REDCAT Films in November features Iran’s First Lady of Cinema on Women’s Issues and ‘The Empire Project’ on Dutch Colonialism


There are two great upcoming film events in November at the REDCAT in downtown:

Monday, November 11, 2013: Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill: “Live Screening” of Empire: The Unintended Consequences of Dutch Colonialism

Part documentary and part interactive multimedia project, the filmmakers have traveled through 7 former Dutch colonies, including Brazil, Suriname, Ghana, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and South Africa, to view the effects of Dutch colonialism through the eyes of its descendents.

Monday, November 18, 2013: Rakhshan Banietemad: The Hidden Cost of Violence

Iran’s preeminent female filmmaker, Rakhshan Banietemad, will present 2 of her documentaries in person: We Are Half of Iran’s Population (Ma Nimi Az Jameiate Iranim, 2009) documenting women’s activism during the Green Revolution and the world premiere of See You Tomorrow Elina! (Farda Mibinamet Elina, 2013), comparing the violence of the 2009 elections to the violence that her daughter witnessed while a child during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. Continue reading

Grigris Film Premiere and Karamo Susso at Cameras d’Afrique Opening Night


One of this week’s can’t miss events is the opening night of the Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa festival at LACMA on Thursday, October 3. The month-long festival is a rare opportunity for American movie-goers to see a diversity of films of the West African region from the past 50 years, from recent cinema to groundbreaking classics. The opening night features 2 films by accomplished Chadian director, Mahamat Saleh Haroun: his 1999 debut feature film Bye Bye Africa and the US premiere of his latest film, Grigris, which won the Vulcan Award at Cannes International Film Festival this year.

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Wadjda: Irrepressible Girl Power from Saudi Arabia

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I have been waiting all summer to see Wadjda. Ever since seeing the trailer, I was immediately drawn to this story of a headstrong, rebellious young girl defying tradition in a conservative society. It might sound like a familiar theme but in this case, we’re talking about Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries in the world, in regards to women’s rights. Considering that women are not allowed to vote nor drive and any woman can be arrested for being in public with a man not related to her, the movie breaks a lot of barriers and is a rare glimpse into a very closed society.

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Luna Lovers Premiere and 10 Reasons why I Love Las Cafeteras

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It was quite a party at Las Cafeteras Luna Lovers premiere party last week. La Santa Cecilia, Maria del Pilar, Irene Diaz and La Chamba Chicha Cumbia were in the house and big shout out to John Cantú and crew for their work on the gorgeous video and Mucho Musica and Vincent Price Art Musuem for hosting the event open to the community. It was great to see how far Las Cafeteras have come…it reminded me of the reasons I dig them so much, not just as a band but a fine group of decent, hardworking and dedicated people. Enjoy their Luna Lovers video at the end of the list!

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Subsuelo’s DJ Gozar premieres Poly Ritmo 2 Mix & Upcoming Global Bass Parties in LA


Photo by Farah Sosa(Update 8/8/13: Subsuelo at RG Club on Thur 8/8 is canceled but you can still catch them earlier at Grand Park!)
How do I get through hump day Wednesday? I dance. And the music I love dancing to is Global Bass, the border and genre crossing dance music, heavy with tropical rhythms and electronic beats, flavored with sounds from a global musical palette. Here in LA, no one does global bass better than the Subsuelo collective, known for throwing some of the best underground dance parties and LA-native, DJ Gozar, aka Josh Weiss, is one of its maestro taste-makers. Enjoy his latest mix Poly Ritmo 2, which takes you on a musical world journey exploring Afro-Latin rhythms from Brazil, Colombia and Peru, to Angola and Kenya in the motherland of Africa. DJ Gozar has selected fabulous remixes by Daniel Haaksman, Uproot Andy, Captain Planet, Geko Jones and Atropolis and if nearly an hour of non-stop booty-shaking isn’t enough for you, come shake it some more at these upcoming Subsuelo and global bass events in LA:

Thursday, August 1: Olmeca’s Brown is Beautiful Release Party with Subsuelo, KG Superstar & more @ Los Globos

Saturday, August 3: BassXX Crew with DJ Potira, Bianca Oblivion, Sweet Beats @ Seventy7 Lounge (weekly Saturdays)

Thursday, August 8: Out of Office free outdoor concert series featuring Subsuelo @ Grand Park

Thursday, August 8: Thursday Night Sessions featuring Subsuelo @ RG Club (CANCELED)

Thursday, August 8: Afro Funke featuring Atropolis @ Zanzibar (weekly Thursdays)

Friday, August 9: Muvuca featuring DJ Gozar, DJ Potira, Jose Marquez & more @ Bootleg

Sunday, August 11: Sunset Club with Canyon Cody (Subsuelo), Paul Devro (Mad Decent) & more @ The House of Gods

Sunday, August 11: Brasilia baile funk with DJ Potira @ Agaves Bar (weekly Sundays)

Wednesday, August 21: Subsuelo @ East Side Luv (every 3rd Wednesday)

Thursday, August 22: Cloud City with Canyon Cody (Subsuelo), Derek Beres @ Bar Copa (every 4th Thursday)

Las Cafeteras Teaser of Luna Lovers & Special World Premiere!


(Update 8/8/13: Here is the online premiere of the video on LA Weekly. You can catch them next at the Peace Over Violence graduation ceremony at CARECEN on Friday, 8/9.
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: Here is the RSVP link for the special premiere event by Las Cafeteras and Mucho Music for Luna Lovers video on Tuesday, August 6, at the Vincent Price Art Museum in East LA! This is a can’t miss event!)
Looks like East LA artivists Las Cafeteras have a real treat in store with their next music video with elaborate costumes & storyline befitting their enchanting song Luna Lovers. At their live performances, while their rousing anthem, La Bamba Rebelde, gets audiences jumping on their feet, Luna Lovers is a sweet ballad that has crowds swooning and I can’t wait to see it. Enjoy the sneak preview and just announced on their Facebook page, if you sign up for their newsletter on their site tonight, you’ll be one of the first to receive a link in the morning to RSVP to a very special, intimate world premiere event! Space is limited so sign up quick!

Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival July 31-August 4


The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival returns in its 5th year featuring the latest indie film talent from Brazil. Talize Sayegh, the founder, is passionate about bringing the newest voices in Brazilian cinema to the forefront here in Hollywood, building bridges between the 2 influential hubs of film-making and showing insightful films that reflect a country and culture that is ever-changing and fast-growing. With Brazil dominating the global news lately and the social transformation that is taking place, it’s a great opportunity to see how independent Brazilian cinema is reflecting the dynamic diversity, changing times and social consciousness of the country.

This year’s festival honors Anna Muylaert, one of Brazil’s most prominent and prolific filmmakers. Her films will open the festival with the international premiere of While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Além de Tudo Me Deixou Mudo o Violão) on Thursday, July 31, and close out the festival with Durval Records (Durval Discos), a cult favorite on Sunday, August 4. The festival features fiction, documentary and short films, many of them making their West Coast or US premieres, and there is a special spotlight on new Portuguese cinema too. All public screenings take place at the Egyptian Theater and are completely FREE. There are a limited number of tickets for purchase to the opening night gala on Wednesday, July 31, which will include a live performance by Brazilian samba dancers and a surprise guest from Brazil and the closing night awards gala on Sunday, August 4. Click below for the lineup and trailers and here is the full schedule.

Documentary    Fiction     Short

Awareness Film Festival July 25-28

remIn its 4th year, the Awareness Film Festival takes place each summer in Los Angeles and runs Thursday, July 25, through Sunday, July 28, at venues conveniently located in and around downtown Santa Monica. The Awareness Film Festival’s motto is “Films That Do More Than Entertain” and its mission is bringing awareness and to open eyes to some of our world’s pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit. They showcase both Documentary and Narrative Features, as well as Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements.​ They have filmmaker Q&A’s, filmmaker Panels, as well as conscious art and music.​​​​​ ​​The Awareness Film Festival was formed by Heal One World, a non-profit charity. This Festival is also a fundraiser for Heal One World​​. Any net profits from this event will go completely to charity, including their partner organizations.

Here are just some of the many compelling films covering a wide range of issues at the festival. You can see the full schedule here:

THU 7/25     FRI 7/26     SAT 7/27     SUN 7/28

3+ Subsuelo Parties this Week June 19-22!

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Subsuelo just got done celebrating their 2nd anniversary last month and within the last year, they’ve quickly grown from an underground monthly event in a small intimate bar in Boyle Heights to throwing big special events with partners like Mad Decent and Nickodemus. The Subsuelo crew have a quickly growing, glowing reputation for collaborating with other great artists to create something genre-defying and with such a unique blend of world-crossing music all in one night, it’s no wonder they seem to be everywhere in LA these days! If you thought 3 Subsuelo parties in one month was intense — can you handle THREE+ of THEM…this WEEK?!? (Why the +? Keep reading….)

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20 Feet From Stardom: Must See History of the Black Backup Singers behind all the Iconic Songs – Opens June 14 Weekend with special Q&As!


20 Feet From Stardom is a new documentary that is a poignant, heartbreaking and well-deserved celebration of the backup singers behind the most iconic popular rock and pop songs and the legendary bands they supported. The film traces the history of the huge impact these talented, yet unknown black female singers made to the music and the bands millions of people know so well. Their voices are instantly recognizable but the stories of their contributions to music as well as the sacrifices they made both professionally and personally are untold until now.

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