Reel Rasquache, May 18-20 in LA

Reel Rasquache 2012 has just released a partial list of the special events and honorees slated for its nine annual film and art festival, May 18-20 at the newly expanded CASA 0101 facilities in Boyle Heights.

This year, highlights include the opening-night world premiere of The Shifting, director Julio Saldarriaga's new street-level thriller that's part political story, part cop drama, part enlightening spiritual film, and a closing night awards ceremony honoring Chris Weitz, director of A Better Life, with the RRAFF's Pioneer Award. Actress Teresa Yenque is RRAFF Trailblazer Award recipient. Ms Yenque has a career that goes back to the 70s, in television, film and stage. Artist, composer, and performer Patricia Krebs is the festival Featured Artist this year and recipient of the Vision Award, while industry professional Diana Lesmez will be presenting a seminar on "Pitching your Project" geared to new filmmakers, as part of 'round-the-clock film programs, live music and dance performances, showcases, workshops, and roundtables, including a art exhibit featuring the works of Patricia Krebs.

The premiere is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the newly expanded CASA 0101 facilities in the heart of the burgeoning Boyle Heights First Street arts corridor.

Now in its ninth year, The Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival continues to bring together independent filmmakers from across the country and Latino advocates in the entertainment industry. Since it inception, it has showcased films by or about the U.S. Latino experience in all genres and formats-animation, dramatic and documentary shorts and features, experimental, webisodes, and, for the first time this year, a forum on cell phone filmmaking.

The festival's new CASA 0101 home is located near the corner of 1st and St. Louis Streets and includes a 99-seat theatre, art gallery, and learning center. Executive Director, John Ramirez states, "The 2012 CASA 0101 and Reel Rasquache partnership is a wonderful development that's rich with mutually rewarding collaborative possibilities." RRAFF 2012 Co-Director, Angela Maria Ortiz S. (www.sefijaonline.com) adds that the CASA 0101 and RRAFF12 bond is, "a perfect meeting of shared passion for and commitment to nurturing the arts of, in, and for Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles communities overall."

The Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival (RRAFF), return to East Los Angeles thanks to the presenting sponsorship of CASA 0101. Was founded in 2000 by the Los Angeles actor, playwright, screenwriter and novelist Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves, Hungry Woman in Paris). CASA 0101 is within walking distance of the Metro Gold Line Mariachi Plaza station, which makes it an ideal location.

Sony Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, and LA Metro have all signed on as major corporate sponsors for Reel Rasquache 2012. Additionally, Reel Rasquache has joined with the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards(R) as cross-promotional media partners. Reel Rasquache 2012 will showcase some of the winners of CASA 0101's The Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza in a Sunday presentation called "Best of the 2012 BHLIFE." And the festival will have a substantial Metro presence both online and in print, when it will be featured in Metro's community calendar brochure. What's more, Corazon del Pueblo is supplying space for the Festival's Youth Filmmakers' Showcase Reception.

Tickets for the opening night event and the entire three-day festival are on sale at the CASA 0101 ticket office, 323-263-7684, and on the Reel Rasquache web site at www.ReelRasquache.org.