Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles Latino Film Series

This year Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (July 10-20, 2013) is proud to present the Latino Film Series, featuring films, documentaries, and shorts depicting Latino culture.  The festival will screen over 100 films at various venues in downtown Los Angeles. On various days of the festival audiences can watch gritty crime drama 5th Street, the story of a boxer fighting with inner demons in Counterpunch, and shorts programs South of the Border and Fun Jobs.

Written by and starring Eric Martinez, "5th Street" follows the story of Joe Montoya, a good man who finds himself amongst the gang culture of Los Angeles, and plays out like a modern-day Western. When discussing his reasoning for writing the film, Martinez says his struggle to find great parts for Latino actors fueled his writing and he used help from many including director Alex Meader. The film's multicultural cast and creative heads helped make the film into an accurate depiction of modern day Los Angeles.  Making its world premiere, "5th Street" screens Monday, July 15 at 9:15pm at the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles 90012.  

Based on a true story, "Counterpunch" follows Emilio, a young Miami boxer from the wrong side of the tracks whose biggest dream is to win the Golden Gloves boxing championship. However, his biggest struggle is with his inner demons and needs help from his crisis counselor, played by actor Danny Trejo. Shot in fifteen days, the film has already garnered lots of positive press and Trejo says he would love to work with director Kenneth Castillo again because of his great work.  Counterpunch screens Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00pm at the Downtown Independent Theater.  Following the screening will be a reception at 9:30pm at Spring Studios, 1726 N. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles 90012.

Shorts Program 4: South of the Border features two documentaries about issues in Latin America.  "Yasuni," directed by Nicolas Entel, explains the Yasuni-ITT Initiative and its aims to protect Ecuador's Yasuni National Park from oil drilling. "Viva Lucha Libre," directed by Brad Bremis, looks at the rich history of lucha libre, as well as its influence on Mexico and popular culture. Shorts Program 4: South of the Border screens Saturday, July 13 at 3:00pm at the Downtown Independent Theater.

Shorts Program 6: Fun Jobs features seven short comedies about entertaining jobs.  Films include "Death Artists, Inc." by Anne Hamilton, "Be Forever Now" by Casey Geisen, "Price of Powers" by Robert Stuvland, "Soundtrack" by Thomas Leisten Schneider, "The Graveyard Shift" by Mandira Chauhan, "The Shooting Star Salesman" by Kico Velarde, and "The Spearfisher" by Cameron Rumford.  Shorts Program 6: Fun Jobs screens Saturday, July 13 at 10:45pm at the Downtown Independent Theater.  

The Latino Film Series is sponsored by Nosotros, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers: NALIP, and Latin Heat Entertainment. Tickets are available at

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