How do you determine the success of an independently produced web series? No matter how you measure it, East WillyB is a smash hit. Despite rave reviews, the producers have been unable to find a place for the series at a TV network. Rather than being discouraged, they have launched a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 for a new 12 episode season.
Last week we featured some of Mexico’s young filmmakers who have emerged as part of a recent revival in Mexican cinema. These new directors have pushed out the old guard and persevere in difficult situations, using public funding and micro-budgets to create films which take aim at Mexico’s social ills, broach difficult subjects, and take stylistic risks. Here we continue to highlight even more directors from Generation Mex.
A Theater Near You is Remezcla’s twice-a-month guide to Latin movies you can watch without having to get off your couch. This time around, it’s an “intensely erotic” crime thriller set in Buenos Aires. In 1965, a ragtag group of criminals had flawlessly planned a heist of an armored car carrying tons of cash. But, of course, things didn’t go quite as planned. After a shootout and a narrow escape, their biggest concern became how to avoid arrest. These real-life events inspired a book and later a film–both carry the title, Plata Quemada.
Mexico’s film industry broke records last year. Box office attendance reached an all-time high and due in part to increased public funding, local productions rose to more than 70 feature films. As part of this recent revival in Mexican cinematic production a new generation of directors have emerged; pushing boundaries, challenging stereotypes, and raising the international profile of Mexican films.
It’s rare for a film in Spanish or Portuguese to make it to a U.S. theater. Even within Latin America or Spain, it’s difficult for local films to compete against Hollywood blockbusters. Here are the most recent box office numbers on the Latino films that broke into the top ten.