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No 3D Glasses Required

The San Diego Latino Film Festival comes to life. Tonight's Highlight: Solo Quiero Caminar with Diego Luna

By Anthony Garcia
Published on LatinoLA: March 21, 2010


No 3D Glasses Required


I like life simple. I don't own a cell phone. I don't own a TV. I don't wear a watch. I don't even own a computer. I'm typing this story at the public library. So, I have only one thing that I look forward to each year; the opening and the closing events for the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Ok, so that's two things but this year I have over 185 things to look forward to because this year's festival features over 185 films, musical events, art and workshops.

I'm gonna be honest with you. I'm a little tired of going to my local 40 screen multi-plex cinema only to find the same two films showing in every theater. I mean how many times can you watch AVATAR in 3-D? (Ok, I admit it, I've already seen it five times.) But, you won't have to worry about that at the SD Latino Film Festival. There is a different film showing on every screen every day. And no 3-D glasses required.

Film, as an art form, not only tells stories but bring us together as a community. The San Diego Latino Film Festival, now in its 17th year, showcases some of the best films from not only the US and Latin America but from around the world. From drama to comedy, documentaries to animation even shorts there is something for everyone!!

You say it's still too cold outside for shorts? Well not these shorts because this year's festival features a variety of short films such as Borders on Film, Cine Mujer, and Cin?®-mation.

Ok, you really want to attend the festival but say to yourself that it's too far to drive. Well, not to worry because one of the featured sponsors of this year's festival, AMTRAK is offering a two-for-one special. Simply use the code H823 when purchasing online or at the AMTRAK ticket counter.

This year's closing gala showcased a hot 13-piece salsa band direct from Los Angeles called Rumbankete. This band features a very talented group of multicultural musicians that only focus on one thing; getting your feet to move. This year's closing event will be held at the newly-renovated US Grant Hotel in the historical Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego. The US Grant was recently purchased by the Sycuan band of Native Americans and they have been gracious enough to host the event.

Have you ever walked out of a film and said, "that was the best movie I've ever seen!" Or maybe you said, "that movie sucked!!" Well now is your chance to make your voice heard because your vote is your voice. Not only do you get to see a variety of great films, but you also get to vote for the Coraz??n film award of the festival. As you enter the theater, you are handed a ballot. You simply tear off a corner according to your vote i.e. Very Good, Good, Bad etc.

You say you've watched TMZ and said to yourself, "I can do that!" Well here's your chance to become part of the paparazzi because not only can you see great films but you can ask questions of many of the directors, actors and other people involved with the film. Some of the special guests include.

Tonight's Highlight

Solo Quiero Caminar with Diego Luna!!!!!!!!!!

7 pm

2009, 129 min., Spain / Mexico, 35mm *
Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Feature Narrative
In this stylish crime caper, Gloria, Aurora, Ana, and Paloma - a fearless band of female bank robbers - stage an elaborate job on the local Russian mob, but an injured Aurora gets left behind and nabbed by the police. While Aurora does her time, the three other women lie low. Ana reluctantly accepts Mexican crime boss Felix's marriage offer, and her life soon becomes a nightmare. Motivated by revenge, she begins to plot a dangerous strike that will require the help of her old friends. Starring Diego Luna, Adriana Gil, and Victoria Abril.


Oh and don't forget your camera for that special National Enquirer or People en Espa??ol close-up shot.

So, don't lead a simple life like me. Make life exciting and come on down to the San Diego Latino Film Festival at the Ultra Star Cinema, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108 located directly across from the Hazard Center Trolley stop. Or visit the San Diego Latino Film Festival at http://www.sdlatinofilm.com/.

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