Presented by APERTURA Showcase in association with the American Cinematheque, with support from the Eastside Arts Initiative, this month's showcase presents an entertaining evening of shorts:
NOW EN ESPAÑOL
(2015, 63 min, United States, Dir. Andrea Meller)
This entertaining documentary follows five Latina actresses in Los Angeles who dub the series “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish-language audiences in the U.S. These dynamic women struggle to pursue their Hollywood careers while balancing the responsibilities of making rent and raising children — surviving but with their dreams always out of reach. As they confront an industry that offers few balanced or compelling roles, their elusive success reveals the persistent inequities of Latino representation in American media.
Program begins with the shorts:
REMEMBER THIS VOICE
(2016, 8 min. Dir. Jeff Chan)
A Los Angeles transplant from Venezuela, who believes that his broken English is an insurmountable hindrance to achieving his own American Dream, is about to give up on his passion for Hollywood when a single defining moment launches his accomplished career as a Spanish-commercial voice actor. REMEMBER THIS VOICE is based on the real life story of Hernán de Béky, who has recorded promos for over 400 film titles and won multiple Emmy Awards.
(2016, 19 min. Dir. Juan Martínez Vera)
Inspired by the student protests that shook Venezuela in 2014, SPARK tells the story of Oscar, a 19-year old Venezuelan student searching for his missing father, who finds himself detained after organizing a protest against the violence in his country. Experiencing media and Internet censorship, Marina, Oscar’s mother, and his friend Alma use a Bluetooth-based app called SPARK to create a campaign that pressures their government to free Oscar.
THE BEST AND WORST DAYS
OF GEORGE MORALES' UNNATURALLY LONG LIFE
(2016, 24 min. Dir/s. Ben & Seth)
George and Susie Morales own a restaurant.
They have been happily married for nearly 40 years.
They are also immortal.
A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screenings.
Screening format: DCP