Hay Festival Presents: An Evening of Chicano Films CHICANO ARTIST SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMSPLUS A SPECIAL SHOWING of dance films showcasing Chicano performers. Venue: Noble
Hay Festival Presents: An Evening of Chicano Films
CHICANO ARTIST SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS
PLUS A SPECIAL SHOWING of dance films showcasing Chicano performers.
Venue: Noble Hall at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center
Please note: The visual artists featured in these films have work included in the newly opened Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture.
Go see their work in person if you get a chance. These films are not rated.
Special thanks to Brian McHugh and Juliane Backmann.
SHORT DANCE FILM PROGRAM (from Blaktinx Dance Festival’s Smashcut series):
NI DE AQUÍ, NI DE ALLÁ
Director/Choreographer: Nancy Rivera
This emotionally arresting dance narrative examines the frustration of the pressure to conform to patriarchal dynamics and to social and creative restrictiveness, and the search for freely expressed selfhood, relief and release.
Director/Choreographer: Rosanna Tavares
This tasty and energetic dance piece explores the intersection between the dancer and the public spaces of the street and its sidewalks, stairwells, doorways, and murals.
SHORT ART DOC PROGRAM:
ORALE TRUCHA: THE ART OF JAMIE CHAVEZ
Director: Brian McHugh
Growing up in Echo Park in the 70s and 80s, the pull of gang life exerted its pressure on Jamie Chavez. He was able to find a different path for himself through art. Chavez picked up the thread from his older Chicano mentors to create paintings that are saturated with both the Native American and Chicano sides of his family tree, which he combines in a wholly original way.
THE POPE OF BROADWAY REVISITED
Director: Juliane Backmann
One of Chicano artist Eloy Torrez’ most notable accomplishments is his monumental mural in downtown Los Angeles, The Pope of Broadway, depicting Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn dancing as he did in Zorba the Greek. This film chronicles the restoration of this important mural twenty-three years after it was created.
ROOM OF DELIGHTS AND SURPRISES
Director: Juliane Backmann
This short film packs a lot in a few minutes, moodily exploring the relationship between music and art as different but often interrelated modes of creativity. It features music and artwork by musician/painter Eloy Torrez, with performances from fellow Chicanos Rude Calderon and Joe Hernandez.
Christy Addis-Gutierrez, Hay Cine Curator
Christy has been the Program Director for the Fine Arts Film Festival in Venice, CA for the last three years, and has had the pleasure of viewing hundreds of indie films every year and supporting the filmmaking community. She earned a BFA and an MFA in design, and studied film in New York University’s Graduate Filmmaking program. She worked in the film industry for over a decade, taught art and design to high school and college students, managed numerous public mural projects, and has curated and/or exhibited in a number of fine art shows. A full-time resident of Joshua Tree, Christy enjoys contributing to the area’s vibrant creative community.