NALIP Presenting Two Docs at Films at Los Angeles Film Festival

NALIP is presenting screenings of two documentaries at the Los Angeles Film Festival taking place June 13-23. Purgatorio, by NALIP member Rodrigo Reyes, takes a fresh look at the border between Mexico and the US, focusing on the striking imagery of the place and the people who play out their roles there, much like characters in a theater of cruelty. Tapia, by Eddie Alcazar, explores champion boxer Johnny Tapia's tragic life, where the strategic ferocity of the ring may have been the only true sanctuary for a soul routinely beaten down outside the ropes.

Sat, Jun 15th 1:30pm, Thu, Jun 20th 7:00pm
Documentary Competition
(Mexico, USA, 2013, 80 mins, HDCam)
In Spanish and English with English subtitles
US premiere
Directed By: Rodrigo Reyes
Producer: Inti Cordera
Screenwriter: Hugo Perez
Cinematographer: Justin Chin
Editor: Manuel Tsingaris
Music: Rodrigo Cordera
Director Rodrigo Reyes takes a fresh look at the border between Mexico and the US, focusing on the striking imagery of the place and the people who play out their roles there, much like characters in a theater of cruelty. Leaving politics aside, he gives a voice to aspiring immigrants, an American coroner, a man of God who leaves water and food in the desert, the souls living and dying in border towns, and even a Minuteman going about his business of foiling the people trying to cross. Putting the physical presence and brutal beauty of the border itself front and center, Purgatoriore-imagines it as a mythical place comparable to "the unending road" of purgatory as described by Dante.

A panel discussion on the issues raised by the film will follow the Sat., June 15, screening.
 
 
Sat, Jun 15th 7:40pm; Wed, Jun 19th 7:40pm
Documentary Competition
(USA, 2012, 81 mins, HDCam)
World premiere
Directed By: Eddie Alcazar
Executive Producers: Brendan Kiernan, Justin Moore-Lewy, Adam Silvestri
Producers: Andrea Monier, Eddie Alcazar
Cinematographer: Matthias Koenigswieser
Editors: Jacob Kindberg, Eddie Alcazar
Featuring: Johnny Tapia
Music: Kurt Oldman
Albuquerque-born boxer Johnny Tapia's life was a maelstrom of turmoil. The glory of his punishing ring prowess and handful of world titles across three weight classes forever jockeyed with personal demons: his mother's kidnapping and murder when he was 8, drug addiction, mental illness and suicide attempts. 

Before the fighter's tragic death last year at the age of 45, director Eddie Alcazar spent time with Tapia researching a biopic. What would become his last interviews are now the beating heart of Alcazar's gripping, elegiac documentary. In it, the bedeviled, soft-spoken champion opens up about the severe ups and downs of a life in which the strategic ferocity of the ring may have been the only true sanctuary for a soul routinely beaten down outside the ropes.