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Village At Ed Gould Plaza

1125 North McCadden Place

Los Angeles, CA 90038

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center presents CineArte, the 4th annual arts festival of the queer Latinx community, Friday, April 21, through Sunday, April 23, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, located at 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood. CineArte is dedicated to showcasing the stories of LGBTQ, two-spirited, Latinx, Chicanx, and indigenous identities through film and visual art in a space that builds on their rich and diverse cultural history.

The 2017 program includes a short films program, feature length films, digital media, art installations, and musical performances that represent the intersections and complexities of Latina/o queerness through arts and culture. The three-day celebration will include red carpet events, receptions, music, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and featured cast members.


CineArte Art Exhibition


Hosted by D'Lo

Curator: Rubén Esparza

Opening Reception, Friday, April 21, 7-11 p.m.

The exhibit will be open until June 16, 2017, and features the following artists: Laura Aguilar, Marcel Alcala, Maritza Amezcua, Enrique Castrejon, Diego Eduardo, Cleonette Harris a.k.a. Cle Torres, Carolina Hicks, Alex La Cruz, Roy Martinez a.k.a. Lambe Culo, Miguel Angel Reyes, Manuel Rodrigues a.k.a. Sad Boy, Joey Terrill, Rommy Torrico, Luis Valencia

In addition, a program of artists’ videos will be shown in the Advocate & Gochis Galleries throughout the festival.

Performances begin at 8:30 p.m.

Yosimar Reyes Nationally acclaimed poet and performance artist

W!NK Performance/dance artist

DJ Sizzle Bringing joy to her community by playing cumbia, hip-hop, disco, and everything in between

Film selections for CineArte 2017

Saturday, April 22
Familia Y Mas Shorts Program

Short films: Saturday, April 22
2-4 p.m. followed by Q&A

UNDOCUMENTED TALES (14 minutes) Directed by Armando Ibanez

Fernando is a Mexican server who works in the city of Los Angeles. He is living with two secrets, that he is an undocumented immigrant and he is a closeted gay man. Not only is he is always lying to society about his legal status, but he must always lie to his family about his sexual orientation.

SOUTH BRONX DAD (3 minutes) Directed by Kase Pena
A dad from South Bronx answers questions about the possibility of his kids being LGBTQ.

ENCOUNTRO (16 minutes) Directed by Florencia Manovil

Claudia’s night out with friends is disrupted by an encounter with the captivating Isabel.

In the Paint (8 minutes) Directed by Ashton Pina

Before entering the NBA draft, Kollin must make a life-changing decision.

My Parents (3 minutes) Directed by Natalie Camunas

In a docu-style short, a daughter asks her parents two questions.

Mateo (8 minutes) Directed by Nancy Mejia

A short narrative about a Latino teen's struggle to find peace despite the war at home.

Sweet Spot (16 minutes) Directed by Kimberly Bautista

A diverse group of friends approach their 30s and realize that they’re no closer to traditional adulthood than when they were fresh out of high school.

Panel Discussion A conversation about the upcoming documentary Strike a Pose
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Opening Night Feature Film: Saturday, April 22

8 p.m.

Preceding the film: Singer/Songwriter Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin performs a song written especially for tonight’s feature, Bruising for Besos.

Following the film: Q&A with the producers, writer, and cast

Bruising for Besos Writer/Director: Adelina Anthony; Executive Producers: Adelina Anthony & Marissa Becerra

A charismatic Xicana lesbian seduces an alluring Puerto Rican woman only to find herself recreating her tumultuous past.


Sunday, April 23

Grown Y Crud@s Shorts Program

Short Films: Sunday, April 23

3-4:15 p.m.

CHERRY SODA (12 minutes) Directed by Sherry Yiyang Shi

A young Latina lesbian makes the female version of Grindr in the hopes for love...or just lust.

UN REFLEJO DE MI (3 minutes) Directed by Gaby Gygy Castillo

Maritza, a trans woman internalized with suicidal tendencies because of a macho, violent context as in the country of Guatemala.

SIDEKICKS (11 minutes) Directed by Leann Bowen

Two sidekicks figure out their lives without a main character.

Afuera (14 minutes) Directed by Steven Liang

When an undocumented woman is forced to resort to the sex trade to support herself, her boyfriend gives her an ultimatum with unintended consequences.

The Homo Cholo (4 minutes) Produced by Emering Us

Deadlee is a gay, mixed race Latino rapper living in a rapidly gentrifying area of LA. He discusses the feeling of isolation he has in a gay community designed largely for white men, especially as gay bars for people of color close around his city

Get the Life (8 minutes) Directed by Ozzy Villazon

A transgender teenager risks losing everything he loves in order to live courageously.

SKIN (10 minutes) Directed by Dominic Colon

A comedy about love, letting go, and letting it all hang!

Closing Night Feature Film: Sunday, April 23

Star Maps (86 minutes) Directed by Miguel Arteta

20th Anniversary screening with actor Douglas Spain and writer/director Miguel Arteta

Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can get his foot in the door in Hollywood. Finally, one of his clients, a rich soap opera star, offers him a bit part in her show. Pepe tell Carlos that she is just using him and demands that he not see the women any longer. Carlos defies his father and when his big day comes he finds out the harsh realities of life are even harsher than he imagined.

Closing Night entertainment

Begins at 7 p.m.

Dancing: DJ Sizzle Bringing joy to her community by playing cumbia, hip-hop, disco, and everything in between

Liana Cabrera Musician and poet performing a Son Jarocho musical set

s will be spinning each evening for dancing and celebration.

For the latest updates on film programming, visit lalgbtcenter.org/cinearte.

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1125 North McCadden Place

Los Angeles, CA 90038

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