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Reel Rasquache, Reel Visions 2009

Call for film/art entries for celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos takes taking place at Cal State L.A., May 15-17

By John Ramirez
Published on LatinoLA: March 2, 2009


Reel Rasquache, Reel Visions 2009


The 6th annual Reel Rasquache Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art– a West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos – will be held May 15-17, 2009, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles. The Festival will showcase an array of recent U.S. Latino-produced and themed films from across the nation.

Together with guest filmmaker presentations, panels, and workshops, the Festival provides a unique West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latino communities, perspectives and experiences. The Festival will showcase a rich array of genres from feature-length narrative and documentary films to shorts. The festival program will cover numerous topics that highlight the rich diversity of Latino cultural history.

The 2009 Festival theme – Reel Visions – celebrates the ways U.S. Latinos are harnessing the winds of change through film, video and digital technologies, utilizing their creative visions to shape the perceptions of Latinos worldwide through their images.

Reel Rasquache* is designed to involve the University's neighboring communities of East Los Angeles, and to bring together a broad base of grassroots, professional and university community members with U.S. Latino filmmakers and entertainment industry executives.

Call for Entries-

Filmmakers are invited to submit films that represent Reel Visions of the rich diversity of Latino experiences in the U.S. on any topics, in all genres, and in a variety of presentations -- including animation, documentary, experimental, features, and shorts. Film submissions will be accepted through March 13.

Reel Visions 2009 Art Contest – EXTENDED DEADLINE-

Original art works are invited that convey the year's theme: Reel Visions. The top winning art entry will serve as the branding image for the 2009 Reel Rasquache Festival in all 2009 Festival publicity, promotion, and marketing materials to include website, display ads, promotional videos, postcards, posters, lamp post banners and the Festival program booklet. Ten to fifteen of the submitted art entries (including the branding entry) will be selected for auction during the Festival weekend to raise funds for the Festival. Art entry applications are being accepted through Monday, March 2.

"Reel Rasquache each year brings together East L.A. and West L.A., the community and the University, U.S. Latino independents and the Hollywood movie industry" says Festival Director John Ramirez. The Festival showcases new films, performance, art and music on the U.S. Latino experience by filmmakers and artists from across the country. And it gives us an opportunity to honor the legacies of individuals who pioneered this realm."

The three-day event will feature screenings, workshops and panel discussions, multimedia/spoken-word, live music, receptions, and other networking opportunities. It will also include the presentation of the 2009 Career Achiever Award.

Past Festival awardees include: Director, Miguel Arteta (Star Maps, Chuck & Buck), Actor, Lupe Ontiveros (Desperate Housewives, Real Women Have Curves), Actor/Writer/Producer, Evelina Fernandez (Luminarias), Producer/Director, Moctesuma Esparza (Walkout, Selena), Actor, Lupita Tovar (Dracula, Spanish 1931), Director, Lourdes Portillo (Corpus, Señorita Extraviada / Missing Young Woman), Director, Robert M. Young (¡Alambrista!), Writer/Director, Jesus Trevino (Raices de Sangre, Yo Soy Chicano), Actor, Tony Plana (Zoot Suit, Ugly Betty), and Actor, Wilmer Valderrama (That 70's Show, Fast Food Nation,), Writer/Director, Sylvia Morales (Chicana, Resurrection Blvd.), Writer/Director, Franc. Reyes (Empire, Illegal Tender, The Ministers).

*Rasquache is a term that has been used derogatorily to demean that regarded as cheap or "low class." Reel Rasquache turns such negative meanings upside down to honor the cultural landscape and politics of latinidad in the U.S. – down-to-earth, resourceful, creative, yet historically demeaned by mainstream society. As much as film and television have been powerful tools for perpetuating stereotypes of what Latinos are not, so too do film and television provide effective tools for breaking those stereotypes and representing the many real and rich dimensions of the U.S. Latino experience. It is this empowering sense of the word "rasquache" that the Reel Rasquache Festival celebrates.

For information on how to submit a film or enter the art contest and download submission forms, visit the Reel Rasquache website at www.reelrasquache.org.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bel Hernandez at bel.hernandez@reelrasquache.org

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