Win Free Tickets to UNFINISHED SPACES or EL VELADOR Screening at the LA Film Festival!

LPB is giving away tickets for you and one (1) guest to the screening of UNFINISHED SPACES by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray OR EL VELADOR by Natalia Almada. The screenings will take place at the Los Angeles Film Festival being held June 16 – 26, 2011. All you have to do is answer the question below about your selected LPB funded film and you can win the free tickets! Send an email to with your answer and two (2) preferred screening dates. The first 10 to answer will win!


Director: Alysa Nahmias/Benjamin Murray

Documentary/84 Minutes

Sunday, June 19th, 4:00 pm (L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas 10)

Friday, June 24th, 7:00 pm (L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas 14)

Saturday, June 25th, 1:20 pm (L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas 13)

Question: What is the name one of the three architects selected by Fidel Castro to build the Cuban National Arts Schools?

In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before they construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeoise and counter-revolutionary. The story has many more fascinating twists and turns, as these radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who would get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project. For more information about the film, please visit the filmmaker’s website at:


Director: Natalia Almada

Documentary/72 Minutes

Saturday, June 18, 8:00 pm (Downtown Independent)

Sunday, June 19, 3:30 pm (L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas 8)

Question: Natalia Almada has produced two LPB funded films in addition to EL VELADOR. What are the titles of those films? 

Festival alum Natalia Almada follows Martin, the night watchman of one of the most ornate cemeteries in northern Mexico, where drug lords and corrupt cops are laid to rest. A documentary spawned from violence, The Night Watchman shows the end result of a chronic societal crisis. But Almada’s approach is poetic, not sociological, filled with striking surreal images of elaborate mausoleums that disrupt the pastoral landscape. As the cemetery, filled with widows tending to their husband’s shrines, constantly expands, the dreamlike quality of Almada’s filmmaking creates a disembodied atmosphere where the poor and living labor day and night for the rich deceased. For more information about the film, please visit the filmmaker’s website at:

Now in its 17th year, Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Los Angeles Times, showcases the best of American and international cinema. The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival takes place June 16-26, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles. The Festival screens more than 200 features, shorts, documentaries and music videos from more than 40 countries. The Festival connects the movie-loving public to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.


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