE is a celebration of Latinas, their voices and their visions. BHLIFE is a festival that features the creative work of Latina film directors from all across the country. An event dedicated to the ongoing effort to represent the complexities of our community and the women within it.

The opening film will be "The Man of Two Havanas", by writer/ director Vivien Lesnik Weisman. The opening night Gala will take place at the brand new Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center which is operated by the Youth Opportunity Movement (LAYOM) located at 1600 East 4th St, Los Angeles CA.

LAYOM is operated by the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department and offers educational, employment, and counseling services to youth ages 14-21 years old. The organization has served more than 6,000 youth during the course of its six year history in the communities of Watts, Boyle Heights, and Pacoima. Representative Jos?® Huizar will be in attendance.

The 2007 festival will include Features, Shorts, Youth Media, Documentaries, Experimental/New Frontier and it promises to also spotlight films from across the country with Latina filmmakers from New York, Chicago, Boston, Tucson, Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Puerto Rico and, of course, Boyle Heights. Prizes are awarded at the film festival but the ultimate goal is the unification of Latina filmmakers in transforming their image to one that empowers and inspires.

This year's Festival Directors are Fanny Veliz (award winning filmmaker and actress) and Cynthia Vargas (NALIP).

BHLIFE is a production of CASA 0101, a non-profit community based performing arts organization dedicated to providing vital artistic, cultural, and educational programs in theater, digital filmmaking, art and dance. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law for 501(c) 3 organizations.

Contact us via e-mail at:rnÔÇó bhlifefestival@yahoo.com

For movie line-up and schedule go to: www.bhlife.org

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