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Mar 24

Dear Friends of the Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival

Dr. John Ramirez, RRAFF Director

Please accept my apologies for the long silence regarding 2015 festival plans. It is with deep and sincere regret that I announce there will be no RRAFF in 2015. Personal family health circumstances make it impossible to sustain effective focus on festival coordination. Please keep RRAFF in your prayers and good wishes that I and our cherished Co-Director, Angela Ortíz can be back on track to bring back in 2016 RRAFF’s celebration of our communities’ talented filmmakers and artists.

I already miss terribly the excitement of the planning and know that not seeing and being with all the loyal RRAFF fans and followers this year will be heartbreaking. Until May 2016, I wish you all the very best. Please continue to always support Latino films and continue to make excellent Latino films.

Much love and thanks.
John Ramirez, Executive Director

Feb 06

A Note from Angela Ortíz

Actress Yeniffer Behrens, co-directors John Ramirez and Angela Ortíz

Some of you have asked me about the 2015 RRAFF event and I’m sorry to say I have no answers for you.

I would like you to know that as much as I loved being part of the Rasquache family for the past six years and the last three as co-director—I’ve had to pull back as of this year do to family and personal responsibilities.

I hope you’ll continue to support Dr. John Ramirez and the Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival eleven-year legacy.

Thanks for supporting me during the years with the festival and I hope to see some of you soon. You can always find me at my Se Fija! wedsite.

Angela

Sep 16

A Look Inside “No Good Deed:” Exclusive Conversations with Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba

No Good Deed is a straight-up thriller starring a couple of powerhouse performers: Taraji P. Henson, best known for Person of Interest (we still miss you, Carter!), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the upcoming music/drama Empire, and Idris Elba, the legendary performer from Pacific Rim, Prometheus, the Thor movies, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and of course The Wire. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

Annabelle, The Evil Doll from “The Conjuring,” Gets Her Own Movie

Reposted from our friends over on Amityville Now

Show of hands: how many of us think dolls are creepy? Like the creepiest thing this side of clowns?

Just as we suspected. Everybody.

James Wan and his peeps may not be the most original purveyors of modern cinema-horror, but one thing’s for sure: they deliver the goods, shock chords and jump-out-of-frame boo-cuts included. The newest flick from the House Of Wan is no exception: Annabelle is a spin-off from Wan’s hugely successful haunted-house movie, The Conjuring, and it plays of the familiar but still effective icon of the weird-ass doll. If the full movie is half as good as the trailer, we’ve got a good ’un coming to us in October: Check it out: Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

Juanes to Guest Star on “Jane The Virgin”

Reposted from SeFija!

The Colombian musician was the only Latino artist featured among the hit makers at L.A.’s Made in America concert series during Labor Day Weekend—will also be featured in the upcoming primetime series. The Grammy winner will play a music producer and smooth-talking ladies’ man who considers producing a demo record for Jane’s pop-music obsessed mother Xiomara (Andrea Navedo). Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 02

A Lifelong Journey: Walter Dominguez and Shelley Morrison bring “Weaving the Past” to Light

Reposted from SeFija!

It has taken eleven years, but actress Shelley Morrison and her husband of forty-one years, Walter Dominguez are finally able to share Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery, the story of Dominguez’ own ancestors interwoven with the largely unknown, but important history of Mexico and the U.S. It is a story of tragedy, hope, and discovery that he’s been working towards for his entire life, and especially since his beloved grandfather died in 1973.

A few years ago, Walter decided the time had come to bring the project to fruition—“when the people in your life who have always been there are going or gone.” It was then that he realized it was time to collect his stories and pass them on to the next generation. “You need to let your children know they come from somewhere,” he said, “They didn’t just appear like mushrooms out of nowhere.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

Hulu’s “East Los High” Season 2 Premiere’s July 9

Actres/singer Vivian Lamolli ©2014 Angela María Ortíz S.

Reposted from SeFija!

For the past couple of years original programming has taking off on the web with NetflixHuluAmazonYouTube and others offering shows or series. Some are really good and of course some aren’t, but there’s interest in these new adventures. The ones that are interesting are doing well, like my personal favorite; Netflix’s Orange is the New Black now in its second season and renewed for a third. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 28

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Loud and Explosive

Reposted from SeFija!

For the Transformers fans they’ll be happy, for a new comer like me to the franchise—I enjoyed the film even though it was much longer than I expected.

The fourth picture in the Michael Bay-Paramount CGI 3D blockbuster has made $8.7 since last evening showings in the U.S., they expect it to hit $90 million for the weekend. Take a look at the trailer:

Jun 28

Stars of “Love Story,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Pulp Fiction” & “West Side Story” Speak

Reposted from SeFija!

The Hollywood Reporter has done a cool video of some stars like, Ali MacGraw, Susan Sarandon and Rita Moreno during their photo shoot for their Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films issue.

THR surveyed Studio chiefs, Oscar winners and TV royalty to judge the best movies of all time. Check out the video below and stay till the end.

May 06

Update on this Year’s Film Festival, FUN & SUCCESS!

Best Feature Drama

Best Short

We are very happy with the line we had for this year’s festival

We had over 25 features and shorts…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Documentary

We had a few good workshops, like Film Distribution, The Business of Filmmaking: Avoiding the pitfalls and staying ahead of the curve and a great Directors’ Roundtable

The Awards evening was full of great stories and wonderful acceptance speeches. And the evening ended with lots of networking.

L-r: actor Fidel Vicioso (The House That Jack Built), director Henry Barrial (Feature Drama), producer Melissa Haizlip (Best Short), actress Laura Patalano (You’re Dead to Me), Carlos Carrasco (Career Achievement Award), Marlene Forte (Pioneer Award), RRAFF co-director Angela Maria Ortiz S. (Se Fija! publisher), RRAFF director John Ramirez, Douglas Spain (Trailblazer award) artist Yolanda Gonzalez (Vision Award) and not shown is Edgar H. Alvarez (Best Documentary) Photo courtesy of Douglas Spain

 

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