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8th OC Film Fiesta Kicks Off Oct. 6 with New Chavela Vargas Documentary
2017 Festival Features Two Weeks of Film, Fun and Taco Truck Cinema!

The OC Film Fiesta returns Fri., Oct. 6 with a special Orange County Premiere screening of CHAVELA, Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s powerful new documentary about LGBTQ ranchera legend Chavela Vargas, who was Frida Kahlo's live-in lover.

A cinematic celebration of Orange County’s diversity and multicultural heritage in the heart of Santa Ana, the OC Film Fiesta is known for its great selection of films, premieres, parties and community events. This year's festival takes place Oct. 6-15 in venues throughout Santa Ana and includes two weeks of film, fun, food, festivities and special guest stars.

The 2017 Film Fiesta line up includes great feature films, such as LA VIDA INMORAL DE LA PAREJA IDEAL (THE IMMORAL LIFE OF THE IDEAL COUPLE), Mexican director Manolo Caro's hilarious comedy about unrequieted love set in romantic San Miguel de Allende. It stars Cecilia Suarez, Andres Almeida, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Paz Vega.

Fans of Gonzo journalism won’t want to miss our OC Premiere of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez’s new work THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BROWN BUFFALO, a fascinating portrait of iconoclastic Chicano writer and lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta, author of Revolt of the Cockroach People and the larger than life inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson’s "Dr. Gonzo" in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

The Film Fiesta will also feature special events, including a rare screening of the original hilarious 1998 short film version of the surreal A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN plus a workshop with filmmakers and cultural icons Sergio Arau and Yareli Arizmendi.

This year’s festival is also honored to host the US Premiere of Bolivian master Jorge Sanjinés' award-winning historical epic JUANA AZURDUY: GUERRILLERA DE LA PATRIA GRANDE (JUANA AZURDUY: WARRIOR OF THE GREAT NATION), which tells the story of the legendary female general in Simon Bolivar's army, who helped bring indigenous communities into the fight to liberate Latin America from Spanish rule.

Another treat will be a special 75th Anniversary Screening of Orson Welles classic THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS at the Heritage Museum of OC, in a dazzling turn-of-the-century cotillion-themed setting.

The Film Fiesta will also feature the tribute program VISIONS OF MAGULANDIA: THE CALIFORNIA JOURNEY OF CHICANO ARTIST GILBERT ‘MAGU’ LUJAN FROM LOS FOUR TO MENTAL MENUDO, in association with UCI’s From Aztlan to Magulandia exhibit, which is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time L.A./L.A. initiative.

VISIONS OF MAGULANDIA will feature a screening of rare and never-before-seen videos of the artist, a panel discussion, and a recreation of one of Magu’s storied “Mental Menudo” community discussions. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.
This year’s Film Fiesta will also feature free community TACO TRUCK CINEMA outdoor screenings and other special events! More films to be announced!

Visit www.ocfilmfiesta.org for festival passes, tickets and screening information. The Film Fiesta festival pass includes admission to films, parties, special events and discounts at tasty local restaurants.

Prices for individual screenings are $10 General / $5 Students, Seniors, Veterans, Teachers and Santa Ana residents. Festival Passes: $75. Buy an Early Bird Film Fiesta Festival pass by Sept. 24 and save $15 off the full price!

The OC Film Fiesta is a program of Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA), a project of Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and proceeds support MASA's free youth media classes.

The 2017 OC Film Fiesta is made possible with the support of the California Arts Council, Cal Humanities, City of Santa Ana, Mexican Consulate in OC, Santa Ana Unified School District, Arts OC, OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fundación Grupo Ukamao, The Heritage Museum of OC, Exclusive Radio Sponsor La Ranchera 96.7 FM, Stay Connected OC, Miniondas/Farandula USA, Beatnik Bandito, Mariscos Hector and Chapter One: The Modern Local. Schedule subject to change.

For more information or to learn about volunteer or partnership opportunities please email victor@masamedia.org or call 888-906-0340.

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