• The “We Won’t Wait for Peace” Virtual Film Festival marks International Day of Peace

    LatinaLista — Today is International Day of Peace. It is a day dedicated to a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year's call, as asked by the UN Secretary-General, is for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Unfortunately, such a call can only be responded to by the governments of the world. However,...

  • New short film follows Postville deportees home and their continuing struggle to survive

    LatinaLista — One of the Guatemalan immigrants, Willian Toj, who was apprehended and deported in May 2008 from Postville, Iowa wasn't just working illegally in the United States at the meatpacking plant to send money back home -- he was working to literally save the life of his mother. Toj's story is...

  • Director of “The Wall” offers campuses film to screen to create dialogue about federal immigration policy

    LatinaLista — A lot has been written and filmed about the ongoing building of the border wall along the US-Mexico border. The latest film to chronicle the impact of the border wall in the region is simply titled "The Wall." The Wall is a new, feature documentary about the construction of a...

  • Blockbuster partners with Maya Entertainment to carry Latino films

    LatinaLista — In a move that sounds more like a strategic calculation to salvage a hurting business, Blockbuster announced today that they are partnering with Los Angeles-based Maya Entertainment. After Maya Entertainment sponsors a nationwide theatrical series of Latino films at selected theatres across the country beginning July 17 through September 4,...

  • Latino creates Super Grande films

    LatinaLista — When it comes to filmmaking, there are so many talented Latinos behind the camera that it's always a treat to learn about yet one more. That's the case with Anthony Rivero Stabley of Super Grande Films. We weren't aware of this film company until their founder Anthony Rivero Stabley contacted...

  • New film about immigrant family detention available for online screening

    LatinaLista — From the very beginning when news broke of the immigrant detention centers, the one element that united people across ethnic, religious and political lines was the fact that families were being held in jail-like conditions. Since then, the Department of Homeland Security has tried to downplay the conditions of the...

  • Emmy-winning director of Made in LA launches special screening campaign for immigration reform

    LatinaLista — In October of last year, filmmaker Almudena Carracedo took time from basking in her Emmy win for her documentary Made in LA to share her thoughts and feelings on Latina Lista about how making the film on immigrant workers had impacted her life. It made a big impact. At the...

  • Mini-grants available for film screenings about children who travel alone from Mexico looking for parents

    LatinaLista — Every year, 100,000 children travel by themselves to enter the United States illegally, across the harsh U.S.-Mexico border and at the mercy of coyotes, with one goal in mind — to reunite with a parent or parents. That these children, some as young as under 10 years of age, undertake...

  • Lunafest film competition promotes women filmmakers

    LatinaLista — Did you know that of the 250 top-grossing films, fewer than 6 percent have been made by women? One organization is trying to remedy that imbalance through their annual short film competition that is focused on celebrating women filmmakers. Lunafest has been promoting women filmmakers through their annual film festival....

  • “Lives for Sale” doc about immigration and human trafficking premieres on cable but has online home

    LatinaLista — Sunday, March 8, is International Women's Day. It is a day in which the United Nations has declared the theme of the day is "Men and Women Unite Against the Violence of Women and Girls." Some of the most vulnerable victims of gender violence are immigrant women and girls. In...

  • Contest looking for screenplays with female or multicultural leads

    LatinaLista — Everyone always notices the lack of diversity on television programs. After all, it's shows we watch week in and week out but what about the movies? How often do we see films at the theater that have a strong female lead or a lead by a multicultural (minority) actor/actress? Believe...

  • Special one-time event unites women all over the U.S.A. via neighborhood movie theatres

    LatinaLista — March is Women's History Month. In this month, we also celebrate International Women's Day (March 8). When it comes to having a voice, too many women still have to fight to be heard, recognized and respected. Yet, if enough women help one another to achieve the kind of equality necessary...

  • Latina student film spotlights partner abuse

    LatinaLista — Gender abuse is a real issue within the Latino community. Back in 2006, a survey of American teenagers' attitudes towards abuse in dating relationships, conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, found that "fully 13 percent of Hispanic middle- and high-school students viewed abuse as acceptable —well above the overall figure of...

  • Youth documentary tackles teen sexual harassment

    LatinaLista — A lot has been said about how children of all ages are at risk in coming into contact with sexual predators on the Internet. Yet, a new PBS special uncovers that there is a greater risk for teen girls to experience sexual harassment at their part-time jobs. “While sexual harassment...

  • S.A. filmmaker triumphs in face of adversity

    By Maria Elena Cruz When Buddy Calvo decided to turn his experience of being burglarized into a movie, he never dreamed it would do so well----it wasn't a normal experience though. A group of vandals had been breaking into cars and terrorizing his neighborhood. When his vehicle became the target, he became...

  • Cable movie channel spotlights Latinos’ Hollywood evolution

    LatinaLista — We all know that visual media is a powerful force in influencing people's perceptions. When that media takes the form the of the Big Screen, the images are all that more powerful and etched into a person's psyche. There's no doubt that Hollywood had a hand in shaping society's impression...

  • Sundance award-winning film on illegal immigration deals with the “other” immigrants

    LatinaLista — While the issue of illegal immigration may not be a priority for most Americans these days, it still remains a popular and powerful cinema topic. The latest movie that takes a honest look at what is still driving people, far beyond Mexico, to risk their lives to come to the...

  • Hispanic movie bloggers wanted for blog study — it pays too!

    LatinaLista — Do you like watching movies? Do you like to blog? Would you like to get paid for doing both? Source: media.filmschoolrejects.com) Well, if you can combine these two then there's hope that you might be one of 25 movie bloggers for a new 4-day blogging exercise conducted by a New...

  • Gregory Nava’s El Norte movie released in DVD and Blue-ray for 25th anniversary

    LatinaLista — People living south of the border have always been coming to the United States or "El Norte." Yet, unlike the stories of the Irish or the Italians, Hispanic immigrant stories didn't really start becoming part of the collective consciousness until illegal immigration was put on the political radar in the...

  • Free online video seminar fulfills screenwriting dreams

    LatinaLista — If you're short on cash but big on dreams of the Hollywood variety, a.k.a. writing the next blockbuster script, you might want to check out a free online screenwriting seminar. Hosted by screenwriter Marvin Acuna, the online seminar attempts to jumpstart screenwriting success. Have you ever wondered why some screenwriters...

  • Guest Voz: Emmy-winning filmmaker exposes the cruel hardships facing immigrant workers at U.S.-based sweatshops

    LatinaLista — Almudena Carracedo, a budding LA-based filmmaker, happened to catch a news item in her local paper about five years ago. It was a story about the sweatshops in Los Angeles, the west coast fashion center of the nation. Filmmaker Almudena Carracedo proudly wins her first Emmy for Made in L.A....

  • Documentarian Michael Moore offers next movie as free download to entice young voters to the polls

    LatinaLista — One of the more amazing stories developing in this election is the rise of young voters. Traditionally, this demographic has been an untapped source of political clout but not anymore. Thanks to Barack Obama who first really zeroed in on going beyond MTV chat sessions and started including young people...

  • Lifetime movie channel gives life to Latino-inspired stories

    LatinaLista — Back when former LA Times reporter Sonia Nazario decided to record the story of one boy's journey from Honduras to the United States, through gang-infested areas of Guatemala and Mexico riding on the dangerous roofs of moving trains, she had no idea how far her book, Enrique's Journey, would take...

  • New documentary reveals the politics of “The Other Mexico”

    LatinaLista — The most common criticism of the illegal immigration debate is why doesn't Mexico help their own people. Well, a quick review of the country's history shows just how embedded corruption and discrimination are in Mexico's government that it makes it hard for anything to be done for the people who...

  • Summer film series finds rooftops to be the best theaters to showcase indie films

    LatinaLista — Across the country, indie (independent) films haven't just been gaining in popularity because of their originality but for their creativity in the venues where they're showing. Some "studio movie grills" have sprung up where you can order a dinner and eat it while watching an indie flick. Now comes word...