July 26, 2007

"LOS ZAFIROS" CUBAN DOO WOP DOC COMING TO DVD

Los Zafiros: Music from the edge of time
a film by Lorenzo DeStefano

As John, Paul, George and Ringo were forming the Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s, another band was coming together in the tough district of Cayo Hueso in Havana. Music, history, and emotion fuel this dynamic, award-winning film tribute from producer-director Lorenzo DeStefano. Against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Los Zafiros (The Sapphires) were playing a brilliant mix of American-inspired doo wop and traditional Latin forms. A huge sensation in Cuba and beyond until the early 70’s, they were a model of world music before the term existed. Thirty years after their breakup, the two surviving band members, multiple GRAMMY®-winner and Buena Vista Social Club alumnus Manuel Galbán, and the group’s co-founder, Miguel Cancio, reunite in the streets of present-day Havana, a place full of unforgettable songs and memories for them and for their still-loyal fans.

Directed by Lorenzo DeStefano (“Life Goes On,” “Talmage Farlow”), Los Zafiros: Music From The Edge Of Time arrives on DVD July 31, 2007 with bonus materials including outtakes, archival performances, vintage TV clips and more.

Please visit the bilingual website www.loszafirosfilm.com for trailers and full project information.

 

"SPLINTER" OPENS IN L.A. AUGUST 17

Michael Olmos' SPLINTER opens in LA August 17th, starring Tom Sizemore, Eddie Olmos, Enrique Almeida, Emilio Rivera, Hector Ruiz.

SPLINTER, is an edgy urban tale of crime and corruption on the streets of LA. "This is not the typical role that my father appears in, and I think audiences and fans alike will love it. Creatively it was a blessing to have his participation and years of experience to call on for my first project, and I am very excited, says his son and director Michael D. Olmos, in his directorial debut Splinter.

"We would love to see you our opening night on Aug. 17th, in LA at the AMC, Mann Theatres. "


NALIPSTER ROBERT AREVALO DISCUSSES "MEXICAN BLOODBATH"

I just wanted to spread the word that I wrapped production of my directorial debut for my 35mm feature "Mexican Bloodbath" here in Cuernavaca Mexico. The film is in the vein of El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Kill Bill Vol. 2. The film is in english w some spanish using actors from Mexico and Televisa. I will be editing in L.A. for the next 6 weeks and look forward to debut it at a festival although I have distribution for the film.

The idea of "Mexican Bloodbath" came from a Bruce lee film called the Chinese Connection. It gave me the idea to do it a la Mexicana. The story is about the lead character Bishop who's parent's are killed by orders of EL Chilango who is the Drug Lord of the small pueblo in Saltillo. Bishop comes back home to avenge his parents deaths. With the help of his friends he will make things right even if it means risking losing his soul.

- Robert Arevalo

 

 

BERNAL, LUNA BOARD "PEDRO PARAMO"

Jul. 26, 2007 - MADRID (Variety) - Canana, the Mexican production-distribution shingle of actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, is finalizing contracts to co-produce “Pedro Paramo,” with Bernal toplining in the title role. A big screen adaptation of Juan Rulfo’s novel of the same name, a milestone in modern Latin American literature, “Pedro Paramo” is written and helmed by Mateo Gil, the longtime screen-writing partner of Alejandro Amenabar. The $7.5 million drama will shoot for 11 weeks from September, mostly in Mexico, including Jalisco, but also Spain. FULL STORY HERE


"LA MISMA LUNA" TO OPEN LATINBEAT '07

Jul. 26, 2007 - (indieWIRE) - The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Latinbeat will re-open with with Patricia Riggen's debut feature "Under the Same Moon" (La Misma Luna), starring Adrian Alonso ("The Legend of Zorro"), Kate del Castillo and Eugenio Derbez, described as a "road movie and an endearing family tale." This year's program features 23 films from Latin America including Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal's directorial debut "Deficit." This year's series sidebar, 'Four Breakthroughs from Mexico's New Cinema,' looks at the country's newest wave of directors with a quartet of films from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Marisa Sistach, Carlos Reygadas, and Fernando Eimbcke The event takes place September 7 - 18. For more information, visit the Film Society's website.

 

CASTING CALL: MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER GRAND OPENING

The Mexican American Cultural Center is seeking actors to play the following roles on Saturday, September 15, 2007 for our grand opening celebration. Proficiency in Spanish is required. Actors will play a crucial role in our ribbon-cutting ceremony. Small stipend is available.

Cantinflas
Dolores Huerta
Octavio Paz
César Chavez
Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz
Diego y Frida
Hidalgo
Moctezuma
Dolores del Rio
Luz
Manolete
Juan Diego
Malintzín (La Malinche)
Gloria Anzaldúa
Pedro Infante
María Félix
Benito Juarez

Send Headshot/contact info./resume to:
Lisa Cortez Walden, Ph.D. at lcortezwalden@yahoo.com or Mexican American
Cultural Center 600 River Street Austin, Texas 78701 *no phone calls please

 

 

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