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NY Hosts Latino Film Festival

New York – The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) will open its 11th edition on Tuesday, July 27 with THE DRY LAND, starring American Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama at the School of Visual Arts Theater (333 West 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues). Red carpet events and screenings will also be taking place at the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues). The gripping TRÓPICO DE SANGRE, starring Michelle Rodriguez and Cesar Évora, will headline Dominican Night on Thursday, July 29 at Columbia University Alumni Auditorium (168th Street at Fort Washington). STOLEN DREAMS (Sohnos Robados), 2009 Winner of the Rio International Film Festival is the Closing Night film on Saturday July 31 at the School of Visual Arts Theater.

This year, the #1 Latino film festival in the country, will present over 100 films ranging from full length features, documentaries and shorts including several star-studded red carpet premieres. Celebrities invited to attend are America Ferrera, Jimmy Smits, Wilmer Valderrama, Michelle Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Jaime Camil, Cesar Évora, Jason Ritter, Ryan O’Nan, Ana de la Reguera, Deborah Harry, Paul Rodriguez, Tony Plana, Manny Perez, Priscilla Lopez and many more.

“NYILFF is proud to provide the best platform for filmmakers, sponsors and audiences alike,” says Elizabeth Gardner, Executive Director NYILFF. “After ten years, they know that our festival offers top-notch venues, staff, promotions, industry events, parties and media impressions surrounding their films and events. NYILFF is still the best investment in the Hispanic/Urban space.”

“Cinema has become global and few other film festivals, Latino or not, represent the breadth and width of our programming at NYILFF,” says Calixto Chinchilla, Co-Executive Director and Programmer. “Not to mention, the attendance of stars from Hollywood, Latin America and Europe that make NYILFF the memorable experience it is.”

“We commend the NYILFF for continuing to raise the profile of Latinos in film by showcasing some of the most pre-eminent projects from around the world,” said Lucinda Martinez-Desir, vice president, Acquisition & Multicultural Marketing at HBO. “They have established a foundation for Latino and Urban films and filmmakers that is unsurpassed to this day.”

GlobalHue Latino, NYILFF’s advertising agency, produced the Festival’s 60-sec. ad spot, directed by Tony Kaye and written by Margarita Jimeno, winner of this year’s “Watch Yourself” TV Commercial Contest. Open since March 15, the Contest called for submission of script/storyline entries for the festival’s 2010 commercial. The winning entry was chosen from hundreds of submissions which were supposed to capture the culturally progressive essence of NYILFF and its mission to champion films by, about and for the Latino community. A 15-sec. preview of the spot can be seen at and the full 60-sec. spot will launch on July 12. For a complete schedule of films, please go to . Please click here to read the rest of the release….


OPENING NIGHT, Presented by Johnnie Walker, Sponsored by Heineken “THE DRY LAND” - Starring America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama. Tuesday, July 27 @ 7 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
92 MIN/ HD- Director: Ryan Piers Williams; Writer: Ryan Piers WilliamsCast: America Ferrara, Melissa Leo, Ryan O'Nan, Jason Ritter, Wilmer ValderramaJames (Ryan O'Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle --reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His young wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo) and his best friend (Jason Ritter), provide support but they can't fully comprehend the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended. Lonely, James reconnects with an Army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him the compassion and camaraderie he desperately needs. A taut, moving story of redemption and reconstruction, "The Dry Land" is about one soldier's war to reconnect with his own soul.

DOWNTOWN CALLING Wednesday, July 28 @ 9 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
70 MIN/ HD - Director: Shan AhearnCast: Charlie Ahearn, Arthur Baker, Bobbito Garcia, Daze, Fab 5 Freddy, Nelson George, Deborah Harry, Edward I. Koch Out of the economic and social strife that held the Big Apple hostage in the 1970s, a new culture of musicians, artists and thinkers emerged downtown that continues to drive the international fashion, art and music scene today.

DOMINICAN NIGHT, Presented by Heineken, Sponsored by HBO® TRÓPICO DE SANGRE (Tropic of Blood) – Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Cesar Évora Thursday, July 29 @ 7 PM @ Columbia University Alumni Auditorium (168th at Fort Washington)
115 MIN/ HD - Director: Juan Delacer; Writer: Juan DelacerCast: Sergio Carlo, Luchi Estevez, Cesar Evora, Juan Fernandez, Claudette Lali, Michelle Rodriguez, Sharlene Taule,Celines Toribio The story of the Mirabel sisters who would come to represent the greatest threat to the regime of Dominican dictator Trujillo.

REGRESA (Return) - MEXICO Thursday, July 29 @ 8:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
93 MIN / 35 MM - Dir: Alejandro González Padilla; Writers: Monica Abin & Alejandro González Padilla Cast: Jaime Camil, Mónica Huarte, Victor Huggo Martin, Mariana Peñalva, Daniela Schmidt, Blanca Soto, Javier Tolosa, Jorge Zárate, When her husband Ernesto throws himself into work and refuses to start a family, Maria begins turns to hypnosis and is convinced she is a Basque princess engaged to a prince from the 15th century.

SINS OF MY FATHER, An HBO Documentary Film Friday, July 30 @ 7:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
94 MIN/ HD - Director: Nicolas Entel; Writers: Nicholas Entel, Pablo Farina and Alan HaylingProvocative film tells the inside story of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar through the eyes of his only son for the first time.

EL TRASPATIO (Backyard) Friday, July 30 @ 8 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7th and 8th Aves.)
122 MIN/35MM - Director: Carlos Carrera; Writer: Sabina BermanCast: Juan Carlos Barreto, Sayed Badreya, Alejandro Calva, Adriana Paz, Amorita Rasgado, Anna de la Reguera, Jimmy SmitsMexico's official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards. When Mexico City Police Captain Blanca Bravo is sent to Ciudad Juárez to investigate the series of unexplained murders of young women that have drawn international attention, she encounters an incompetent and possibly complicit police force, an indifferent local population and a seedy underworld.

CLOSING NIGHT, Co-Presented by Heineken and American Airlines 0STOLEN DREAMS (SOHNOS ROUBADOS)Saturday, July 31 @ 7 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
85 MIN / HD - Director: Sandra Werneck; Writer: Eliane TrindadeCast: Nando Costa, Amanda Diniz, Kika Farias, Silvio Guindane, Nelson XavierThree teenage girls living in poverty and struggling with dysfunctional families and early pregnancy turn to prostitution to survive. STOLEN DREAMS is a rare film: one that pulls no punches, yet is infused with a gentle, poetic sensibility.


THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF JOEY BY SUE – World Premiere Wednesday, July 28 @ 5 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
85 MIN / HD - Directors: Neal Thibedeau and Sarah Louise Wilson Writers: Neal Thibedeau and Sarah Louise Wilson Cast: Caroline Le Duc, Christina Ferraro, Ashley Fink, Mercedes Leanza, Steve TalleyIn the shadow of Día de los Muertos, a young couple has 24 hours to decide if their love should live orperish for good.

I'M NOT LIKE THAT NO MORE – New York Premiere Wednesday, July 28 @ 10 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
90 MIN / HD - Director: Christian Sesma; Writers: Matt Flynn and Christian SesmaCast: Deborah Baker, Jr., Ina Barron, Felipe Esparza, Paul Rodriguez, Edwin san Juan, Chi Chi Navarro, Sophia Santi For Felipe, life at 30 consists of living at home with his extended family. A chance encounter that reawakens his sense of possibility.

GO FOR IT! – World Premiere
Thursday, July 29 @ 2:15 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
88 MIN / HD -Director: Carmen Marron; Writer: Carmen MarronCast: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, David Hernandez, Gina Rodriguez, Rene Rosado, Andres Perez-MolinaNight after night, Carmen and her friends tear up the dance floor at the local club. Soon Carmen findsherself torn between her family’s working-class ways and her dream to dance.

ILEGALES (Illegals) – World Premiere Thursday, July 29 @ 8 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
101 MIN / HD - Director: Ric Dupont; Writer: Carl LucasCast: Luis Bordonada, Jorge Jiminez, Art LaFleur, Omar Leyva, Salome Martinez, Shirley RumierkFive interconnected stories explore hope, heartbreak and the lines people cross in search of a better life.

CHAMACO – New York Premiere Thursday, July 29 @ 10:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)97 MIN / HD -Director: Miguel Necoechea; Writers: Carl Bessai, Kirk Harris and Miguel NecoecheaCast: Marco Antonio Barrera, Sofia Espinosa, Kirk Harris, Michael Madsen, Alex Perea, Martin SheenTrapped in the rough and tumble life of Mexico City, Abner dreams of becoming a professional boxer. In CHAMACO, we see a world where everyone battles for a better life -- and the heart fuels the punches we throw.

OWNED – World Premiere Friday, July 30 @ 10:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
80 MIN / HD - Director: Jose Montesinos; Writer: Jose MontesinosCast: Kyra Gordon, Aileen Lawlor, Joe Montesinos, Miguel Padilla, Dennis Ruel, Sari SabellaAfter eight years in prison, Cisco is finally free -- or so he thinks. “Owned” presents us with an all-too painful reality: we may think we are "free," but our past debts and mistakes just may own us for good.

Saturday, July 31 @ 1:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
90min/HD - Directed by: William CaballeroAn NYU graduate student, William Caballero, turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-Americanfamily and explores both his and family’s dreams.

KILL THE HABIT – New York Premiere Saturday, July 31 @ 5:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
81 MIN / HD - Director: Laura Neri; Writer: Laura Neri Cast: Cayce Clayton, Maria Elena Laas, Joe Lia, Lili Mironjnick, Katerina Moutsatsos When drug-abusing Galia kills her two-timing drug dealer, Lyle, she calls on her best friend to help. What could go wrong?

PASTOR SHEPPERD Sunday, August 1 @ 2:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
90 MIN/ HD - Director: Edwin Marshall; Writers: Ben Going and Matthew F. Perry
Cast: Maria-Elena Laas, Pastor Shepherd, Danny Trejo In this offbeat comedy, Shepherd, a struggling door-to-door freeze-dried pet salesman and his ailing, nearly catatonic mother hit the road with three of their neighbors to attend the End Times Revival Event!

FORGED – World Premiere Sunday, August 1 @ 5 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
77 MIN / HD - Director: William Wedig; Writers: Manny Perez and William WedigCast: Kevin Breznahan, David Castro, Margo Martindale, Manny Perez, Jaime TirelliAfter serving time for manslaughter, Chuco (Manny Perez) returns from prison to the cold and rusted steel town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He must now grapple with avoiding his vengeful son (DavidCastro) and trying to be the father he never was.


NAVIDAD (CHRISTMAS) – CHILE/FRANCE Wednesday, July 28 @ 8 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
100 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Sebastián Lelio; Writers: Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza Cast: Manuela Martelli, Alicia Rodriguez and Diego Ruiz On Christmas Eve in Santiago de Chile, 17-year-old Alejandro accompanies his troubled girlfriend, Aurora, to her deceased father's house where they find a life-changing surprise.

RETRATOS EN UN MAR DE MENTIRAS (Portraits in a Sea of Lies) - COLOMBIAWednesday, July 28 @ 8 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
91 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Carlos Gaviria; Writer: Carlos GaviriaCast: Ana Maria Arango, Carlina Lizarazo, Edgardo Román, Julián Román, Paola Baldion, Ramses RamosAfter the death of their grandfather, Jairo and Marina travel from Bogotá to the coast to recover their land.

AMAR A MORIR (LOVE AND DEATH) – COLOMBIA/MEXICO Thursday, July 29 @ 3:30 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
119 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Fernando Lebrija; Writers: Fernando Lebrija and Harrison ReinerCast: John Archer, Renata Campos, Alberto Estrella, Martina Garcia, Catalaina Lopez, Raúl Méndez, Silverio Palacios Alejandro is the heir to his father's banking fortune, but he sees this wealth --embodied by his controlling father and his corrupt cronies --as a burden rather than a blessing and he must finally find the courage to fight for the life he wants.

CUESTION DE PRINCIPIOS (Question of Principals) - ARGENTINA Thursday, July 29 @ 4:30 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
110 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Rodrigo Grande; Writers: Roberto Fontanarrosa and Rodrigo GrandeCast: Norma Aleandro, Pablo Echarri, Mataeo Izza, Federico Luppi,Pepe Novoa, Oscar Nuñez, Mario Vidoletti Adalberto, an old employee about to retire is intent on teaching his "yuppie" boss that "not everything has a price tag."

MORENITA -MÉXICO Friday, July 30 @ 1 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
92 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Alan Jonsson Gavica; Writer: Alan Jonsson GavicaCast: Mario Almada, Freedom, Horacio Garcia Rojas, Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Maya ZapataDesperate to save his family from a notorious drug dealer. Mateo Cruz causes absolute pandemonium when he decides to kidnap Mexico and Latin America’s most adored religious icon, the Virgin of Guadalupe.

HAVANA EVA – CUBA/FRANCE/VENEZUELA Friday, July 30 @ 5:30 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
106 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Fina Torres; Writers: Jorge Camacho, Julio Carrillo and Fina TorresCast: Carlos Enrique Almirante, Yuliet Cruz, Prakriti Maduro, Juan Carlos GarciaIn a Havana shaken by Fidel's retirement, Eva, a young seamstress stuck working in a factory and with an adorable but lazy boyfriend, dreams of becoming a fashion designer. In what serves as a sly metaphor for Cuba's future options, Eva must choose between the two men she loves --and what direction her life will take.

EL CUARTO DE LEO (Leo's Room) – URUGUAY/ARGENTINA Friday, July 30 @ 6 PM - Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 West 23rd Street bet. 7 & 8)
92 MIN/ HD - Director: Enrique Buchichio; Writer: Enrique BuchichioCast: Gerardo Begerez , Cecilia Cosero, Arturo Goetz, Mirella Pascual, Martin Rodriguez, Cesar TroncosoAffable but secretly troubled twenty-something Leo is desperately trying to come to terms with himself and his sexuality.

25 KILATES (25 Carat) - SPAIN Saturday, July 31 @ 8:30 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
86 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Patxi Amezcua; Writer: Patxi AmezcuaCast: Hector Colome, Aida Folch, Marc Garcia, Francesc Garrido, Maria Lanau, Manuel Moron, Montserrat Salvador 25 Kilates is a sexy and intense thriller that twists and turns its way though the lives of minor criminals in Barcelona's dirty underworld.

MANDRILL - CHILE Saturday, July 31 @ 9:30 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
93 MIN/ HD - Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza; Writers: Ernesto Díaz EspinozaCast: Marko Zaror, Celine Reymond, Alejandro Castillo, Luis AlarcónMandrill, Chile's top assassin, went into the hit-man business hoping to get revenge on the one-eyed man who killed his parents. Murder for hire, gorgeous women, guns, martial arts, and a funky, funky score - this one has it all.

HERMANO (Brother) - VENEZUELA Sunday, August 1 @ 1 PM @ School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 W. 23rd St. (bet. 8 & 9)
97 MIN/ 35 MM - Director: Marcel Rasquin; Writers: Rohan Jones and Marcel RasquinCast: Eliú Armas, Gonzalo Cubero, Marcela Girón, Fernando Moreno, Alí Rondón Daniel and Julio few up playing soccer in their slum. The opportunity of their lives arrives but they must choose between family, revenge or their dream.

Cinedulce Showcase returns with a fresh crop of Latino, urban-themed films and up-and-coming filmmakers. Launched in 2007 as an extension of NYILFF, Cinedulce is a one-of-a-kind multiplatform distributor of Urban and Latino filmed entertainment. .

100 MIN / 35 MM - Director: Kareem Mortimer; Writer: Karem MortimerCast: Johnny Ferro and Margaret Laurena KempSet against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobia, "Children of God" tells the story of Jon and Lena, two strangers whose worlds collide in a fashion that will surprise and inspire audiences.

105 MIN / HD - Director: Sean Kirkpatrick; Writer: Sean KirkpatrickCast: Greg Almquist, Will Blagrove, Mark Borkowski, Judy Jerome, Maddie M. Jones, Chris KersonWounded in the war, best friends Tommy and DD return home from Iraq to their North Philadelphia slum neighborhood.

90 MIN/ HD - Director: Danny Hastings; Writer: Danny Hastings Cast: Danny Hastings, Stephanie Ortiz, International P. A romantic comedy with NYC Latino spice. Fortune teller Mama Juana introduces Jessica to an ancient elixir that will transform Jessica's no-good boyfriend, Rey, into the perfect faithful man.

RISEUP (New York Premiere)
88 MIN/ HD – Director: Luciano Blotta; Cast: Kemoy Reid, Turbulence, Michael Andrew RiseUp is a journey into the heart of Jamaica. Welcome to the Jamaican underground music scene.

83 min/ HD - Director: Sasha Krane; Writer: Gordon Greene Cast: Jason Bonduris, Paul Campbell, Art Evans, Ernie Hudson, Erica Gimpel, Gordon Greene, A group of out-of-work actors decide to take their careers in their own hands by shooting a low-budget horror film about an urban myth.

102 MIN /35MM - Director: Penny Woolcock; Writer: Penny WoolcockCast: Dylan Duffus, Yohance Watson, Justice Inniss, Lady L, Ohran Whyte & Tobias Duncan
1 DAY is a high-octane caper through a day in the life of Flash, an inner-city hustler.

62 MIN/ HD - Director: Suzette Azariah Gunn; Writer: Suzette Azariah GunnCast: Nicoye Banks, Suzette Azariah Gunn, Fred Valle Trey Dice is a successful musician living the lavish lifestyle he always dreamed about. One quiet night, achance encounter forces him to face truths that will alter the course of his life forever.

102 min / Color/ HDDirector: Tanya Hamilton Cast: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamie Hector, Wendell Pierce, Jamara GriffinIn the summer of '76, as President Jimmy Carter pledges to give government back to the people, tensions run high in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood where the Black Panthers once flourished.

90 MIN / HD - Director: Keith Aumont GoldbergOn the tiny island of Curaçao, in the Caribbean, manager Vernon Isabella has sent his Little League All-Stars to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for seven consecutive years, routinely defeating such baseball powerhouses as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. How does he do it?

80 MIN/ HD - Director: Chico ColvardAt ten years old, Chico Colvard shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities and shattered his family.

58 MIN /HD - Director: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi The ten year journey of V.I.P. (Vision in Progress), Ghana’s HipLife musical sensation.

100 MIN / 35 MM - Director: Ted Woods"Whitewash" explores the complexity of race in America through the struggle and triumph of black surfers. Narrated by Grammy winner Ben Harper with Tariq "Blackthought" Trotter of the Roots.


KATRINA’S SON -15 MIN/ HD -Director: Ya’Ke Smith; IOWA MIXTAPE -12 MIN / HD -Director: Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson; PLAYGROUND -12 MIN/ HD -Director: Avril Evans; SEVEN MINUTE RUSH -9 MIN/ HD -Director: Jarrod C Austin; WAKE -22 MIN / HD -Director: Bree Newsome

The 2010 NYILFF is presented by HBO®, and made possible with the additional support of HBO Latino®, Heineken, DIRECTV Más, American Airlines, Daily News/Viva, Telemundo, WNBC, 103.5 KTU and GlobalHue Latino. The NYILFF is also proud to have as Benefactors AOL Latino, AOL's, Fiji Water, Johnnie Walker, Jose Cuervo Platino, L’Oréal Paris, Latina Magazine, Nescafé® Clásico™, El Especial/El Especialito Newspapers, Venue partners are Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9, School of Visual Arts Theater, Imagenation, Columbia University, and The Cell Theater. Technology partners are Analog Digital and Audio Video Group and B-Side. Special Thanks to Showbiz Software, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Screen Actors Guild, Latin Trends Magazine, The Village Voice, New York Women in Film and Television, New York Latin Media and Entertainment Commission, Urban Latino Media Group and the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting®.

Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.

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