The 23rd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival will take place from March 10-20, 2016 and will be held at both AMC Fashion Valley 18 and Digital Gym CINEMA North Park. The Media Kick-Off party was held at the Quad Ale House in downtown San Diego on February 25th and everyone had a blast catching up with filmmakers and movers and shakers of the film community. A great event to have in San Diego, especially being that San Diegans reside next to a border town that is rich in culture.
The films to be shown include a line-up filled with something to satisfy everyone’s tastes from features starring highly-acclaimed actors like Salma Hayek, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Rosario Dawson; also documentary films, short films and special showcases with focused films such as Cine Gay, Columbia!, and Frontera Filmmakers.
I had the opportunity to speak with Ed Cahan, the producer of one of the featured documentaries Club Frontera, which follows the players, fans, political figures and more of the Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles professional Mexican soccer team. He mentioned that this film will not only “shine a positive light on Tijuana,” but it will show people what a phenomenal impact this team has had on its city from economical to cultural. As someone who has grown up going to Tijuana on a regular basis, I am excited for other people to finally see and learn more about the great aspects of the city many people call home.
There will also be lots of extra events going on that coincide with the festival like the Sabor Latino! Food, Wine, & Beer Festival on March 19th. The acclaimed chefs and vineyard owners were presented at the kick-off party and announced the Latin cuisine that will be served and the beers and wine that will accompany the food. Your ticket includes unlimited tastings of beer, that’s enough to entice anyone to go!
Your encouraged to come out and check out the festival and catch a few films. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance, many are already creating buzz and will more than likely sell out. See ya at the film fest!
Tickets and passes to the San Diego Latino Film Festival: http://sdlatinofilm.com/passes/