Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal's Traveling Doc Film Fest Ambulante Coming to California in 2014

Ambulante, the non-profit aimed at promoting documentary as a tool for social change and cultural transformation founded by actors Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and producer Pablo Cruz, announced it is crossing into the U.S. with the launch of Ambulante California, set to tour and screen in various venues in the Los Angeles metropolitan area September 21 - October 4, 2014.

Leading Ambulante California will be Christine Davila, an independent film programmer & curator for various film festivals and film series, including her role as Programming Associate for The Sundance Film Festival since 2008.

Elena Fortes, founding Director of Ambulante A.C. said, "The driving core of Ambulante has always been to bring and unpack non-fiction storytelling to areas where it doesn't reach, and to activate audiences to engage with the dynamic genre as a tool for change and celebration. LA is the ideal place for Ambulante Global to kickoff a mini Ambulante tour, given its sprawl, diverse populace, and strong Latino rooted sensibility". About hiring Davila, "We're very happy to have Christine on board in her new role as director of Ambulante California. She has been a long term advisor to our programming team, and throughout the years we have witnessed her exceptional commitment to helping filmmakers get their work out there, to foster innovative industry practices, and boost a diverse audience development. She is an inspiring and instrumental force in harnessing new relationships across multiple communities and sectors in the larger LA area, and has valuable experiential knowledge in both film curation and festival production, all of which are vital to this project's success."

Director of Ambulante California, Christine Davila says, "Ambulante California will have all of what makes Ambulante radical; the mobile and social engagement aspect, focus on the local community, and intervention of public spaces. What will uniquely define Ambulante California is its targeted programming objective. Our goal is to curate films which reflect a spectrum of niches and subcultures, and place them in front of their specific audience, as well as making them accessible to a critical and broader mass".

The Ambulante California Film Festival tour will run from September 21 to October 4, 2014, and each day it will screen at a different venue, from universities, highs schools, museums, community centers, to outdoor venues and makeshift spaces. Filmmakers will be invited to present their films at each screening event in order to exchange dialogue and share context with the public.

Local involvement and activation is an essential component towards integrating Ambulante into the California context. The public will have the ability to vote on venues and makeshift spaces where Ambulante should put on a screening. Outreach to potential local community partners is currently underway. There will also be an open submissions call in February for California-produced documentary short films, a selection of which will be presented as a highlight of the festival.

The fifteen-feature film program will be a selection of documentaries reflecting the social cultural realities of Mexico, and above all, the programmers will seek innovative stories and perspectives from all parts of the world exploring themes of transnational identity, underrepresented voices, and global social impact.

The symbolic crossing of Ambulante into the United States will kickoff with special border screenings in Tijuana, and there are plans to have a precursor event on May Day prior to its full launch on September 21.

Ambulante California is presented by The Ford Foundation, whose generous grant has made the project possible. The festival is currently seeking to complete its funding. A crowd funding campaign to raise support and awareness is planned to launch January 30, the day the tour opens its ninth edition in Mexico.   During the press conference announcement at the Morelia International Film Festival, Ambulante confirmed four of the documentary titles which will tour Mexico in the Ambulante 2014 lineup; We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (dir. Alex Gibney), The Crash Reel (dir. Lucy Walker), The Act of Killing (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and anonymous), and Lejanía (dir. Pablo Tamez Sierra).

For upcoming announcements follow @AmbulanteCA, and visit www.ambulante.com.mx