Showcasing and Honoring Latinos Influentials in Film and Media

Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival, May 13-15, 2011

By John Ramirez, Festival Executive Director
Published on LatinoLA: February 25, 2011

Showcasing and Honoring Latinos Influentials in Film and Media

Please allow me to introduce you to the Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival. Now in its 8th year, this unique annual Los Angeles area event celebrates exclusively film and art that address the U.S. Latino experience. The 8th Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival will take place the weekend of May 13-15, 2011 at Pasadena's Regency Academy 6 Cinemas (1003 E. Colorado Blvd.).

While the U.S. Latino experience covers an extensive range of issues, contributions, and stories, Reel Rasquache is the only festival dedicated to showcasing and providing professional exhibition opportunities for unsung independent U.S. Latino filmmakers and under-recognized U.S. Latino artists as well as those international and/or non-Latino filmmakers and artists whose sensibilities bond their expression and creativity with U.S. Latino cultures and communities.

In addition to exhibiting new works by professional filmmakers and artists, Reel Rasquache works in partnership with two Los Angeles media organizations to showcase as part of the annual Rasquache festival, a Youth Filmmakers' program, which celebrates blind jury selected films by winning young filmmakers from Los Angeles area high schools and community-based youth media training centers.

Each year, Reel Rasquache honors Latinos influential in U.S. film and media with awards that recognize excellence in Entertainment Career Achievement, Pioneering new entertainment directions, and Trailblazing new media visibility. Past honorees have been Miguel Arteta, Enrique Castillo, Moctesuma Esparza, Evelina Fernandez, Betty Kaplan, Sylvia Morales, Lupe Ontiveros, Tony Plana, Lourdes Portillo, Franc Reyes, Lupita Tovar, Jesus Salvador Trevino, Wilmer Valderrama, Luis Valdez, Lijiah Villalobos, and Robert M. Young.

2011 will see the significant expansion of the festival's "Art" component with a U.S. Latino art exhibit concurrent with the film festival ( following are links to the artists that will be showcased in the exhibit: http://abelalejandre.com/; http://lilibernard.com/; http://pablocristi.com/url]; [url=http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=21774&id=1275300522]http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=21774&id=1275300522; http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/19601-cici-segura-gonzalez; http://www.yolandagonzalez.com/; http://www.patriciakrebs.com.ar/).

In 2010, Reel Rasquache introduced the Featured Artist award presented to master muralist, Eloy Torrez. The 2011 Featured Artist will be the Los Angeles born and based world-renown award-winning Gilbert "Magu" Lujan (http://magulandia.com/).

For eight years now the Festival has been a labor of love, carried and produced by a cadre of volunteers, all professionally involved in entertainment media as actors, publicists, editors, educators, directors and all passionately committed to advancing the cause of U.S. Latino visibility, leadership, and recognition in the entertainment industry.

Film submissions are invited through March 25, 2011. Submission forms and information available at www.reelrasquache.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like more information on Reel Rasquache.

John Ramirez
ph: 323.343.4207

About John Ramirez, Festival Executive Director:
Professor of Media Studies
Department of TV-Film-Media Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
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