THE NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY
HBO, WARNERMEDIA AS LEADING PARTNER, RETURNS
SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2020 WITH THE PREMIERE OF
HBO LATINO’S ‘HABLA NOW’
With a fresh new format of drive-ins and virtual experiences,
the nations’ leading Latino film festival will once again present groundbreaking works by emerging and established Latino content creators
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The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the nation’s premier Latino film festival, and a touchstone of the nation’s thriving multicultural cinematic movement will be held from September 14 – 20, 2020. Through drive-ins held in The Bronx and in-person experiences and virtual programming, this year’s Festival features nearly 75 films representing more than 10 countries, spanning all genres including features, shorts, documentaries, web series and experimental films. NYLFF will open its 21st edition with Habla Now, the fifteenth installment of HBO Latino’s award-winning Habla series. Sometimes funny, often poignant, always truthful, the documentary special will share personal and relatable stories from well-known Latino personalities such as Amara La Negra, Dominican, Singer/Actress/Activist; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Mexican American, Environmental Activist; Laurie Hernandez, Puerto Rican, Olympian; Diane Guerrero, Colombian, Actress; among others.
“Inspired by the resilience of the Latino community, NYLFF is proud to return with a fresh format featuring our first-ever drive-in experiences! We are proud to serve as an important platform for Latino creatives to share culturally relevant stories about intersectionality, diversity, and lived experiences in this country. Gracias to our sponsors for continuing to support our community of content creators and movie-goers. While there’s much learned this year, one thing we can all agree, the culture continues!” said Calixto Chinchilla, Founder of NYLFF.
NYLFF presents the NYC premiere of Charm City Kings, directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written by Sherman Payne, with a story by Chris Boyd & Kirk Sullivan and Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins. The film is produced by Caleeb Pinkett, Clarence Hammond and Marc Bienstock. Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and James Lassiter executive produced. Inspired by the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys, the film follows the journey of fourteen-year-old Mouse who desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. Also, making its NYC premiere at NYLFF is John Leguizamo’s Critical Thinking, the true story of five Latinx and Black teenagers from Miami Jackson Senior High School, located in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Miami, who fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher. FUTURO, NYLFF’s digital series returns with virtual series of talks about social activism, the business of content and a showcase of new web series.
“We are so proud to support The New York Latino Film Festival for another year and to share the latest edition of our beloved Habla series,” said Jackie Gagne, SVP Multicultural Marketing, WarnerMedia. “We remain committed to providing opportunities for Latinx voices of all perspectives and backgrounds, and we look forward to celebrating and elevating this year’s filmmakers through this new format.”
“As a world capital of film that’s home to more than 2.5 million Latinos, New York City is proud to support the New York Latino Film Festival,” said the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo. “Each year, we see the strength, creativity and diversity of New Yorkers reflected in the array of stories and storytellers presented at this amazing festival. Felicidades!”
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