Hollywood and Havana Film Fests Start this Weekend


The Hollywood Film Festival will be screening ‘American Street Kid’ at the TCL Chinese Theatres today, Friday March 31. The screening is part of their 2017 Hollywood Spring Showcase and the film was picked as Best Social Impact Film.

‘American Street Kid’ is an official selection and headlining film of the Hollywood Film Festival this year. It is a feature documentary, serving as a public service announcement about America’s homeless youth. Filmmaker Michael Leoni set out to film for one day, but ended up filming for seven years. Determined to share these kids’ stories with the world, Leoni created the film.

For more information on the film, click here.


The Havana Film Festival will also be taking place this weekend. Throughout the years, the festival has presented programs that have doubled as musical celebrations. This year is no different, with the musicality of movies as a driving force in the lineup.

The festival’s opening night film was ‘Esteban,’ a story about achieving your dreams, as told through the eyes of a nine year-old boy who lives alone with his mother and aspires to become a pianist. The film was directed by Cuban director Jonal Cosculluela Sanchez and features music composed and interpreted by Chucho Valdés.

The festival will also present a selection of films from Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires, a school that has played a central role in creating and supporting the new generation of Argentine filmmakers. Other film schools to be represented will be the School of Film and Television of San Antonio de Los Baños (Cuba) and the New York Film Academy.

This year HFFNY will pay homage to Juan Padrón, a Cuban animation director who has a knack for “approaching any subject with different gradations of humor and an unmistakable style and rhythm.”

To see a full schedule of screenings, click here.


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