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A Beautiful Life

American Latino Film Series: 200+ films to screen during 5-Day event, August 13 - 17

By Henry K. Priest
Published on LatinoLA: August 13, 2008


A Beautiful Life


The first annual Downtown Film Festival, Los Angeles (DFFLA), the first dedicated film festival in the historic core of the Entertainment Capital of the World, announced today its 2008 line up for the American Latino Film Series. The five-day event, August, 13-17, will present 23 feature and 180 short films at venues throughout Downtown L.A., from the historic movie palaces on Broadway Avenue to Barker Block and SCI-Arc in Downtown's Arts District. As one of the festivals many exciting programs, the American Latino Film Series will showcase two feature films and twelve short films made by or about American Latinos.

"A Beautiful Life" by director Alejandro Chomski, will be presented as the Opening Film of the American Latino Film Series on Thursday, August 14th, at the Laemmle Grande in Downtown LA. All attendees of "A Beautiful Life" will be invited to the private after-screening party held at the festival headquarters at the Barker Block presented by Latin Heat Entertainment, VIP Latino Magazine and 213 Entertainment.

American Latino filmmakers hail from many different background but share one commonality, they are Latinos living in the US. "These filmmakers have an impact on todays American Cinema. Our program aims to showcase the outstanding talent that will make a difference in world cinema, right in our own backyard," said Henry K. Priest, currator of the American Latino Film Series and Co-Director of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

FEATURE FILM 1
A Beautiful Life - 7:30 pm, Thursday, Aug. 14th at Laemmle Grande

A touching story of a teenage girl and boy who meet in shadows of downtown Los Angeles. Maggie is a teenaged runaway fleeing her family; David is a teenaged illegal immigrant in search of his mother. When their paths cross, both are alone in the City of Angels, a place where some come to dream and others to hide. Directed byAlejandro Chomski. Cast includes Angela Sarafyan, Jesse Garcia, Debi Mazar, Dana Delany and Enrique Castillo.

A Beautiful Life will be preceeded by a screening of Primera Comunion directed by Daniel Eduviles Carrera.

FEATURE FILM 2
Emilio - 9:30pm, Saturday, Aug. 16th at L.A. Center Studios

Emilio is the soulful tale of a young man (19 years) who leaves his village in Mexico looking for his kidnapped sister. His journey leads him to Los Angeles, where we see the city through the eyes of a penniless illegal immigrant on a desperate quest. Written and Directed by Kim Jorgensen. Cast includes Walter Perez, Danny Martinez, Alejandro Patino, Wendell Wright, Ryan McTavish

Emilio will be preceeded by a screening of A Day's Work directed by Rajeev Dassani.

LATINO AMERICAN SHORTS
4:00pm, Sunday, Aug. 17th at Laemmle Grande

Afuera, Directed by Florencia Krochik
Asi Es (The Way It Is), Directed by Risa Mara Machuca
A Better Life (Una Vida Mejor, Directed by Luis Fernandez Reneo
Broken English, Directed by Oscar Alvarez
LA Noir, Directed by Conrad Jackson
La Lloron, Directed by Chris Liliedahl
El Primo, Directed by Nick Oceano
La Puta, Directed by Iris Almaraz
Soy Soldado (Irak) , Directed by Juan Escobedo
The Stain On The Sidewalk, Directed by Adam Schlachter

The festival's complete programming line-up and ticket information is available at www.dffla.com.

The Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles is presented by Barker Block live/work lofts.

The festival is sponsored by CRA/L.A., Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, FotoKem, Fox Entertainment Group, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Laemmle Theatres, L.A. Modern Living, Liberty Building Maintenance & Services, Patina Restaurant Group, SmartWorks Collective, Stephen Doniger Law Offices, County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villraigosa, Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Jan Perry and Ed Reyes.

Event sponsors include Blue Dahlia Café & Wine Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, The Edison, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, Hennessy, Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles Theatre, Milestone Films, Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Orpheum Theater, Pacific Electric Lofts, The Roosevelt, Wokcano, Smart Water, Thousand Cranes, Tommy Bahama Rum and Urth Cafe

Media Sponsors include CBS/Decaux, Citizen L.A., KPFK, the Hollywood Reporter, Latin Heat Entertainment, VIP Latino Magazine, 213 Entertainment, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Downtown News and Time Warner Cable.

Community Partners include African Marketplace, Art Walk, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, FilmAid International, Global Cinema, Grand Performances, Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space, Los Angeles Historical Theatre Foundation, SCI-Arc, Siggraph and the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, Nosotros and The Ricardo Montalban Foundation.

Sustainable L.A. is supported by the City Hall Farmers Market, Department of Water and Power, Hollywood Green Team, Live Earth and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The Downtown Film Festival was established to celebrate the resurgence of Downtown L.A. in all its facets - its historic movie palaces core, its legendary cultural and ethnic institutions, and its thriving business and residential communities. In 2008, its inaugural year, the Downtown Film Festival - Los Angeles will showcase why Downtown has become L.A.'s most exciting "new" community.

About Henry K. Priest:
Henry K. Priest is an advocate for under-represented communities in film ad television. He serves on the national and local ethnic opportunities committees for the Screen Actors Guild. He is the creator of the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival.
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