News Release | CSULA, Reel Rasquache, Latino Experience in Film & Art, Youth Filmmakers Showcase, Film Festival - May 1, 2008

 Young filmmakers from local high schools to be showcased at Cal State L.A. May 31

Reel Rasquache 2008: Festival of the

U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art

Los Angeles, CA – The cinematic vision of young people will be shown, celebrated and sharpened when California State University, Los Angeles hosts the Fifth Annual Reel Rasquache Film Festival – a West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos to be held May 30-June 1, 2008, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Participating in the festival’s Youth Filmmakers Showcase will be students from a record 13 Southern California high schools and youth programs, including last year’s institutions: Belmont High School (Los Angeles), Echo Park Film Center, Theodore Roosevelt High School (Boyle Heights), San Pedro High School and Woodrow Wilson High School (Los Angeles). Also represented this year will be Animo Film and Theatre Arts High School (Los Angeles), Bell High School, Boyle Heights Technology Center, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School (Montebello), Lincoln High School (Los Angeles), John Marshall High School (Los Angeles), Oxnard Media Productions Youth Apprenticeship Program, and Venice High School. 

 A professionally curated selection of films by local high school students will screen Saturday, May 31, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.  The Youth Filmmakers’ program will also present two workshops, “How to Get Into University Film School” and “Building a Filmmaking Career.” A reception with live bands will follow.

 According to Festival Director John Ramirez, chair of Cal State L.A.’s Department of Communication Studies, “There is a wealth of young Latino filmmaking talent out there – writers, directors, camera operators, editors, and actors. And, through their films, they express the rich diversity of Latino experiences in the U.S., in all genres, and in a variety of presentations, including animation, documentary, experimental, features, and shorts.”

 The three-day Reel Rasquache U.S. Latino Film Festival will also feature screenings, workshops and panel discussions, multimedia/spoken-word, live music and receptions. The festival’s Pioneer, Trailblazer, and Life Achiever awards will be presented to individuals in the entertainment industry.

 For festival information, visit the Reel Rasquache website at

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