Saturday, October 27, 2018

PANAFEST 2018 This Saturday and Sunday in Los Angeles




PANAFEST 2018 SHOWS PRIDE IN ITS PANAMANIAN ROOTS:
SLATE CELEBRATES U.S. AND OTHER LATINOS,
FEMALE DIRECTORS AND DIVERSE THEMES
Who?
Returning to Los Angeles for its fourth edition,PANAFEST presented by the Panamanian International Film Festival in LA (PIFF/LA) and co-produced with Los Cortos, Inc. and NewFilmmakers LA 
(NFMLA), is a two-day event screening recent short and feature works from the Central American country and Latin America in general, as well as several U.S. Latino works. The full lineup of films, panels and cultural activities will take place on October 27 and 28, 2018 at the Lupe Ontiveros Theater at the LA Theater Center in Downtown LA.

PANAFEST's artistic director is Panamanian actor,Carlos Carrasco, who has appeared in iconic Hollywood films such as Blood In Blood Out and Speed, as well as on series such as Star Trek, C.S.I.: Las Vegas, and HBO's hit series Insecure.
"It's an honor to connect Panama and Hollywood via film, storytelling and networking," said Carrasco. 
"This year I personally worked on my first film shot in Panama so I can speak first hand to the growth of the industry and the cross cultural influences."
What?
PANAFEST audiences can discover how Panamanian Calypso came to be with the first West Coast screening of A Night of Calypso (Una Noche de Calypso), a documentary that took home the People's Choice Award
at theInternational Film Festival in Panama (IFF Panama) this past April. Directed by Fernando Muñoz, the film is part concert, part cultural exploration with an emphasis on Panama's West Indian heritage.
A second documentary, La Mola de Lucia, directed byAna Elena Tejera, sheds new light on the artistry behind Panama's renowned "molas," the handmade textiles that form part of Guna Indian traditions. Other Panamanian selections include short films that range in subject matter from suspense to romance to quirky comedy.
Immigration is a theme that appears throughout the festival, as in the case of Luis Romero's Passengers in Transit (Pasajeros en Tránsito), which chronicles the journey of U.S.-bound refugees who 
follow a twisted trail from South America through Central America only to end up stranded in Panama. In Alteridad +, directed byMartín Proaño and Ginés Sánchez Arias, gentrification is examined from two socio-economic perspectives, including that of an indigenous Panamanian community. Drama, comedy and even horror are represented as well as in the nail- biting Out of Control (Fuera de Control), by Reynaldo Quijada, Juan Daniel Pinzón's childhood romance Shine (Brillas), and the taut suspense of Haslam Ortega's Exit
Female directors make up almost half of the festival slate exploring LGBTQ themes, political, romantic and cultural issues. Films directed by US Latinas include the work of U.S./Colombian filmmaker Natalia Hermida, whose three short films were produced in association with Dodge College at Chapman University. One such film, Sandman, utilizes animation and cutting edge technology. Ivonne Coll, known for her role as matriarch Alba Villanueva in Jane the Virgin makes her directing debut and stars in From Now On, a tender love story.Meeting Brown, directed by L.A. based Ana Lydia Monaco, examines an intercultural relationship and the strain of stereotypes.
Jesus Nebot's American Nightmare, supported by The League of 
United Latin American Citizens (L.U.L.A.C.), the nation's oldest Latinx Civil Rights group, takes the concepts of "undocumented illegals" and child/parent separation and very cleverly turns it upside down. 
PANAFEST's first night closes with El Contratista, a feature film written and directed by José Angel Henrickson. The cast is chock-full of recognizable film and television talent including Mexican-born actorsAlejandro De Hoyos, known for his work on Clear and Present Danger, and Daniel Mora who audiences will recognize from Band of Robbers and Filly Brown.
El Contratista tells the story of a group of mercenaries who join their jaded veteran leader in protecting a boy whose activist family was murdered by the cartel. The film becomes a taut exploration of right and wrong with the impressionable child's sense of morality hanging in the balance.
PANAFEST also features films from Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and USA.This year,Los Cortos will showcase evolving film technology by sharing films in a 360 VR format. A musical performance and free industry panels hosted by SAG-AFTRA and director/actor Danny Arroyo are also planned: SAG-AFTRA Contract Workshop and Overcoming the Challenges of the Independent Filmmaker- Presented by NALIP. 
PANAFEST 2018 COMPLETE FILM SELECTION: 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th
1:00 PM INDUSTRY PANEL- SAG-AFTRA CONTRACT PANEL
2:00 PM INDUSTRY PANEL- OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF THE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER - PRESENTED BY NALIP
3:00 P.M. BLOCK 1: SHORT FILMS: Relationships & Comic

Night and Fun directed by Delfina Kroeck (Panama)
Meeting Brown directed by Ana Lydia Monaco (USA) 
Ultimo Supper directed by Eddie Zapata (USA)
Brillas (Shine) directed by Juan Daniel Pinzón (Panama) 
Pura Pantalla directed by Javier Farías (Venezuela) 
Virgencita directed by Giselle Bonilla (USA) 
Tortoise directed by Stephen Cervantes (USA) 
Q&A

4:30 P.M. BLOCK 2: SHORT FILMS Documentary Shorts

YumYum Chicle Tree directed by Rene Cardona III & Art Bonilla (USA) 
Lines of Communication directed by Elizabeth Lyle, Kimberly Lyle (Panama) 
La Mola de Lucía directed by Ana Elena Tejera (Panama) 
Pasajeros en Tránsito (Passengers in Transit) directed by Luis Romero (Panama) 
Aurora directed by Laura García (Mexico) 
ALTERIDAD + (HINTERLANDS) directed by Martín Proaño and Ginés Sánchez Arias (Panama) 
Q&A

6:00 P.M. BLOCK 3: SHORT FILMS Relationships & Drama

Retiro (Central Station) directed by Alejandro Juan Sorin, Miguel Dianda, Nicolás Ferrando (Argentina)
Together Again directed by Antonio Darwiche (USA) 
Desde el Principio directed by Miguel Soliman (USA)
Mi Amor directed by Yeniffer Behrens (USA)
From Now On directed by Ivonne Coll (USA) 
Familia? directed by Marlene Forte and Kase Pena (USA) 
Marisol directed by Juan Escobedo (USA) 
Q&A
8:00 P.M. BLOCK 4: FEATURE FILM 

El Contratista directed by José Angel Henrickson (USA/Mexico) 
Q&A

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th

3:00 P.M. BLOCK 5: SHORT FILM Fantasy & Animation

Silencio Siesta (Nap Silence) directed by Lucas Saporosi and Luz Marquez (Argentina) 
Sandman directed by Natalia Hermida (USA)
Mientras Duermes (While You're Sleeping) directed by Morella Moret (Peru)
Del Mar y la Luna (From the Sea to the Moon) directed by Ramiro Maldini (Argentina) 
Gamberger directed by Natalia Hermida (USA) 
Viajero Casero (The Homesick Traveler) directed by Christian Bradford Alvarez (Panama) 
ONE directed by Carlos Carrasco (USA) 
Q&A

4:30 P.M. BLOCK 6: SHORT FILMS Immigration Stories

Pasajeros en Trance (Transient Passengers) directed by Natalia Hermida (USA)
To Infinity directed by Gabriel Savodivker (USA)
Uno directed by Javier Marco (Spain)
I.C.E. Cream directed by Aditya Patwardhan (USA/Panama) 
American Nightmare directed by Jesus Nebot (USA) 
Q&A

6:00 P.M. BLOCK 7: SHORT FILMS Drama

Las Hormigas (The Ants) directed by Mariana Wainstein (Argentina) 
Entropía directed by Rodrigo Quintero Arauz (Panama)
Fuera de Control (Out of Control) directed by Reynaldo Quijada (Panama) 
Blood Stains directed by Blake Vaz (USA) 
Exit directed by Haslam Ortega (Panama)
Terapia (Therapy) directed by Jhonatan Tabares (USA) 
Q&A

8:00 P.M. BLOCK 8: FEATURE FILM 

Una Noche de Calypso (A Night of Calypso) directed by Fernando Muñoz (Panama) 
Q&A
Co-Presented by:

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation. https://www.newfilmmakersla.com

Los Cortos is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to promote and discover Latino and Hispanic filmmakers creating Short Films. www.LosCortos.com is a platform where filmmakers can share their work in a space dedicated solely for short films and where visitors can enjoy, comment and share quality filmmaking.With promoting, showcasing and distributing Cortos in mind, in addition, Los Cortos produces events to provide an opportunity for audiences to enjoy new short films, network and connect with other filmmakers. They are also partnering with other organizations that are involved in the art of short films or are l
ooking to promote the Hispanic talent creating them.

When?

DAY 1 
Saturday October 27, 2018

Doors Open: 12:30 P.M.
Panels: 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Film Blocks:3:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Media Check-in: 5:30 P.M.
Red Carpet: 6:30 P.M.
Feature Film Screening: 
8:00 P.M. El Contratista (The Contractor)

Day 2
Sunday October 28, 2018

Programming Begins: 3:00 P.M.
Feature Film Screening:
8:00 P.M. A Night Of Calypso (Una Noche de Calypso)
Where?
The Lupe Ontiveros Theater at the L.A. Theater Center
Downtown Los Angeles

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