News Release| Reel Rasquache; Cal State L.A.


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Trio to
be honored with 2010 Reel Rasquache awards

Cal State L.A. to co-host Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival at
Academy 6 Cinemas in Pasadena  

CA –

On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the 7th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film
will honor three remarkable individuals—
Castillo, Betty Kaplan and  Ligiah Villalobos
the Regency Academy 6 Cinemas in Pasadena, California.

Celebrating its seventh year, Reel Rasquache
originally hosted on the Cal
State L.A. campus—provides a forum to acknowledge the contributions of
U.S. Latinos in the entertainment industry and the arts. With continued CSULA partnership, the three-day Festival (June 4-6) will showcase some
20 recent Latino-produced and/or themed films produced nationally and
internationally, most of them Los Angeles premieres. 

Awards will
also be presented to those who have been selected based on their
achievements and contributions to the film industry and to filmmakers in
the following categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary,
Audience Award and Featured Artist Award.

For his
contributions to U.S. independent films, Enrique Castillo will be
presented the 2010 Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award honors
one whose contributions engage multiple entertainment industry platforms
and forums, while introducing new practices and/or challenging
understandings in U.S. Latino representations. Appearing on the scene in
1961 in Raices de Piedra, Castillo’s acting career has seen more
than 40 film and television performances that include the seminal
classics of Chicano Cinema: Seguín (1982), El Norte
(1983), Bound by Honor (1993), Mi Familia (1995), and
American Family
(2002). Additionally, his performances have
contributed to significant groundbreaking works of film and television,
such as The Waltons (1980), L.A. Law (1992), Melrose
(1995), Nixon (1995), The End of Violence
(1997), Touched by an Angel (2000), and Weeds (2008-09).

The 2010
Trailblazer Award—
that honors achievements in advancing new
practices and/or challenging understandings of the U.S. Latino
perspectives and representation—will be presented to Ligiah
. Appearing on the scene in 2000, over the relatively
brief span of 10 years, Villalobos has been described as “enriching the
cultural landscape immeasurably by her exemplary talents and
sensibilities” as a writer (La Misma Luna, 2007), producer (Dancing
in September
, 2000; One World, 2001; Walkout, 2006;
La Misma Luna
, 2007) and developer (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,
1999; Price of Glory, 2000; Diego Ascending, current;
Crew Six
, current) of independent film, television, and cable fare
for both family and child audiences. Throughout these illustrious
achievements, Villalobos has sustained a commitment to and focus upon
neglected voices of Latinos, immigrants, women, and children.

The 2010
Career Achievement Award
will be presented to Betty Kaplan,
who is recognized as one of the top-leading Latina directors in the U.S.
 She will be honored for her contributions in the U.S. and
internationally, offering cinematic images and stories that create
“universality” and a better understanding of cultures.  Demonstrating
the breadth of her work, Kaplan’s television achievements include the
landmark mini-series, Bolivar; her Peabody Award-winning U.S. TV
film, Almost a Woman; a short film, El Violinista; and the
full-features Of Love and Shadows and Dona Barbara.

with the Reel Rasquache 2010 honorees are available upon request by

For more
information or a complete program on the Reel Rasquache Art &
Film Festival, visit
or call (323) 343-4207.

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