Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle is Awarded Best Documentary
CineFestival en San Antonio, the nation’s original and longest-running Latino film festival, will celebrate its 36th anniversary onFebruary 22-March 1, 2014 with the screening of REBEL, LAS MARTHAS, EL RELOJ, and RUBEN SALAZAR: MAN IN THE MIDDLE. LPB would like to congratulate Phillip Rodriguez whose film Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle received the Best Documentary award at this year’s festival. Each Spring some of the best in contemporary U.S. and International Latino films screen at the historic Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio. The eight day program boasts world, regional, and U.S. premieres culminating with the Premio Mesquite Awards Night honoring the festival’s stand out entries in documentary and narrative filmmaking. To purchase tickets, please click here. For more information on the festival, please visit:www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/cinefestival/.
Director/Producer/Writer: María Agui Carter
Co-Producer: Calving Lindsay Jr.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6 PM
Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez, confederate Soldier turned Union Spy, is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago – one of an estimated 1000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history? Directed by María Agui Carter, REBEL is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.
One of the largest celebrations of George Washington’s birthday in the world takes place in the border town of Laredo, Texas. This 116-year-old tradition has evolved into an entire month of inventive reenactments and bicultural celebrations, many of them involving their Mexican sister city, Nuevo Laredo. The most preeminent event of them all, however, is the invitation-only Colonial Ball hosted by the elite Society of Martha Washington. Las Marthas unravels the origins of the celebration and explores why a town like Laredo, with such deep Mexican roots, feels such affinity for America’s Founding Father, and how against all odds the Washington’s Birthday Celebration has managed to persevere and even flourish, thanks to the Mexican American girls who continue to wear the gilded burden of tradition. For more information on LAS MARTHAS, please visit: www.pbs.org/independentlens/las-marthas/film.html.
Producer/Director: Yolanda Cruz
Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7 PM
Like every Sunday morning, a Zapotec Grandpa comes to the city of Oaxaca to visit his granddaughter for a day. Their ritual consists of attending mass and window-shopping throughout the city, but on this particular Sunday things take a different turn when they pass by a booth selling watches. For more information on EL RELOJ, please visit: www.petate.com.
Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, is an investigative look at the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to Latinos — many of whom had criticized his reporting during his lifetime. Adding to the Salazar mystique is that the details of how he was killed have been obscured in the ensuing four decades since his death. By examining the complexities and contradictions in Salazar’s life, the film tells a very universal and very American story about the struggle between ethnic identity and assimilation.
For more information on these screenings, please visit: www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/cinefestival-schedule/.