April 29, 30, and May
MAY 1, 2005-Day Three
indicated as Free, all other programs require an admission payment.
(Luckman Intimate Theatre)
West Coast Premiere
(Prods. Amy Savitsky,
Annette Jones, Arelys Carballo, Writ. Arelys Carballo, Dir. Dan Perez,
2005, Drama, Video, 16 mins., USA, English).
When given a chance to chase her dreams, a young woman puts her faith
in the hands of a charming stranger. A powerful and heartbreaking tale
of love, obligation, family, deceit, and greed, Toxic explores the darkest
recesses of the human heart, raising questions about human nature, family
ties, and whether destiny is a matter of chance or choice. Arelys Carballo
works for E! International as a Program Planner and received her Masters
Degree in Producing for Film and Video from American University in Washington,
D.C. Dan Perez has worked with broadcast and cable networks, studios,
syndicators, has earned Emmys in entertainment, documentary, news, sports,
and children's programming and is an adjunct professor at American University's
School of Communication where he teaches Visual Media.
Los Angeles Premiere
Dominance and Terror
(Prod./Dir. Roberto S. Oregal, 2004, Documentary, DVD, 15 min.,
USA, English). An engaging audio and visual rendering of Noam Chomsky's
ideas on terrorism, world domination and survival.
Vagabond, 2004, Drama, DVD, 55 mins., USA, English).
Definitions, ideas, and notions of terrorism in a post-9/11 world are
challenged in this
explosively controversial and original film. An experimental narrative
traces the parallel and intersecting stories of three characters, each
uniquely embodying themes of Puerto Rican colonial history, oppression,
opposition, resistance, and revolution. The story is shaped around three
songs that move from hardcore be-bop to abstract Afro-Latin rhythms, written
and performed by the Puerto Rican Punk band RICANSTRUCTION. The film stars
Isaach de Bankolé (Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes) and RICANSTRUCTION
lead singer, Not4Prophet.
(Luckman Intimate Theatre)
No Se Vive, Se Sobrevive
(Prod./Dir. Jose Arriaga, 2004, Experimental, DVD, 5:11, USA, English
w/subtitles). A unique view of the difficulties an immigrant encounters
while achieving his "American Dream."
Un Tren para Volverte a Ver/A Train to See You Again
Luis Ulloa, Writ. James Drown/Luis Ulloa, Drama, Video, 25 mins., USA-Mexico,
Two young Mexicans confront complexities of the Latina/o immigrant experience
when they try to flee to Mexico in order to escape the post-9/11 "American
(Prod. Rebecca Gallegos, Writ./Dir. Mildred Inez Lewis, 2004, Drama, DVD,
23:11, USA, English).
The story of Lupe, a young Latina, whose parents have begun a free fall
into drugs and despair. When Lupe's father dumps her on her racist white
grandmother, the two women are forced to try to become a family.
Los Unidos/ The United Ones
(Prods. Javier Frigerio, Rene Herrera, Roque Santana,
Writ./Dir. Francisco Ramirez, 2004, Drama, DVD, 19 mins., USA,
Spanish w/subtitles). Martin
and his family came to "El Norte" in efforts to realize the
"American Dream." The dream for Martin has turned to a nightmare,
losing both of his loved ones, shortly after arriving in Los Angeles.
Among the few people left in his suddenly lonely existence, is his neighbor
Tony who was well on his way to becoming a doctor in Mexico when reality
shifted. Tony's then girlfriend became pregnant, leaving him with the
only option that seemed rational, heading north to give his unborn daughter
a better life. With no solace in their US lives, both Martin and Tony
take desperate action. In their plans of retaliating against the local
drug lord who sold Martin's brother his last drug score, they find themselves
at the point of no return.
Lejos del Sol/Far from the Sun (Writ./Prod./Dir.
Javier Prato, 2004, Drama, DVD, 15 mins., USA, Spanish and English w/subtitles).
An Argentine married couple immigrates to the U.S. with their disabled
son in hope of
finding a better economic life. After relocating they encounter the barriers
of being in a country far away from close relatives and familiar traditions.
In Lak Ech (Luckman Intimate Theatre)
possible by CSULA Rockefeller Humanities Residency Program
The Driverz Licenz Project
Made possible by the Virginia E. Smith Endowment in Poetry and Poetics,
CSULA Rockefeller Humanities Residency Program, and Department of English,
Department of Modern Languages
Driverz Licenz Project
A multimedia performance by poet/performance artist,
Juan Felipe Herrera, graffiti artist, Nuke and Video Artist, Adan Avalos.
2005 Tribute and Honor Program
(Luckman Intimate Theatre)
y Manteca en Jealousy
Aurora Sarabia, 2004, Comedy/Drama,
DVD, 7 mins., USA, English). Transformation
of the physical and emotional self are used to tell a story about friendship,
love and betrayal. Two roommates, one with low self-esteem, the other
with too much alter ego, quarrel over a relationship gone astray. This
entertainingly twisted, comedy also pays tribute to silent films. Fourth
generation Chicana from Stockton, California decided to become a filmmaker
while she was a Conservation of Resource Studies major at U.C. Berkeley.
She has since made over ten short films and is currently working on an
episodic piece regarding culture and self-identity. Ms. Sarabia states,
"As a Chicana filmmaker, I attempt to create stories that break away
from stereotypical 'Latin' characterizations that have been emphasized
by the entertainment industry. The topics that form my narratives tend
not to fall nicely within any specific genre."
Only Once In a Lifetime
(Prod. Moctesuma Esparza, Alejandro Grattan, Dir./Writ. Alejandro Grattan,
1979, Drama, Video, 97 mins., USA, English). In
1979, Only Once in a Lifetime, premiered in Texas at the San Antonio Film
Festival. The reaction was, according to the city s largest newspaper,
The Express-News, "thunderous applause and a standing ovation."
A few days later, the film earned another standing ovation at the Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C. Then to more accolades at the Academy Award
Theater in Beverly Hills. An offer followed from the First Family of Mexico
to host a premiere in Mexico City. The 97-minute film, a "generic
first" according to the Los Angeles Times, collected outstanding
reviews wherever it played, which led to the movie being selected as an
"Official United States Entry" at the prestigious Deauville
Film Festival in France. Based loosely on Alejandro Grattan's novel of
the same name, it is the story of a Chicano artist, Dominguez who is going
through a difficult period of mourning for his recently deceased wife.
Living alone with their dog and painting in a style that no one will buy,
Dominguez struggles to recover from his loss while negotiating the attentions
of a friendly schoolteacher and the support of a concerned social worker.
Rasquache Honors Ceremony
(Luckman Intimate Theatre)
Reel Rasquache 2005 and emcee, Chicana comedian Monica Palacios, as we
recognize and celebrate the Rasquache 2005 Career Achiever recipient,
renown producer, writer, entertainment industry executive, Emmy winner,
Academy Award nominee, education leader, Mr. Moctesuma Esparza.
The Career Achiever Award honors one whose body of work is not only prolific
but also a national treasure, a career that embodies the tremendous scope
and rich diversity of Latino experience and historical contributions in
the U.S. Consistently, the body of Moctesuma Esparza's works epitomizes
the highest and most profound functions of media - to educate, to empower,
Californian Monica Palacios is a writer/performer whose one woman
shows: Queer Soul, A 20 Year Retrospective; Besame Mucho; My Body and
Other Parts; Confessions...A Sexplosion of Tantalizing Tales; Latin Lezbo
Comic, and Greetings from a Queer Señorita have been seen across
the country and Off Broadway. Ms. Palacios was featured in a PBS documentary
directed by filmmaker Arthur Dong. Monica is an adjunct professor at UC
Santa Barbara, UCLA, UC Riverside, and Cal State L.A.. She has taught
writing and performing classes at U.C. Berkeley; Stanford; University
of Texas, San Antonio; University of Massachusetts, Smith College, Loyola
Marymount. Monica's performances and publications continue to be studied
in college curriculums throughout the country and internationally.
Rasquache Honors Reception
(Luckman Intimate Theatre Lobby)
off this festive closing program with great conversation, delicious food
and refreshing beverages in honor of Mr. Moctesuma Esparza and in toast
to Reel Rasquache 2006. Quesadilla bar, appetizers, beverages and wine
will be served.
Fri. April 29, 2005
Sat. April 30, 2005
Sun. May 1, 2005