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A Guide to Everything Latino at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

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The Tribeca Film Festival is celebrating its 15th year in style. Yep, they’ve gone full quinceañera this year, inviting over 130 film directors, screening 101 films, 72 shorts, 23 virtual reality and interactive installations, and pulling out all the stops to make sure the 2016 festival is like no other. Robert De Niro and co. are even offering an entire lineup dedicated to television! Oh, and did we mention the many musical performances and engaging talks that will be taking place throughout the festival?

The sheer number of films and events is staggering. Any self-respecting cinephile in the greater New York City area should make room in their April schedule to trek down to the lower downtown neighborhood to bask in the great talent being showcased. Want to hear Alfonso Cuarón talk about how his life’s been since he won the Oscar? Or catch the new Gael García Bernal flick? Or see Abbi and Ilana IRL? TFF had you in mind when it sat down to create this year’s program.

It can be daunting, we know, to find out what to catch. Which is why we’ve got your back. We read through the entire guide and have singled out every Latino involved in the fest, in front and behind the camera. Brazilian directors, Dominican dancers, Mexican editors, Puerto Rican documentarians, Argentine soccer players… you’ll find them all (and more!) accounted below in our handy list of everything Latino at the fest.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13 – 24, 2016. We partnered with Tribeca to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Latino talent at this year’s fest. Follow our coverage on remezcla.com and tribecafilm.com.

FEATURE FILMS

Special Correspondents

Ricky Gervais

For tickets and showtimes of Special Correspondents click here.

American politics and media are aptly satirized in this feature by firebrand comedian Ricky Gervais. A pretentious radio journalist and his ineffectual technician botch an assignment in South America, and decide to fabricate an on-the-scene story while hiding out in a New York City apartment. This scheme spirals out of their control when their escalating story becomes a national headline. The comedy features Latino cast members Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera, and Raul Castillo.

Canada, United Kingdom, United States
Comedy
Ricky Gervais
Ted Sarandos, Manuel Munz, Larry Sanitsky, Chris Coen, Aaron Gilbert, Ricky Gervais
2016
100

Madly

Mia Wasikowska, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, and Natasha Khan., Gael García Bernal, Sebastián Silva

For tickets and showtimes of Madly click here.

Madly is an international anthology of short films exploring love in all its permutations. Directed by some of the most vibrant filmmakers working today, the six stories in Madly portray contemporary love in all its glorious, sad, ecstatic, empowering, and erotic manifestations. Dance, Dance, Dance is directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Silva, while the Argentina-set The Love of My Life is helmed by Gael García Bernal.

India, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Argentina, United States
Gael García Bernal, Mia Wasikowska, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, and Natasha Khan, Sebastián Silva
Eric Mahoney
2016
105

Icaros: A Vision

Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi

For tickets and showtimes of Icaros: A Vision click here.

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. At a healing center, she finds hope in the form of the psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca. With her perception forever altered, she bonds with a young indigenous shaman who is treating a group of psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. Thanks to the shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns to confront her susto (the disease of fear.) Set in an actual Ayahuasca retreat in Peru, the movie features real shamans and indigenous non-actors from the Shipibo community. Many aspects of the film are based on co-director Leonor Caraballo’s true experiences who battled breast cancer as the shoot began. Although she dedicated herself to the project until the very end, sadly she died before she could see the film finished.

Peru, United States
Drama
Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi, Abou Farman.
Abou Farman, Aziz Isham, Matteo Norzi
2016
84

El rey del Once

Daniel Burman

For tickets and showtimes of El Rey Del Once click here.

Ariel is summoned to Buenos Aires by his distant father, who runs a Jewish aid foundation in El Once, the bustling Jewish neighborhood where he spent his youth. Writer-director Daniel Burman (All In) is back with this tender exploration of community, and the intricacies of the father-son relationship.

Argentina
Drama
Daniel Burman
Daniel Burman, Diego Dubcovsky
2016
88

Betting on Zero

Ted Braun

For tickets and showtimes of Betting on Zero click here.

Allegations of corporate criminality and Wall Street vendettas swirl throughout this riveting financial docu-thriller. Controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. He argues the company targets working-class Latino communities with a “business opportunity” that is nothing more than a scheme. Meanwhile, Herbalife execs defend their product as a genuine opportunity and accuse Ackman of being an unadorned market manipulator out to bankrupt them in order to make a killing off his billion-dollar short position against the company. Amidst the heated rhetoric on both sides, who has the moral standing?

United States
Documentary
Devin Adair, Glen Zipper
2016
98

Califórnia

Marina Person

For tickets and showtimes of Califórnia click here.

Nostalgic, sweet, and at moments poignantly funny, Califórnia is a coming-of-age tale about a high school student, Estela, growing up in São Paulo in the 1980s. Estela is doing all she can to get to California to visit her glamorous and cultured uncle. While focused on keeping her grades up, her life is complicated by romance, sex, and social pressures.

Brazil
Drama
Marina Person, Mariana Veríssimo, Francisco Guarnieri
Carmem Maia, Marina Person, Gustavo Rosa de Moura
2015
85

El Charro De Toluquilla

Jose Villalobos Romero

For tickets and showtimes of El Charro de Toluquilla click here.

Jaime García appears to be the quintessentially machismo mariachi singer, yet beneath his magnetic confidence lies a man struggling to maintain a relationship with his estranged family while living as an HIV-positive man. In Jose Villalobos Romero’s remarkable cinematic debut, he utilizes vivid tableaus and stylized perspective to paint a beautifully unique and emotional portrait of a man divided.

Mexico
Documentary
Claudia Mendez, Sergio Morkin
2016
90

La Cosa Humana

Gerardo Chijona

For tickets and showtimes of La Cosa Humana click here.

Gerardo Chijona’s newest film opens with a thief breaking into the home of a famous writer, and unknowingly stealing what turns out to be the only manuscript of his upcoming story. In desperate need of money, he submits it to a contest, which will see him competing with the very writer he robbed.

Cuba
Comedy, Drama
Francisco García, Gerardo Chijona
Francisco Adrianzén, Susana Molina
2016
85

After Spring

Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching

For tickets and showtimes of After Spring click here.

Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. After Spring immerses us in the rhythms of the camp, the role of the aid workers, and the daily lives of two families as they contemplate an uncertain future. Executive produced by Jon Stewart, and co-directed by Latina Ellen Martinez, this is a fascinating journey through the camp’s physical and human landscapes.

United States
Documentary
Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching
2016
102

Between Us

Rafael Palacio Illingworth

For tickets and showtimes of Between Us click here.

Mexican-born Rafael Palacio Illingworth sure nabbed quite the cast for his second feature film following his well-received 2009 film, Macho. Longtime couple Henry (Ben Feldman) and Dianne (Olivia Thirlby) are afraid that if they finally tie the knot it would mean the end of their days as free-spirited urbanites. But a whirlwind night apart involving temptations from a duo of strangers (Analeigh Tipton and Adam Goldberg) will either make them realize why they are together in the first place or finally drive them apart forever.

United States
Drama
Rafael Palacio Illingworth
Madeline Samit, Eleonore Meier, Bert Hamelinck
2016
93

Check It

Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer

For tickets and showtimes of Check It click here.

Fed up with being abused and harassed on the brutal inner-city streets of Washington D.C., a group of gay and trans teens form a gang to fight back. The writer-director behind the Emmy award-winning documentary Latinos in Beisbol teamed up with Toby Oppenheimer for this raw and intimate portrait follows four Check It members as they struggle to find a way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue: fashion.

United States
Documentary
Wren Arthur
2016
91

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Deborah S. Esquenazi

For tickets and showtimes of Southwest of Salem click here.

Deborah S. Esquenazi is here telling the story of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez—four Latina lesbians who in 1994 were tried and convicted of a heinous assault on two young girls in a court case that was infused with homophobic prejudice and the Satanic Panic sweeping the nation at that time. Southwest of Salem is a fascinating true crime story that puts the trial of the San Antonio Four in context of their ongoing search for exoneration.

United States
Documentary
Deborah S. Esquenazi
2016
89

Actor Martinez

Nathan Silver, Mike Ott

For tickets and showtimes of Actor Martinez click here.

Arthur Martinez is a computer repairman and aspiring actor who commissions indie directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver to film his life. In the directors’ first collaboration, we see them follow Arthur as he goes to work, drives around, and auditions for a love interest (Lindsay Burdge), leading them to question the meaning of the project, and ultimately that of identity and stardom.

United States
Drama
Nathan Silver, Mike Ott
2016
75

Free Like the Birds

Paola Mendoza

Six-year-old Sophie Cruz took the world by storm when she broke through the police barricades in Washington DC to give the Pope a letter. Her letter asked the Pope to convince President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform. In that moment, Sophie became an Internet sensation. Free Like the Birds is the intimate story her family fighting against the looming threat of deportation. Sophie is at the center of her family’s plight and that of millions of children like her. Through her innocence, her laughter and through her understanding of what it means to be an immigrant and an American, we bear witness to her family striving for the American Dream.

United States
Documentary
Gloria La Morte, Joseph La Morte
2016
68

Custody

James Lapine

For tickets and showtimes of Custody click here.

Legal and intimate family dynamics dovetail in Custody. Starring Viola Davis as an embattled family court judge with a fraught marriage of her own; Hayden Panettiere as a recent law-school grad flung into a custody case; and Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno as the single mother at the center of the case who risks losing her two children over an ill-timed argument.

United States
Drama
James Lapine
Katie Mustard, Lauren Versel
2016
104

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Cecilia Aldarondo

For tickets and showtimes of Memories of a Penitent Heart click here.

Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, his niece Cecilia locates Miguel’s estranged lover to understand the truth, and in the process opens up long-dormant family secrets.

Puerto Rico, United States
Documentary
Cecilia Aldarondo, Patricia Benabe
2015
77

Win!

Justin Webster

For tickets and showtimes of Win! click here.

With inside access to the players, decision makers, and supporters who were central to the formation of New York City Football Club (including former captain of the USMNT and current director of NYCFC operations Claudio Reyna) and its historic inaugural season, Win! offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a Major League Soccer team from the ground up, in the country’s most competitive sports market. The team, led by global superstars like David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, alongside a growing squad of American veterans and young talent, set out to conquer their owners’ lofty expectations and win the hearts of New Yorkers.

United States
Documentary
Justin Webster
2016
102

Strike a Pose

Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan

For tickets and showtimes of Strike a Pose click here.

This must-watch doc for Madonna fans features the familiar faces of José Gutierrez and Luis Camacho, the two Latino dancers from New York City who introduced the Queen of Pop to the practice of vogueing and who would later join her in the Blonde Ambition tour. Alongside Kevin, Oliver, Luis, Carlton, Jose, Gabriel and Salim, José and Luis are a diverse, impressionable group of young dancers whose lives were forever changed by Madonna’s iconic blonde ambition tour and its accompanying documentary, Truth or Dare. No longer swept up in the thrill of Madonna’s inarguable power, some found life – away from her influence – emotionally devastating and near impossible to navigate. Strike a Pose movingly revisits the men after years apart and provides us with a chance to learn about the emotional truth behind the glamorous facade.

Belgium, Netherlands
Documentary
2016
83

Pelé: Birth of a Legend

Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist

For tickets and showtimes of Pelé: Birth of a Legend click here.

From the slums of Brazil to center stage at the world’s biggest sporting event, Pelé’s rise to become the youngest-ever World Cup winner, at the age of 17, was nothing short of a miracle. Full of laughs, life lessons, and heart, this inspiring biopic is perfect for introducing a new generation to the greatest soccer player of all time.

Brazil, United States
Biopic
Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Isabelle Tanugi, Colin Wilson, Ivan Orlic, Kim Roth, Brian Grazer
2016
107

Untitled Bill Nye Documentary

David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg

For tickets and showtimes of the special work-in-progress screening of the Untitled Bill Nye Documentary click here.

When it raised over $800,000 on Kickstarter, The Untitled Bill Nye Documentary broke the fundraising site’s records and instantly became one of the most anticipated upcoming documentaries. Join Mexican-American David Alvarado, his co-director Jason Sussberg, and the titular Science Guy as they preview exclusive scenes from their upcoming doc and discuss their process, collaboration, and fundraising strategy.

United States
Documentary
Seth Gordon, Kate McLean, Nick Pampenella
2016
60

SHORT FILMS

El Púgil

Angel Manuel Soto

For tickets and showtimes of El Púgil click here.

El Púgil tells the inspirational story of Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, a promising, young boxer from Barrio Obrero – one of Puerto Rico’s poorest neighborhoods. Lyrical and cinematic, the doc paints an intimate portrait of Tito, Puerto Rico, and their shared fight to beat the odds.

Puerto Rico
Short Film
Angel Manuel Soto
Angel Manuel Soto
2016
16

The Duke: Based on the Memoir “I’m the Duke” by J.P. Duke

Max Barbakow

For tickets and showtimes of The Duke click here.

This football-themed short, edited by Mexica-born Salvador Pérez García, features Alejandro Patiño as Urbina, a detective investigating what’s brought “The Duke” to the hospital.

United States
Short Film
Derek J. Pastuszek, Andy Siara
Dan Leonard
2015
21

Coger un monstruo

Michael Lei

For tickets and showtimes of Coger un monstruo click here.

A lonely boy finds himself trapped in a dark fantasy come alive in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia.

Bolivia, United States
Short Film
Michael Lei
Michael Lei, Soledad Trigoso
2016
15

We All We Got

Carlos Javier Ortiz

For tickets and showtimes of We All We Got click here.

We All We Got captures the poetic language of the streets: police helicopters flying over the city, people talking shit on the street corners, ambulances on the run, and preachers hollering for the violence to stop after another young man is senselessly gunned down in the streets of Chicago.

United States
Short Film
Carlos Javier Ortiz, Tina K. Sacks
Carlos Javier Ortiz, Tina K. Sacks
2016
9

Shooting an Elephant

Juan Pablo Rothie

For tickets and showtimes of Shooting an Elephant click here.

A mature Eric Blair (George Orwell’s given name) looks back to his younger self with regret; He was shamed into being the public executioner of a rogue work elephant while stationed in The British Foreign Service in Burma. Based on the George Orwell short story of the same name and helmed by Venezuelan-American director Juan Pablo Rothie, Shooting An Elephant tracks the tragic steps of a day long rued, when a man’s innocence was forever lost. Reprimanded by his ineffectual superiors, goaded on by the very Burmese who had grown reliant, yet distrustful of the English uniform, driven to blood lust to by his own false pride, Eric Blair, kills an elephant he did not wish to harm solely to avoid humiliation, and in the process loses his own humanity.

Nepal, United Kingdom, Venezuela, United States
Short Film
Alec Sokolow
Juan Pablo Rothie, Alec Sokolow
2015
11

Aire quemado

Yamil Quintana

For tickets and showtimes of Aire Quemado click here.

In a half-urbanized community in the Mexican tropics, Santiago and his friends Antonio and Miguel are having a fun afternoon, sharing jokes, pranks, and dreams, as they straddle the boundary between childhood and adult life. The discovery of some charred human remains will draw them sharply back to reality, as a stark reminder of the horrors of drug trafficking.

Mexico
Short Film
Yamil Quinatana
Celia Iturriaga
2016
13

SPECIAL EVENTS

Tribeca Talks: Baz Luhrmann with Nelson George

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has one of the most distinctly recognizable visual styles in cinema today and discusses creating work which merges both classic and modern worlds through films from The Great Gatsby to Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge. The visually singular Luhrmann and cultural critic/filmmaker Nelson George will chat about their new Netflix original series The Get Down, that takes on the birth of hip hop in the Bronx and for which George is part of the writing team. The Get Down features a handful of Latino actors as part of the cast including Jimmy Smits and Herizen Guardiola.

For tickets and event details click here.

Tribeca Talks: Alfonso Cuarón with Emmanuel Lubezki

From the indie hit Y Tu Mamá También to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón will discuss his ability to create truly unique cinematic worlds alongside cinematographer Emmanuel “El Chivo” Lubezki, three time Oscar winner and a frequent collaborator of Cuarón.

For tickets and event details click here.

Tribeca Talks: Special Correspondents

American politics and media are aptly satirized in this feature by firebrand comedian Ricky Gervais. A pretentious radio journalist and his ineffectual technician botch an assignment in South America, and decide to fabricate an on-the-scene report while hiding out in a New York City apartment. This scheme spirals out of their control when their escalating story becomes a national headline. The comedy features Latino cast members Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera, and Raul Castillo.

After the movie: A conversation with writer/director Ricky Gervais, actor Eric Bana, and additional cast including Raul Castillo.

For tickets and event details click here.

Free Like the Birds: Immigration Panel

Six-year-old Sophie Cruz took the world by storm when she broke through the police barricades in Washington DC to give the Pope a letter. Her letter asked the Pope to convince President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform. Free like the Birds is the intimate story her family fighting against the looming threat of deportation. Sophie is at the center of her family’s plight and that of millions of children like her.

The world premiere of Free Like the Birds will be the inspiration for a powerful, arousing, and intimate discussion about immigration in the United States. The evening will bring together activists, artists, immigrants, and the public at large to reflect on our system that is desperate need of reform.

After the movie: A conversation with filmmaker Paola Mendoza and other immigration activists.

For tickets and event details click here.

Daring Women's Summit

This day of first-hand storytelling celebrates today’s most influential women in arts and technology who have risen to the top of their respective fields by eschewing traditional career trajectories in creating their own paths. Not only have these women broken ceilings to succeed for themselves, but most importantly they have created opportunities for other women along the way through direct support and mentorship, forging job opportunities for others and creating content where women can see themselves and the possibilities of what they themselves could become.

Speakers include actress & activist Rosie Perez, Google Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief Julie Ann Crommett, actress LaLa Anthony, and many more.

For tickets and event details click here.

TRANSMEDIA

Storyscapes: The Argus Project

Project Creators: Gan Golan, Raquel de Anda, Julien Terrell, Ligaiya Romero

The Argus Project is a trans-media project that directly intersects the public debate over police accountability and features Latino creators as part of its team. At the center stands a suit of tactical counter-surveillance armor embedded with body cameras that offers a simple question: “If the police wear body armor to protect themselves while in public, what must “The Public” wear to protect themselves from the police?” Video projections surround the suit featuring former officers, activists, and family members directly impacted by police violence, creating a space for a real conversation on police violence – one that our country desperately needs. The project is part of Tribeca’s transmedia exhibition called Storyscapes.

Storyscapes projects at the 2016 Festival, open April 14 – 17, feature both installations and virtual reality. The program includes projects that grapple with issues of racism, violence and harm inflicted on our planet, combining the excitement of these new immersive mediums tempered with the urgency of a world on fire. It is in turns thrilling, upsetting, shocking and wonderful, much like the world we live in.

For tickets and more details click here.

Virtual Arcade: Hard World for Small Things

Project Creator: Janicza Bravo/Wevr

Panamanian-born and award-winning film and theater director Janicza Bravo ventures into the world of virtual reality with an exploration of the circumstances and lives affected by a single tragedy in Los Angeles. Drawing from a real-life experience, Bravo and studio collaborators Wevr craft a remarkably powerful narrative that culminates in a devastating conclusion. The project is part of Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade.

The Virtual Arcade debuts at the 2016 festival, helping to expand the immersive entertainment slate with thirteen additional virtual reality experiences from some of the leading creators and emerging voices in this new medium. The selections are available for viewing from April 18 – 20.

For tickets and more details click here.

TFI Interactive

The fifth annual TFI Interactive, an all-day immersive event at Tribeca 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th. TFI Interactive will be split up into three sections: the MakerSpace, the Conference, and the Interactive Playground exhibit. TFI Interactive’s MakerSpace is a new addition to the Festival and will feature leaders from Black Lives Matter, IBM, IDFA Doc Lab, and Stanford Mechanical Engineering Design Group, as well as the filmmakers behind the TFI-funded new media projects Notes on Blindness and The Argus Project.

The Conference lineup includes speakers Joanna Peña-Bickley, Global Chief Creative Officer at IBM Interactive Experience and Mariana Santos, Director of Interactive at Fusion.

For conference details click here.

TICKET GIVEAWAYS

In case you’re broke (or just like free stuff), we’ve got lots of tickets to give away.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Pelé: Birth of a Legend click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Califórnia click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to La cosa humana click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Storyscapes click here.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to Virtual Arcade click here.