With Sonia Sotomayor on her way to becoming the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, it seems exactly the right time for the tenth annual New York International Latino Film Festival, which this year will offer some 100 movies, a few of them free, from Monday, July 27 to Sunday, August 2, in some half-dozen venues but mostly the two movie theaters on West 23rd Street.
Opening night on July 28th features La Mission, starring Benjamin Bratt and described as one man’s â€œjourney toward redemption through his struggle with violence and homophobia.â€
John Leguizamo will get an award after the screening of the movie in which he stars, “Where God Left His Shoes,” about a family struggling to survive in New York after being evicted.
Thursday, July 30th will be Dominican night
Closing night, Saturday, August 1, features â€œThe Lineâ€ focusing on rival mobsters in Tijuana and starring Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Esai Morales, Armand Assante, Bruce Davison, Joe Mortonâ€¦..an impressive cast
Tickets to individual movies in the latino festival range from 9 dollars to 25 dollars. A “festival badge” lets you into all but “special event” screenings, and costs $95.
Most films will be shown at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues) and the School of Visual Arts Theater (333 West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.)
Here are the films listed alphabetically
Here are the films listed chronologically by date and time.
The 2009 New York International Latino Film Festival includes some free movies and free events. The free movies are outdoors — at S. Nicholas Park and at Bette Midler’s community garden (christened Cinema Under the Stars) at 103rd Street and Park Avenue. The free events are panel discussions mostly at the headquarters of Home Box Office, sponsors of the festival.
Monday, July 27th:
“Fame”, (yes the old one based on the High School for the Performing Arts) Monday night July 27th at 8:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Park, 135th St. & St. Nicholas Ave., Harlem
Thursday, July 30th:
A panel on Multicultural Millennials, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 30th, at HBO headquarters, 1100 Avenue of the Americas at 42nd Street
“Our Song” at 8:30 p.m., Thursday July 30th, at the New York Restoration Project’s Cinema Under the Stars, the community garden at 103rd St. and Park Avenue.
Friday, July 31st:
A panel discussion on “The Changing Face of Latinos in Media in the 21st Century” 3 – 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 31st, HBO headquarters 100 Avenue of the Americas at 42nd Street
A panel discussion on “Networking Do’s and Don’ts” 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 31st, Showbiz Software, 19 West 21st Street.
“Crazy/Beautiful” 8:30 p.m., Friday, July 31st, at the New York Restoration Project’s Cinema Under the Stars, the community garden at 103rd St. and Park Avenue.
Saturday, August 1:
The Fania All Stars Live In Africa a concert film, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 1, at the New York Restoration Project’s Cinema Under the Stars, the community garden at 103rd St. and Park Avenue.