LPB is excited to announce the screening of three LPB supported films at this year’s OC Film Fiesta, which includes PARAISO FOR SALE (directed by Anayansi Prado), THE LONGORIA AFFAIR (directed by John J. Valadez) and THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO (directed by Ray Telles).
The OC Film Fiesta is a cinematic celebration of the Santa Ana’s Latino heritage through cinema and an educational tour of Santa Ana’s historic roots. Launched in 2010 as part of The City of Santa Ana’s 2010 “Fiestas Patrias – Fiestas de Independencia” Mexican Bicentennial, this unity-building event provides downtown audiences, both new arrivals and traditional families, with entertaining events throughout the City of Santa Ana that deepen relationships with local cultural groups, businesses, colleges and the film industry. The OC Film Fiesta will be held September 3rd – September 18th, 2011 in Santa Ana, CA. For more information, please visit the festival website here.
PARAISO FOR SALE
Director: Anayansi Prado
Friday, September 9th, 5pm (Calacas)
What price would you pay for paradise? And who would you be willing to take it from? Panama is one of the most sought after real estate destinations in the world. The archipelago of Bocas del Toro, a gem hidden away in the Caribbean side of Panama, attracts retirees and developers from the US with its crystal clear waters and luscious trees.
Filmmaker, Anayansi Prado, returns to her homeland to document the effects the fast-growing migration of American retirees and developers to Bocas del Toro is having on the local community. PARAISO FOR SALE explores issues of modern day colonialism, residential tourism and global gentrification and reveals that migration between Latin America and the US is not just a one-way street.
For more information about the film, please visit the filmmaker’s website at: www.paraisoforsale.weebly.com.
THE LONGORIA AFFAIR
Writer/Director/Producer: John J. Valadez
Sunday, September 11th, 4pm (Yost Theatre)
Private Felix Longoria was killed in battle fighting the Japanese during World War II. But when his body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town’s only funeral parlor refused to allow his family to use their chapel because “the whites wouldn’t like it.” The incident sparked national outrage and brought together two savvy political leaders, Senator Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Hector Garcia. Their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American history. The Longoria Affair would also propel John Kennedy to the White House, and lead President Johnson to sign the most important civil rights legislation of the twentieth century. THE LONGORIA AFFAIR is a co-production of John J. Valadez, WGBH/Boston, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and the Houston Endowment.
For more information, please visit the filmmaker’s website at: www.thelongoriaaffair.com.
THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO
Producer: Ray Telles
Friday, September 16th, 3pm (Santa Ana Senior Center)
Tells the story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. It is a conflict that not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships between Mexico and the rest of the world. This documentary illuminates the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution, influenced the course of the conflict and determined its consequences, as well as the role of myth and memory in shaping public perceptions of this event and its legacy. THE STORM THAT SWEPT MEXICO is co-production of Paradigm Productions, Inc. and ITVS in association with LPB. Major funding was provided by the NEH, with additional funding from the CPB, and The San Francisco Foundation.
For more information, please visit the filmmaker’s website at: www.stormthatsweptmexico.com.