Nosotros Los Nobles, one of Mexico’s highest grossest films of all time, makes fun of spoiled, entitled fresas and juniors who live in Mexico City and use their parents’ credit cards to pay for everything. The comedy broke box office records when it opened in Mexico earlier this year and is now playing at several AMC theaters throughout the U.S.
When it comes to Hollywood stereotypes, should Latinos just stop complaining and make our their own content? Here are two programs that can help you get your script finished and get your film broadcast on national television.
This past weekend it was announced that Ambulante — the traveling documentary film festival founded by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Pablo Cruz — will cross the border into the U.S. (via Los Angeles) in late September 2014.
In her final installment from the 51st New York Film Festival, Critics Academy member Vanessa Erazo “dives into” the avant-garde with a look at Lois Patiño’s films and discovers a subliminal immersive experience.
In the October edition of the Intelatin cloudcast on film I talk about two films that center on ‘la bestia’ — the dangerous freight train that immigrants ride on top of through Mexico to get north — the documentary Which Way Home and the fiction film Sin Nombre.
Ever the hot-button issue and a glaring reminder of a dysfunctional government, Critics Academy member Vanessa Erazo takes a look at immigration reform through features Who Is Dayani Cristal? and How Democracy Works Now, playing at the 51st New York Film Festival.
I spoke to Miriam Colon, Benito Martinez, and the young breakout star Luke Ganalon ahead of Bless Me, Ultima's DVD release. They share what it was like to bring the book to life and funny memories from the shoot. Colon says that playing Ultima was her most significant role since Scarface.
In the September edition of TropicalFRONT on Intelatin Cloudcast, Sergio Muñoz and Carlos A. Gutiérrez talk about Eugenio Derbez’s overnight success with the film Instructions Not Included / No se aceptan devoluciones; the nature of film festivals and their inner workings; and a discussion on the Uruguayan film Tanta Agua / So Much Water, directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge. Plus a segment on Seed & Spark by Christine Davila, la Chicana from Chicago, and a feature on Latino films you can watch at home by Vanessa Erazo of LatinoBuzz. The broadcast aired on 9/19/13 on KKJZ 88.1 FM HD3 and KBeach.org
Fernanda Coppel, an NYC-based playwright, is part of a team of writers who work on “The Bridge.” I met up with Fernanda to pick her brain. How did a Latina playwright end up writing for a hit cable TV show?
Did you know that Hulu has a Latino channel? Not only is it a place to catch up on your favorite novelas like “La Seleccion”, or English-language TV shows like “The Bridge” but it also houses a decent collection of indie Latino films. We combed through the selections and here are LatinoBuzz’s top picks of Latino films to watch for free on Hulu.
Just a few days ago a story ran on Cinema Tropical’s blog, TropicalFRONT, regarding the New York International Latino Film Festival. The story, “NY Latino Film Fest Closes Shop After 13 Years” was a surprise for Elizabeth Gardner co-executive director of the NYILFF. LatinoBuzz has given her the space to tell her side of the story.
Hi - My name is Allyson Gonzalez, I'm an artist from Chicago. You don't know me, but I just read the article you and Juan wrote about Vanessa. I wanted to express my gratitude to you both for writing such a heartfelt, moving piece. I had not heard of her until now - and I'm so happy I have. Stories like hers resonate so deeply with me. The piece you two wrote was compassionately thought-provoking, I want to thank both of you for helping the rest of the world to learn and love her. Best - AG
Hi Allyson. Thank you so much for your response. It really means a lot. I am so happy that this story has resonated for other people as well. I think Vanessa Libertad Garcia was clearly a very special person and I felt honored to speak to her loved ones and write about her.
Sometime last week I came across an unusual Facebook post. It was a message of condolence to the family and friends of Vanessa Libertad Garcia. As I read through the comments and clicked through the links, I stumbled upon her blog. In a post titled, “All My Love, V” Vanessa says goodbye to her friends and family. It served as her suicide note.
Back in the ’80s Escobar acquired massive amounts of wealth, controlled 80 percent of the world’s cocaine supply, ordered the murders of hundreds of people, and at one point was even elected to Colombia’s Congress.
Almost twenty years after his death, Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia, is still infamous. Back in the eighties Escobar acquired massive amounts of wealth, controlled 80% of the world’s cocaine supply, ordered the murders of hundreds of people, and at one point was even elected to Colombia’s Congress.
In ‘Sins of My Father’, Pablo Escobar’s only son tells the story of his extraordinary childhood, a life of luxury and extravagance. He recounts how his dad was a doting father and devoted family man even while he was ordering assassinations and running one of the world’s largest crime rings.
Greg “Gringoyo” Berger is an American filmmaker living in Mexico who makes social justice films. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and understands his position as an outsider in the country, often calling himself a revolutionary tourist.
I talked to Berger and Alex Rivera about their free screening named “Bordering on Absurd,” what inspires them to make political films, and their college days spent in a cheese-making collective. Yeah, read on. It gets hilarious.
For more than a decade, the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) has brought together the musical innovators and genre-benders at the forefront of a musical movement known simply as Latin alternative. The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s week-long showcase of Latin American independent films, overlapped with LAMC over the weekend. It was a Lindie (a.k.a. Latino indie) takeover.
Based on Bron, a series which took place on the border of Sweden and Denmark, FX will be premiering its newest drama The Bridge next week. Highlighting the U.S.-Mexico border and starring Oscar-nominated Demian Bichir (A Better Life) it tells the story of two homicide detectives who work on opposite sides of the bridge that connects El Paso with Ciudad Juarez.
It sounds like our lovely writer Vanessa Erazo has been having a love affair with controversial filmmaker Almodovar for a very long time!! Que calladito te lo tenias Vanessa! Do you have a crush on Almodovar films too? Read this article and find out how you can be part of his “Orgy in the Sky” and please leave us your comments…
I’m not giving the show a glowing review. I, along with every other Latina, rolled my eyes when I heard that the show was about maids. But, I think it’s important to give the show a chance and to look at it critically. Let’s dissect what it does right and what it does wrong.
Jack Rico, NBC Latino contributor, put together a list of the, “Best Hispanic movies of 2012” that included films like Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall (a James Bond movie), and End of Watch. Were these really the best Latino films of the year? I was dumbfounded. Not one of these movies was written or directed by a Latino. I kept wondering, what makes these films Latino?
This documentary film tracks a decommissioned American school bus from the auction floor to its refurbishment as a Guatemalan public-transport vehicle, touching on the political, the humanistic and the spiritual in the process.
"To see the 86 year old Ríos Montt looking at his 30-year-younger self projected in the courtroom was stunning. Now he looks old and weak, but in the film footage he looks strong, vital, arrogant. It was a good reminder of the absolute power he wielded as a ruthless General in 1982."