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Que Viva Cine Latino film series continues at Otay Ranch Town Center

Fri, Sep 14 2012 02:16 PM Posted By: Press Release

The sixth annual ¡Que Viva! Cine Latino film series, presenting the very best of Latino documentary and feature films, continues at Otay Ranch Town Center the final two Wednesday evenings this month.

The festival is free and showcases some of the most critically acclaimed Latino productions from the past 12 months, including “Precious Knowledge” (Sept. 19) and the Academy Award nominated “A Better Life” (Sept. 26).

As a bonus, guests will be treated to pre-screening entertainment each week, featuring an assortment of live local Latino musical groups. Screenings take place every Wednesday in September, starting at 6:30 p.m.

All screenings, live music and art will take place at the food pavilion.

In “Precious Knowledge,” disenfranchised high school seniors become academic warriors and community leaders in Tucson’s embattled ethnic studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program. This thought-provoking film won Best Documentary at the San Diego Latino Film Festival in 2011.

A special introduction and question and answer session will be conducted by filmmaker Eren McGinnis. Omo Ache will start off the show.

 Meanwhile, in “A Better Life,” a gardener in East Los Angeles named Carlos (Oscar nominee Demian Bichir) struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had in this moving drama.   

Guitarist Pablo Cantua will perform prior to the film screening.

Media Arts Center San Diego promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists through programs such as the Teen Producers Project and San Diego Digital Stories.

 For more information on Media Arts San Diego or the ¡Que Viva! Cine Latino film series, visit the website at www.sdlatinofilm.com or call 230-1938.

ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR
CALLING HOME E.T.
A newly remastered version of Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will show at the Otay Ranch 12 and Plaza Bonita 14 theaters on Oct. 3 as part of the film’s 30th anniversary celebration. Screening times are 2 and 7 p.m.

Released in 1982, the film was the biggest blockbuster of the year, won four Oscars and is the fourth most successful movie of all time at the domestic box office.

The event will feature the all-new digitally remastered feature film as well as a taped introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets are available at the theaters’ box offices or online at www.FathomEvents.com.

HIGH SCHOOL BAND NIGHT
The San Diego State Aztecs football team will conduct its annual High School Band Night during halftime of its game against North Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Qualcomm Stadium. Kick-off is 5 p.m.

SDSU is coming off a 42-7 non-conference victory against Army in last Saturday’s Fleet Week Classic. Four South County players are rostered on this year’s Aztec football team: junior tight end D.J. Shields (Bonita Vista), sophomore linebacker Andrew Feaster (Eastlake) and freshmen lineman Jonathan Henkel (Otay Ranch) and Nico Siragusa (Mater Dei Catholic).
Shields has appeared in both of SDSU’s two recent bowl games: the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl and 2011 New Orleans Bowl. Feaster played in the New Orleans Bowl.

SWEETWATER DISTRICT ORCHESTRA
The district orchestra’s fall concert will take place Oct. 30 at Chula Vista High School’s new performing arts center.

ONSTAGE PLAYHOUSE
The intimate Chula Vista theater’s next production is “The Sugar Witch,” scheduled Oct. 12 to Nov. 3. The Southern Gothic drama, directed by Rob Conway, is making its San Diego premiere. For more information, visit the website at www.onstageplayhoouse.org or call 422-7787. The theater is located at 291 Third Ave. in downtown Chula Vista.


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