Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Announces 43rd CineFestival San Antonio July 6-10 – Tejano Nation
San Antonio – The San Antonio Original Latinx Film Festival returns July 6-10 to the historic Guadalupe Theater with a large presence of Texan filmmakers. With 85 movies, including 22 San Antonio movies and 24 Lone Star State movies, CinéFestival San Antonio continues to support local and regional filmmakers while delivering comprehensive programming to local audiences that also includes national and international films that showcase artistic excellence and diversity.
“The astonishing response CineFestival San Antonio received this year to our call for entries, receiving a record number of submissions from statewide and U.S., local and international filmmakers, is a testament to San Antonio’s privileged position in as a cultural center. hub, connecting the cultures of South Texas and the state’s border regions with the rest of Texas and beyond. said the CineFestival programmer Eugenio del Bosque. “This response means focusing the film festival on local and regional works while reflecting artistic excellence in Latinx and indigenous cinema is the right path for a festival with such an amazing history to continue on a relevant trajectory that has taken its toll. meaning for both the public and the participating artists. ”
The 43rd annual San Antonio CineFestival will feature 24 screenings featuring 12 feature films and 73 short films. The festival will open on July 6 with the premiere in San Antonio of PEPE SERNA, LIFE IS ART (Dir. Luis Reyes, 2022), a joyous look at the life and work of the revolutionary Mexican-American actor Pepe Sernaa native of Corpus Christi, Texas, whose hundred charismatic scene-stealing roles paved the way for generations of actors from Chicanx to Hollywood and beyond.
The closing night film will be the world premiere of “Cuerpo”, directed by San Antonio’s own Mark Zuniga, an ambitious horror film set in 18th-century San Antonio exploring the culture and clashes between Spanish settlers and the indigenous peoples they attempt to convert; A recipient of the San Antonio Film Commission’s Local Filmmaker Grant, “Cuerpo” is a passion project produced and shot in the San Antonio area with an original cast, crew and score.
Other feature films include:
- World premiere of the comedy “An Awesome Action Movie”, directed by Luis Antonio Rodriguez and filmed in McAllen, Texas, and starring a veteran Mexican actor Hector Soberon;
- Sundance acclaimed documentary “Mija” by Isabelle Castro;
- The powerful Mexican documentary “Comala” by Gian Cassiniwhich has close ties to San Antonio;
- “A Race For More” by Ray Whitehousefollowing Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe as the first trans woman to run for city council in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas;
- SXSW winner Iliana Sosa’s “What We Leave Behind,” a love letter to the El Paso-born director’s grandfather and an intimate, insightful exploration of her own relationship with him and her homeland;
- The social justice horror film “Madres” from Ryan Zaragozaco-written by a San Antonio native Marcella Ochoawho will be present and will also offer a masterclass for registered filmmakers.
- Jockey by Clint Bentleyfeaturing an award-winning performance by the Mexican-American comedian Clifton Collins Jr.grandson of Aguilares, Texas native character actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalezmost famous for his humorous sidekick roles in the 1950s and 1960s John Wayne Westerns.
- “Earth Mother”, directed by Austin’s Brandon Polanco and featuring San Antonio Annette Mia Flores.
- “Capitol Barbie” by a New Mexico native Riley Del Rey is a TV pilot and a new line of programming for CineFestival. A political show on a translatina on Capitol Hill, “Capitol Barbie” deals with sensitive and socially relevant themes, raising questions and opening up conversations about racism, homophobia and transphobia in the workplace. The screenplay is written by trans and indigenous filmmakers Riley Del Rey and Violet Martinez.
The Mezquite Awards will be presented in two main categories: Audience Awards for Audience Favorite Feature Film and Jury Awards for Best Texas Short Film. A panel of industry professionals will serve on this year’s festival jury, which will choose the jury’s award-winning documentary and narrative films from a collection of 14 Texas-made shorts, including works by Austin, Buda, Denton , El Paso, Houston, Laredo and San Antonio.
The ever-popular San Antonio showcase will feature eight short films made by local artists, including works by Nathanael Avila, Guillermina Zabala, Esmeralda Hernandez, Ai Vuong, Samuel Diaz Fernadez, Lisa Salinas Sosa, Miguel Contreras IV, Raymond Ramosand Violeta by Leon Davila.
43 CineFestival San Antonio will offer ten free screenings, including Family Day with the Texas premiere of “Ainbo, Spirit of the Amazon” by Richard Claus and Jose Zelada, a Peruvian-American animated feature in the spirit of “Moana” and “Frozen”; and Senior Cinema, with an exclusive revival of the documentary “Pepe Serna: Life is Art” dedicated to older moviegoers in San Antonio.
The free screenings will also include short film showcases, including the Texas Short Film Showcase featuring work from Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Greenville and El Paso; a selection of international short films from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Spain and Venezuela; a collection of short films featuring Latino and Indigenous talent from across the United States; and the ever-revealing Youth Day screenings, featuring films made by artists 18 or younger, including works made in San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, Arizona, the Connecticut, Peru and Spain.
All 43 screenings of CineFesitval San Antonio will take place at the historic Guadalupe Theater, located at 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. The full festival schedule and tickets will be available June 25 at www.guadalupecutluralarts.org. Individual tickets are $8 and festival passes are $40.
The 43rd CineFestival San Antonio is made possible through the continued support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Antonio Film Commission, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, and the Ford Foundation.
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