Tuesday, September 27, 2011

8th Corto Circuito Latino Shorts Film Festival Begins, October 6-8, 2011

Who doesn't love films?  This short film festival is well worth a visit!

8TH ANNUAL CORTO CIRCUITO, NEW YORK CITY'S LATINO SHORTS FESTIVAL, PRESENTS FILMS FROM LATIN AMERICA, SPAIN, AND THE UNITED STATES AT KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER, NYU

CORTO CIRCUITO, AN OFFICIAL EVENT OF NYC LATIN MEDIA AND ENTERTAIMENT WEEK - LMEW, BEGINS OCTOBER 6TH, 2011

When: From Thursday October 6 to Saturday October 8, 2011
Hours: Thursday and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2:30, 4: 15, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
Where: King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU. 53 Washington Square South (Bet Sullivan and Thompson Streets)
Trains: A, B, C, E, F, y M to West 4 and 1 to Christopher Street.

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

NEW YORK, N.Y. September 16, 2011 - The eigth annual Corto Circuito, the Latino Short Film Festival of New York, organized by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University (KJCC, NYU) and film programmer Diana Vargas, presents a varied selection of the most acclaimed and influential Latin American, Spain, and U.S. based Latino films. Once again, CortoCircuito was selected by the NYC's Latin Media and Entertainment Commission (LMEC) to be part of its Latin Media and Entertainment Week. The festival runs at the KJCC auditorium from Thursday, October 6 to Saturday October 8, 2011. All foreign language films are English subtitled.

The festival is a fine introduction to some of the most exciting, daring and reflective movies about and from Latin America, Spain and Latinos in the U.S. More than 52 titles will be presented, including award-winning short films in fiction and documentary as well as some experimental works that resist easy classification and push at the boundaries of established structures and formats. "It's always a pleasure to find a story or a narrative form, we haven't seen before and that challenges our role as spectator. Especially coming from directors that -in most cases- are very young," says CC's Director, Diana Vargas.

The selections come from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Peru, Uruguay and, the U.S. "It was difficult to make the final selections this year because there were more submissions than compared to other years," adds Laura Turegano, KJJC's Director Assistant and Festival's Producer.

The festival opens on Thursday October 6th, 7 pm, with the award-winning films: If You Drive at Night, Try to Have Company (Guadalajara Film Festival), The Swimmers (Festival de Cine de La Habana, Cuba), The River (Martil Film Festival), Amar (Animadrid), The Doll's Factory (Madrid en Corto), Sambatown (Festival de Cine de La Habana, Cuba), Our Hospitality (Uruguayan Film Festival), The Crimes (Huesca Film Festival), The Bet (ShortsNon-Stop).


On Friday October 7th, 7, pm, Corto Circuito pays tribute to the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba -EICTV- in its 25 Anniversary. Founded by Fernando Birri, an Argentinean filmmaker, Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize in Literature from Colombia, and Julio García Espinosa, a Cuban filmmaker, the school is considered one of the best of its type in the world. Thousand of students and professionals from more than 50 countries have made of this school a space for a far-reaching cultural diversity, for which is now called The School of All Worlds. This is a special selection of films of different years and styles: Bajo Habana (Terence Piard), El Espino (Theo Court), Maniobra (Ricardo Fontana), I Had a Pig Called Rubiel (Jaime Rosales), A Woman's Body (Clara Albinati), Neighbor (Argenis Mills).

Same day, Corto Circuito presents the most recent films from Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires, a school that has played a central role in creating and supporting the new generation of Argentine filmmakers. The shorts for this program are: The Wedding Party (Martin Morgenfeld & Gaston Margolin), The Inviolability of the Domicile is Based on the Man Who Appears Wielding an Ax at the Door of His House (Alex Piperno), Juku (Mauricio Quiroga, Kiro).

On Saturday, October 8th, 2:30 pm, a program called Being Animated will present a special selection of nine Mexican animations curated by Jorge Magaña, director of ShortsShort Film Festival. Followed by the animated films: Paraíso Terrenal (Tomas Welss, Chile), Tatian The Tree House (Josue Jaramillo, Colombia) and Among the Clouds (Daniel Rodriguez - Daniel del Risco, Costa Rica).

At 4:15 pm, the following participating shorts, that were hand-picked from close to 250 films submitted to the festival this year, will be screened: Do You Remember? (Jorgy Soto, Dominican Republic), Colored Little Pills (Carlos Lux, Guatemala), If Alive (Juliana Fangul, Brazil-Cuba), The Invisible Hour (Pedro Lacerda, Chile), Chance (Tomas Sala, Argentina), Eskwe Means Hummingbird (Monica Mondragon, Colombia), A Shitty Boyfriend (Borja Cobeaga, Spain), Crossroads (Gerardo Merino, Ecuador), Minute 200 (Frank Benitez, Colombia), Convergents (Alejandro Portaz, Spain), Berlin Pata de Perro (Elsye Susquilandia, Ecuador), The Woman with the Grey Bundle (Luis Trapiello, Spain), Don Filemon's Daughter in Law (Gabriel Guzman, Mexico).

The closing program, October 8, 7:30 pm, will feature Talent in the House, shorts by Latino directors living in the United States: Leap Before you Look (Stephane Goldsand), Flycatcher (Camila Jimenez), Gloria sin Ventanas (Pablo Herran), The Flowers Day (Duane Ferguson), No Exit (Diana K. Huerfano), Odysseus Gambit (Alex Lora), A Doctor's Job (Julio Ramos) and When You need Them (Pablo Cubarle).

Corto Circuito is made possible with support from Escuela International de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV); Dirección de Cinematografía, Colombia; Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires; Shorts Shorts Film Festival, Festival Icaro of Centroamérica, Casa Comal Arte y Cultura of Guatemala; Havana Film Festival NY; ICAIC; Telemundo47; Empanadas Café; Enrola TV, LATAM Cinema, Tespis Magazine, and IMCINE, Mexico.

About the LMEW: In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission (LMEC) announced that the Second Annual Latin Media & Entertainment Week (LMEW) will be taking place from Monday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 9th.

The mission of the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission is to establish New York as the leading global economic Latin cultural center and destination. This year, the LMEC proudly releases the first "New York City: The Capital of Latin Media & Entertainment Fact Pack." It compares and contrast New York and other U.S. cities with large Latin populations.

Moreover, it shows data pertinent to New York's Latin population growth, increased educational achievements, biculturalism and bilingualism, use of technology, an array of Latin cultural activities, and growing tourism.

More Info at: www.cortocircuito.us click here/ www.nyu.edu/kjc
All foreign language films are subtitled in English. 

cortocircuitoff@gmail.com . CortoCircuito 2011

Contact: Diana Vargas
917-658-7735 | press@dianavargas.com 

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