NY Latino Fest Honors "Hunting," "OT" and "Salsero"
by Eugene Hernandez
The 4th New York International Latino Film Festival concluded on Sunday with an awards ceremony as the event came to an end. Joseph Menendez' "Hunting of Man" won the event's top award, the prize for best picture. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize from sponsor Fleet Bank and Kodak Vision film for his next movie. Described as "a cautionary tale about a man who tries to keep his volatile kid brother from further advancing a vicious cycle of vengeance," the film was written and directed by Menendez.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy's doc "OT: Our Town," about a Compton, CA high school's staging of "Our Town" as its first theatrical production, has been a hit on the festival circuit since its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year.
Steve Carrillo's "Platanero Salsero" won the award for best vanguard short film at this year's fest. It is described as the story of "a plantain vendor (who) decides to find a balance between the small fortune he is winning from his beautiful numbers runner and his true way of existence."