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7th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival, June 6

Cal State L.A. announces new venue and film line-up for the 7th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival

Published on LatinoLA: June 6, 2010


7th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival, June 6


Celebrating its seventh year, the Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival--originally hosted on the Cal State L.A. campus--will be moving to the Regency Academy 6 Cinemas in Pasadena, Friday-Sunday, June 4th-6th. Festival Director and Professor of Media Studies at Cal State L.A., Dr. John Ramirez recently announced the move to their new venue and also announced the film line-up for the 2010 Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival.

"Reel Rasquache is honored to be showcasing a selection of Features, Documentaries and Shorts at the 2010 Art & Film Festival," says Dr. Ramirez. Kicking off their opening night will be "Pepe & Santo vs. America" a comedy drama by Javier Chapa and Greg Pohl. "Pepe & Santo vs. America" tells the story of Pepe, a na?ve, south-of-the-border immigrant in search of his grandmother's dying wish of the "Mexican Dream."

Also premiering at the 7th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival is "Eloy Take Two" a 30 min. documentary by filmmaker Roberto Oregel, a journey that takes you into the creative mind of Eloy Torrez, the 2010 Reel Rasquache Featured Artist.

Closing the festival will be the psychological thriller, "The Devil's Tail," which is the story of a man whose search for his missing friend in the Yucatan of Mexico, turns his predictable life upside down.

Following is ticket information and program schedule. For more on the three-day Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival, please visit the official website: www.reelrasquache.org.

TICKET INFORMATION:
General Admission: $10 per program
Opening Night Film w/Reception: $25
Closing Film w/Award Show & Awards Reception: $30

Weekend Pass w/Receptions: $75
Weekend Pass w/o Receptions: $60
Saturday Pass: $40
Sunday Pass w/Awards & Reception: $50
Sunday Pass w/o Awards & Reception: $30

Students, seniors, and military personnel receive 50% discount on all above prices at the box office only with proper identification during Festival weekend.

Free Registration: Limited seating, to secure your seat, send email to rsvp@reelrasquache.org


PROGRAM & FILM SCHEDULE:

PROGRAM ONE - $25
Friday, June 4
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Screen A

Pepe & Santo vs. America
(Prod. Pejman Partiyeli, Javier Chapa, Vince Lazzo, Steven Stromberg; Writ. Javier Chapa, Greg Pohl; Dir. Javier Chapa, USA, 97 min., Comedy Drama, 2009)
Los Angeles Premiere
This is America as seen through the eyes of Pepe, a na?ve, south-of-the-border immigrant searching for his grandmother's dying wish, the "Mexican Dream:" two thousand dollars down on a home and a lifetime mortgage. Coming from a much simpler world, Pepe (and his best friend Santo, the
inanimate Patron Saint of Immigrants) cross the border to find an array of characters: from real estate moguls to day laborers, Mexican telenovela stars to dead grandmothers, everyone plays their part in Pepe's journey, each struggling to find their own version of the "American Dream."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAZzyCdrvSg


Preceding Pepe & Santo vs. America:

Welcome to the World
(Writ./Dir. Ren? Pe??aloza Galv?n, USA/Mexico/Spain, 14 min., Drama, 2009)
California Premiere
A personal immigrant story about a father and a son reunited in New York City after ten years of separation. Shot entirely in Brooklyn with non-professional actors, the film follows them in their first day together.

http://welcome2theworld.wordpress.com


Friday, June 4
9:30 11:00 PM
Opening Reception
El Portal Restaurant
695 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-8553
www.elportalrestaurant.com


PROGRAM TWO - $10
Friday, June 4
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Screen B

Pepe & Santo vs. America
(Prod. Pejman Partiyeli, Javier Chapa, Vince Lazzo, Steven Stromberg; Writ. Javier Chapa, Greg Pohl; Dir. Javier Chapa, USA, 97 min., Comedy Drama, 2009)
Los Angeles Premiere
This is America as seen through the eyes of Pepe, a na?ve, south-of-the-border immigrant searching for his grandmother's dying wish, the "Mexican Dream:" two thousand dollars down on a home and a lifetime mortgage. Coming from a much simpler world, Pepe (and his best friend Santo, the
inanimate Patron Saint of Immigrants) cross the border to find an array of characters: from real estate moguls to day laborers, Mexican telenovela stars to dead grandmothers, everyone plays their part in Pepe's journey, each struggling to find their own version of the "American Dream."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAZzyCdrvSg


Preceding Pepe & Santo vs. America:

Welcome to the World
(Writ./Dir. Ren? Pe??aloza Galv?n, USA/Mexico/Spain, 14 min., Drama, 2009)
California Premiere
A personal immigrant story about a father and a son reunited in New York City after ten years of separation. Shot entirely in Brooklyn with non-professional actors, the film follows them in their first day together.

http://welcome2theworld.wordpress.com


Saturday, June 5 - Free
10:00-11:30 AM
Screen A
Youth Filmmaking Workshop


PROGRAM THREE Free Registration rsvp@reelrasquache.org
Saturday, June 5
10:00-11:30 AM
Screen B

The Philosopher Kings
(Dir. Patrick Shen, USA, 70 min., Documentary, 2010)
In search of wisdom found in unlikely places, The Philosopher Kings takes us on a journey through the halls of the most elite and prestigious colleges and universities in America by interweaving the untold stories of triumph and tragedy from the staff members who se it all and have been through it all: the custodians.

http://philosopherkingsmovie.com/fests/Trailers/ThePhilosopherKings_Trailer2_h264_640x360.mov


Saturday, June 5 - Free
12:00 2:30 PM
Screen A
Youth Filmmakers' Showcase


PROGRAM FOUR - $10
Saturday, June 5
12:00 2:00 PM
Screen B

Animas Perdidas/Lost Souls
(Dir. Monika Navarro, USA, 57 min., Documentary, 2010)
Augie and Gino were living the American dream. Raised and educated in the United States since childhood, they were also proud veterans of the U.S. military. But in 1999, these two brothers were forced to leave the only country they'd ever known -- and one they'd sworn to protect. Deported to Mexico by the U.S. government, they had to start over and forge new lives in an unfamiliar "homeland." Within two weeks, one of the brothers overdosed on heroin in a Tijuana hotel room. His body was left unclaimed for two months in a mass grave. Filmmaker Monika Navarro travels to Mexico and pieces together the tragic events of her uncles' deportation, opening a Pandora's box of family secrets.

www.animasperdidas.com


Memories of a Dreamer
(Dir. Alisson Larrea, Canada, 51 min., Documentary, 2007)
Los Angeles Premiere
A first-hand account of the hardship suffered by a political prisoner of Chile's cruel 1973 military coup d'?tat and subsequent inhumane dictatorship. More than thirty years after, F?lix Mora relives the shocking details of the human right abuses he suffered, his escape from the dictatorship, and the challenges he faced as an exile in Italy and Canada.

http://www.choicesvideo.net/prdct_pgs/memoriesofadreamer.html



PROGRAM FIVE Free Registration rsvp@reelrasquache.org
Saturday, June 5
3:00 4:30 PM
Screen A
Distribution Workshop


PROGRAM SIX - $10
Saturday, June 5
2:30 4:00 PM
Screen B

The Missing Pages
(Dir. Salvador Paniagua Jr., USA, 14 min., Drama, 2009)
Los Angeles Premiere
Rudy comes home for lunch after not seeing his father for three years ad discovers a painful secret.

http://missingpages.weebly.com/trailer.html


La Segunda Opci??n / The Second Choice
(Dir. Alberto Belli, Mexico/USA, 8 min., Drama, 2009)
A single immigrant mother will try to raise her son on righteousness, without realizing that life won't help her teachings.

http://www.albertobelli.com/TSCtrailer.html


A Crushing Love
(Dir. Sylvia Morales, USA, 58 min., Documentary, 2009)
Celebrate the integral role of women activists who led the Chicano movement while asking "How the hell did they do it and raise their kids?" The film features Martha Cortero, Cherrie Moraga, Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, Alicia Escalante, and Delores Huerta all mujeres fuertes and community leaders.



PROGRAM SEVEN - $10
Saturday, June 5
5:00 7:00 PM
Screen A

Johnny Be Good
(Writ./Dir. Raymond E. Spiess Jr., USA, 20 min., Drama, 2009)
World Premiere
A young man's journey to gain his father's love.

As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos
(Dir. Laura Varela, USA, 54 min., Documentary, 2009)
The personal toll and legacy of the Vietnam War on three South Texas artists: visual artist Juan Farias, author Michael Rodriguez and poet/performance artist Eduardo Garza.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9R5pKie-HY


PROGRAM EIGHT - $10
Saturday, June 5
4:30 6:30 PM
Screen B

Breaking Borders: Cross Dressers & Drag Queens of El Paso
(Dir. Diana Cordova, USA, 13 min., Documentary, 2009)
Los Angeles Premiere
Every Thursday night at a local Taco Caba??a in El Paso, Texas, Manuel Nunez and friends put o a cross dressing drag show titled, "Samantha's Travesti Show." Through the use of comedy and entertainment, Samantha, Viviana and Zayda break the borders of transsexual identity and acceptance.

http://www.vimeo.com/10369211


Salud
(Writ./Dir. Cheyann Montiel Reagan, USA, 10 min., 2010)
World Premiere
Three friends escape into the nightlife but realize you can only escape from reality for so long before it catches up to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa5-zjKps_c


Back to Life
(Writ./Dir. Desi del Valle & Hollie Lemarr, USA, 12 min., 2009)
Following the death of Trista's girlfriend, the comforting shoulder of straight gal-pal Monica turns into more in this gentle story of love between friends.


The Portrait of a Lady
(Dir. Julio Gomez, USA, 59 min., 2009)
Los Angeles Premiere
Join Barbara Herr on her emotional life journey. This film follows her from her beginnings as a boy in the Bronx, NY, as a young man in Puerto Rico, to the lady she became in USA. Witness her aspirations for the future; a journey of love, life, sadness and humanity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erYLzZFIueg


PROGRAM NINE - $10
Saturday, June 5
7:30 9:30 PM
Screen A

Ghostown
(Writ./Dir. Kenneth Castillo, USA, 90 min., Drama, 2009)
West Coast Premiere
Having lived in Ghostown for his entire life, Christian is forced to deal with the truth about his mother's death.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCUCjuhFdpc&feature=related


Preceding Ghostown:

Taught to Hate
(Dir. James Garcia Sotomayor, Writ. James Garcia Sotomayor & Rich Caban, USA, 27 min., Drama, 2009)
Inspired by hate crimes against two Ecuadoreans in New York, this is the story of a Latino immigrant trying to find a job in America who crosses paths with an American family whose uncle's racism has devastating impact.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6YP7Q8Q2EI


PROGRAM TEN - $10
Saturday, June 5
7:00 9:00 PM
Screen B

Machetero
(Writ./Dir. vagabond, USA, 90 min., Drama, 2009)
Los Angeles Premiere
Machetero is about terrorism and terrorists, how they are defined and by whom. It is a film that asks us to challenge the way in which we view the events that play out in the world. It is a film about the cyclical nature of violence that is perpetuated by those who choose to oppress and those who choose to no longer be oppressed. Vagabond's first feature film, which he wrote, produced and directed stars Isaach de Bankol? (The Limits Of Control, Manderlay, Ghost Dog), Not4Prophet (of the punk band RICANSTRUCTION and hip-hop duo X-VANDALS) and Dylcia Pagan (a former Puerto Rican political prisoner and prisoner of war who served 20 years in US prisons). Machetero has screened all around the world. The film is about the violent struggle for Puerto Rico's independence from US colonialism and has garnered awards in South Africa, Wales, England, Thailand, Ireland and New York.

http://www.machetero-movie.com/MACHETERO/Welcome.html


Preceding Machetero:

Tijuaneros
(Writ./Dir. P.A. Bobadilla, USA/Mexico, 20 min., Drama, 2009)
An aspiring photographer must choose between his camera or a gun when he captures the death of his best friend on his camera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqyUB6OvlN8



PROGRAM ELEVEN - $10
Saturday, June 5
10:00 PM Midnight
Screen A

Primos
(Dir. Belinda Salazar, Writ. Oskar Toruno, USA, 92 min., Comedy, 2009)
Up In Smoke for the 21st Century!! All Beto Hernandez wanted to do in life was to Rap- But how can he with all the Crazy Family, Friends & Foes in his Cartoony Life!? Struggling rapper Beto races to recover the cash needed to participate in the rap contest that could prove his ticket to fame in this rollicking urban comedy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGxohQazyBY



PROGRAM TWELVE - $10
Saturday, June 5
9:30 PM 12:30 AM
Screen B

Bound by Honor (aka Blood In Blood Out)
(Dir. Taylor Hackford, Writ. Ross Thomas, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Jeremy Iacone, Floyd Mutrux, Cast: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo, Billy Bob Thornton, Lupe Ontiveros, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Raymond Cruz, David Labiosa, Lindsey Ginter, USA, 180 min., Drama, 1993)
This classic epic Chicano film opens in 1972, as half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo are members of an East L.A. gang known as "Vatos Locos." The story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of drugs alter these young men's lives. Miklo gets imprisoned at San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself, and Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but heroin addiction overcomes him, while Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal," Miklo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-nV0AiCuWk



PROGRAM THIRTEEN - $10
Sunday, June 6
12:00 2:00 PM
Screen A

Eloy Take Two
(Dir. Roberto Oregel, USA, 30 min., Documentary, 2010)
World Premiere
A journey into the creative mind and work of Los Angeles muralist/artist and singer/song writer, Eloy Torrez.


Visions of Aztl?n
(Dir. Jes??s Salvador Trevi??o, USA, 60 min., Documentary, 2010)
Paintings by and about Chicanos today can be found on prominent display in some of the nation's top museums and can command top dollar at some of this country's most exclusive art galleries. It wasn't always so. Mexican-American artists were inspired by the struggles for justice and political equality that marked the early Chicano Movement. In the film, California artist and art historian Amalia Mesa-Baines explains, "The Chicano Movement gave me a sense of identity, it gave me a source of energy and it inspired me." That sentiment is echoed by many of the painters and sculptors highlighted.


PROGRAM FOURTEEN - $10
Sunday, June 6
12:30 2:00 PM
Screen B

La Clave
(Dir. Mariella Sosa, USA, 80 min., Documentary, 2009)
West Coast Premiere
Enjoy the beats of the hottest stars of reggaeton and the old school greats of salsa, as this fascinating documentary explores how two different styles of music have so much in common and how their music is all composed under "La Clave" the five-note two-bar rhythm patterns that are the backbone of Salsa and all Afro-Cuban based music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RXMZAGF6YA



PROGRAM FIFTEEN Free Registration rsvp@reelrasquache.org
Sunday, June 6
2:30 4:00 PM
Screen A
Directors' Roundtable



PROGRAM SIXTEEN - $10
Sunday, June 6
2:30 4:00 PM
Screen B

P-Star Rising
(Dir. Gabriel Noble, USA, 83 min., Documentary, 2009)
Los Angeles Premiere
A talented young hip-hop performer becomes the vehicle for her father's unfulfilled ambitions in the feature documentary P-STAR RISING. At the dawn of hip-hop's breakthrough into the mainstream in the early 1980s, Jesse Diaz was poised for fame, success, and wealth - but a prison sentence soon quashed his dreams. Though Jesse manages to reclaim his life and regain custody of his two
young daughters, lost to the foster care system while he was incarcerated and after their mother succumbed to drug addiction, he struggles to support his family as a single dad. Broke, unemployed, and living in temporary housing, he pins his hopes for the family's fortunes on his youngest daughter, Priscilla AKA P-Star. Recognizing Priscilla's natural musical talent and precocious personality, Jesse sets out to realize his deferred dreams of hip-hop stardom by making the nine year-old the next rap phenomenon - "the youngest girl on the scene."

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/p-star-rising/film.html


PROGRAM SEVENTEEN - $10
Sunday, June 6
4:30 6:30 PM
Screen A

The Devil's Tail
(Dir. Christopher Comrie, Writ. Samantha Swan, Canada, 115 min., Drama, 2008)
Los Angeles Premiere
Filmmakers Christopher Comrie and Samantha Swan have won rave reviews for The Devil's Tail, the story of a man who searches for his missing friend in the Yucatan of Mexico and finds his predictable life turned upside down. The movie, shot on a budget that was less than the catering budget of many films, has been racking up awards all over the continent including the Mexico International Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Orlando Hispanic Film Festival and the Beloit International Film Festival. The film explores the effect that one charismatic, egomaniacal sociopath can have on the lives of all those around him, while simultaneously endearing himself to all of them, such that they will do or believe almost anything for or about him. It is at once surreal and unbelievable but also strangely familiar as we see that the need to believe in someone we think is better than ourselves is, in fact, a universal truth.

http://www.thedevilstailmovie.com/the-film/trailer/


PROGRAM EIGHTEEN - $30
Sunday, June 6
4:30 6:30 PM
Screen B

The Devil's Tail
(Dir. Christopher Comrie, Writ. Samantha Swan, Canada, 115 min., Drama, 2008)
Los Angeles Premiere
Filmmakers Christopher Comrie and Samantha Swan have won rave reviews for The Devil's Tail, the story of a man who searches for his missing friend in the Yucatan of Mexico and finds his predictable life turned upside down. The movie, shot on a budget that was less than the catering budget of many films, has been racking up awards all over the continent including the Mexico International Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Orlando Hispanic Film Festival and the Beloit International Film Festival. The film explores the effect that one charismatic, egomaniacal sociopath can have on the lives of all those around him, while simultaneously endearing himself to all of them, such that they will do or believe almost anything for or about him. It is at once surreal and unbelievable but also strangely familiar as we see that the need to believe in someone we think is better than ourselves is, in fact, a universal truth.

http://www.thedevilstailmovie.com/the-film/trailer/



PROGRAM EIGHTEEN
Sunday, June 6
7:00 8:30 PM
Screen B
2010 Rasquache Awards

Career Achievement Betty Kaplan
Pioneer Enrique Castillo
Trailblazer Ligiah Villalobos
Honored Artist Eloy Torrez
& the Festival's Best in Feature, Documentary, Short & Audience Choice


PROGRAM EIGHTEEN
Sunday, June 6
8:30 10:00 PM
Gala Awards Reception
El Portal Restaurant
695 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-8553
www.elportalrestaurant.com





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