For immediate release:
Cal State L.A.’s
U.S. Latino Film Festival
to be Held at Cal State L.A.,
April 30-May 1
This year’s Reel Rasquache program includes
an art exhibition and multimedia performances
Reel Rasquache 2005 – Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art returns for its second year on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. The Festival will be held at the Luckman Intimate Theatre on Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1.
Reel Rasquache 2005 will present approximately 20 new independent Latino films and videos from across the nation, guest filmmaker Q & A sessions, panel presentations, celebrity awards, and a Los Angeles high school student film showcase.
The Festival will also include an art exhibition, music by Ollin, and multimedia performances of poetry and spoken word by In Lak Ech/Mujeres de maiz and by poet Juan Felipe Herrera with graffiti artist Nuke to provide a unique West Coast celebration of works by and about U.S. Latino communities and experiences.
Reel Rasquache 2005 is cosponsored by Cal State L.A., College of Arts and Letters, Department of Communication Studies, the CSULA Rockefeller Humanities Residency Program, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, SONY Pictures Entertainment, and Metro.
This year, Reel Rasquache will be preceded by a forum sponsored by the CSU and Cal State L.A. on the role of the CSU in building the entertainment workforce.
On the evening of Friday, April 29, the Reel Rasquache 2005 kick-off program will feature a spoken word performance by L.A.-based poet, Antonieta Villamil, to be followed by the Los Angeles première of New York filmmaker Albert Xavier’s gripping urban action drama, Pasaporte Rojo/Red Passport. The film captures the truisms of a Dominican culture by filming actual members of the community as players and extras in authentic locations throughout New York City. Albert Xavier will be in attendance.
Reel Rasquache 2005 will also showcase a free Saturday mid-day program featuring documentary filmmaker Hector Gonzalez’ work-in-progress, East Side Sounds, on the rock ’n’ roll scene in ’60s East Los Angeles, followed by a live music performance by Cannibal and the Headhunters.
For updated program and Web site information, call Festival director John Ramirez at (323) 343-4207.
Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 170,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu
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