Latino filmmakers are sure getting tons of attention these days, ever since three top Mexican directors—Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu—scored the sweetest five-picture, $100 million deal in Hollywood last year. The interest in the Latin POV has propelled Calixto Chinchilla’s New York International Latino Film Festival into its current position as the largest urban Latino film event in the nation. Now in its ninth year, the festival is showcasing more than 100 films (which this year include documentaries on Big Pun and Celia Cruz), and it’s also launching the Hola México Film Festival. The actors taking part include John Leguizamo, Harvey Keitel, Laurence Fishburne, Taye Diggs, Wilmer Valderrama, Melonie Diaz, and Jay Hernandez.
July 22-27, 2008