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Sicario 2-Day of the Soldado, Review: Benicio and Josh raise the' False Flag' and kill at will

Sicario 2-Day of the Soldado, Review: Benicio and Josh raise the' False Flag' and kill at will ‘Soldado’ is Spanish for a soldier who fights for a cause. ‘Sicario’ was the name of those who resisted Roman colonial invaders, and that in Mexico, it means ‘hit-man’. And in Sicario (2): Day of the Soldado, the twain meet. The movie is not too different from Sicario (1), but different enough to hold its own. Overall, it is just a notch below its predeces...

FROM ON HIGH to play Mexico in August!

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"From On High" has been selected to the 23° Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños in Mexico City (and touring), Mexico from August 7-12, 2018. The film is the story of a Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle, "From On High" marks the professional acting debut of 11-year-olds Zoe Pinell Lopez and Esteve Serra Coll. The piece was shot on location in Barc...

Gringo, Review: Enough of Judas! What about Peter?

Gringo, Review: Enough of Judas! What about Peter? “Which is the best Beatles album?” asks the man with the gun. If your answer is ‘Sergeant Pepper and the Lonely Hearts’ Club’, you die. If you do not like the Beatles or have outgrown them, he will still kill you. Your only hope is...‘Let It Be’! Get it right and he might either let you off, or just settle for chopping your finger off. That is Gringo, a slightly confused and wayward take on an Americ...

Michel Franco on April's Daughters

  Interview and text: Martin I. Petrov    After receiving the Uncertain Regard award for After Lucia in 2012 and competing for the Palm D’or with Chronic in 2015, Mexican director Michel Franco returns in this year's festival with April’s daughters, a family drama starring Emma Suárez (Julieta).    A contemporary take on Mexican middle class, Franco writes and directs a story about a young 17 year old who drops out of school after an unexpec...

"Through the Pane" to tour Mexico!

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"Through the Pane" will tour Mexico with TODOS SOMOS OTROS in Mexico, November 8-13, 2016. The film was chosen from 908 entries from 51 countries. TODOS SOMOS OTROS will visit theaters in Mexico City, Veracruz, Puebla, Yucatan, Toluca & Queretaro. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on her father's memoir chapter about his acceptance of his wife's death. They were very happily married for 62 years. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelon...

Sicario, Review: One drug cartel is better than two

Sicario, Review: One drug cartel is better than two Breath-taking aerial shots of the US-Mexico border area and amazingly choreographed encounter scenes are the highlight of Sicario, a drug cartel crime thriller about an FBI-CIA joint operation that does on land what the US army and air-force have been doing in foreign countries for decades: seek, find and eliminate the enemy. Every player has questionable motives, except a couple of conscientious FBI operatives, and even they eventually fall...

"Games People Play" back to Mexico for Post Mortem Fest!

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"Games People Play" returns again to Mexico for the 2015 Post Mortem Festival in Aguascalientes, Mexico October 1-4, 2015. A dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, this is the third festival acceptance in Mexico in a year's time. Helmed and written by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson and Westlake herself. The film was shot on the Canon C500 by Jon Carr. An Ennio Morricone-esque score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs...

Afuera

Director: José Permar.

The willpower fights versus the pleasure of the comfort inside of “Alfredo”, a coarse representation of the modern sedentary man. One morning the electricity goes off, and takes the televisión with it, his loyal and distractor friend. When Alfredo finds out that he has been locked in, spends the rest of the day in an ridiculous odisey to escape from home.

Cortos Verdes interviews Dawn Westlake

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Dawn Westlake was recently interviewed by Cortos Verdes Internacional, an online cinema magazine out of Mexico. To read the full interview (in Spanish) click here: http://cortosverdes.blogspot.mx/2014/11/dawn-westlake-directora-productora.html   ...

"Games People Play" selected for 2014 MultiFest in Mexico!

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"Games People Play" has just been selected to MultiFest in Jalisco, Mexico for October 1-4, 2014. The dark comedy shot in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western was written/directed by Dawn Westlake and shot/edited by Jon Carr. Canon USA, Inc. provided their C500. The score was composed by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "Games People Play" features LA-based comedic actors David Razowsky & Mark Jacobson, along with Westlake. For more info on MultiFest: http://mi...

CutOut Fest 2013 Opening Titles

Opening Titles 2013

CutOut Fest 2013 ID

CutOut Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival

We are the nation's largest celebration of animation and digital art. A festival known for its inspiring program of workshops, conferences, lectures, film screenings and art exhibits offered at no cost. We are recognized for our impressive Competition of International Animated Short Films and for the newly released Living Market, a space to foster a culture of business creativity within an industry that lives off new ideas. We are a unique and amazing experience that every year brings together some of the most influential artists and thousands of minds hungry for knowledge, art, creativity and innovation.

Stay or go? „Los Ángeles” by Damian John Harper about Zapotec youth in southern Mexico at Berlinale´s Forum section

Somewhere in Oaxaca, southern Mexico: 16 years old Mateo lives here in a rural community, where the traditional Zapotec culture is still alive. But on the other hand it´s a poor region from where a lot of the young people migrate to the US. Mateo itself prepares his – dangerous – crossing of the border to reach the almost mythical city of Los Angeles. For this reason he joins a local gang, so that he can draw on their support over there. To be accepted into their circles, he ...

Stay or go? „Los Ángeles” by Damian John Harper about Zapotec youth in southern Mexico at Berlinale´s Forum section

Somewhere in Oaxaca, southern Mexico: 16 years old Mateo lives here in a rural community, where the traditional Zapotec culture is still alive. But on the other hand it´s a poor region from where a lot of the young people migrate to the US. Mateo itself prepares his – dangerous – crossing of the border to reach the almost mythical city of Los Angeles. For this reason he joins a local gang, so that he can draw on their support over there. To be accepted into their circles, he ...

Paciente 27 (Patient 27)

Director: Alejandro G. Alegre.

Después de aceptar trabajo temporal en un laboratorio, Cesar comienza a notar sucesos extraños relacionados con el tratamiento de un paciente de numero 27, esto lo perturba al grado de causarle insomnio y provocarle visiones. Isela y Marcos, sus compañeros de trabajo, lo atribuyen al cansancio de Cesar, sin embargo, la verdadera razón de estas visiones es mas real y peligroso de lo que ellos creen. After accepting temporary work in a laboratory Cesar begins to notice strange events related to the treatment of a patient with the number 27, this disturbs him the extent of causing insomnia and hallucinations. Isela and Marcos, his coworkers attribute this to the Cesar fatigue, however the real reason for these views is more real and dangerous than they think.

Mexico: GIFF 2013, Creative Expansion

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The Guanajuato International Film Festival, formerly known as Expresion en Corto was held from July 19-28 in San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato and presented in its 16th edition new avenues of original growth rarely observed at other festivals.  It certainly shares with other major international film festivals a constant increase of its programs and its audience.  For the 2013 fest 3,395 productions were submitted from 111 countries.  More than 400 were selected for an audience ...

Festival Sayulita

Festival Sayulita 2014 is calling you to our paradise! The first annual Festival Sayulita is a unique gathering for all lovers of Mexico, Film, Tequila, Food, Music and Surf to be held January 16-18th. The idyllic coastal town of Sayulita provides a scenic, bohemian background perfect for this international festival. Creative and provocative films will be shown in various venues throughout the town. Additional events include tequila and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front film venues, private screenings, lecture series, and live music.

 

Once known only for its fishing business and scenic beaches, Sayulita now boasts a thriving community of local, Mexican restaurants and craftsman alongside trendsetting establishments. Surfing, paddle boarding, yoga, mountain biking and other outdoor activities helps make Sayulita an irresistible destination. Festival Sayulita will highlight these many assets while spicing up the town with new and never-been-seen international films in the genres of Action Sports, Short Feature, Documentary, Animation and Stop Motion, and Alternative.
 
Tequila vendors will be offering tastings of locally made, specialty spirits and sharing some of their knowledge on the growing and processing methods and local restaurants are planning pairing menus. Don't miss the start of something authentic, magical and far-out as only Sayulita can offer..

GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

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  XVI GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 CALL FOR ENTRIES 1.-The primary objective of the GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to provide more opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of films, rewarding their quality so as to allow the artists to continue producing film. At the same time, we hope to bring together newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned professionals, combining forces in a very open, accessible and competitive environment. 2.- THE X...

Ambulante Documentary Film Festival

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Ambulante Documentary Film Festival is a travelling documentary film festival that tours all over Mexico for three months reaching an audience of 100,000 people with an international programme of more than 80 titles. The festival hosts guests from all over the world that participate in conferences, seminars, encounters with the audience, and screenings in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across the country.  Since 2011, it also showcases a a series of documentaries at VIVE LATINO, on...

Ambulante Documentary Film Festival

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Ambulante Documentary Film Festival is a travelling documentary film festival that tours all over Mexico for three months reaching an audience of 100,000 people with an international programme of more than 80 titles. The festival hosts guests from all over the world that participate in conferences, seminars, encounters with the audience, and screenings in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues across the country.  Since 2011, it also showcases a a series of documentaries at VIVE LATINO, on...

In Cowboys Land

The State of Sonora in northern Mexico is well known for its Cowboys, and hardworking men. This documentary is about the stories of gay and lesbians who happened to grow up and live in this particular atmosphere. Its about the adevntures and missfortunes of being gay in a land of Cowboys.

In Cowboys Land

The State of Sonora in northern Mexico is well known for its Cowboys, and hardworking men. This documentary is about the stories of gay and lesbians who happened to grow up and live in this particular atmosphere. Its about the adevntures and missfortunes of being gay in a land of Cowboys.

In Cowboys Land

Director: Oliver Rendon.
The State of Sonora in northern Mexico is well known for its Cowboys, and hardworking men. This documentary is about the stories of gay and lesbians who happened to grow up and live in this particular atmosphere. Its about the adevntures and missfortunes of being gay in a land of Cowboys.
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