2018 Program


Friday, April 20

Gallery Opening
Curated by Ruben Esparza
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday, April 21

'Honoring Our Own' Shorts Program
2:30 pm - 3:40pm
Q&A w/filmmakers

Director: Gregorio Davila
Producer: Mario J. Novoa

Ode to Abuela. USA, 10 min.
Director: Henry Alberto
"Ode to Abuela" follows the journey of Angel, a young man trekking across landscapes to scatter his grandmother's ashes. Angel is determined to both celebrate and grieve the passing of his beloved "Abuela" at once.

Honoring the Late Juan Gabriel. USA, 4 min.
Director: Yezmin Villareal
Mini-doc about Juan Gabriel impersonators.

Silvia in the Waves (2018), 13 min.
Directed by Giovana Olmos
The course of mourning carries Silvia, a 40 year old trans woman, and her family through the waves of memory and rebirth, death and survival.

Anonymous, 6 min.
Director: Diana Torres
An experimental animation about the cycles of violence in Colombia and how specifically women's bodies become spoils of war.

'Latinx en Accion!' Shorts Program
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Bad Conchas, 17 min.
Directors: Cole Santiago and Nance Messineo
A queer dyke living in Echo Park hustles to make ends meet while hooking up with as many girls as possible.

Reset. Mexico, 20 min.
Director: Rodrigo Martín Jaffe
The younger brother from a family will have to find a way to return his older sibling’s personality that was taken from him by Reset’s treatment, hired by his mother.

Directors: Rosa Navarette and Patricia Zamorano
A young Chicana in Boyle Heights faces her inner demons to become the new matriarch of her family. Spoken word weaves this world together. Present, future, and past collide as this experimental visual poem unfolds, showing Patie transform in to a hero in her own story.

Quedate Callado, 1 min.
Director: Edwin Alexis Gomez
Two friends with a secret find an honest moment on the beach at sunset.

Familia (2018), 17 min.
Directors: Kase Pena and Marlene Forte
A transwoman navigates life despite having a pesky neighborhood teenage boy in love with her, an insincere married lover, and a family that demands financial support.

Juan Gabriel Is Dead. US Premier, 15 min.
Director: Tavo Ruiz
On the day famous Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies, best friends Beto and Daniel will redefine their friendship. Daniel imagines how his day would be if he were a girl. Maybe this way his feelings toward Beto would be seen as normal.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Courtyard Performance - Renny Juanga
6:45 pm - 7:00 pm

STARZ Original Series VIDA
2 Episodes
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Q&A following screening)

After Party w/ DJ Lancia
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday, April 22

Welcome & Lunch
1:00 pm

Self Defense Workshop
1:30 pm

'Sacred Journeys' Shorts Program
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

SHALA. Brazil, 11 min.
Directed by João Inácio
Shala is a story about Pedro, a young boy living in an orphanage in Amazon who has a hard time being adopted because of several prejudices, which include the cruel indifference of adoptive parents towards children in his age group. The boy creates situations to draw the attention of adoptive parents, while at the same time creating an imaginary friendship with his only toy, a doll named "Shala".

Mariposa. USA | OAKLAND, 17 min.
Directed by Candy Guinea
A couple confronts the physical and emotional challenges of trying to get pregnant all while being queer.

A Force of Nature (2017) USA | Los Angeles, 9 min.
Directed by David Rodriguez
A broken-hearted young man overcome with grief over the ending of his relationship goes on a healing journey of self-discovery to the Sequoia National Forest and finds himself haunted by the memories of his first love through an interpretive dance sequence, ultimately learning forgiveness and self acceptance.

Silvia in the Waves (2018), 13 min.
Directed by Giovana Olmos
The course of mourning carries Silvia, a 40 year old trans woman, and her family through the waves of memory and rebirth, death and survival.

Undocumented Tales Episode 5. USA, 15 min.
Directed by Armando Ibanez
Fer feels jealous of Simon's mother. Fer siente celos de la madre de simon.

Amigas with Benefits. USA, 11 min.
Directed by Adelina Anthony
Amigas with Benefits is a short dramedy about an elderly bride-to-be, Lupita. She is finally living her truth and is on the verge of marrying her love, Ramona. But on their special day, an uninvited guest rudely disrupts the ceremony. It takes moral courage and a far-fetched plan for the couple to find a way back to their freedom to be happy.

Finding Your Voice Workshop
3:30 pm

Making Your Own Short Film Workshop
4:00 pm

Music & Dance
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Los Angeles LGBT Center
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place 
Los Angeles, CA 90038


Friday, April 20
Saturday, April 21
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