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Tenth edition of Latino Film Festival begins March 13

By Ethan van Thillo
Published on LatinoLA: March 4, 2003


Cine in San Diego


Media Arts Center San Diego announces the Tenth Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF 2003), taking place March 13-23, 2003 at the new Madstone Theaters located in the Hazard Center in Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Dr.).

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the 2003 festival will occupy three screens for eleven days and will present an astounding 90 films and videos from throughout Latin America and United States. In addition, the festival will feature Gala Celebrations, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and unique student outreach screenings.

Local audiences will have the rare opportunity to meet with San Diego Latino Film Festival's guest list of over 75 filmmakers and actors from Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Argentina and throughout the United States.

Confirmed feature films for the festival include: 2003 Sundance Film Festival entry LOS LUNES AL SOL (Spain) starring Oscar & Golden Globe nominee Javier Berdem, Fernando Sari?ana?s CIUDADES OSCURAS (Mexico) starring Diego Luna, screen legend Katy Jurado's last film UN SECRETO DE ESPERANZA (Mexico), LOS ZAFIROS (CUBA/USA), 2003 Sundance Film Festival entry RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS (U.S.A.), VIDAS PRIVADAS (Argentina) starring Gael Garcia & Cecilia Roth, "Ariel" winner CUENTO DE HADAS PARA DORMIR COCODRILOS (Mexico), VIVIR MATA (Mexico) starring Susana Zabaleta, MI CASA ES SU CASA (U.S.A.) starring Laura Harring, 12 HORAS (Puerto Rico) starring Charlie Masso, FIDEL (USA/Cuba), TODAS LAS AZAFATAS VAN AL CIELO (Argentina), DOMESTICAS (Brazil) from Golden Globe nominated director Fernando Meirelles, SPEAKER PHONE (Brazil), EN LA PUTA VIDA (Uruguay), UNA CASA CON VISTA AL MAR (Venezuela), LA YUNTA BRAVA (Peru), and SIN NOTICIAS DE DIOS (Mexico/Spain) starring Penelope Cruz, Demian Bichir and Gael Garcia.

With over 12,000 people attending last year's festival, I encourage San Diego and Baja California audiences to see what others have been experiencing for the past nine years. Our tenth anniversary festival will have something for everyone including family oriented films, opportunities to meet Latino celebrities, the very best of current Mexican, Cuban and Spanish Cinema, musical entertainment and much more.

Presenting Sponsor: LINCOLN & THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LINCOLN MERCURY DEALERS. Major Sponsor: THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Festival Day Sponsors: SANDIEGO.COM & TELEMUNDO 33 SAN DIEGO - TIJUANA. Gala Sponsor: REMY MARTIN. Student Outreach Sponsor: SAN DIEGO METROPOLITAN TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT BOARD. Screen Sponsor: BANK OF AMERICA. Film Sponsors: SEMPRA ENERGY, YOLANDA S. WALTHER-MEADE, BULBO, BAJA FRESH, UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY and MACY'S. Printer Sponsor: DIEGO & SON PRINTING INC. Television Sponsor: TELEMUNDO 33 SAN DIEGO - TIJUANA. Radio Sponsors: KLOVE 102.9 FM, LA NUEVA 106.5 FM, & MAGIC 92.5 FM. Internet Sponsor: SIGNONSANDIEGO.COM. Newspaper Sponsors: EL LATINO SAN DIEGO, HISPANOS UNIDOS, EL MEXICANO, EL SOL DE SAN DIEGO and ENLACE.

SDLFF 2003 is also made possible with the financial support from the following city, federal and state agencies: CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, and The CITY OF SAN DIEGO COMMISSION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE.

The San Diego Latino Film Festival has been providing local San Diego and Baja California audiences with the rare chance to see works by and/or about the Latino experience for the past nine years. Over 500 films/videos have been screened and 45,000 people have attended. SDLFF is a production of Media Arts Center San Diego. Media Arts Center San Diego is a non-profit organization nurturing and supporting media artists working in film, video, audio and computer-based multimedia. The organization seeks to provide a forum for and promote the diversity of interests of San Diego Border Region media artists through regular screenings, educational outreach, distribution, film festivals, production and technical assistance, scholarships and fiscal sponsorships. Most recently Media Arts Center San Diego produced the highly successful Fourth Annual Cine Mexicano: Mexican Film Series held August through November 2002 at Madstone Theaters in Mission valley and attended by over 7,000 people.

Ticket prices: $8.00 General Audience and $6.00 Students/Seniors. A Film Pass can be purchased for $70 (includes entrance to 11 films). A Festival Pass can be purchased for $175 (includes all 100 programs, free t-shirt, and entrance into Opening Night, Centerpiece and Saturday Night Gala Celebrations). Festival Pass and Film Pass are transferable. Advanced tickets can be purchased on the festival?s website (http://www.sdLatinoFilm.com ) or by calling (619) 230-1938.
For complete festival schedule and ticket information visit the festival?s website at http://www.sdLatinoFilm.com or call (619) 230-1938.





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