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Voter’s Choice Instructions:

View all films first, then vote for your top 10 by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page.

 A Miracle of Love After an accident riding a bicycle at age seven, this child must live with the consequences of handicap by surviving the accident. His adult life is presented and as day to day he tries to have a good quality of life with all the conditions that he developed due to not having part of the frontal bone.
Director: Josue Vera
Writer: Josue Vera
Key Cast: Jean Rodriguez
TRT: 04:48

 Alone A young woman is battling with her depression during a pandemic. She must face her fears to stop pretending she is okay and make the difficult decision that she needs help.
Director: Melissa Carvajal, Devin Redmond
Writer: Melissa Carvajal, Devin Redmond
Key Cast: Melissa Carvajal, Sonia Carvajal
TRT: 04:54

 Amor Encerrado Amor Encerrado is a Spanish animated short film about a passionate Janitor who finds himself at the center of a Telenovela wedding scandal with his cleaning supplies.
Director: Nory Gonzalez
Writer: Nory Gonzalez
TRT: 01:57

 Coqui Serenade A man sings to his loved one from the afterlife through the night time songs of the Puerto Rican Coqui frogs.
Director: Mariela R.

TRT: 01:49

Chicago A short film describing the streets of Chicago through the eyes of a young man.

Director: Mildred Amador
TRT: 01:35

Double Cultura
As the only English speaker of the house, twelve-year-old Marisol takes on the overwhelming responsibility of being her immigrant mother’s translator. Much of her own life is disrupted to aid her Spanish-speaking mother, Gloria, navigate an English-speaking world. From fully translating medical terminology and being the bearer of bad news, Marisol is thrown into an anxiety-inducing situation being the sole channel of communication between Gloria and her doctor.

Director: Yessenia Sánchez
Writer: Yessenia Sánchez
Key Cast: Raquel Yañez, Debora Balardini, Xander Jackson, Michelle Reiss
TRT: 8:32

For Martí:
Identity, solitude, bullying, and immigration. Various conflicts of modernity are presented through the eyes of a young Hispanic girl, born in the United States, who just wants to escape from a world that is constantly making her feel lonely and different from her peers. She takes refuge in the poetry of Cuban icon, Jose Martí.

Director: George Ebro
Writer: George Ebro
Key Cast:  Andrea Saiz, George Ebro, Ibis Ebro, Jorge Ebro
TRT 4:00

Hirviendo:
A Latina daughter confronts her machista father about attending a faraway college while cooking caldo.

Director: Wendy Medina Herrera
Writer: Wendy Medina Herrera, Karla Sánchez
Key Cast: Karina Hurtado, Oscar Sánchez
TRT 03:57

I Am Soil Breaking Off:
Videopoetry: A metaphor about national identity and migration as a mangrove seed and its journey.

Director: Paloma Sierra
Writer: Paloma Sierra
Key Cast: Andrew Edwards, Dusty Sanders, Sebastian Gutierrez

It Happened One Day in East LA:
How would someone from the 1960’s react to photos of modern day America?

BEN, a high school photographer in civil rights era Los Angeles, struggles with being part of the social justice movements around him. He would rather focus on his photography. That is until a magic camera reveals to him the bigger picture he needed to take part in the largest student demonstrations in U.S. history, the 1968 East LA walkouts.

Director: Victor R. Aguilar
Writer: Victor R. Aguilar, Roxanne Joseph
Key Cast: Danny Cano, Daniel Leiva
TRT 14:42

Imagination:


DirectorIsabel Camacho
Writer: Isabel Camacho
Key Cast: Samantha Camacho
TRT: 01:16

Lessons From My Mother:
This film follows widowed mom, Esther, and her daughter, Fer’s, quirky misadventures to rebuild a family after death. Fer guides us through her mother’s lessons on dating men as she fails at finding the right date herself. These failed attempts land them chasing financial stability instead at the funerals of freshly widowed rich men. All the while Fer has a secret of her own, she’s gay.

Director: Aurora Jimenez
Writer: Aurora Jimenez
Key Cast: Angeli Zaldivar, Kriss Dozal, Alejandro Patino
TRT 11:20

Memory Gap:
As Mili prepares for a date with her husband, she blissfully unaware of how dangerous the outside world has become. Despite her sons’ best efforts, she is determined to meet with her husband.

Director: Eduardo Calero
Writer: Eduardo Ruben Calero
Key Cast: Catherine Geller, Miguel Wilson, Kyle Portela
TRT 15:33

No Human Being is Illegal:

Director: Samuel Villagra-Stanton
 
TRT: 14:32

Nuestro Rostro (Our Face):
The filmmaker explores her relationship to make-up, an art that she believes can empower herself and others.

Director: Damaris Calderon
Writer: Damaris Calderon

TRT: 02:51

Oda a los Frijoles / Ode to the Beans:
A literary and visual rendition to beans, this experimental short merges a cooking recipe with archival footage of immigrants and fieldworkers.

Director: Karolina Esqueda
Writer: Karolina Esqueda

TRT: 03:53

Pandemates:
What happens when two friends decide to quarantine together during a worldwide pandemic. Will their contrasting personalities drive them crazy or will their friendship strive?

Director: Devin Redmond
Writer: Melissa Carvajal, Milbelynn Soto, Devin Redmond
Key Cast: Melissa Carvajal, Milbelynn Soto

TRT: 05:22

Señora Océano:
A poetic short focusing on ocean conservation.

Director: Omar De León
Writer: Omar De León
TRT: 03:00

The High Tea:
A story of a female acting student facing challenges of boundaries, developing discomfort and, experiencing harassment enforced by a male counterpart.

Director: Carmanie Bhatti
Writer:  Carmanie Bhatti
Key Cast:  Carmanie Bhatti, Joshua Reyes

TRT:  13:08

The Williamsburg Italian Feast:
I grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn going to the Italian feast every year. I felt the need to create a piece that openly appreciates the feast as I’ve never seen anything publicized about its legacy or how much it means to those who participate. Especially with last year being the first year they had to cancel due to COVID since World War II, I feel as though it was extra special that I create this documentary.

Director: Erica Star Domena
Writer: Erica Star Domena
Key Cast: Mateo V., Norman López, Annika Hernández, Marc, Ashley, Anthony Amore, David Crane, Jason Wallin, Lauren Lefkowitz, Miles Hardamon, Layla

TRT: 08:26

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Conversations Among ‘X’ Panel Series

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 Topic: IMAGINATION IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC: STORIES BY LATINX CREATIVES
How has the pandemic impacted the work of Latinx artists and their stories? Has it narrowed the focus? Broadened it? Or simply changed the stories? Join Moderator Lorena Russi for an invigorating discussion featuring Latinx creatives from different disciplines.

Moderator: LORENA RUSSI
Lorena Russi is a Queer-Latinx Pro Soccer Player turned Comedian and Filmmaker. Her decade in entertainment ranges from Writer-Director-Host for PBS to Writing-Producing for The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert digital team. Follow her @ColonialManFace or follow her home, dealer’s choice!

Panelists:
CHRIS YONG-GARCIA is a designer and cultural producer based in New York City. In 2008, he founded his own graphic design studio, Eyestorm Design. He is also the founder of LatinLover Food & Travel Magazine; launched in January 2012, the publication strives to unite Latinos and non-Latinos with the common denominator, of love for Latin culture.
CARMEN FEBO- SAN MIGUEL was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, graduating as a physician in 1973 when she moved to Philadelphia. Under her leadership, in 2016, Taller completed and moved into a stunning $11.5 million, cultural center in the heart of Philadelphia’s Latino community. In 2019 she was recognized as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the city of Philadelphia Art Commission.
KRISTIAN MERCADO FIGUEROA is a Puerto Rican filmmaker whose music video PA’LANTE won the ’19 SXSW Jury Award. He’s directed comedy specials for Hannibal Buress and SNL’s Sam Jay. Recently, his screenplay MELA received a Cinereach grant. His work is celebrated for its portrayal of working class struggles, systemic oppression and visionary mixed media style.
IVELISSE “Bombera de Corazón” DIAZ was born and raised in Humboldt Park, the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. A life-long student and practitioner of Bomba, in 2009 she founded her own Bomba dance school, La Escuelita Bombera De Corazon, which has been providing classes to a diverse population in Chicago for a decade. She is a co-founding member and lead vocalist in Bomba con Buya. With 27 years of learning and continued studies, Ivelisse has become a well-known vocalist, dancer, and leader within the Bomba community in Chicago and beyond.

 Topic: EVOLVING VISIONS OF THE FUTURE: FROM IMAGINATION TO ART
How does your vision of the future drive your work? What vision of “wrong” does your art address and make right? Join Moderator Jessie Fuentes, for an invigorating discussion featuring Latinx creatives from different disciplines.

Moderator: JESSIE FUENTES
Jessie Fuentes, is an activist and educator in the Humboldt Park Community in Chicago, IL, popularly known as “Paseo Boricua”. Fuentes has participated in work empowering young people in the community, the campaign to release Oscar López Rivera, anti-gentrification work, education reform, and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Fuentes is currently the Director of Policy and Youth Advocacy at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. She strives to see a more just world through advocacy and policy.

Panelists:
MELISSA DUPREY is a multidisciplinary artist with roots from Humboldt Park, Chicago. Her one-woman show, SEXomedy (2012), was developed during their monthly series for women of color in the arts and received a Chicago Reader Recommendation, a Member’s Pick, and had a successful debut Off-Broadway in New York. Her full-length play BRUJAJA was selected as part of 16th Street’s New Play Pop Up Reading Series for 2019. She is currently an Ensemble Member at UrbanTheater Company and Artistic Associate at Sideshow Theater.
RICHARD ‘TIAGO’ SANTIAGO is a renowned Puerto Rican artist who earned a BA in Fine Arts from Marist College in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore under the tutelage of Grace Hartigan and Sam Gilliam.
KRISTIAN MERCADO FIGUEROA is a Puerto Rican filmmaker whose music video PA’LANTE won the ’19 SXSW Jury Award. He’s directed comedy specials for Hannibal Buress and SNL’s Sam Jay. Recently, his screenplay MELA received a Cinereach grant. His work is celebrated for its portrayal of working class struggles, systemic oppression and visionary mixed media style.
NYDIA CASTILLO was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She retired from an extensive career in education and holds two master’s degrees in the areas of Counseling and Instructional Leadership. Nydia is a Chicago actress and producer of her own cooking channel Cocina Castillo. She has been an Aguijón Theater ensemble member since 2003 and has been a part of UrbanTheater’s familia since 2015. Some of her acting credits include Monday Falls on León Rodríguez, The Virtuous Burglar, The House of Bernarda Alba, Yerma, Eréndira, Las Soldaderas, Antígona, Within, Querido Voyeur, Blowout!, and Adverses (an adaptation of Electra.)
VICO ORTIZ is a proud Latin/x non-binary/gender fluid actor/activist born and raised in Puerto Rico. Their first breakthrough role in Hollywood was in the hit Amazon series, “Transparent”. More recently, Vico has had guest starring roles in “American Horror Story: 1984”, the Starz award winning series “Vida” and the GLAAD nominated Freeform comedy “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay”. Vico also recently received a Queerties Award nomination for their series regular role in the award winning digital series “These Thems”. They will also star as a series regular in the upcoming Amazon Prime original post-apocalyptic horror “Narcos vs. Zombies” playing U.S. Military Sgt. Valencia set for release in 2021.

 Topic: ADDRESSING LATINX INVISIBILITY: A DISCUSSION FROM THE TRENCHES
Latinx artists have been historically invisible in virtually every aspect of their disciplines. How has this invisibility impacted their work? Join Moderator Lorena Russi for an invigorating discussion featuring Latinx creatives from different disciplines.

Moderator: LORENA RUSSI
Lorena Russi is a Queer-Latinx Pro Soccer Player turned Comedian and Filmmaker. Her decade in entertainment ranges from Writer-Director-Host for PBS to Writing-Producing for The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert digital team. Follow her @ColonialManFace or follow her home, dealer’s choice!

Panelists:
ADRIAN ROMAN’s work is informed by issues of race, migration and identity while exploring both the personal and historical memory of the two disparate worlds that I inhabit: the tropical landscape of Puerto Rico and the overpopulated cityscape of New York. His practice combines drawing, painting and sculpture within immersive installation environments composed of objects collected from different communities, from salvaged wood and window frames to historic artifacts and vintage photographs. The resulting environments can fill an entire wall or entire room, and often incorporate sound and aromatics that draw upon the history and memory embedded in the objects.
DR. RAQUEL ORTIZ is an anthropologist, educator, and award winning children’s book author. Her scholarship focuses on the visual arts, culture, literature, music, and identity and includes El Arte de la Identidad: Aproximación crítica al jibarismo puertorriqueño en la literatura, la música y las obras de arte (University of Granada, 2011) and the documentary, Memories on the Wall: Education and Enrichment through Community Murals (2013). Her first picture book, Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural /Sofi y el mágico mural musical, published by Arte Público Press (APP) was named an ILBA Best Educational Children’s Picture Book. Her newest book, Vicki and a Summer of Change! ¡Vicki y un verano de cambio! (Red Sugarcane Press, 2020) shares what happened in East Harlem, New York in 1969 when members of the Young Lords Organization united with El Barrio residents to make positive changes in their neighborhood.
RHINA VALENTIN A native New Yorker of Black, European, and indigenous ancestry, and award-winning artist and performer, Rhina has captured audiences with her humor while discussing adversity with honesty, representing the values of working-class women-of-color. Rhina has been featured on HBO’s Betty la Flaca and has appeared in nationally syndicated television commercials for Bally’s & 1-800-Flowers. Since 2006, Rhina has been hostess of the popular OPEN Friday talk show on BronxNet TV.
WALDO CABRERA is a two-time Emmy® Nominated journalist with over 30 years of professional advertising and marketing experience. After getting an advertising degree from Syracuse University, Waldo joined 4Kids Entertainment, the company that brought Pokémon to the United States. In 2009 Verizon added Waldo’s online news program to its FiOS1 News channel. Over an eight-year run, Waldo produced over 1,200 episodes that focused on outstanding people in the community. He continues telling the stories within the Hispanic community as the head of the media unit at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY Hunter College.

 Topic: GREAT STORIES IN ANOTHER GENRE: STORYTELLING THROUGH MURALS
Does art simply imitate life or does art make life that is invisible to many visible to all? Join Moderator Jessie Fuentes, as she leads a discussion among Latinx muralists from across the US and Puerto Rico to talk about how they used art to reveal the truths they envision.
Moderator: JESSIE FUENTES
Jessie Fuentes is an activist and educator in the Humboldt Park Community in Chicago, IL, popularly known as “Paseo Boricua”. Fuentes has participated in work empowering young people in the community, the campaign to release Oscar López Rivera, anti-gentrification work, education reform, and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Fuentes is currently the Director of Policy and Youth Advocacy at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. She strives to see a more just world through advocacy and policy.

Panelists:
BETSY CASANAS is a Visual and Public Artist, an educator, community activist and organizer. She is the director of A Seed on Diamond Gallery (S.O.D.) and founder of Semilla Arts Initiative. She has 26 years of experience in the arts and has created over 50 murals worldwide. Having worked in communities of color around the world, she understands the importance of communities of color to see themselves reflected in the artwork and in the leaders of their communities.
OSVALDO BUDET is a Puerto Rican artist and graduate of Maryland Institute of College of Art. His work explores the physical and political dimensions of colonization and post-colonization, as a reflection of the culture and the interests of the systems we inhabit. Since 2008 he has been living and working in Berlin, Germany, San Juan, Puerto Rico, NYC, USA and Australia. His work has been exhibited at Museums including the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MAC-Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico), Museo Arte de Puerto Rico, Me Collectors Room Berlin, Stiftung Olbricht, BMW/ Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany, Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, Chicago, USA, Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale, USA, MOLAA Museum, Long Beach California, USA and Dumbo Arts Center, NYC, USA among others. He has been commissioned to create environmentally-engaged work for the Umweltbundesamt, Dessau, Germany and Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.
CRISTIAN ROLDAN uses mural painting as a community-based tactic to resist invisibilization, and objectification by outsider narratives. This practice serves to codify the local narratives to challenge the indoctrination by hegemonic discourses. His art practice and research is based on a dialogue approach where mural painting narratives emerge from the community. He creates public art with the objective to intervene in public spaces, as a way to raise consciousness, stimulate the imagination and preserve the collective memory.
SAM KIRK is a multidisciplinary artist, who explores culture and identity politics through her practice. Her artwork focuses on a variety of intersections which encompass a call to celebrate differences and enact change. Kirk’s public murals often address social issues, as she intentionally uses the public space to spark dialogue around topics of equality and visibility for women, communities of color, and the LGBTQIA community.

Topic: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE: FORGING A VISION OF REALITY
Art in communities, performances, screens and the written word brings visions of reality to life. Join Moderator Jessie Fuentes, as she engages Latinx producers and directors in a discussion of how “art demonstrates its resilience” and has forged a vision of reality in their communities, performances, and screens.

Moderator: JESSIE FUENTES
Jessie Fuentes is an activist and educator in the Humboldt Park Community in Chicago, IL, popularly known as “Paseo Boricua”. Fuentes has participated in work empowering young people in the community, the campaign to release Oscar López Rivera, anti-gentrification work, education reform, and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Fuentes is currently the Director of Policy and Youth Advocacy at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. She strives to see a more just world through advocacy and policy.

Panelists:
PERLA DE LEON is a Photographer/videographer and editor. She has taught media classes to High School and college students and was a NYC Board of Education Teacher Trainer in technology. Her photography work is in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and New York’s El Museo del Barrio and Gracie Mansion. She is currently working on a large art installation.
RICO PABON is an Emcee whose artistry and activism are one and the same, with poetic lyrics bound by the theme that life is worth fighting for, using truth and love as weapons. This theme combined with his rhythmic delivery make him one of the Bay Area’s most dynamic MCs.He has shared the stage with other international artists such as Damian and Stephen Marley, Ozomatli, Buju Banton, Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, Meshell N’degeocello, Maxi Priest and Sizzla, to name a few and has also performed with Hip Hop icons such as Run DMC, Wu Tang Clan, The Fugees, dead prez, Big Daddy Kane, and Kurtis Blow.
ROSA EMMANUELLI GUTIÉRREZ is a Puerto Rican filmmaker and sociologist who aims to use the power of film to reflect Latin American realities, evoke solidarity, inspire change and entertain. She is the Co-writer, Creative Producer and Distributor of the documentary “Jurakán: Nation in Resistance,” which was an Official Selection of the Havana Film Festival in 2017 and the Rincón International Film Festival in 2018, where it won Best Documentary. After “Jurakán’s” successful impact campaign with 100 screenings, the conversations with the audience inspired her second and third feature-length documentaries. She has also worked as Assistant Director for the televised “60th Ariel Awards ceremony” in Mexico City.
IVAN VEGA is a husband, a father of two boys. Ivan is also an actor, photographer, producer, and Co-founder & Executive Director of UrbanTheater Company which turns 16 in May. Ivan also works with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center as a program manager for Safe Passage, an initiative that makes sure Chicago Public School students have a safe route to and from school. His overall work is deeply rooted in serving the Humboldt Park community.

Topic: FILM FESTIVALS AND LATINX FILMMAKERS: HOW TO SUBMIT THE WINNING ENTRY
Should I enter my work in a film festival? Which festival should I choose? Join Moderator Lorena Russi, a performer and filmmaker, as she moderates a panel of filmmakers and podcast veterans who have traveled the film festival road before.

Moderator: LORENA RUSSI
Lorena Russi is a Queer-Latinx Pro Soccer Player turned Comedian and Filmmaker. Her decade in entertainment ranges from Writer-Director-Host for PBS to Writing-Producing for The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert digital team. Follow her @ColonialManFace or follow her home, dealer’s choice!

Panelists:
CARLA CAVINA is a queer multidisciplinary artist born in the archipelago of Puerto Rico were she lives and studied visual arts. Throughout her career, she has used photography, performance, and film to deconstruct gender and ancestral mythology. In 2016, she released her first feature film: Extra Terrestrials which she wrote, directed and edited. The film has been exhibited in more than 40 queer film festivals around the world and has collected awards in Puerto Rico, Miami, Milan and Paris.
ADRIAN NUÑO is a filmmaker, actor and content creator from Chicago, Illinois. With over ten years of filmmaking experience, his work shines a light on underrepresented topics and communities. He co-directed, produced and edited a short film on mental health entitled Little Things which received recognition from film festivals in Portugal, Ireland and here in the United States. His most recent project is a Latinx web series entitled Border’d which will premiere its first season this year on the Emmy-nominated platform Open Television.
ANDREW NUÑO is a writer, director, producer, and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Andrew creates content that focuses on untapped communities. Over the years, his work has been recognized at film festivals in both the US and abroad in countries like Portugal and Ireland. In addition, his work has screened through partnerships with organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness and at venues like The Chicago Cultural Center. Andrew’s current project, the web-series Border’d, is currently streaming on the Emmy and Streamy-nominated web platform Open Television where the full season of Border’d is expected to premiere this summer.
ALEXIS GARCÍA is a writer, director and proud Afro Boricua whose work has spanned both TV and digital. She is currently Supervising Producer for BuzzFeed’s Latinx channel Pero Like, and is passionate about driving critical conversations that inform and uplift the Latinx community.

Topic: EVOKING EMOTION: EXPLORING THE USE OF IMAGES AND SOUND
Sounds, like images, engage audiences by evoking emotions. Together, these two critical elements can bring your film to life. Join today’s panel, moderated by Jessie Fuentes, as they discuss the individual and complementary roles of images and sound, using their favorite movies and their own work.

Moderator: JESSIE FUENTES
Jessie Fuentes, is an activist and educator in the Humboldt Park Community in Chicago, IL, popularly known as “Paseo Boricua”. Fuentes has participated in work empowering young people in the community, the campaign to release Oscar López Rivera, anti-gentrification work, education reform, and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Fuentes is currently the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. She strives to see a more just world through advocacy and policy.

Panelists:
NATASHA CÁNEPA Born in Puerto Rico, Natasha Cánepa is an avid lover of art and animation with her passion to draw dating back to elementary school. She has created the 2D short films Ready to Fight and Magic Play, the latter of which won several awards including Best Local Animation at LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest in Puerto Rico. Presently, she runs a multi-service studio where she incorporates Animation, Motion Media, Storyboarding, Illustration and Post-Production into numerous projects from educational presentations to studio short films like Metro6.
BEN GUZMAN is an award-winning director, producer, editor, and storyteller from Brooklyn, NY. Most recently, he served as Senior Creative Producer at Better Noise Music, managing a small team and creating content that led to three Grammy Nominations and multiple RIAA Gold and Platinum Records. Drawing inspiration from the music videos and films he grew up studying, he has spent the past decade creating a name for himself through his aggressive editing and highly stylized imagery. Garnering over 1 billion video views, Ben has created visuals for an eclectic group of artists such as The Notorious BIG, Nelly Furtado, Mötley Crüe, Kehlani, and Lupe Fiasco. His approach to each client and project is the same: tell the story the way it should be told.
DENES PAGÁN is a 2 time Emmy Award winning audio post engineer and TV/Film music composer for his work for Atencion Atencion for their TV series, trained as a classical and popular music guitarist at the University of Puerto Rico. Denes has worked extensively in the advertising industry for clients such as: Claro, Wendy’s, JCPenney, Proctor and Gamble, United Ways, Toyota and Home Depot among others. Denes has also won recognition at the Cannes Festival as well as Cuspide Awards in Puerto Rico. Have won Saatchi & Saatchi several Fiap metals in the Radio category. Presently, he works as a sound engineer for Reaktor Post.
ARMANDO VERGARA is a Cuban and Puerto Rican Trombonist, Composer, Bandleader, and Educator from South Florida, currently based in NYC. He graduated from The Manhattan School of Music in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Arts, and has performed and recorded with world renowned musicians such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Bobby Sanabria, Jon Faddis, Paquito D’Rivera, María Schneider, Randy Brecker, Benny Benack III, Steven Feifke, María Bacardi, Sean Jones, and many more. Armando is the founder/creator of ‘Mestizos’. Armando teaches private classes in his studio, and has given masterclasses at a number of schools in NYC and South Florida.

Topic: WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: OBSTACLES & TRIUMPHS
There were more women in the director’s chair in 1998 than there are now. So, what’s the problem? Join Moderator Lorena Russi and four women directors as they discuss their experiences, obstacles, and triumphs making films.

Moderator: LORENA RUSSI
Lorena Russi is a Queer-Latinx Pro Soccer Player turned Comedian and Filmmaker. Her decade in entertainment ranges from Writer-Director-Host for PBS to Writing-Producing for The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert digital team. Follow her @ColonialManFace or follow her home, dealer’s choice!

Panelists:
AMNERIS MORALES is a respected actress of the Puerto Rican theater, television and cinema scenes, with a vast experience not only as an actress but also as producer and writer. She is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of film production and direction from Universidad Ana G. Mendez, Puerto Rico with studies in psychology and acting at the UPR. Her extensive career includes many performances in plays, TV shows, soap operas and films in Puerto Rico and Argentina, among other Latin American countries. Her career in theatre includes many performances in plays, such as “La Carreta,” “The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man In The Moon of The Marigolds,” “Back To My Land,” “La Ultima Plena Que Bailó Luberza,” “The Living Room,” and “Julia De Burgos; A Child Of Water,” among others. She has performed in many Puerto Rican soap operas, such as “Yo Se Que Mentía,” “Vivir Para Ti,” and “Yara Prohibida.” She has appeared in the American T.V. production “Miami Vice.” Her Puerto Rican film credits include, “Orfanato,” “La Granja” and “Romeo y Romeo.”
MILDRED AMADOR has been involved in different facets of film and media. Some of her early work experiences included the Chicago Latino Film Festival, Noticias 26 and Ogilvy and Mather Advertising Agency. Mildred has also worked on independent film projects including Flags of Steel, a documentary that recounts the most recent history of the Puerto Rican influence in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community. Currently, Mildred is a CTE, Career Technology Education, instructor for Chicago Public Schools at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, her Alma Mater.
LORENA GUILLEN CASTILLO is a multi-hyphenate artist- actress, playwright, producer, director, and entrepreneur. She is currently a student at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she is majoring in Drama and Producing. In her free time, she enjoys writing, as well as making Fashion, Beauty, and True Crime videos for her YouTube channel.
JAYLEEN S. PÉREZ is a Latina Filmmaker from Bayonne, NJ, also former Miss Puerto Rico 2011. Her first film Karmen which is a romantic thriller with a strong LGBTQ presence has been well received both domestically and internationally. Within a year she already has 5 IMDb credits, including an acting credit in a commercial. Jayleen is all about pushing the limits and showing others not to count out a Hispanic women in a male dominant industry.

Topic: “SOCIAL ACTIVISM IN FILM:
TALES FROM THE YEAR THAT WAS”
The events and social causes that we see, hear about, and experience help shape our views of the world and frame our visions of the world that can be. Join Moderator Jessie Fuentes and a panel of filmmakers as they reflect on the causes and experiences that inspired them to share the world they desire through the films they made.

Moderator: JESSIE FUENTES
Jessie Fuentes is an activist and educator in the Humboldt Park Community in Chicago, IL, popularly known as “Paseo Boricua”. Fuentes has participated in work empowering young people in the community, the campaign to release Oscar López Rivera, anti-gentrification work, education reform, and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Fuentes is currently the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. She strives to see a more just world through advocacy and policy.

Panelists:
SOFÍA GALLISÁ MURIENTE is a visual artist working through multiple approaches to documentation, deepening the subjectivity of historical narratives and examining formal and informal archives, popular imaginaries and visual culture. She studied Film & TV Production and Latin American Studies at New York University and has participated in experimental pedagogical platforms led by artists, like Anhoek School and Beta-Local’s La Práctica, substituting graduate studies with a process of learning and unlearning with others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Terremoto, and Hyperallergic, and earned her grants from TEOR/éTica and NALAC. She has exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Queens Museum, ifa Galerie in Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico, MALBA in Argentina and CCA Glasgow, among others, and Puerto Rican galleries like Km 0.2, El Lobi, Diagonal and Embajada.
MATT MCCANNA Video specialist whose work explores health, culture, resistance, identity, and social movement. For 10+ years Matt has worked and trained in varying degrees of film/documentary production in Chicago & New York, including producing two videos for the Campaign to Free Oscar López Rivera. Current work focuses on video as a mechanism for community building.
RAYMOND ARTURO PÉREZ is an LA-based television writer and creative, hailing from San Antonio, Texas, who most recently served as staff writer for season 2 of Selena: The Series on Netflix. As a writer, Raymond aims to broaden the film and television canon with stories of Latinx people, queer people, and other underrepresented communities. In 2014, Raymond graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Marketing and a BS in Radio-Television-Film. He received his Master’s degree in Screenwriting in 2019 from the American Film Institute, which is currently ranked the number one film school by The Hollywood Reporter.
STEVEN RIVERA, also known as Kruz Rivera founded Indie Films Puerto Rico in January 2015. Born on April 7, 1989 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Kruz is a self-taught director of photography that has worked on music videos, fashion films, short films, tv productions, and as a creative director for brands, record labels, and artists such as Zion & Lennox, Warner Music Latina, Pina Records, UMG, Rimas and many more.

Topic: “COMPELLING DOCUMENTARIES:
REAL STORIES FOR REAL CHANGE”
The events and social causes that we see, hear about, and experience help shape our views of the world and frame our visions of the world that can be. Join Moderator Lorena Russi and a panel of filmmakers as they reflect on the causes and experiences that inspired them to share the world they desire through the films they made.

Moderator: LORENA RUSSI
Lorena Russi is a Queer-Latinx Pro Soccer Player turned Comedian and Filmmaker. Her decade in entertainment ranges from Writer-Director-Host for PBS to Writing-Producing for The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert digital team. Follow her @ColonialManFace or follow her home, dealer’s choice!

Panelists:
STEVEN VÁZQUEZ is an award winning director and producer based in Los Angeles. A graduate of Howard University, Steve began his filmmaking career producing music videos for artists like Tiesto,The Chainsmokers, P. Diddy, Galantis, and Marshmello. Steve has produced two feature films and in 2019, he directed his first narrative feature film titled Domino: Battle of the Bones starring Snoop Dogg and David Arquette. Steve has produced and directed projects that have won laurels from Nashville International Film Festival, LA Shorts Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival, Legends of Hollywood Film Festival, DigiDay Award, Webby Award, and three CLIO awards for branded content campaigns.
JORGE XOLALPA is an award-winning filmmaker and CEO of Mighty Aphrodite Pictures. His studio concentrates in the production of female driven stories. In 2019 Jorge launched NYTA (Not Your Typical Assholes) Films, a Mighty Aphrodite Pictures sister company with the intent to produce LGBTQIA+ and or LatinX content, created for and by LatinX filmmakers. His 2020 film, YOUR IRON LADY, was in consideration for a Golden Globe nomination and received great reviews from members of the Hollywood Foreign Press. His thematic is constantly very dark and dramatic. Jorge has publicly admitted that he is heavily inspired by the works of Darren Aronofsky, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Woody Allen.
JOÃO DALL’STELLA is a Brazilian writer and director based in Los Angeles. His AFI thesis film “Día De Las Carpas” won the DGA Student Grand Prize for Latino Directors and has been featured in prestigious showcases and festivals such as CAA Moebius, SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Oscar-qualifying film festivals. His short film “Stalls” has also played in more than 50 LGBTQ+ Festivals worldwide.
JORGE L. RIVERA is a Puerto Rican filmmaker with a BFA from Miami International University of Art & Design. Jorge is a thirteen-year veteran in the Film and TV industry. He has worked with major networks such as Netflix, NBC, and Universal Studios as an Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Segment Producer, and Covid Compliance Officer. Recently, the American Film Institute recruited him to work as an industry mentor on student films. One of the most life-changing projects he has worked on was the 2019 documentary, “Lost in America,” about the hidden lives of homeless youth across the United States.

FINAL SERIES PANEL
Topic: “TEARS, FEARS AND LAUGHTER: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES & LESSONS LEARNED”
The events and social causes that we see, hear about, and experience help shape our views of the world and frame our visions of the world that can be. Join Special Guest Moderator Antonio Martorell and a panel of filmmakers as they reflect on the causes and experiences that inspired them to share the world they desire through the films they made.

Special Guest Moderator: ANTONIO MARTORELL
Antonio Martorell has his art workshop in La Playa de Ponce where he lives and works. He has been artist-in-residence for more than 25 years at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. He keeps busy at painting, drawing, installation and performance art, graphics, set and costume design, theatre, films, TV, radio, writing for the press and has published three books. He is the host of the WIPR-TV series, “En la punta de la lengua” (On the Tip of the Tongue), which won 5 Emmy Awards. His work has been exhibited and awarded in and out of the country and in private and public collections.

Panelists:
NEYDA MARTÍNEZ is a producer with over 20 years experience. She has worked on the publicity and marketing campaigns of over 70 acclaimed and award-winning PBS POV documentaries and was the project manager for the organization’s rebranding campaign. Her film credits include producer of the documentary films Lucky (2013) about a homeless LGBTQ single mom who dreams of stardom, and Decade of Fire (2019) uncovers the story of why the South Bronx burned in the ’70s, and will reach a national audience on the PBS’ series, Independent Lens. Martínez is the recipient of a Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund Award for The New Audience Project™, a curriculum and program she created to engage marginalized women as cultural ambassadors.
ALEX RAMÍREZ is an award-winning Mexican-American filmmaker based in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas-Pan American with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He has worked professionally throughout Texas since 2014 as the head of his own production company, Mala Bruja Pictures. His films have screened both domestically and across the globe. In 2021, his film, “The Quiet Shore,” was distributed by ShortsTV. He currently teaches media and film at SAY Sí in San Antonio and serves as a Board Member of the San Antonio Film Society.
DANI ADELIZ is a bi-racial Afro-Latina actress, comedian, writer, and director. She works predominantly in web video and on stage as an actress, comedian, and writer but has recently transitioned into directing and producing. Dani just wrapped on a short film which she wrote, produced, co-directed, and acted in called Piña Coladas. It is picture locked and currently in the last stretch of post-production.
BRYAN CID BORRERO is a jack of all trades; actor, musician/singer/composer, writer, spokesperson, and aspiring entrepreneur. In his most recent work Bryan makes a guest star appearance as Jesus in the movie “Hope” playing in the Caribbean Cinemas theaters in Puerto Rico, and his new music group “Perfekto” debuted with the music video “Estoy Orando” in the credits of the film. Some of his best appearances on TV include CBS CSI: Miami, Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, and Netflix Nicky Jam: El Ganador, national commercials for McDonald’s/Coke and Sprint, and is currently the face of Freeway Insurance.

Topic: IMAGINATION IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC: STORIES BY LATINX CREATIVES

How has the pandemic impacted the work of Latinx artists and their stories? Has it narrowed the focus? Broadened it? Or simply changed the stories? Join Moderator Lorena Russi for an invigorating discussion featuring Latinx creatives from different disciplines.

Moderator: LORENA RUSSI
Lorena Russi is a Queer-Latinx Pro Soccer Player turned Comedian and Filmmaker. Her decade in entertainment ranges from Writer-Director-Host for PBS to Writing-Producing for The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert digital team. Follow her @ColonialManFace or follow her home, dealer’s choice!

Panelists:
CHRIS YONG-GARCIA is a designer and cultural producer based in New York City. In 2008, he founded his own graphic design studio, Eyestorm Design. He is also the founder of LatinLover Food & Travel Magazine; launched in January 2012, the publication strives to unite Latinos and non-Latinos with the common denominator, of love for Latin culture.

CARMEN FEBO- SAN MIGUEL was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, graduating as a physician in 1973 when she moved to Philadelphia. Under her leadership, in 2016, Taller completed and moved into a stunning $11.5 million, cultural center in the heart of Philadelphia’s Latino community. In 2019 she was recognized as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the city of Philadelphia Art Commission.

KRISTIAN MERCADO FIGUEROA is a Puerto Rican filmmaker whose music video PA’LANTE won the ’19 SXSW Jury Award. He’s directed comedy specials for Hannibal Buress and SNL’s Sam Jay. Recently, his screenplay MELA received a Cinereach grant. His work is celebrated for its portrayal of working class struggles, systemic oppression and visionary mixed media style.
IVELISSE “Bombera de Corazón” DIAZ was born and raised in Humboldt Park, the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. A life-long student and practitioner of Bomba, in 2009 she founded her own Bomba dance school, La Escuelita Bombera De Corazon, which has been providing classes to a diverse population in Chicago for a decade. She is a co-founding member and lead vocalist in Bomba con Buya. With 27 years of learning and continued studies, Ivelisse has become a well-known vocalist, dancer, and leader within the Bomba community in Chicago and beyond.

Filmmakers Festival

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Click on the “Register Here” button to reserve your spot for the CYF Young Filmmakers Conference at St. Francis College on  Wednesday, September 29, 2021. 
Learn about the newest trends in immersive storytelling and get inspired by connecting one on one with award-winning filmmakers and creatives from around the world.  CYF Young Filmmakers Conference provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests and network with professionals who are ready to answer questions, share tips on their experience in the industry. 
Join us in exploring an incredible day of powerful storytelling!  
PROGRAM

The Young Filmmakers Conference is Virtual!

Join us here at cineyouthfest.org

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Starting st 11:00am


11:00am – 11:30am – Welcome, Introduction and Icebreaker

• Welcome: Jennifer Lancaster,
VP for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean, St. Francis College
• Introduction: Luis Alejandro Molina,
Director, Cine Youth Festival
• Details of “My Pandemic Year” contest


My Pandemic Year: (60-second video)  – 

  1. Theme: “My Pandemic Year”
  2. Format: 60-second movie in .mov or .mp4 format
  3. The submission deadline is Friday, October 1, 2021, at 5pm
    Submission Link:
    bit.ly/My-Pandemic-Yr

11:30am – 12:15pm
1st Workshop: From Script to Screen & the Art of Storytelling 


Moderator: Dr. Augusta Palmer (SFC) Moderator Filmmaker & Scholar


Panelists:

  1. Dr. Raquel Ortiz, Emmy-nominated
    storyteller & Anthropologist
  2. Waldo Cabrera, Emmy-nominated Journalist & Storyteller
  3. Kathryn Grant, Playwright, Instructor

 

12:15pm – 1pm  2nd Workshop Production – Lights, Camera, & Cinematography

 


Moderator: Ben Guzman, Moderator Grammy-nominated Platinum Record Producer, Director


Panelists:

  1. José “Jay” Rivera, Film & Technical Director
  2. Kacho López Mari, Latin Grammy Award Winner & Filmmaker
  3. Ana Maria García, Director & Scholar

 

1:00-1:30PM CYF Sneak Peek & Intermission

Featuring the Films:
Chicago (01:35), Coqui Serenade (01:49), PandeMates (05:22)

1:30pm – 2:15pm  Filmmaker’s Roundup

 

Panelists: Kris Merc, Alex Ramírez, Neyda Martínez, Tami Gold, Juan C. Davila, Sade Falebita

 

 

2:15pm – 3:00pm 3rd workshop Post Production – Editing: Making the Right Cut


Moderator:
Aura María Jiménez Villanueva, Post Production & Digital Content Coordinator


Panelists:

  1. Adrian Nuño, Filmmaker, Actor
  2. Andrew Nuño, Writer, Podcaster
  3. Tami Gold Panelist Producer & Professor

 

3:00pm – 3:30pm  Conference Closing
• Lina Sands, CYF Marketing, announcing the Judges and Awards show.
• Sizzle reel produced by SFC student Johnnely Saldaña, Social Media Coordinator

Download the Festival Program.

FAQ

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What are the submission deadlines and what are the fees?

Film Festival dates: September 18 – October 16
Free Entry: July 19th – August 2nd
Standard Entry: August 2nd – August 16th, 2021
Late Entry: August 17th, 2021 – August 30th, 2021
Student Film Fee: $10 Standard Entry, $15 Late Entry
Regular Submission Fee: $20 Standard Entry, $25 Late Entry

What are the submission themes?

Technology, Arts and Culture, Environmental, Education, Social Empowerment.

What is the length of submission required?

Only films 30 minutes or shorter are eligible.

May I submit my project as a rough cut?

No, we are only accepting finished projects/films.

How old can my project be and still qualify for submission?

The project needs to have been produced and completed within 2018 till now.

Is my project eligible if it has aired on television or digital/streaming services?

Yes, within the last 3 years to be consistent with submission.

Do I need to meet a minimum age requirement in order to submit a project?

The minimum age requirement is 16 years old. All legal responsibilities of a Minor under the Official Rules will be assumed by his/her Parent, and a Minor winner’s prize will be awarded in the name of the Parent for the benefit of the Minor. In the event a potential prize winner is a Minor, the Minor’s Parent may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release on behalf of themselves and/or the Minor, and any other legal documents that Sponsor may require, including documentation to have an agreement affirmed by a Surrogate’s Court. To be eligible to win the Student Prize (defined below), you must be enrolled in high school or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a community college or four-year college or university (a “Student”). If you enter the Contest as a Student, you are eligible to win only the Student Prize.

Which video formats do you accept?

A Film must be submitted to the Sponsor in one of the following formats: .mov, .mp4, or .m4v. There is an upload size limitation of 100MB per Film. If your film is larger than 100mb, please contact us directly at TCCYF@hitn.org.

How do I submit my film?

During the Contest Period, submit through cineyouthfest.org or enter cineyouthfest on Filmfreeway’s website and submit there.

Are scholarships/waivers available?

Residents of the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Vermont should contact TCCYF@hitn.org directly to obtain an Entry Fee Waiver. There will be no refunds of any Entry Fees, regardless of whether a Film is selected or not, except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

If applicable, can I submit my film to more than one theme?

Yes, however, each entry must be a different film, not multiple entries for the same film.

Is there a geographical qualification?

Films may only be submitted by legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington D.C. or Puerto Rico.

Managing Your Account

Judges Panel

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Watch the Cine Youth Fest Awards Show, Sunday, October 24, 9:30am EST/PST!

Freddie Marrero

Producer / Director / Writer

Studied production at the prestigious International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). His documentary Aljuriya was awarded the 2005 Best National Documentary at the San Juan Cinemafest. He directed, wrote and produced Secessionism, part of 10 en la música, awarded Best Documentary at the 2009 San Juan International Film Festival and Flor de María.

Paloma Suau

Director / Writer / Producer / Editor

from SanJuan, Puerto Rico. Paloma's of work covers documentary portrait features; feature films, short film; television music specials;
sitcoms; series; live concerts; music videos; and commercials. A film graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts ‘94, she founded her own production company, Ninguna Ciencia (No Rocket Science) in ‘96 in San Juan.

Julio Ramos

Theater Director / Actor / Producer

Actor, mime, juggle, set designer, director, professor, Julio's life revolves around the theater. In 2008 he starts his own cultural enterprise ArteBoricua and has since participated in more than 25 theater festivals around the world.

Raul Torres

Actor / Producer

A Mexican-American actor/producer, know for "Wonderstruck" with Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, directed by Todd Haynes by Amazon pictures as well as Jack Ryan, NBC's "For life", Showtime's "Billions", NBC's "New Amsterdam","The Blacklist","Gone" and "Blindspot", Marvel's "The Punisher", CBS' "Madam Secretary" , Starz' "Power" etc. His uncanny ability to perform in English and Spanish, has won him an special place among directors and producers looking to use diverse talent.

Liliana Espinoza

Projects Director at NALIP

Liliana Espinoza is currently the Projects Director at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), where she oversees the various programs and departments including the Latino Lens Incubators, Latino Media Market, NALIP Media Summit, Diverse Women in Media Forum and Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative, targeted to advancing Latinx and diverse creatives across all media platforms.

Sophie Gordon

Programming Manager, Chicago Latino Film Festival

Sophie is a filmmaker as well as a programmer. She has directed short films and worked in film production on shorts, feature films, and music videos in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Madrid. Her love for Latino film was born over many years of study and extensive travel throughout Latin America.

Tami Gold

Filmmaker / Artist / Educator

Tami Kashia Gold’s career as a multidisciplinary artist and cultural worker spans over three decades. As a professor at Hunter College CUNY she teaches documentary production and LGBTQ non-fiction studies.

2021 Submissions

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Pandemates:
What happens when two friends decide to quarantine together during a worldwide pandemic. Will their contrasting personalities drive them crazy or will their friendship strive?

Director: Devin Redmond
Writer: Melissa Carvajal, Milbelynn Soto, Devin Redmond

Key Cast: Melissa Carvajal, Milbelynn Soto

Pain:
A girl is being cyber bullied, she finds a bottle of pills to find peace.

Director: Marian Reyes
Writer: Marian Reyes

Key Cast: Marian Reyes

pa-o-lah:
pa-o-lah is a self-portrait poetic documentary about Paola Méndez Colón. In the film, Paola describes what it’s like to grow up so far away from family and her cultural roots. Navigating through the climax of her decade-old cultural identity crisis, she is faced with the urge to move out of the United States but not knowing where to go. As Paola prepares to graduate from college she is tempted with exploring Spain or coming back to her Puerto Rican roots. Seeking a place to thrive in. A place to call home. A place where she can go by Paola.

Director: Paola Méndez Colón
Writer

Key Cast: Paola Méndez Colón, Maribel Colón Vélez, Delia Vélez Pacheco

OPUSXTRAVELXART Xhibition, Reina Mar:
Moe the Mos travels to Teaneck NJ to meet vocalist Reina Mar on the eve of her self-titled debut EP. Her Ted-X talk combined with his visits to Cuba, the two reveal Reina’s storied lineage and bright future.

Director: Maurice Porcher
Writer: Maurice Porcher

Key Cast: Reina Mar

On the Other Side:
A young woman gains perspective on America’s immigration problem through her own family’s struggles.

Director: Michelle “Pastel” Villalba
Writer: Michelle “Pastel” Villalba

Key Cast:

Oda a los Frijoles / Ode to the Beans:
A literary and visual rendition to beans, this experimental short merges a cooking recipe with archival footage of immigrants and fieldworkers.

Director: Karolina Esqueda
Writer: Karolina Esqueda

Key Cast:

Nuestro Rostro (Our Face):
The filmmaker explores her relationship to make-up, an art that she believes can empower herself and others.

Director: Damaris Calderon
Writer: Damaris Calderon

Key Cast:

NOCHE LOCA :
Three girls have a road trip adventure when their car breaks down and they come across some undocumented people. When dealing with this their differences lead to a disagreement. After realizing they were genuine people their mindset on poor people changes.

Director: Julio Cesar Gonzalez
Writer: Julio Cesar Gonzalez

Key Cast: Alma Pamela Nino, Pedro Garcia

Nobody/Trust Nobody:
Love “Nobody” like the one you trust, but “Trust Nobody” like the one you love.

Director: Daniel Osorio
Writer

Key Cast:

No Human Being is Illegal:

Director: Samuel Villagra-Stanton
Writer

Key Cast:

Ni Yankwik Xinachtli:
A film of Indigenous generational knowledge on medicinal plants and alternative medicine and how the seed is reflective of the person and the prayer of the universe.

Director: Axayacatzi Kuauhtzin
Writer: Axayacatzi Kuauhtzin

Key Cast: Minnie Ferguson, Patricia Ferguson

Movement:
Experimental film

Director: Gregory Ayriyan
Writer: Gregory Ayriyan

Key Cast:

Moonlight the Monster and the Fashion Show:
Moonlight is a monster girl who likes fashion design. She made her great idea come true and attended the fashion show. Her mom got a big surprise!

Director: April Yu
Writer

Key Cast:

Mis Rizos:
In this short poetic documentary, I challenge how curly hair is perceived in the Dominican community and how I was raised to think about it by my own Dominican mother. As young girls, we’re often told that we should tame our hair so that it’s easier to manage and as we grow older we realize, this is what our mothers learned from their mothers and that this issue spans over many generations, something my generation is trying to break.

Director: Anne Fernandez
Writer: Anne Fernandez

Key Cast: Laurie Fernandez

Memory Gap:
As Mili prepares for a date with her husband, she blissfully unaware of how dangerous the outside world has become. Despite her sons’ best efforts, she is determined to meet with her husband.

Director: Eduardo Calero
Writer: Eduardo Ruben Calero

Key Cast: Catherine Geller, Miguel Wilson, Kyle Portela

Marvelous Butterfly Garden [Maravilloso Mariposario]:
Maravilloso Huerto de Los Niños is a children’s community garden in Barrio Almirante Sur, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. The project was developed after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September of 2017. The children of this community are learning what it means to be as self sufficient as possible and trying to figure out what we can do to survive and thrive in a post-Maria Puerto Rico. The children’s food and butterfly garden aims to revitalize our land, grow our own food, engage in small conservation efforts and be more resilient to future challenges.

Director: Lin Yvette Benitez
Writer

Key Cast: Jonuel Rodriguez, Amanda Sofia Quintero

Mariachi Amatitlan:
A brief look into the world of a young Mariachi Band.

Director: Alex Oviedo
Writer

Key Cast:

Mari & Roni:
Two sisters reminisce over childhood adventures, proving some bonds can never be broken.

Director: Nicholas Ortiz
Writer: Aamira Martinez

Key Cast: Aamira Martinez , Miriam Morales

LOLI:
DREAMer Insta-Model Loli, works her first Fashion campaign in Los Angeles but in order for her to finish the photoshoot, she must prove her legal status. Will Loli the chihuahua get deported to Mexico or will she live the American dream?

Director: Fernanda Tapia
Writer: Fernanda Tapia

Key Cast: Chala Savino, Carlo Mendez, Eric Sweeney, Fernanda Tapia, Gaston D’Agrivieri, Kara Dyan Whitfield, Candelaria Garcia, Justin Ramos

Lessons From My Mother:
This film follows widowed mom, Esther, and her daughter, Fer’s, quirky misadventures to rebuild a family after death. Fer guides us through her mother’s lessons on dating men as she fails at finding the right date herself. These failed attempts land them chasing financial stability instead at the funerals of freshly widowed rich men. All the while Fer has a secret of her own, she’s gay.

Director: Aurora Jimenez
Writer: Aurora Jimenez

Key Cast: Angeli Zaldivar, Kriss Dozal, Alejandro Patino

La Voodoo Femme:


Director: Kristin Quintanilla
Writer

Key Cast:

La Presentación:
Sofia, struggling to practice her school presentation, seeks help from her sister, only to be questioned by her mother who offers to help instead.


Director: Jasmine Garcia
Writer: Jasmine Garcia

Key Cast: Sophia Correa, Milly Cabrera

Kingdom of Insects:

 


Director:  Gregory Ayriyan
Writer: Gregory Ayriyan
Key Cast

Just keep breathing:
Shows the reality of how depression affects current youth.


Director:  Matthew Santiago
Writer: Matthew Santiago
Key Cast

Just If this:
In the dance and party environment in the house of the Báez family. Marcos answers the questions to his father Felipe, but Marcos goes into a trance of memories about his relationship with Rosa, the girl with whom he has a relationship that ended before that party of the new year. When the conversation with his parents ends, Marcos says goodbye, Felipe and Carmen dance to the rhythm of a bachata ending the night.

 

Director:  Esteven Garcia
Writer: Esteven Garcia, David Skup
Key Cast: Daneurys Guzmán, Lucely Pepín, Mónica Volonteri, Rafael Taveras

Imagination:


DirectorIsabel Camacho
Writer: Isabel Camacho
Key Cast: Samantha Camacho

It Happened One Day in East LA:
How would someone from the 1960’s react to photos of modern day America?

BEN, a high school photographer in civil rights era Los Angeles, struggles with being part of the social justice movements around him. He would rather focus on his photography. That is until a magic camera reveals to him the bigger picture he needed to take part in the largest student demonstrations in U.S. history, the 1968 East LA walkouts.

Director: Victor R. Aguilar
Writer: Victor R. Aguilar, Roxanne Joseph
Key Cast: Danny Cano, Daniel Leiva

IDENTITY:
Where do I belong?
Why do they label us?


Director: Rahil Heidari
Writer: Rahil Heidari
Key Cast:

In New York City, I Cried:
In an intersection between durational performance, documentary filmmaking, and visual poetry, strangers move amidst New York—performing actions with unseen beginnings and unseen ends.

Director: Luca Sierra
Writer:
Key Cast:

Chicago A short film describing the streets of Chicago through the eyes of a young man.

Director: Mildred Amador
Writer:
Key Cast:

 A Life Stolen. The story of a mother and a daughter who leave their home in Guatemala and arrive at the U.S but are separated at the border. The mother of the girl struggles to find ways to be reunited with her daughter.
Director: Lisa S. Cerda Fernández
Writer: Lisa S. Cerda Fernández
Key Cast: Silvia Aideé Taziri, Gabriella Mendoza

A Mexican at USC. A young man tells the story of his dad attending USC as an undocumented immigrant and the challenges he faced along the way, but that didn’t stop him from graduating.
Director: Emiliano Torres
Writer: Emiliano Torres
Key Cast: José de Jesús Torres

A Miracle of Love. After an accident riding a bicycle at age seven, this child must live with the consequences of handicap by surviving the accident. His adult life is presented and as day-to-day he tries to have a good quality of life with all the conditions that he developed due to not having part of the frontal bone.
Director: Josue Vera
Writer: Josue Vera
Key Cast: Jean Rodríguez

A United Nations Experience. A young woman lends insight on her sister’s experience of traveling to New York City and attending one of the biggest indigenous United Nations conferences and how it changed her sister’s life. As a 16-year-old participant in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with her school, she soon realized that many indigenous communities across the globe face a lot of similar obstacles and challenges within their communities.

Director: Malinalli Pérez
Writer: Malinalli Pérez
Key Cast: Salma Pérez

Act I Act I covers a lot of issues that young adults struggle with today. In order to solve these problems, we must bring them to light. This film will give you an understanding of life through our eyes and the emotions that come with it.

Director: Eliora Vera Enríquez
Writer: Eliora Vera Enríquez
Key Cast: Eliora Vera Enríquez, Anna Elizabeth Warntjes, Anna Grace Van Aartsen, Matthew Langholdt, Jaina Groen

Adulting A millennial woman unknowingly interviews for a job at a cult.

Director: Nicholas Ortiz
Writer: Aamira Martínez, Claire Buckingham
Key Cast: Aamira Martínez, Claire Buckingham

After the Equinox After two ex-classmates bump into each other at the park, one of them may or may not be trying to scam the other with an investment opportunity.

Director: Alvaro Franco
Writer:
Key Cast:

Alone A young woman is battling with her depression during a pandemic. She must face her fears to stop pretending she is okay and make the difficult decision that she needs help.

Director: Melissa Carvajal, Devin Redmond
Writer: Melissa Carvajal, Devin Redmond
Key Cast: Melissa Carvajal, Sonia Carvajal

Amongst the Shadows A WW2 veteran turned detective investigates a classic case of adultery that subsequently unravels into something much deeper and unusual than expected.

Director: Fernando Tosetti
Writer: Daniel Barajas
Key Cast:Tom Ledford, Mckenzie Mcneil, Alex P. Jackson

Amor Encerrado Amor Encerrado is a Spanish animated short film about a passionate Janitor who finds himself at the center of a Telenovela wedding scandal with his cleaning supplies.

Director: Nory González
Writer: Nory González
Key Cast:

Antoni Gaudi: In the Concrete Jungle. This short, cheery documentary explores the design and engineering genius of the world-famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi.

Director: M Carpenter
Writer: M Carpenter
Key Cast: M Carpenter

Bad Bugs 10-year-old Bryn made a claymation movie about the importance of using “natural solutions for your bug problems” – something she’s passionate about. The idea came after one of her “grub hunting” sessions (she loves gathering grubs for the birds and lizards). She loves gardening almost as much as animation, so it was a perfect fit. The animation was awarded the “Grand Recognition Award” at the “Ivie Awards” in San Diego California. The video is currently being shared by many in the gardening community, who are encouraging Bryn to enter the film into festivals (because it’s both educational and hilarious). Thank you for your consideration.
Director: Bryn Wright
Writer: Bryn Wright
Key Cast: Bryn Wright

Behind the Mask, Survivors This documentary is based on real life. The story of a journalist in the pandemic named Paulina Aly. She has a non-profit foundation called “Sobreviviras, survivor” and serves the minorities on the streets of Miami, homeless, families with low income. She collects money from the social media community to do these activities. The pandemic affects too much because as long as the TV was “staying at home”, the government took to the streets hundreds of people for not being able to pay the rent. Everything becomes difficult. Going out to give them food and clean clothes every week, with a double mask for protection, Paulina Aly is a cancer survivor. Life changes for Paulina in March 2020 is in full production with a famous guitarist when President Donald Trump declares a STATE OF EMERGENCY in the United States. The depression is increased every day by the loss of friends at the hands of the covid-19 virus. She is strong but collapses. The ending is positive as the work of Paulina is well known in Miami and other countries for its altruism.

Director: Paulina Aly, Atiat Cari Aly, Ramadan Aly
Writer: Paulina Aly
Key Cast: Paulina Aly

Black is the New Brown When Olivia lands the job of her dreams, as a casting associate, she is given the difficult task to cast Hollywood’s next big Latin Star. Can she overcome her own prejudice and look past the industry’s stereotypes and set expectations of what it is to be Latin, especially Afro-Latino?

Director: Jeffrey Guerra Hunt
Writer: Lorena Jorge
Key Cast: Laura Patalano, Symie Dahut, Ruth Golsteyn, Jonathan David, Yissendy Trinidad, Adalgiza Chermont, Sarodj Bertin

Bloodline An intimate documentary about my family’s history living in Brownsville, Texas

Director: Raul Mendoza
Writer: Raul Mendoza
Key Cast: Erick Mendoza , Virginia De La Garza

Block Makes a Difference

Director: Kristen Quintanilla
Writer: Lorena Jorge
Key Cast: Olivia Garces, Ruby Griffith, Amalia Ortiz, Anna Isabel Hernandez, Paulina Montalvo, Sarah Tijerina, Nick Rodriguez, Nat Lopez-Ramiro, Dalex Zanteno, Ava Keel, Hannah Wilder

Blossom HIll A group of individuals involved in a vaccination conspiracy leaves no man unvaccinated, including Shawn.

Director: Adrian D. Aguaristi
Writer: Adrian D. Aguaristi
Key Cast: Jorge Valencia, Noor Gill, Andrew Valentino Orellana, James Rain

Break In

Director: Lahoucine Boussaber, Marcia Alessandra Cervantes
Writer: Marcia Alessandra Cervantes
Key Cast: Marcia Alessandra Cervantes, Jennifer Whitman, Marvin Curry, Greg Salsich, Helen Salsich, Marcio Cervantes

Bugbear Bugbear is a short film about the intersection of paranoia and identity, and how it takes form in the home.

Director: Gabrielle Esperanza Vines
Writer: Gabrielle Esperanza Vines
Key Cast: Tori Vinson, Julia Enright

Chickens Playing Chicken On a sunny day in beautiful Hawai’i Kai, two naughty roosters play a game of chicken while crossing Kawaihae Street. Cockle-doodle-doo!

Director: Yayoi L Winfrey
Writer:
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Collapse On a sunny day in beautiful Hawai’i Kai, two naughty roosters play a game of chicken while crossing Kawaihae Street. Cockle-doodle-doo!

Director: Yayoi L Winfrey
Writer:
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Can’t Dance Crew An offbeat young girl enters a dance competition to fulfill her dream as a choreographer and creates a crew of underdogs to perform with her, even though she can’t dance.

Director: Irais Cardenas, Dallas Harden
Writer: Irais Cardenas, Dallas Harden
Key Cast: Cassidi Mignuolo, Marvin Pabellano, Aryana Santos, Matt Groove, Josh Stephenson, Josiah Cajudo, Kathy DiStefano

DAD-rahpy – EP 1
DAD-rahpy – EP 1 follows two Afro-Latino fathers who randomly met on a bench at a children’s park.

Director: Rick “Wind” Herrera, Alexandra “Cloud” Gutiérrez
Writer: Rick “Wind” Herrera
Key Cast: Jerry Diaz, Rick “Wind” Herrera

CUCA
A professor and animal lover begins a strange relationship with a bug. The bizarre friendship becomes more interesting when they learn to communicate with each other.
#ShortFilm #CUCA #Drama #ScienceFiction

Director: Edmundo Barraza
Writer: Edmundo Barraza
Key Cast: Enrique Martin-Valdepeña

Detox
After her only true love left, Clara, the protagonist of this honest arthouse project, lived the most devastating experience of her life. Even though she tried to find her own ways of dealing with loneliness, nothing felt the same as it used to be when her girlfriend was around. Through powerful imagery and strong metaphors of love and life, Clara navigates the different stages of a detoxification process. What is she detoxing from? Can she detox people out of her live? What if the most distressing aspect of dealing with emptiness is facing that time might not heal everything and, after all, we might not completely recover from the loss of our only true love.

Director: Katherine Cattani
Writer: Katherine Cattani
Key Cast: Delfina Alden

Detached
After losing his adopted father to complications with the coronavirus, Jorge goes through a state of despair and resentment. He takes his anger out on his grieving stepmother, causing a strain in their relationship.

Director: George Ebro
Writer: George Ebro
Key Cast: Carlos Campuzano, Ingrid Reino, Jorge Ebro

Double Cultura
As the only English speaker of the house, twelve year old Marisol takes on the overwhelming responsibility of being her immigrant mothers translator. Much of her own life is disrupted to aid her Spanish-speaking mother, Gloria, navigate an English-speaking world. From fully translating medical terminology and being the bearer of bad news, Marisol is thrown into an anxiety-inducing situation being the sole channel of communication between Gloria and her doctor.

Director: Yessenia Sánchez
Writer: Yessenia Sánchez
Key Cast: Raquel Yañez, Debora Balardini, Xander Jackson, Michelle Reiss

Double-sided
Mr. López keeps up his traditional Dominican culture, despite moving to New York City at a young age.

Director: Raven Steele
Writer: Raven Steele
Key Cast:

Dreamer
Lily Cruz, a DACA recipient, travels on a medical volunteer mission and upon returning to the USA a TSA agent isn’t so welcoming.

Director: Vergi Rodríguez
Writer: Vergi Rodríguez
Key Cast: Vergi Rodríguez, Linden Waddell, Rafael Noble, Avery Waddell, Jared Bell

Drugs and Chocolates
A kid selling chocolates door-to-door to raise money for a trip to Disneyland encounters a drug dealer as a potential customer.

Director: Edmundo Barraza
Writer: Edmundo Barraza
Key Cast: Hanif Mike Karim, Joaquin Vargas, Chance Falcon

#DanzaRestless. It is a collaboration composed of 4 audiovisual pieces that are articulated as postcards or impressions of the confinement. Four glances from four different choreographers who, separated by time and geographical borders, direct the movements of a single performer. The dancer, from the intimacy of his confinement, makes a time-space tour of his apartment, reinterpreting places and objects to transform them into the forced scene of this pandemic. A challenge for the interpreter, a Chilean dancer living in Tribeca New York, the center of the pandemic and the anti-racial outbreak, who alone had to juggle the technical and logistical tasks to record and rehearse the various choreographies that make up these works, sometimes all in the same day, turning his department into a creative experimentation laboratory where the body and its different dimensions take on an unusual thickness. With Symphony No.9 in D Minor, Op. 125, by Ludwig Van Beethoven as a tribute to the 250th anniversary of the German composer’s birth.

Director: Eduardo Zúñiga , Edgar Zendejas , Esdras Hernández , Sebastián Arias
Writer: Eduardo Zúñiga , Edgar Zendejas , Esdras Hernández , Sebastián Arias
Key Cast: Mauricio Vera, Julia Bengtsson

It’s OK To Love Me:
This powerful new mini documentary/music video by Monkeys with Drums makes a provocative and timely statement about the collective evils in contemporary society. Racism, sexism, homophobia, animal abuse, police brutality and corporate/political corruption are all addressed in haunting images tied to intoxicating music. Beginning with an enchanting, hypnotic tribal rhythm, “It’s OK to Love Me” (Anthem for Equality), soon explodes into a compelling visual and musical spectacle as layers of abuse are exposed and solutions offered.


Director: Carlos Garcia
Writer: Carlos Garcia
Key Cast: Carlos Garcia, Andrea Walls, Gandalf Bock, Steve LaFleur, Amaku Ukpong, Aliceson SoulStar Soto, Kalimaya Herrera, Najla Raqs, Benjamynn Marantz, Alfredo Gormezano, Charlie Mort, Monk E.

End Violence Against Women
This short film has been made to raise a voice to protect women’s rights and to discourage violence against women. It is a bitter truth that even today, in different parts of the world, many people do not like or prefer that girls/women should get an education, do jobs, join different professional fields in the job market, or participate in any outside activity. Cultures, laws, systems, structures of different societies, and many other different factors also play a huge role due to which we see incidents of violation of human rights, domestic violence incidents, not encouraging women to get higher education, or do jobs, etc. Violation of women’s rights and violence against women can happen in different forms/ways. Basically, this short film touches on two main issues: 1- Violence Against Women, 2- Women’s Rights.

Director: M Riz
Writer: M Riz
Key Cast: Maryam, Maeesha, Dr. Z, M Riz

Expectations of an Unforeseeable Future:
We see the thought process of two individuals before a date.

Director: Carlos Fernando Godinez
Writer: Carlos Fernando Godinez
Key Cast:
Aidan Steckley, Rachel Halili

Ezra! Run!:
Ezra is someone who doesn’t have much self-worth and definitely keeps to himself. Jade on the other hand is a strong individual who exudes confidence. These two would probably never cross paths normally, but on this night they get caught up in a life or death situation that depends on Ezra finding some belief in himself in order to live.

Director: Kevin Reese
Writer: Kevin Reese
Key Cast:
Ali Akbari, Madelaine Lamah, Tyler Fox, McKenna Flory

Father Daughter:
It’s another typical day for eighteen-year-old Maria while she is at school. She doodles in English, dozes off in Spanish, and picks a fight…again. It’s the same old same old. Someone gives her a hard time for being Cuban, so she gives them a hard time. This time around though, Sister Margaret, the all girl’s Catholic school principal and old school nun, really isn’t having it. She calls Maria’s parents, Celia and Eduardo, and has them pick her up. But when it comes to finding peace and controlling herself, will Maria side more with her mother’s solution, or her father’s? Celia decides that she will cure her daughter’s wild ways by taking her to church. Her father, Eduardo, a former Cuban boxer turned repairman, is determined to show her how to fight the right way and show her how boxing can be a way of making peace and finding one’s faith. Will Maria find peace and faith in boxing, or will she return to her fighting ways?

Director: Sophia Costanzo
Writer: Sophia Costanzo
Key Cast:
Carola Di Franco , Shira Alon , Bud John Phineas

Fighting for Environmental Justice: The Health Crisis at the US-Mexico Border:
The film documents how the San Ysidro border community is threatened by air pollution stemming from traffic at the US-Mexico border port of entry. The documentary highlights community efforts to mitigate this environmental injustice following a major federal expansion of the border crossing in 2019.

Director: Ilan Jinich
Writer: Ilan Jinich
Key Cast:
Alejandro Amador, Sarina Vega

Flori’s day:
A lonely woman would like to share her birthday’s joy with somebody.

Director: Farideh Kakavand
Writer: Farideh Kakavand
Key Cast:
Mitra Akhavan , MarK Willams, Ali Azizian

For Martí:
Identity, solitude, bullying, and immigration. Various conflicts of modernity are presented through the eyes of a young Hispanic girl, born in the United States, who just wants to escape from a world that is constantly making her feel lonely and different from her peers. She takes refuge in the poetry of Cuban icon, Jose Martí.

Director: George Ebro
Writer: George Ebro
Key Cast:  Andrea Saiz, George Ebro, Ibis Ebro, Jorge Ebro

Fricasé:
Synopsis: Living in a dystopian regime where undocumented immigrants are persecuted, two sisters, stuck in hiding, take a risk to preserve a family tradition.

Director: Taly Uriarte
Writer: Taly Uriarte
Key Cast:
Sofia Insua, Sofia Renee

Gentrification:
A young woman reflects on how gentrification has changed her neighborhood and wiped out the people who have worked there and lived there for years.

Director: Samira Barragan
Writer: Samira Barragan
Key Cast:

Great:
Soul Gemz Entertainment artist Yung Musa lifts his voice for this Anti Bullying Video/PSA Campaign .and the anti -bullying anthem, “Great”. According to Yung Musa, it was conceived as a message to kids. “I wanted to tell kids that they can achieve anything they set out to do. As the chorus of the song explains. I got goals, I got visions, watch me go watch me get it.”
The video was shot on location at a fitting location, Medgar Evers High School in Brooklyn New York.

Director: Al Wright
Writer: Al Wright
Key Cast: Yung Musa

Hey Joe:
Hey Joe provides a glimpse into the life of a Mexican-American teenager whose daily routine is interrupted by law enforcement. My short film is loosely based on my father’s experience with police harassment and racial bias in the late 1960s. The film explores the idea that systemic racism continues to be a significant issue in our country, impacting people of color in real and painful ways. The titular character, Joe, is a fieldworker, friend, and warm person, who unfortunately struggles with the fact that he cannot change an immutable characteristic (skin color). It is this physical characteristic that makes him a target of discrimination.

Director: Miranda Montenegro
Writer: Miranda Montenegro
Key Cast: Christian Rodríguez, Gil Rebollar, Matt Dessert, Tim Cochran

Hirviendo:
A Latina daughter confronts her machista father about attending a faraway college while cooking caldo.

Director: Wendy Medina Herrera
Writer: Wendy Medina Herrera, Karla Sánchez
Key Cast: Karina Hurtado, Oscar Sánchez

Hope Unleashed:
Sister Pauline Quinn started the first prison dog program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in 1981 as a way to help others heal as she did by helping abandoned dogs. In this film, she re-visits two prisons, the original Women’s prison, as well as The Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Inmates, some who identify as murderers, find redemption and healing by training service dogs for veterans and first responders suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hoping for future careers, both women and men felons train and work as dog groomers and assistance-dog trainers. In-depth interviews with inmates, wardens, veterans, those in need of a service dog, as well as Sister Pauline, describe in moving detail how these programs have changed their lives for the better. Filmed at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, and the Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Director: Tula Asselanis
Writer: Tula Asselanis
Key Cast: Sister Pauline Quinn

Hunger:
In a society where everyone lives inside their own little world, someone dares to break the status quo.

Director: Enrique Pilozo-Liuxander Ricardo Silva
Writer: Enrique Pilozo-Liuxander
Key Cast:

Hype Your Hood: Calaca BK:
David Hurtado owns Calaca BK, an exciting and authentic Mexican restaurant in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. But David has faced struggle and uncertainty as a small business owner, along with thousands of others in the city, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the story of David and how one small business can positively impact an entire neighborhood. Support your local small businesses!

Director: Christian Moreno, Lyanne Alfaro
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I can read your mind:
Music video directed by Doña María produced by DM the NO music, LLC

Director: Doña María
Writer: Doña María
Key Cast:

I Knew Her As Mandy:
Based on a true story. A daughter recounts gradually losing her mother to addiction. Her memory takes us through when it began to go bad as a child, to good memories of her mother’s vanity in spite of being a tough mechanic. The mother eventually loses her soul completely and trades the daughter’s virginity up to repay a drug debt. The daughter leaves her abusive household with her caring father after the incident without letting him know what happened.

Director: Aurora Jimenez
Writer: Aurora Jimenez
Key Cast: Aislinn Cossio, Shanna Forrestall, Lynnea Morales

I Am Soil Breaking Off:
Videopoetry: A metaphor about national identity and migration as a mangrove seed and its journey.

Director: Paloma Sierra
Writer: Paloma Sierra
Key Cast: Andrew Edwards, Dusty Sanders, Sebastian Gutierrez

“I’m Fine…”:
A documentary that begs the question, does anyone care about depression?

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I Love You, Sophia:
A young woman, Sophia, suffers from chronic thoughts of her past, present, and future. Will this psychological condition tear her down from the inside out or is the little effort of communicating with her future self exactly what she needs. Actually, is communicating with our future selfs what we all need to live philosophically balanced life?

Director: Adrian Daniel Aguaristi
Writer: Adrian Daniel Aguaristi
Key Cast: Marisa Alexandra, Germaine Gaudet, Kris Lash

Partir es Morir un Poco :
“To leave is to die a little” talks about the struggles of being a Latina woman under Trump era. Two Latinas tell their stories of how they fought and continue to fight for their freedom in this country; going over their dangerous border crossing journey and ending with how much they miss their country of origin to a point where being “homesick” is a word too small for what they feel.

Director: Christopher A. Cerda
Writer: Christopher A. Cerda, Lisa S. Cerda

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Pushed Out:
Oakland in the 80s and 90s was not a great place as crime and violence ravaged the city. But as the years pass the city becomes more and more modernized and safe due to gentrification. At a glance, it looks like these new changes are all great but once you look closer you see the damage gentrification has had on Oakland natives.

 

Director: Dennis Martin, Thomas Williamson
Writer: Dennis Martin, Thomas Williamson

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Quell:
Quell is an experimental surreal film of a person experiencing an episode of dissociation or depersonalization disorder
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Director: Zach-Sabel De Kercadó
Writer: Zach-Sabel De Kercadó

Key Cast: Leanza Altidor

REMEMBER:
How the 2016 election has impacted me and my mom and how I’ve learned to cope.

Director: Wendy Cantoran
Writer: Wendy Cantoran

Key Cast:

SanFer:
A pilot about a young Mexican boy growing up in the hood and trying to decide between a future on the streets or pursuing his one true passion, the piano.

Director: Jose Aguirre
Writer: Jose Aguirre

Key Cast: Armando Broncas

Rememory:
‘Rememory’ tells the story of Sarah and Tom, two High School students who break up in the midst of their graduation. Each left to their own, they head to separate Universities, miles apart, hoping for a fresh start only to find themselves restrained by the memories of each other. This is not a love story – This is the story of love.

Director: Andres Irias
Writer: Andres Irias

Key Cast: Dani Jo Towle, Greg Wave, Brooke Hall, Keon Gaynor, Maria Meneses, Amanda Ribnick, Roger Torres

Romance:
Henry is a 20 year-old American studying Georgian folk music.

He is gay and has a strange habit. At night he likes to sing in the park for his amusement. One night, this strange habit gets him into an adventure where he will be a hostage, victim, fiance, sweetheart, knight and participant in a strange exotic tradition and finally the gay boy’s humanity character saved one girl’s Life.

Director: Giorgi Tkemaladze
Writer: Virginia Kochan

Key Cast: Tako Elizarashvili

Save our Planet:
Human activity is wreaking havoc on this planet due to mankind’s over-dependence on the environment, which have contributed to global warming, habitat destruction, the “sixth” mass extinction, and overexploitation of resources. However, it is still not too late for people to take action, but it requires that everyone must cooperate, including world leaders. If everyone gets on the same boat, humanity can unite together to save this planet of ours.

Director: Matthew Agustin
Writer: Matthew Agustin

Key Cast: Matthew Agustin

Scissors:
A short surreal film.

Director: Gregory Ayriyan
Writer: Gregory Ayriyan
Key Cast: Alisa Prada

Señora Océano:
A poetic short focusing on ocean conservation.

Director: Omar De León
Writer: Omar De León
Key Cast:

Sea Souls:
A lonely little ghost is visited by a mysterious diver. A film made in 2 weeks..

Director: Angelina Chang
Writer: Angelina Chang
Key Cast:

Shooting Star:
Sometimes God ask us to do things that may be a little uncomfortable for us. Sort of like the things he ask these guys. Noah to build the Ark on dry land miles and miles from any type of rivers or seas. And like Moses when he led Gods people out of Egypt and then he came face to face with the Red Sea. This one I really love Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the burning furnace. All these things was uncomfortable for these guys but in the end they was rewarded. And just because they believed in something greater than their little moment of being uncomfortableness. Now here my story. “Women’s Basketball Association Hall Of Fame” is now under renovation and hoped to be finished by February 2021. Here you will be able to learn the true story of where the WNBA came from. And finally learn about the pioneer efforts of the WBA, their players, coaches and the vision that GOD gave me in bringing women’s professional basketball here to the United States. This museum The Black Archives Of Mid-America at 1722 E 17th Terrace Kansas City Missouri 64108 will be open to all during its regular business hours. We look forward in seeing you there one day in the near future.

Director: Lightning N Mitchell
Writer: Sandra K Mitchell
Key Cast: Lightning N Mitchell

SIN:
After a serious accident where “Pacey” loses his family, he begins to see visions with the message “it’s coming”. Struggling to understand this distressing message, he experiences the darkest state of his reality.

Director: Daniel A. Colón
Writer: Daniel A. Colón, Alexander Mcmillan, Eli Santa
Key Cast: Luis Hernandez, Rebecca Orengo, Gian Díaz, Jonathan Lopez, Emanuelly Colón , Hector Pagan, Jose Zavala, Daniel Colón

Solamente:
Carmen is a woman in her early 20’s struggling with heartbreak. She must decide whether to tell her father a secret about herself in order to find her own path toward acceptance. Latino Media Arts and Studies (LMAS) Award Recipient for Undergraduate Film (at the University of Texas at Austin).

Director: Carolina Bayon
Writer: Carolina Bayon
Key Cast: Juleeane Villareal, Victor Santos

Someone Worth Looking Up To:
A visual diary.

Director: Joe Sald
Writer: Joe Sald
Key Cast: Sydney Price

Sonjia Remembers:
A holocaust survivor pays her respects on Veterans Day as painful memories resurface.

Director: Beau Marie
Writer:
Key Cast: Sonjia Brodecki, Bud Brodecki

Street Crime:
An earnest and quick story on crime in once modern day. A symposium on violence against the common man. The tragedy and reality of what is often hidden. Including body language that is pessimistic, hurtful and often forced on people until one snaps.

Director: James Buoen
Writer:
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Superheros in Scrubs:
A nurse finds herself at her breaking point during a worldwide pandemic. It will take a random act of love, kindness and compassion to lift her spirits and push her forward.

Director: Devin Redmond
Writer: Melissa Carvajal, Devin Redmond, Sean Lennon
Key Cast: Melissa Carvajal, Jorchual Gregory Vargas, Oksana Derina

Synchronic:
Taking place during the height of the Christmas season, Synchronic follows a husband and wife, Colleen and Charles Martin, as their marriage drifts apart. While Colleen and daughter Philippa make a head start into Jojo’s shopping store, Charles stays behind attempting to find a empty parking spot. Their distance in this moment kickstarts a chain of life altering events as a stranger yet familiar man to Colleen threatens their livelihood with a weapon of the future, time reversal.

Director: Andres Irias
Writer: Andres Irias
Key Cast: Kate Lowry Brown, Matthew Palumbo, Peyton Welday, John Potvin, Octavius Prince, Matt Potvin, Quincy Perkins

Tejano:
While out of town at a family gathering in South Texas, an awkward Mexican-American, Mijo, is forced to tag along with his cousin to a local bar after butchering his Spanish pronunciation at dinner.

Director: Alexander Rosales
Writer: Alexander Rosales
Key Cast: Harold Fisch

The Addiction:
The intimate story of a woman’s fight, internally and externally, with addiction.

Director: Ernest Hernández
Writer: Ernest Hernández
Key Cast: Kim Hopkins

The Air I Breathe:
Kimberly chose to submit a film entitled “The Air I Breathe” to raise awareness that the community within her family is in one of the most polluted cities in the United States. “The Air I Breathe” is a short documentary set in Wilmington, California, exploring our relationship to our natural environment, pollution, and the air we breathe.

Director: Kim Chairez
Writer: Kim Chairez
Key Cast:

The Ban:
“The Ban” is a short documentary that is a kind of personal experience, tries to depict some troubles that were created by Travel Ban regulation which was signed by the president of the United States

Director: Farideh Kakavand
Writer: Farideh Kakavand
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The Call:
A prominent lawyer is startled by a phone call at his house.

Director: Marco Arias Anduze
Writer: Marco Arias Anduze
Key Cast: Diego Arias Carballo

The Dark Side of The American Dream:
This is a documentary presenting the struggles of Monse Soria and growing up as a DACA student in the United States. Immigrants come here for a better life in the United States but that’s not how it always goes. This documentary tells three stories about the challenges and struggles people go through for the privilege to work and live in this country.

Director: Jackie Guzman
Writer:
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The High Tea:
A story of a female acting student facing challenges of boundaries, developing discomfort and, experiencing harassment enforced by a male counterpart.

Director: Carmanie Bhatti
Writer:  Carmanie Bhatti
Key Cast:  Carmanie Bhatti, Joshua Reyes

The Message:
The Message is about inspiring Chicano youth in underserved, low-income neighborhoods to make more positive decisions when confronted with challenging life situations.

Director: Daniel Osorio
Writer:
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The Mucker:
The Message is about inspiring Chicano youth in underserved, low-income neighborhoods to make more positive decisions when confronted with challenging life situations.

Director: Gregory Ayriyan
Writer: Gregory Ayriyan
Key Cast:

The Porns:
2022: North Korea has established full diplomatic relations with the United States. The Lims, the family of the first North Korean Ambassador to the United States, find their newfound freedoms difficult to comprehend, and for their teenage son… impossible to resist.

Director: Adam Juegos
Writer: Jeff Juegos
Key Cast: Jee Heng Liao, David Dotterer, Wataru Nishida, Audrey Yeoman, Jess Renee, Sarah Jayne Rothkopf, Sui Nakashima, Kochatorn Boonmark, Jasmina Makota, Mallory Moser

The Replacement/El Reemplazo:
An aging hit man is about to be replaced by a younger novice, unbeknownst to both men, the boss has a different plan.
enough twists and turns to keep the audience interested.
Un viejo sicario esta a punto de ser reemplazado por un joven novato, lo que ambos no saben, es que el jefe tiene otros planes bajo la manga. Este corto tine un par de giros inesperados, que mantendran a la audiencia en expectativa.


Director: Enrique Pilozo
Writer: Enrique Pilozo
Key Cast: Ishmael Delgado

The Seeds of an Uncertain Land:
With dirt under their nails, dedication, science and indigenous knowledge young Puerto Rican farmers return to their ancestral lands to bring food security to their struggling communities after hurricane Maria left many hungry‚ and they’re vowing never to see another person go hungry again.


Director: Jake Price
Writer: Jake Price, Aris Mejías
Key Cast: Suley Angelica, Ian Pagan-Roig, Gabriel Delgado, Yami Callazo, Ivonne Ariana, Stephanie Monserrate

The Spiritual Warriors: Danza Omecoatl:
Holding fast to ancient and ancestral Aztec roots, Danza Omecoatl is a group of individuals that keep ancient traditions alive to this day. They all hail from El Paso, Texas, a west Texas city on the international border of Juarez, Mexico and Las Cruces, New Mexico. This tight knit group considers each other family, and are one with the Earth. They keep native spiritual dances alive. They have intriguing personal stories, gorgeous ceremonies and beautiful dances.


Director: Christina Pietrowski
Writer: Christina Pietrowski
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The Threat of Ozone Depletion PSA/La Amenaza del Agotamiento del Ozono PSA:
This is a Spanish-language PSA (Public Service Announcement) (with English subtitles) explaining the threat and implications of the depleting ozone layer to our planet and ourselves and what we can do to curb this problem.


Director: M Carpenter
Writer: M Carpenter
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The Williamsburg Italian Feast:
I grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn going to the Italian feast every year. I felt the need to create a piece that openly appreciates the feast as I’ve never seen anything publicized about its legacy or how much its means to those who participate. Especially with last year being the first year they had to cancel due to COVID since World War II, I feel as though it was extra special that I create this documentary.


Director: Erica Star Domena
Writer: Erica Star Domena
Key Cast: Mateo V., Norman López, Annika Hernández, Marc, Ashley, Anthony Amore, David Crane, Jason Wallin, Lauren Lefkowitz, Miles Hardamon, Layla

Time:
After trying their luck at rock and roll fame, 4 friends embark on a hilarious journey to get their fame and fortune.


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Writer: Mario Luis Telles
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Two Girls and their Misogynist School District:
Youth examine systemic misogyny in their school district and how they believe students have been discriminated, silenced, and harassed by site administrators and district officials. This film seeks to illustrate how districts often treat their students and the filmmakers hope that this film encourages youth from around the world to use their voices to break down the systems that they believe are seeking to oppress them.


Director: Aubrie Cortez, Aidan Mondo
Writer: Aubrie Cortez, Aidan Mondo
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Valiente (Brave):
When Victor’s partner arrives at his house for what seems to be a perfect date, he finds the courage to disclose his HIV status.


Director: Miguel Melo
Writer: Miguel Melo
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HITN's Growth Continues as Its Expands Its Headquarters

HITN’s Growth Continues as Its Expands Its Headquarters

By HITN, Uncategorized

Nation’s largest Spanish-language public broadcasting network to expand footprint by 40,000 SF

Brooklyn, NY HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced it has signed a ten-year lease with the Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNYDC) to expand its corporate headquarters in New York City. The deal marks a significant expansion for HITN’s facilities in Brooklyn, NY, where it currently occupies 21,000 square feet. After the agreement, HITN will take an additional 25,000 square feet of interior space and 15,000 square feet of rooftop studio space.

The network has been on a planned expansion drive for the last three years, stated Michael D. Nieves, the network’s CEO and president. “We determined that in order for HITN to remain a relevant source of smart programming for Hispanic families, we would need to adapt to the evolving habits of ‘anytime, anywhere’ media consumption. I’m proud to say that these efforts are paying off. We now reach 44 million households and more Hispanic families than ever before.” He added: “Since Brooklyn has now replaced Manhattan as New York’s destination for media productions, it was only natural that our expansion occurs at the Yard.

Along with its headquarters’ HITN will also build a LEED-certified, state-of-the-art rooftop TV studio with latest technology and event space will feature beautiful views of Lower Manhattan, the Williamsburg Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. This facility will be used by HITN in its television and production operations and other media organizations.

HITN has a dynamic plan to fulfill its mission of serving the US Hispanic community through the creation of content in genres as varied as nature, current events, science and technology, health, and children’s programming. Having more production space will allow us to be more self-sufficient, optimize costs, and increase our production volume,” said Guillermo Sierra, head of television and digital services for HITN.

The new studio expansion will produce content which aims to mirror the unique bicultural Hispanic lifestyle in New York City and across the country. HITN’s programming lineup includes several awards winning shows that have a focus on health and wellness, science and technology, natural history, early- education and analytical content designed to inform Hispanic audiences and help them enjoy a better quality of life in the United States. In recent years, HITN has expanded its programming slate, closing several content agreements with global networks such as Discovery, National Geographic, AMC and BBC.

HITN’s growth over the past five years also prompted this expansion. When completed, HITN will add 40 to 65 new jobs. Recently, the network has hired more than a dozen new employees and offered internships to over 20 high school and college students. The new facility will house close to 100 employees, will be completed in early 2019.

About HITN

HITN-TV is the largest non-commercial Hispanic network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Frontier Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv