Amidst the controversy surrounding this year's Academy Awards' lack of diversity, the Academy announced the appointment of Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Gregory Nava to its board. Nava, who is a native of San Diego, is best known for directing the biopic Selena, and Mi Famila which debuted Jennifer Lopez as well as Frida starring Salma Hayek.
My introduction to Mr. Nava's work was the immigrant story El Norte about two Guatemalan siblings escaping to the United States. I finally had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Nava at a special drive-in screening of Selena at the 2013 San Diego Latino Film Festival.
As the credits were rolling we exited our cars and met Gregory Nava in front of the screen for a question and answer session. It was so surreal and beyond what you would ever imagine as he intimately shared his ideas and thoughts and answered questions. We concluded with a group hug.
This year's San Diego Latino Film Festival will prove to be just as magical. This weekend will also feature a stellar lineup and will not disappoint.
Be sure not to miss the Closing Night Party at the newest San Diego venue Music Box on India and Ash St in Little Italy. An all-star salsa band will feature a tribute to the beloved LA based salsa performer Johnny Polanco. His legacy lives on with flutist Artie Webb and other members of the original Amistad band on stage. Come dance to the irresistible Latin beats or sip a beverage and hang out with friends.
Mingle with visiting SDLFF film celebrities (Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Cassanda Ciangherotti, Humberto Busto, Hector Bonilla), hear great music, dance salsa, pay tribute to an amazing band leader who played at previous SDLFF events.
A highlight of this year's closing event is FREE transportation from AMC Fashion Valley 18. Transportation will be provided by Five Star Tours back and forth from AMC to Music Box San Diego. Talk about red-carpet treatment.
To order your tickets today or for more information visit the San Diego Latino Film Festival website at: