2014 Film Festival

The Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival has selected its films for the 14th annual Festival, to be held September 6-16, 2014.  As with past years, the Festival welcomed submissions of feature-length and short films, in both narrative and documentary categories.

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For questions regarding the films, please contact Roberto Jara at 616.745.0887.

This Year’s Film Line-up

adelanteForward || Adelante

Adelante shows the heart of Mexico beating strongly, just outside of Philadelphia, in an Irish-Catholic church. Adelante invites the audience into St. Patrick’s Church, and through portraying the lives of selected individuals – a remarkable Irish-American priest, young Mexican immigrants, and older Irish parishioners – the film shows how different communities in Norristown, PA, have made mutual adjustments in order to create meaningful and heartfelt bonds of friendship and understanding.

We see American parishioners from this once moribund church learn to accept and embrace this new group of immigrants bringing new life to their church and community. We also witness the expectant joy of immigrant families establishing new lives in an unfamiliar, at times bewildering, country that offers their children more opportunities, while also observing the painful compromises caused by leaving behind family and support networks. Ultimately we see these two groups interact in harmony with each other and come to understand and rejoice in each others’ lives.

Director:  Noem Osband Genre: Documentary Time: 51 minutes

Instructions Not Included || Instrucciones No Incluidas

Valentin is Acapulco’s resident playboy – until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby’s mother, but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie. An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie’s birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes he’s in danger of losing his daughter- and his best friend.

Director: Eugenio Derbez Genre: Comedy/Drama Time: 122 minutes



The_Lost_City__26601_zoomThe Lost City || La Ciudad Perdida

Andy Garcia stars and makes his directorial debut in a passionate and historical tribute to his native Cuba. Havana in 1958 is a place of pleasure for many, but others are not happy under the rule of Dictator Fulgencio Batista. As the revolutionary forces of Fidel Castro and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara prepare to move on the city, Fico Fellove — owner of the city’s classiest music nightclub, El Tropico — struggles to hold together his family and the love of a woman, not knowing that his club will become more than just a stage for popular entertainment. Observing all is The Writer an ex-patriot American who sees Fico being drawn into events as the revolution changes everything. Though Fico watches a culture vanish and a people transformed, it is his love of Cuban music that keeps his memories alive.

Andy García protagoniza y hace su debut como director en un homenaje apasionado e histórico de su Cuba natal. La Habana en 1958, es un lugar de placer para muchos, pero otros no son felices bajo el gobierno del dictador Fulgencio Batista. A medida que las fuerzas revolucionarias de Fidel Castro y Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara se preparan para pasar la ciudad, Fico Fellove – dueño del club nocturno de música más elegante de la ciudad, El Tropico – lucha por mantener unida a su familia y el amor de una mujer, no sabiendo que su club se convertirá en algo más que un escenario para el entretenimiento popular. Observando todo es el escritor estadounidense ex-patriota que ve Fico está elaborando en eventos como la revolución lo cambia todo. Aunque Fico mira un desvanecen cultura y un pueblo transformado, es su amor por la música cubana que guarda sus recuerdos vivos.

Director: Andy García Genre: Drama Time: 140 minutes

Precious_Knowledge_(documentary_film)Precious Knowledge || Precioso Conocimiento

Disenfranchised high school seniors become academic warriors and community leaders in Tucson, Arizona’s embattled Ethnic Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program.

Último año de secundaria privados de sus derechos se convierten en guerreros académicos y líderes comunitarios en Tucson, clases de Estudios Étnicos almenadas de Arizona, mientras que los legisladores del estado intentan eliminar el programa.

Director: Ari Palos Genre: Documentary/Drama/Family Time: 75 minutes






Transfusion || Transfusión

Transfusion is a documentary film shot between Mexico and Columbus, OH about food, life, immigration, and the exchange of culture in unexpected places. While the west side of the City (the Greater Hilltop Area) struggle to come to terms with how to handle the emergence of taco trucks, a black neighborhood on the East side (the King-Lincoln district) has invited a taco truck into one of the most impoverished areas of Columbus to help revitalize the community. For the City of Columbus the trucks are more than just about food, they’re about immigration, race, community acceptance, and the exchange of life in the inner city.

La Transfusión es una película documental filmada entre Mexico y Columbus, OH sobre la comida, la vida, la inmigración y el intercambio de la cultura en los lugares más inesperados. Mientras que el lado oeste de la ciudad (el Hilltop área metropolitana) lucha para llegar a un acuerdo con la forma de manejar la emergencia de camiones de tacos, un barrio negro en el lado este (el distrito de King-Lincoln) ha invitado a un camión de tacos en una de las zonas más empobrecidas de Columbus para ayudar a revitalizar la comunidad. Para la ciudad de Columbus los camiones son más que la comida, que están sobre la inmigración, la raza, la aceptación de la comunidad, y el intercambio de la vida en el interior de la ciudad.camión de tacos en una de las zonas más empobrecidas de Columbus para ayudar a revitalizar la comunidad. Para la ciudad de Columbus los camiones son más que la comida, que están sobre la inmigración, la raza, la aceptación de la comunidad, y el intercambio de la vida en el interior de la ciudad.

Director: Robert Lemon Genre: Documentary Time: 102 minutes

underwaterdreamsUnderwater Dreams

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.

Underwater Dreams, escrita y dirigida por Mary Mazzio y narrado por Michael Peña, es una historia épica de cómo los hijos de los inmigrantes mexicanos indocumentados aprendieron a construir un robot submarino a partir de piezas de The Home Depot. Y la derrota de ingeniería central eléctrica del MIT en el proceso.

Director: Mary Mazzio Genre: Documentary Time: TBA



220px-Walkout_filmWalk Out || Huelga

Walkout is the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro. He mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles, when the students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. Set against the background of the civil rights movement of 1968, it is a story of courage and the fight for justice and empowerment.

Salida a la verdadera historia de un joven profesor de instituto mexicano-americano, Sal Castro. También es mentor de un grupo de estudiantes en el Este de Los Ángeles, cuando los estudiantes deciden organizar una huelga pacífica para protestar contra las injusticias del sistema de escuelas públicas. En contraste con el fondo del movimiento de derechos civiles de 1968, es una historia de coraje y la lucha por la justicia y el empoderamiento.

Director: Edward James Olmos Genre: Drama Time: 110 minutes