Off-Site Film: East L.A. Film Shorts

Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 8 pm
Total running time: 82 minutes, Rated PG-13

LACMA9 teams up with TELA SOFA, the East Los Angeles Society of Film and Arts, to copresent shorts from emerging Latino filmmakers. Spanning Mexico, Harlem, French Guyana, and Kern County, these fictional and documentary shorts highlight a rich range of voices and perspectives. Some of these shorts have screened at the annual East Los Angeles Film Festival. Note: due to thematic content, the screening is strongly recommended for ages 13 on up.

With guest programming by Juan Escobedo of TELA SOFA

Primera Comunion
2006, 14 minutes  | Directed by Daniel Carrera; with Marco Antonio Garcia, Alfonso Florencio, and Leticia Gomez | Spanish, with English subtitles
A petty theft of rosaries and gum, a first communion, and a boy's initiation into violence collide in this heart-wrenching film.

The Seawall
2010, nine minutes | Directed by Mason Richards; with Marjorie Arthur and Malachi Hamilton
A film about a young boy and his British-Guyanese grandma, on the eve of his relocation to the U.S.

Everybody’s Nuts
2010, 13 minutes | Directed and narrated by Fabian Euresti
In this poignant essay film, the filmmaker shares how the two industries of his native Kern County—oil and agriculture—affect everything from drinking water to his parents’ livelihood.

Manahan
2010, 25 minutes | Directed by Kelman Duran
Manahan lives in Harlem. He has a one-year-old baby boy. Manahan’s mother and father are not home, so he is left to wander the streets of Harlem and Washington Heights—but in search of what?

The Shooting Star Salesman
2012, 20 minutes | Directed by Kico Velarde; written by William Camacho II and Joel Caballos; with Yancey Arias and Elijah Velarde
An ageless man has an extraordinary ability to sell anyone their very own shooting star. The only problem is that the buyer must truly believe in the magic. In this modern time of skepticism, that is no easy task.

A Day at the Opera
2010, 30 seconds | Directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella
A charming stop-animation film portrays the perils of opera.

In conjunction with the Montebello Art+Film Lab presented by LACMA, watch a diverse selection of outdoor films—Hollywood classics, independents, and international films that are sure to capture your imagination. All screenings take place in the multipurpose room of the Steinmetz Senior Center.

Montebello City Park, Montebello | 8 pm
Free and open to the public
Note: Montebello City Park is located at 199 S. Taylor Avenue, Montebello, CA 90640.

Image: Courtesy of Maurva Productions

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