If you like movies and live near Charlotte or North Carolina you might be interested because in the next few days there will be a series of movies made by and for Latinos: Casual Film Series. This is the second edition of the festival and for this year the organizers have prepared films from Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and a series of short films shot in the United States by Latin American artists. Rosalía Torres-Weiner, the Mexican artist empowering immigrants through art
In an interview with La Noticia, Giovanna Torres, the festival’s founder and organizer, reported that one of the differences from the previous edition is that this year there will be several locations where screenings and events will take place.
“This year we will be touring around the city, the first year we had demonstrations at Camp North End and VisArt, this year we will be introducing new spaces to the public such as the Midwood International Center, the historic Little Rock Cultural Center and we will be the new one Open Charlotte cinema – the Independent Picture House! We’ll also be hosting some receptions with live music and art,” says Torres. The Cinema Casual Film Series begins May 21 with Made Here: Shorts Showcase and continues June 4 with the film Sergei & Sergei at Camp North End; On June 11th they present El Otro Tom at the Little Rock Cultural Center; Perfume de Gardenias at the Independent Picture House on June 17; and on June 18, Medusa, also at the Independent Picture House. Although there is no common thread in the stories per se, Giovanna relates that Latin American films were selected for selection and in the case of feature films, these were shot by Latin American talent in the United States. “We’re trying to make a connection between the themes touched upon in the films and issues of current relevance (like the Latino experience in Charlotte, USA; mental health; machismo/sexism; and even misogyny and ideals of beauty),” says Giovanna. In terms of genres, the films presented this year range from comedy, drama, documentary to fantasy and thriller. “Another thing that makes us proud is that half of the films that are shown are directed by women,” says Torres. What is the Made Here cycle within the Casual Film Series that will take place in Charlotte? In addition to the 4 main films shot across Latin America, this festival presents a special project called Made Here: Shorts Showcase.
Made Here is a series of short films directed by Latinos living in the United States. It is with this series of short films that the film festival kicks off on May 21st at the Midwood International Center. “We not only want to highlight the talent of Latin America, but also celebrate and give a special place to the Latin American talent who call Queen City their home. Venezuelan musician Tony Arreza and Mexican artist Rosalía Torres-Weiner are two of the artists who will present their short films. At the end of the screenings, we’ll chat with musicians from the local Latin band ÚltimaNota about Charlotte’s Latin music scene and the making of the documentary The Final Note,” explains Torres. How do I buy tickets and where can I see the full program? Both the tickets and the program can be found and purchased on the film festival website, click on it and check the details of each of the films and the times and addresses where they are shown. Tickets for a single screening are $6, but you can also buy a pass for all 4 main films with a free t-shirt for $50. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE:
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