The Maya Indie Film Series kicks off a seven city tour of The Best in Latino Themed Cinema in New York City July 29. “Seven Films, Seven Days, Seven Cities” will go from NY (July 29-Aug 4) to Los Angeles and Chicago (July 29), San Antonio and San Diego (Aug 5), Dallas (Aug 12), Miami (Sept 9) and San Francisco (Sept 16). In an effort to celebrate multicultural cinema and expand the marketplace for these films, the series (in its third year) “strives to provide quality cinema made by the creative forces within the growing Latino entertainment community,” says Maya CEO Moctesuma Esparza.
Among the seven films are: Sundance favorite “All She Can,” from director Amy Wendel in an exclusive one-week run, about a high schooler who competes in a state powerlifting championship with hopes of earning a scholarship for college; Jose Joffily’s immigration drama “Blue Eyes,” Bigas Luna’s starlet tale “Di Di Hollywood,” “Without Men” starring Eva Longoria, and Mark Ruffalo’s “Sympathy for Delicious.” Complete lineup and details below:
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ALL SHE CAN
Director: Amy Wendel Cast: Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez (La Mission), Joseph Julian Soria, Julia Vera Synopsis: Luz Garcia, a high school senior in a small Texas town, wants something different than the options awaiting her after graduation. She’s earned a ticket out with admission to the University of Texas at Austin, but she can’t afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship. It’s all or nothing for Luz…until nothing stares her in the face. Official Sundance Film Festival selection.
Director: Jose Joffily Cast: David Rasche (Burn After Reading), Frank Grillo (The Gates), Erica Gimpel (Profiler, ER), Irandhir Santos, Cristina Lago Synopsis: Marshall, chief immigration officer of New York’s JFK Airport begrudgingly faces his compulsory retirement. On his last day of work, drunk and blinded by prejudice, he harasses a group of Latin American visitors and exposes them to a series of humiliating events that result in the death of a young Brazilian. Years later, after serving a lengthy prison term and filled with guilt, Marshall goes to Brazil in search of the victims daughter and is guided by a young street-smart woman named Bia.
Director: Bigas Luna Cast: Elsa Pataky (Snakes on a Plane), Peter Coyote (A Walk to Remember), Paul Sculfor, Flora Martinez Synopsis: Di Di Hollywood tells the tale of an actress whose wish for stardom comes at a heavy price. Her name is Diana Diaz, a young woman with a wild yet familiar dream: to become a star. And to win it all, she is willing to lose herself. Tired of working nights as a bartender, Diana finally decides to leave her homeland, her best friend Maria, and all of the bad memories Spain holds for her. She heads out for the bright lights of Miami, and despite its glamorous first impression, this new paradise proves anything but. Fed up with casting calls, hunger, and near-poverty, Diana continues to push forward, and with the help of new friends, makes it out to Hollywood. As Diana Diaz transforms into Di Di, the once ambitious bartender truly learns the price of stardom. Official Toronto International Film Festival selection.
Director: William Wedig Cast: Manny Perez (Courage Under Fire), David Castro (27 Dresses), Margo Matrindale (Orphan), Jaime Tirelli (Girlfight).Synopsis: Set in the cold and rusty steel mill town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Forged follows Chuco (Manny Perez) on his quest to redeem himself after committing a horrific sin against his son, Machito (David Castro). After Chucos release from prison, the boy, now 13 years old, abused and homeless, seeks him out and simply mutters: You killed my mother. Now I kill you. As Chuco’s guilt and Machito’s need for a father take hold, they must both find a way to move past impossible circumstances to forge a bond that has been forever broken.
WHERE THE ROAD MEETS THE SUN
Director: Mun Chee Yong Cast: Will Yun Lee (Die Another Day), Eric Mabius (Resident Evil), Elsa Pataky (Snakes on a Plane), Jesse Garcia (La Misma Luna), Laura Ramsey (She’s the Man) Synopsis: Where the Road Meets the Sun follows four men whose lives intersect for a brief time in the city of Los Angeles. Takashi, a Japanese hit man, wakes up from a four-year coma and moves to Los Angeles to escape mysterious traumatic memories. He strikes an unusual friendship with Blake, the hotel manager who still mourns the loss of his wife to an affair he ended up regretting. Julio, an illegal immigrant, works at an Indian restaurant to provide for his wife and kid back in Mexico. He befriends Guy, a young British backpacker who lives off his estranged father’s ATM card and sleeps with any girl who crosses his path. What follows are the wild times and often gut-wrenching adventures of four men trying to survive both emotionally and physically.
Director: Gabriela Tagliavini Cast: Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Christian Slater (True Romance), Oscar Nunez (The Proposal), Kate del Castillo (La Misma Luna), Paul Rodriguez (Born in East LA), Judy Reyes (Scrubs) Synopsis: In this offbeat comedy, the women of a secluded Latin American village are left to rebuild their society after all of the men are recruited by a bumbling group of guerrillas. It may be a man’s world out there, but in here, it’s all woman.
SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS
Director: Mark Ruffalo Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney. Synopsis: Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean (Christopher Thornton) begins his descent into depression when he meets Father Joe Roselli (Mark Ruffalo), a passionate young priest. Father Joe introduces Dean to the world of faith-healing, an unlikely way for him to begin his quest to walk again. He soon discovers that he possesses the otherworldly power to heal people, but in an odd twist of fate, he is utterly unable to heal himself. Despite Father Joe’s warnings, Dean angrily decides to use his newfound gift for fame and fortune. He joins a rock band led by charismatic front man The Stain (Orlando Bloom) with bassist Ariel (Juliette Lewis), and manager Nina Hogue (Laura Linney). But his newfound notoriety is unable to cure the hurt that encompasses his life. To find true healing, Dean must ultimately confront his worst demons and come to terms with his own humanity. Official Sundance Film Festival Selection.