2016 Film Line-Up
The Perfect Game
Outdoor Movie Night presented by Boar’s Head
Friday, September 16th | Dusk
@ Midtown Center
Amid the poverty of Monterrey, Mexico, a ragtag group of boys discovers the joys of sandlot baseball, thanks to the guidance of a coach (Clifton Collins Jr.) who had once hoped to make it in the major leagues. Armed with a dream of playing in the Little League, the boys defy the odds, setting off on an unprecedented winning streak that leads them across the border to America and the 1957 Little League World Series.
Entre la pobreza de Monterrey, México, un grupo de traviesos descubre alegría en el juego de béisbol, con la instrucción de un entrenador (Clifton Collins, Jr.) que una vez tuvo esperanza de jugar en las Ligas Mayores. Con el sueño de jugar en las Ligas Pequeñas, los jóvenes sorprenden el mundo cuando rompen records con una racha de victorias que los trae a los Estados Unidos donde ganan el campeonato en La Seria Mundial de las Ligas Pequeñas.
Director: William Dear
Illusions: Los Arboles Mueren de Pie (Trees Die Standing)
Brew & View
Friday, September 16th | 7PM
@ Park Theatre
Tickets: $25 (includes 2 beer tickets)
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A group of professional actors is dedicated to making person’s dreams come true. An old man requests their services to fulfill his wife’s dream of seeing her long lost grandson. They take on the job of impersonating the couple’s grandson and wife in this heartwarming romantic comedy.
Un grupo de actores profesionales se dedica a realizar los sueños de personas. Un viejito pide los servicios del grupo para cumplir el sueño que su esposa tiene de ver su nieto perdido. Toman el trabajo de haciéndose pasar por el nieto y su esposa en esta comedia romántica emocionante.
Director: Roberto Girault
Film Short Before Feature: El Mar y Él
Havana, Cuba, 1980. Fidel Castro gives priority to criminals and the mentally insane to leave the country – Ergo the Mariel Boatlift. After finding out his wife is pregnant, Ricardo realizes that Cuba is no place to raise a child and creates a foolproof plan to become a pseudo “Marielito.”
Director: Tony Mendez
Afternoon of Shorts
Saturday, September 17th | 1-3PM & 3:30-5:30PM
Holland Civic Theatre
Spend your Saturday afternoon enjoying our favorite short films! Selected films include: The Land of Exodus, Fish, Between You and Me, I’ve just had a dream, Para Ellos (For Them), There was a place, The Search, El Gallo de Oro (The Golden Cock), Moonlight Serenade, La Historia de Samuel, In The Clouds, and Dogs & Tacos. SCROLL DOWN to find out more about each short film.
The Alliance for Bilingual Arts will present “Room Service” and “Bilingual Jeopardy” prior to films.
Sunday, September 18th | 2PM
@ Holland Civic Theatre
Film shown in partnership with Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH)
Since he was 5 yrs old, Jose’s abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose has the chance to use his skills and for once in his life, finds himself in the spotlight, as he tries to help his team make it to the Texas state finals. As their coach, Mr. Alvarado, teaches his students the meaning of perseverance and team effort in the face of adversity, Jose discovers his own strengths and uses them to bring his broken family together.
Desde que tuvo 5 años de edad, la abuela de José le enseño como jugar ajedrez en el estilo de su abuelo que fue un campeón en México. Ahora es un miembro del equipo de ajedrez en su escuela en Brownsville y José tiene la oportunidad de usar sus talentos. Por la primera vez en su vida José se encuentra en el centro de la atención cuando trata de ayudar su equipo ganar el campeonato del estado de Texas. El instructor del equipo, Sr. Alvarado, enseña sus estudiantes como persistir en la adversidad, y le ayuda a José descubrir la fortaleza para ayudar su familia sanar sus heridas después de una gran tragedia.
Director: Carmen Marron
Night of the Arts!
Thursday, September 22nd | 6:30PM
@ Kruizenga Museum at Hope College
Damian (Damián Alcázar) is a married artist living in Los Angeles with his wife (Claudette Maille). After Damian accidentally hits a woman with his car and flees the scene, he seeks atonement and travels alone to Mexico, both to find peace and to reconnect with his family roots. Assisted by local guide Arce (Jesús Ochoa), Damian locates his grandmother’s resting place and searches for redemption through a long trek in the arid wilderness of his ancestral land.
La película versa sobre el viaje que Damián Ojeda, un artista plástico de nacionalidad méxico-norteamericana, realiza por la península de Baja California para buscar vestigios de sus antepasados y visitar las pinturas rupestres que se encuentran ubicadas en la Sierra de San Francisco. El viaje le permitirá a Damián redimirse de una culpa muy personal que arrastra desde tiempo atrás.
Director: Carlos Bolado (Will be present at screening!)
We Like It Like That
Fiesta De Wrap!
Friday, September 23rd | 6PM
@ Holland Area Arts Council
Tickets: $50/person $90/couple
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We Like It Like That tells the story of Latin Boogaloo, a colorful expression of 1960’s Latino Soul, straight from the streets of New York City. From its origins to its recent resurgence, it’s the story of a sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.
We Like it Like That (Nos Gusta Así), cuenta la historia de música Boogaloo Latina una expresión de Soul Latina que salió de las calles de Nueva York. Desde sus orígenes hasta su resurgimiento últimamente, es la historia de un sonido que redefino una generación y que sigue siendo demasiado funky para resistir.
Director: Mathew Ramirez Warren
2016 Film Shorts Line-Up
Afternoon of Shorts
Saturday, September 17th | 1-3PM & 3:30-5:30PM
@ Holland Civic Theatre
The Land of Exodus
Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.
Un niño mejicano de la calle con la esperanza de llegar a Estados Unidos, acompaña a un adolescente estadounidense que ha sido secuestrado a la frontera.
Director: Skinner Myers
A young boy puts his father in a difficult position when he tries to smuggle his pet Betta fish past airport security.
Director: Andrew Ruiz
Between You and Me
Luis and Alejandra meet by chance at a bus stop. After a great afternoon spent together they decide to meet for a date later on that night. But Luis never showed up.
Director: Edgar Ybarra
I’ve Just Had a Dream
Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.
Irene tiene ocho años y acaba de despertar de un sueño horrible.
Director: Javi Navarro
Para Ellos (For Them)
Para Ellos is a modern, children’s fable about Maria, a smart, determined 10-year-old girl, who loves nothing more than her father and his bedtime tales. On the night her father goes missing, Maria, along with her little brother Juan, embark on a journey across the U.S./Mexico border in hopes of bringing him back home, but not without the guidance of three curious, yet meddling desert creatures.
Director: Christian Contreras
There Was a Place
Carlos has lived for years remote from the site near the sea where he and his family grew by an aversion to the figure of his father. When he dies, Carlos returns to face his disappearance in a way to reconnect with a part of his past that seems lost.
Carlos vive desde hace años distanciado del lugar donde creció y de su familia por una aversión hacia la figura de su padre. Cuando éste muere, Carlos regresa para encarar la desaparición del progenitor y lo que eso supone para su hermana y su madre.
Director: Irene Garces
Estela de Carlotto has looked for her grandson for 37 years. Laura, her daughter, was abducted and taken to a secret detention center in 1977 during the Argentinean Dirty War. She was then tortured and killed. She was pregnant with a boy: Guido. In 1979, Carlotto became a member and then President of the Association of Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, an organization that has worked relentlessly to find the 500 children that were either kidnapped or seized from women in detention during the military dictatorship. On August 5, 2014, Carlotto announced that the Association had found the 114th grandchild: her long-lost grandson. She and Guido were finally reunited. This 24-minute documentary will explore the path that led to this reunion as well as the new relationship that is unraveling in front of our eyes. The documentary will show Carlotto’s long-life mission of helping others find their lost family members as she looked for her own grandson. It will also show Guido’s quest to find his true identity and how he learns to reconnect with his new family. The documentary tells the story of two people on a quest to move past a terrible tragedy to a place of possibility. But it’s also a story that belongs to three generations of Argentineans and the generations to come.
Director: Melina Tupa
El Gallo de Oro (The Golden Cock)
A documentary of hope through laughter. A story of hope through action! El Gallo de Oro is a film which chronicles the journeys of a middle-aged gay man paying tribute to his mother, who is battling cancer. Throughout the documentary, Michael Piña recalls the many challenges he faced in his own life and shares his compelling way of dealing with them. With a few friends by his side, a camera, and a vision, Piña will find himself having to dig deep and test his limits – physically, mentally, and emotionally – as he embarks on a unique and different kind of journey. A journey that consists of “doing it” and “not just talking about it” – ultimately leading him to a place of understanding where all he can do is laugh at the uncertainty, smile through the tears, and know that things work out the way they need to.
Director: Andi Lipo
“Papa Kike”, a nice and gentle old man in the twilight of his life, mentally and physically weakened by old age and health problems. His only way out is to return to his past in his own mind, where he can find solace and memories of a better time, and where he can live again with his departed wife, Sofia.
Director: Nicolas Saenz Galvis
La Historia de Samuel
This film is dedicated to the telling of one man’s story: Samuel Houston, a political prisoner during the military dictatorship in Chile.
Director: Oliver Hardcastle
In the Clouds
The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of EN LAS NUBES, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube.
La diferencia entre cómo pensamos que debería funcionar una historia de amor y cómo funciona en realidad es el meollo cómico de EN LAS NUBES, una exploración de los desacuerdos culturales sobre la intimidad, el amor y las propuestas matrimoniales.
Director: Marcelo Mitnik
Dogs & Tacos
High school junior Alma Pantaleon arrives at her after-school work shift at a local South Los Angeles taqueria. Instead of tacos-and-burritos-as-usual, things get complicated when she finds herself stuck baby-sitting a former boyfriend’s younger brother, who’s no longer the “sweet little boy” she remembers.
Director: Steve Bachrach