XicanIndie XI

XicanIndie XI

El Centro Su Teatro, in collaboration with the Consulado General de Mexico and the Denver Film Society, proudly presents XicanIndie FilmFest XI: Latino World Cinema, April 2 – 5, 2009 at the Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway in Denver.

What began as a small celebration of independent Chicano filmmaking, has, in a decade’s time, become the foremost Latino film festival in the region. This year’s XicanIndie will feature the Denver premiere of an award-winning and riveting new film from director Alex Rivera, a beloved classic from Mexico’s golden age of cinema, a handful of exciting independent shorts, and a special tribute to legendary movie producer Moctesuma Esparza (The Milagro Beanfield War, Gettysburg, Walkout).

MOCTESUMA ESPARZA will be in attendance this year to accept the XicanIndie Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to American Filmmaking and his dedication to creating opportunities for Latinos in the entertainment industry. Mr. Esparza will be honored during a special opening night reception (April 2 at 6pm) hosted by Denver’s Mexican Consulate. The reception will be followed by the 7:30pm screening of one Mr. Esparza’s latest film projects, AMEXICANO.

Mr. Esparza will also introduce another of his company’s latest projects, SLEEP DEALER, at 7pm on Friday, April 3. Sleep Dealer, by genre-breaking new director Alex Rivera, won two prestigious awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival: the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. Sleep Dealer also earned Rivera the 2008 Amnesty International Film Prize. Sleep Dealer is a haunting immigration tale about worker exploitation in a world of technology gone awry. Sleep Dealer is distributed by Mr. Esparza’s company, Maya Entertainment: http://www.mayareleasing.com/.

Other notable XicanIndie programming includes PROPIEDAD AJENA (The Land of Another), a sexy 2007 thriller about a Mexican woman’s search for her American roots; FLOR SILVESTRE, a classic 1943 film by legendary director Emilio “Indio” Fernandez that mixes love with revolution (starring screen favorites Dolores del Rio and Pedro Armenadriz); and an additional title from Maya Entertainment, AUGUST EVENING

Films and Events in Program...

  • XicanIndie:   CHONES

    XicanIndie: CHONES

    60 min. Digital presentation - From Curandera to Chupacabra: The Stories of Rodolfo Anaya KNME - 26 MIN NO HAY CAMBIO Gareth Dunnet Alcocer - 7 MIN AMERICANA Diego Rodrieguez - 13 MIN SEXTEEN Zaramela 2006 Argentina - 5 MIN IMMIGRANT WORKER Armand Guardiola - 5 MIN... more
  • XicanIndie: AMEXICANO

    XicanIndie: AMEXICANO

    USA , 84 min.
    Director: Matthew Bonifacio 6:00 PM OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY with Moctesuma Esparza in person Legendary Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur Founder MAYA Entertainment XI XicanIndie Life-Time Achievement Award 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT FILM - Amexicano produced by Moctesuma Esparza A low-key, char... more
  • XicanIndie:  FLOR SILVESTRE

    XicanIndie: FLOR SILVESTRE

    Mexico , 1943 , 94 min.
    Director: Emilio Fernandez The revolution of Mexico is the setting for this tragic love story about the daughter of a poor family and the son of a wealthy land owner. Un clasico de los grandes clasicos. Starring Dolores de Rio and Pedro Armenadriz, directed by Emilio “Indio Fernandez with cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa.... more
  • XicanIndie:  PROPIEDAD AJENA


    Mexico , 2007 , 95 min.
    Director: Luis Velez A Mexican American epic. A Mexicana’s search for her roots takes her to San Antonio where the blood memory of past injustice still simmers in a cauldo of love, betrayal and revenge. A special presentation sponsored by Centro Cultural Mexicano and Consulado Mexicano de Denver.

  • XicanIndie: AUGUST EVENING

    XicanIndie: AUGUST EVENING

    USA , 2008 , 127 min.
    Director: Chris Eska 35mm presentation - August Evening follows an aging undocumented farm worker named Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe, as their lives are thrown in upheaval. Lupe is more of a daughter to Jaime than his own children, and the two try to stay together..but change is inevi... more
  • XicanIndie: SLEEP DEALER

    XicanIndie: SLEEP DEALER

    Mexico , 2008 , 90 min.
    Director: Alex Rivera Sleep Dealer is our tomorrow today, a corporation-controlled, militarized near future where the United States has successfully closed its borders. Finally. Through American technology we have developed a capacity, a digital network, to have all the work with none of the workers constructing our buil... more
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