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30th Annual CineFestival en San Antonio April 10-13, 2008
Guadalupe Theater
San Antonio, TX
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30th Annual CineFestival en San Antonio April 10-13, 2008
New Alex Cox Film, Sundance Hits and Stars Highlight 30th CineFestival en San Antonio

April 10-13, 2008 at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St. (at Brazos)

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30th Annual CineFestival Announces Star-Studded Lineup
Sundance Winners, New Alex Cox Film and World Premieres Head Roster


SAN ANTONIO, TX  CineFestival en San Antonio, the nations longest running Latino film festival will celebrate its star-studded 30th anniversary from April 10-13 at the historic Guadalupe Theater. The theme for this years festival, which includes two Sundance award-winners, two world premieres and more than fifty cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries from around the world, is Digital Revolutionaries: Celebrating 30 Years of Chicano Film and Video.

The four-day extravaganza kicks off on Thursday, April 10 with the Texas premiere of the celebrated Sundance award winner Sleep Dealer by Alex Rivera. The film, which stars Leonor Varela (Voces inocentes), Jacob Vargas (Selena) and Luis Fernando Pea (Amar te duele), is a Sci-Fi mix of El Norte and Blade Runner that portrays a not too distant future where sleep is a commodity few can afford. The films director Alex Rivera will be present for the screening at the Guadalupe Theater on April 10th.

This years CineFestival is also proud to host the Texas premiere of Searchers 2.0, the new film by Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy). Searchers 2.0, which stars Del Zamora (Repo Man) and Ed Pansullo (Straight to Hell) is a comedic road trip through the Southwest that follows two out of work actors on a quest to Monument Valley to seek revenge on a screenwriter who did them wrong on the set of a Western.

The 2008 CineFestival lineup also includes Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Padre Nuestro, starring Jesus Ochoa (Nicotina) and Eugenio Derbez (Derbez en cuando, La misma luna). The Ariel Award winning film El Violin, a powerful Mexican drama about an elderly violin player who must save his small village from occupation by brutal soldiers will also be screened.

The 30th Annual CineFestival closes on Sunday, April 13 with the Texas premiere of Propiedad Ajena, a riveting tale of history, Texas Independence and family secrets, which was shot in San Antonio last year. Two other feature films shot in San Antonio will also have their world premieres at this years festival, including The Bookie by local favorites Mickey and Gibby Cevallos (Barbacoa, The Brothers Garcia) and Barrio Tales: Tops, Kites and Marbles, a delightful new family film by Efrain Gutierrez, the father of Chicano cinema.

The directors and casts for all three films will be present at CineFestival and are available for radio, print and broadcast interviews.

CineFestival has played such a major role in the development of Latino cinema in the US, and we are proud to present San Antonio with a 30th Anniversary celebration that everyone can enjoy, says Sandra Pea Sarmiento, who Co-Directs this years CineFestival with Victor Payan.

CineFestival en San Antonio originated in 1978 as the Chicano Film Festival and was sponsored by Oblate Seminary. The event was founded and directed by Adn Medrano who will be invited to attend the event along with former CineFestival Directors from the last three decades.

This years CineFestival includes workshops, student showcases, senior screenings, demonstrations and several family films, including the animated Mexican feature La Leyenda de la Nahuala (starring the voices of Ophelia Medina, Jesus Ochoa and Manuel El Loco Valdez). Two red carpet gala celebrations will enable the public to meet and mingle with stars and directors throughout the festival.

The complete 30th Annual CineFestival lineup of shorts, features and documentaries will be available at a press conference and advance screening of Sleep Dealer on Thursday, March 20 at 10 am. The press conference will take place at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe Street at Brazos.

Tickets to screenings are $8 general and $6 for students, seniors and GCAC members. A four-day festival pass, which includes entry to all the films and the gala celebrations, is available for $40 general and $30 for students, seniors and GCAC members. CineFestival is also offering a special Five Tickets for $25 pack for families, friends and film buffs. For tickets, festival passes and other information, please call the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center at 210-271-3151 or visit the festival website at www.cinefestivalsa.org.

Compelling Documentaries To Screen at 30th CineFestival

Latina Filmmakers, Local Issues and a "lost" documentary on Carmen Lomas Garza CineFestival en San Antonio, the nations longest running Latino film festival features a great line-up of fascinating and insightful documentaries as part of its 30th anniversary schedule. This year's documentaries include a moving portrait of a San Antonio man who sparked Texas prison reform in the 1960s, a new film about Argentina from pioneering documentarian Estela Bravo and the world premiere of a "lost" 1991 documentary about Texas artist Carmen Lomas Garza. CineFestival en San Antonio takes place from April 10-13 at the historic Guadalupe Theater.

CineFestival is proud to announce the world premiere of Carmen Lomas Garza: Looking Back, an intimate portrayal of the Texas artist which was filmed in 1991 by filmmaker Severo Perez as he was preparing to adapt Tomas Rivera's ...and the earth did not swallow him for American Playhouse. Perez shot the film in Super 16mm film and was unable to finish the documentary due to budgetary constraints. Making use of advances in digital technology, Perez, who also produced 1982's Seguin, had the footage digitized last year and was finally able to complete the film. A second 1991 documentary on San Antonio artist Cesar Martinez is due to be digitized and completed next year. Perez, a Tejano filmmaker, also had a film in the first CineFestival in 1978.

CineFestival is also proud to feature several compelling documentaries by female filmmakers, including Linda Garcia Merchant, whose Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana celebrates the lives of six Chicanas who made a difference in Washington; and Susanne Mason, whose Writ Writer tells the story of Fred Cruz, a San Antonio man whose writing of appeal letters for fellow prisoners sparked a major reform of the once brutal Texas prison system. Pioneering Latina documentarian Estela Bravo returns with Who Am I? The Found Children of Argentina, a moving new film about children in Argentina who were taken by the government from "disappeared" and raised by other families.

Other female-directed documentaries in this year's CineFestival include Poison Wind by Jenny Pond, which deals with the lasting effects of uranium mining in a New Mexico community and Children in No Man's Land by Ananyansi Prado (Made in USA) which examines the current plight of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors who cross the border into the United States every year.

This four-day cinematic extravaganza kicks off on Thursday, April 10 with the Texas premiere of the celebrated Sundance award winning Sleep Dealer by Alex Rivera. The film, which stars Leonor Varela (Voces inocentes), Jacob Vargas (Selena) and Luis Fernando Pea (Amar te duele), is a Sci-Fi mix of El Norte and Blade Runner that portrays a not too distant future where sleep is a commodity few can afford. The films director Alex Rivera will be present for the screening at the Guadalupe Theater on April 10th.

This year's CineFestival also features the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film Padre Nuestro, a world premiere of the Cevallos Brothers new film The Bookie, and the Mexican thriller Propiedad Ajena, which was filmed in San Antonio last year. Several wonderful family films such as Conchita Villa's heartwarming quinceaera comedy Alondra Smiles, Ariel-award nominated Mexican animated feature La Leyenda de la Nahuala and the moving Up with Me, which stars youth from the East Harlem Tutorial Program.

Celebrate the star-studded 30th anniversary from April 10-13 at the historic Guadalupe Theater. The theme for this years festival, which includes two Sundance award-winners, two world premieres and more than fifty cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries from around the world, is Digital Revolutionaries: Celebrating 30 Years of Chicano Film and Video. High resolution photos and trailers of the films are available on the CineFestival website, www.cinefestivalsa.org.

Tickets to individual screenings are $8 general and $6 for students, seniors and GCAC members. A four-day festival pass, which includes entry to all the films and the gala celebrations, is available for $40 general and $30 for students, seniors and GCAC members. CineFestival is also offering a special Five Tickets for $25 pack for families, friends and film buffs. For tickets, festival passes and other information, please call the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center at 210-271-3151or visit the festival website at www.cinefestivalsa.org.

CineFestival is organized by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and is sponsored in part by the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Film San Antonio / The San Antonio Film Commission, Texas Commission on the Arts, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Time Warner Cable, Instituto Cultural de Mexico, NALIP SA, San Antonio Express News, Univision Radio and Univision. CineFestival Co-Directors Victor Payan and Sandra Pea Sarmiento. "La Sad Girl" courtesy of Adan Hernandez, www.zazzle.com/adanarte.

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Guadalupe Theater
1301 Guadalupe St.
San Antonio, TX 78207
United States


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