4th OC Film Fiesta, Sept. 6-15

The 4th Annual OC Film Fiesta opens Fri., Sept. 6 at 7pm with a free screening of Tom Gustafson’s award-winning cross-cultural musical tour de force, Mariachi Gringo, at the Fiesta Twin Theatres on Santa Ana’s historic 4th Street.  Mariachi Gringo, which received Best Mexican Feature and Best Actress awards at the 2012 Guadalajara Film Festival, stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Grammy-award winning singer Lila Downs, Martha Higareda, Tom Wopat and Yareli Arizmendi (Like Water for Chocolate, A Day Without a Mexican).  Arizmendi will be present for the screening.  The Fiesta Twin Theatres are located at 305-100 E. 4th St. in downtown Santa Ana.
 
The Film Fiesta continues on Sat., Sept. 7 with a free 1pm screening of Our Nixon, a new documentary comprised of Super 8 footage shot by H.R. Halde­man, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin that was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years!
 
Then, celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a special 3pm screening of award-winning filmmaker Kevin McKiernan’s new documentary Bringing King to China, which deals with McKiernan’s daughter’s attempts to mount a play about Martin Luther King in China at the onset of the Iraq War.  Kevin McKiernan will be in attendance for a special Q&A following the film.
 
On Sunday, Sept. 8, the screenings begin at 11am with great documentaries and films from local youth and community media programs, including the Santa Ana Public Library’s Seeds to Trees Academy, Latino Health Access’ Somos LHA program and the Film Fiesta’s new OC Cinema Camp.  Sunday also featuresJohn Carter, Disney’s thrilling adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s 1917 classic novel, A Princess of Mars. Directed by Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, Finding Nemo), John Carter is fun for the whole family.
 
On Sat., Sept. 14 at 12pm, the OC Film Fiesta will present a special “Writing for TV” workshop with veteran Simpsons Executive Producer/Writer Marc Wilmore.  Mr. was also a Writer/Performer on In Living Color and a Writer for The Tonight Show.  At 5pm, the Film Fiesta will present a workshop on “Indie Filmmaking in the 21st Century” with award-winning Writer/Director Dave Boyle (The Man from Reno, Surrogate Valentine).  Saturday will also feature a Fan Fest with cartoonists and entertainment industry professionals. 
 
Also on Sept. 14th, the Film Fiesta is also proud to present a tribute to Science Fiction master and former Orange County resident, Philip K. Dick, whose novels have been adapted into such classic films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly and Minority Report. 
 
The tribute will include the Southern California Premiere of Radio Free Albemuth, a new film based on one of Philip K. Dick’s later books, which is inspired by his experiences in OC.  Director John Alan Simon will be present for a special Q&A after the screening. 
 
The Film Fiesta’s Science Fiction Spotlight feature a great selection of films, including the 1967 Mexican classic El Santo vs. la invasion de los marcianos; La Antena, Esteban Sapir’s modern Argentine silent expressionist film; and a rare widescreen presentation of the 1984 sci fi classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension with a special Q&A with actor Pepe Serna (Scarface, American Me, Car Wash), who plays Reno Nevada in the film.
 
The Film Fiesta’s Indigenous Spotlight includes Apache Chronicle, a new documentary about five young, female Apache artists and skateboarders; El regalo de la Pachamama, a journey of discovery following 13-year old Kunturi and his family’s llama caravan through Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats; The Thick Dark Fog, with a special Q&A with Director Randy Vasquez; and a special screening of films fromAmbulante Mas Alla/Ambulante Beyond, the new indigenous media program from Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna’s Ambulante Film Festival.
 
The Film Fiesta closes on Sun., Sept. 14 with a quineañera expo, a special fashion show featuring dresses from Disney’s new Royal Ball line and a special screening of Alondra Smiles, a funny and heartwarming film about a young girl and her dreams for the perfect quinceañera.  Director Conchita Villa will be on hand for a Q&A. 
 
Presented by the city of Santa Ana, PRCSA, the OC Film Fiesta is a free cinematic celebration of Orange County's multicultural heritage that runs from Sept. 6-15.  Launched in 2010, the OC Film Fiesta adds to the cultural vitality of downtown Santa Ana, promotes community involvement and deepens relationships with local cultural groups, businesses, colleges and the film industry.  The Film Fiesta takes place in conjunction with the annual Fiestas Patrias celebration, which occurs on Sept. 14-15 and draws 250,000 attendees to downtown Santa Ana.  Screenings are free and open to the public.
 
The 2013 Film Fiesta Schedule, including film descriptions and trailers, is online at www.ocfilmfiesta.org