PANAFEST 2018 SHOWS PRIDE IN ITS PANAMANIAN ROOTS:
SLATE CELEBRATES U.S. AND OTHER LATINOS,
FEMALE DIRECTORS AND DIVERSE THEMES
Returning to Los Angeles for its fourth edition,PANAFEST presented by the Panamanian International Film Festival in LA (PIFF/LA)andco-producedwithLos 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 onOctober 27and28, 2018at theLupe Ontiveros Theaterat theLA Theater Center in Downtown LA.
PANAFEST's artistic director is Panamanian actor,Carlos Carrasco, who has appeared in iconic Hollywood films such asBlood In Blood OutandSpeed, as well as on series such asStar Trek,C.S.I.: Las Vegas, and HBO's hit seriesInsecure.
"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."
PANAFESTaudiences can discover how Panamanian Calypso came to be with the first West Coast screening ofA 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 byFernando 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 ofLuis Romero'sPassengers 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. InAlteridad +,directed byMartín ProañoandGinés 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- bitingOut of Control(Fuera de Control),byReynaldo Quijada, Juan Daniel Pinzón's childhood romanceShine(Brillas),and the taut suspense ofHaslam Ortega'sExit.
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 filmmakerNatalia 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 inJane the Virginmakes her directing debut and stars inFrom Now On, a tender love story.Meeting Brown, directed by L.A. basedAna Lydia Monaco, examines an intercultural relationship and the strain of stereotypes.
Jesus Nebot'sAmerican 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'sfirst night closes withEl Contratista, a feature film written and directed byJosé Angel Henrickson. The cast is chock-full of recognizable film and television talent including Mexican-born actorsAlejandro De Hoyos, known for his work onClear and Present Danger, andDaniel Morawho audiences will recognize fromBand of RobbersandFilly Brown.
El Contratistatells 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.
PANAFESTalso features films from Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and USA.This year,Los Cortoswill showcase evolving film technology by sharing films in a360 VRformat. A musical performance and free industry panels hosted bySAG-AFTRAand director/actorDanny Arroyoare 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)
Tortoisedirected by Stephen Cervantes (USA)
4:30 P.M. BLOCK 2: SHORT FILMS Documentary Shorts
YumYum Chicle Tree directed by Rene Cardona III & Art Bonilla (USA)
Lines of Communicationdirected 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)
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)
8:00 P.M. BLOCK 4: FEATURE FILM
El Contratista directed by José Angel Henrickson (USA/Mexico)
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)
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)
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)
8:00 P.M. BLOCK 8: FEATURE FILM
Una Noche de Calypso (A Night of Calypso) directed by Fernando Muñoz (Panama)
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.
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)
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)
The Lupe Ontiveros Theater at the L.A. Theater Center