Closing Night Party – San Diego Latino Film Festival

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The 22nd San Diego Latino Film Festival concluded with a blast at the Closing Night Party! This year the party was held at Rooftop600 at Andaz in downtown San Diego. It was a fun evening, with hundreds of Festival attendees, staff, volunteers, and movie actors, directors, and producers. Guests enjoyed live music Continue reading

Preparing for Fashion Show – Friday at SD Latino Film Festival

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Friday evening, we met with the San Diego Latino Film Festival event planner, Pilar Kuri, to review the script and do a walk through of the stage. We met outside the AMC 18 Movie Theater at Fashion Valley where the Film Festival was being held. While we were there, we greeted some attendees and I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this cute family Continue reading

The Divergent Series: Insurgent In Theaters Today

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This week I went to private movie screening of The Divergent Series: Insurgent. This is the second installment of the trilogy novel, written by Veronica Roth. I saw the first movie, Divergent, and was looking forward to seeing this installment! My friend Javier Tirado joined me for the screening and we made a fun evening out of it, Continue reading

Selma – Not Just A Movie, An Educational Experience

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As you probably noticed by now, I like going to the movies! My schedule is busy, so I can usually only fit in one movie screening per week, on a good week that is! Which means, I have to be selective of which movies I go see. Last week, I went to see Selma. I was so moved by the movie, that as we were leaving the theater, I started to type my comments about the movie on social media. Then, I remembered I had to wait until the movie opened in theaters to post about it. It was hard to contain myself. Selma is a movie that is not only entertaining and well produced, it is based on history and a significant time for civil rights in our country. The movie chronicles the campaign for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is a powerful movie, it had to be, because it tackles some difficult times in the civil rights movement, the injustices some had to endure, discrimination, and racism. It stays on topic, but also gives us a glimpse into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a man, a person, his feelings and how many personal sacrifices he made to lead and continue the fight for social justice.

I am not one to go to the movies to critique the production, I usually go for the entertainment and fun of going to the movies. Selma, is not only entertaining, it is also an educational experience. I was so moved by the movie, that at times I had tears in my eyes, as did my friend that was watching the movie with me. It made me reflect. I left the theater thinking this was such an educational movie, that students would benefit from watching it. Today, I was glad to learn that leaders in the African American community of New York united to raise funds to allow students from 7th, 8th, & 9th grade to attend the movie for free. In New York, 27 leaders, raised enough money for 27,000 New York students to see the film for free at participating theaters. The New York City effort sold out in the very first weekend and was expanded to 75,000 free tickets for students! Business and community leaders in other cities followed New York’s example, and within a few days it was confirmed that Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Sarasota, and Westchester would also be offering students the opportunity to watch the movie for free. Additional cities are getting organized and will be announced this Wednesday, January 14.

Selma won a Golden Globe Award for Best Song (“Glory” by Common & John Legend) and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. For me, the movie carries a very personal message and I am glad thousands of students across the country will have the opportunity to view it. To learn more about the movie and where students can go see it for free, go to: Selma Movie. To help get the word out about this program for students, tweet using the hashtag #SelmaForStudents. If you haven’t seen the movie trailer, I posted it below, along with some pictures from the film and the Golden Globe Post Party held by Paramount Pictures.

Have you seen Selma or do you plan to go see it? Were you familiar with what occurred in Selma prior to this movie coming out?

Hugs,

Paola

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Pictures from the Golden Globes Post Party held by Paramount Pictures at The Beverly Hilton:

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DVD for the Holiday: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Hi friends,

Hope you are enjoying your Fourth of July holiday! We are relaxing at home today, while I catch up on the blog. Later on, we’ll meet my sister, brother-in-law, & the boys to head to see fireworks in Eastlake.  I am excited to see them!

This long weekend, is ideal for watching a movie or getting a DVD to watch in the comfort of home. Recently, I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and it is a movie that made  me reflect! First of all, I like Ben Stiller and think he is an entertaining actor. Ben plays Walter Mitty, he also produced and directed the movie. The movie takes you through what begins as Walter’s ordinary life, transformed by some amazing trips. The changes he makes are somewhat forced on him due to changes at the company where he works. It also includes a romantic story with his Kristen Wiig. And of course, I have to mention that there is a  brief part by Sean Penn, he always seems like Mr. Cool, ha! Overall, it is an entertaining, feel good movie, with some amazing locations! I liked it more than I had expected to, which is always a nice surprise. It is rated PG, making it a good option for the entire family.

We rented the movie at Red Box and enjoyed watching it at home. You can watch the movie trailer here: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Will you be watching any movies this weekend? Do you recommend any good DVD movies you’ve seen recently?

Hugs,

Paola

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Red Carpet Pictures: Cesar Chavez Premiere

Hi friends,

Hope you enjoyed the Cesar Chavez holiday! Did you see the Cesar Chavez: An American Hero movie this weekend?  I was out of town Friday & missed the Cesar Chavez Red Carpet Premiere in San Diego. I heard from friends that it was a success, congratulations to the organizing committee! Here’s a link  to great photos of the event : www.creativeimagesphoto.smugmug.com (once at the site, click on browse & galleries) from photographer Memo Cavada. You can tell it was a wonderful event!

How did you celebrate the Cesar Chavez holiday? Did you work today or was it a holiday for you?

Hugs,

Paola

ESPANOL:
-Disfrutaron el dia Conmemorativo de Cesar Chavez hoy? Vieron la pelicula Cesar Chavez: An American Hero este fin de semana? El viernes estuve fuera de la ciudad y me perdi el Estreno de Alfombra Roja de la pelicula Cesar Chavez en San Diego. Mis amistades me dijeron que fue un exito! Felicidades al comite organizador. Aqui les comparto un link a fotos del evento:  www.creativeimagesphoto.smugmug.com (ya que estan en la pagina, opriman en browse y galleries) tomadas por fotografo Memo Cavada. Se ve que fue un evento divertido!

Como celebraron el Dia Conmemorativo de Cesar Chavez? Trabajaron o descansaron?

Un abrazo,

Paola

Cesar Chavez Red Carpet Premiere

Cesar Chavez Red Carpet Premiere (courtesy of Memo Cavada)