Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dia De Los Muertos Film Preview in San Francisco

I am so excited! What a wonderful opportunity to support the arts, independent films, and of course Dia De Los Muertos! Last year I was interviewed by these film makers. This is a total grass roots project and I am so glad to see that they are making progress in getting this project off the ground. This Friday, November 19th, they are featuring a preview and fund-raising event. If you are someone you know is in the area, please pass them along this information. Of course, I will be out there too, and would love to meet you there! Saludos!


The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, the filmmakers, and Instituto Conexiones invite you to an evening of reflection on the Mexican Days of the Dead, and how this special tradition is celebrated in San Francisco. On this night we celebrate the veteran artists and organizers who have made the Days of the Dead meaningful for Mission residents, the greater San Francisco community and beyond.

The evening features a work-in-progress sneak peek of the film, Día de los Muertos in San Francisco, an experimental documentary currently in production that follows the history, influences, evolution, elements of, and positive contributions of the Days of the Dead, as they are celebrated in San Francisco.

The stories are told through the voices of cultural workers and artists who have worked tirelessly for years to create a very profound series of cultural events and experiences that nurture communal healing and build community across cultural differences. The film provides timely testimony to positive Latino contributions to the larger U.S. society.

A silent auction & door donations will support the film´s completion.

To donate now towards the film´s completion, click here.

Evening highlights include:

- Meet and join us in thanking the organizers of the Days of the Dead events happening throughout San Francisco during this season each year.

- Open Mic - all are invited to share their music, poems & reflections about what the SF Days of the Dead celebrations have done for them (on camera = a chance to be in the film!)

- Film Preview followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and artists.

- Special silent auction includes limited edition Posada Prints

This event will take place in the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Gallery on one of the last days of their beautiful Día de los Muertos 2010 altars exhibit - this year themed ¨Death Becomes You/La Muerte Eres Tú,¨curated by Maurizzio Hector Pineda.

Don´t miss this special San Franciscan gathering!


Honorary Hosts & Guests

Herminia Albarrán Romero, Traditional Artist (5th Generation)

Adrian Arias

Miguel Antonio Perez, Marigold Project Organizer

Nancy Charraga, Casa Bonampak

Maica Folch, Marigold Project Organizer

Carolina Ponce de León, Galería de la Raza

Jennie E. Rodríguez, The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, San Francisco Symphony

Patricia Rodríguez, Artist & Art Consultant

Michael Roman, Artist

Miguel Angel Quintana, Poblano Artist

Yolanda Garfias Woo, Anthropologist-Artist

René Yañez, SOMArts Cultural Center

Victor Mario Zaballa, Artist


Host Committee

Elizabeth Addison, Artist

Jessica Anello, Instituto Conexiones

Susana Aragón, Visual Artist

Debra Bok, SOMArts Cultural Center

Elena Castanon, Wikreate

Elizabeth Choe, Host Committee Chair

Colette Crutcher

Annamarta Dostourian, Artist & Art Instructor

Candi M. Farlice, Artist

deCoy Gallerina, Performance Installation Artist

Oscar Granados, Instituto Conexiones

aManda Greene, Instituto Conexiones

Bjorn Heinbach, Visual Artist

José León, Futuro Picante

Bruno Lopez, Artist

Ytaelena Lopez, Artist

Yoli Manzo, Mixed Media Artist

Juliet Flower MacCannell, Writer, Artist, Teacher

Patricia Montgomery, Artist

Glorian Newton, Instituto Conexiones

Harlow Salvador Newton, Tico Guide Travel

Lissa Newton, Instituto Conexiones

Carla Oden, Day of the Dead Artist

Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Exhibit Curator

Chris Provost, Musician & Event MC

Brenda Rasmussen, Spirited Artist

Denise Richards, Academy of Art University

Veronica B. Rojas, Visual Artist

Amy Seidman, Incredible Places

Shizue Seigel, Artist & Writer

Lourdes Suncin, Instituto Conexiones

Sunny, Instituto Conexiones

Lia Tealdi, Doll Artist

Dorota Walczyk, Instituto Conexiones

Jason Wallach, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Rio Yañez, Visual Artist & Curator


Partners & Collaborators

Branca Nitzsche Photography

Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco

Casa Bonampak

Galería de la Raza

Incredible Places

Instituto Conexiones

The Marigold Project

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

New World Prints

Nomad Printing & Services

SOMArts Cultural Center

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl


The Filmmakers

Manuel Arias, Director of Photography

Christian Figueroa, Film Director

Kimberly María Newton, Executive Producer

Instituto Conexiones, Production Partner


RSVP for this event on Facebook - click here


Gloria said...

Sounds like it was a very fun event Yoli. I hope you had a great time. Thx for stopping by my blog and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too. Enjoy and take care.

rebecca said...

hola mi amor,
dia de lo muertos was soulful.
but yoli, it's the first of december now!!!
come on over and join us.
we are posting a virgin a day until the dec. 12 when we celebrate the virgin of guadalupe's feast day.

come, bring your sweet self and all your virgin loving friends.