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Contact: Victor Payan, Director, victor@masamedia.org, 619-701-0073, www.ocfilmfiesta.org

September 9, 2016

7th OC Film Fiesta Opens Oct. 13 at Bowers Museum

2016 Fest Features Juan Gabriel Tribute, Bolivian Spotlight, Guatemala’s IXCANUL, Female Icons of Silent Cinema, Great Docs, Pop Up Screenings and Parties!

(Santa Ana, CA) The OC Film Fiesta returns Thurs., Oct. 13 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana with a celebration featuring a tribute to Mexican music legend Juan Gabriel with special guests, admission to the new Virgen de Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico exhibit, the Bowers’ Thirsty Thursday happy hour, and a festive afterparty at the Green Parrot Villa. Early Bird Festival Passes are available online at www.ocfilmfiesta.org.

Now in its 7th the OC Film Fiesta is a cinematic celebration of Orange County’s diversity and multicultural heritage. This year’s festival runs from Oct. 13-29 and features a stellar line-up of amazing feature films, award-winning documentaries, stunning animation and fun Pop Up Community Screenings.

The festival starts on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Bowers Museum, with the Mexican musical sensation ¿Que le dijiste a Diós?, an engaging comedy that features songs by Juan Gabriel as well as an onscreen appearance by the beloved music legend, who passed away earlier this year.

“We wanted to start this year’s festival by honoring Juan Gabriel, an artist who meant so much to our community and who made his mark in film, as well as music,” says Victor Payan, Director of Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA), which produces the festival.

Proceeds from the Film Fiesta help support MASA’s free youth media programs, the OC Teen Cinema Camp and the Youth Murals and Media Class.

¿Que le dijiste a Diós? features a special onscreen appearance by Juan Gabriel and stars Erika de la Rosa (Eva La Trailera), Mark Tacher (Abismo de Pasión), Mar Contreras (High School Musical: El Desafio Mexicano) and recording star Victor Garcia. The film’s director Teresa Suarez and special guests will be in attendance.

In addition to this wonderful film, the Opening Night Celebration includes admission to the Bowers’ phenomenal new Virgen de Guadalupe: Images in Colonial Mexico exhibit, which features objects from the Basilica de Guadalupe and other top collections in Mexico City, including a reliquary that contains a piece of the original Juan Diego tilma from 1531.

The evening also features the Bowers’ Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour at Tangata, which runs from 5-8pm, for those who want to start the celebration early and enjoy specialty cocktails and appetizers before the film.

After the screening, the festivities continue at the romantic Green Parrot Villa, located directly across the street from the Bowers.

“We really wanted to start this year’s Film Fiesta with a community celebration,” says Payan, “and we’ve worked hard to put together a lineup that is exciting, engaging and highlights Santa Ana’s vitality and Orange County’s diversity.”

Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA), which produces the festival, received funding from the California Arts Council this year, and this will help expand the festival to focus on communities throughout Santa Ana, including North Main Street, where the Bowers is located.

“We will be adding some fun elements to the festival, such as Pop Up Community Screenings, more workshops, stars, premieres and discounts to local restaurants for festival pass holders,” says Payan.

In addition to the opening night screening, the Film Fiesta returns to the Bowers for two special evenings. On Thursday, Oct. 20, the festival will feature a free screening of the powerful documentary, Code Name: Butterflies in conjunction with OC Libraries and The Big Read. This is the incredible story of the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic who, in the 1950’s, opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and created a movement to resist his power. The Mirabal sisters are the real-life subjects of Julia Alvarez’s acclaimed novel, In The Time of the Butterflies.

On Saturday, October 29, the OC Film Fiesta and the Bowers team up for a tribute to Strong Female Icons of Silent Cinema, including WARAWARA, Bolivia’s only surviving silent feature, Tepeyac, a 1917 Mexican silent film about the Virgen de Guadalupe with live musical accompaniment by Camerata Santa Ana, and Carl Dreyer’s classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, with live musical accompaniment by George Sarah.

Other festival highlights include a tribute to master Bolivian filmmaker Jorge Sanjinés featuring his 1966 classic UKAMAU and his 1989 masterwork La Nación Clandestina, which are both filmed in Aymara and will be presented with subtitles.

The Film Fiesta is also proud to present the OC Premiere of IXCANUL, the new critically acclaimed Guatemalan film, which is the first feature shot entirely in Quechua.

The Film Fiesta will also feature a selection of films in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in OC, including a classic Mexican film and selection of animated shorts for children.

Lovers of documentaries will also be delighted at this year’s Film Fiesta offerings, which include Trisha Ziff’s Ariel Award-winning documentary The Man Who Saw Too Much, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker John J. Valadez’s new film The Head of Joaquin Murrieta, Renee Tajima-Peña’s eye-opening No Más Bebés and Tadashi Nakamura’s stunning Mele Murals, which chronicles acclaimed Hawaiian street artists Prime and Estria as they reconnect with their roots while conducting a community mural project in a Waimea.

The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 N. Main in Santa Ana.

A limited number of Early Bird Festival Passes are available for $60 online at www.ocfilmfiesta.org. For more information festival passes, tickets, special events and other information, visit www.ocfilmfiesta.org or www.masamedia.org or email victor@masamedia.org. Schedule subject to change.

For Partnership and Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA) Director Victor Payan at victor@masamedia.org or 619-701-0073.

The OC Film Fiesta is produced by Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA), a project of Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Proceeds benefit MASA’s free youth media programs, the OCTeen Cinema Camp and the Youth Murals and Media Class. Support for the OC Film Fiesta is provided by the California Arts Council, Mexican Consulate in OC, Bowers Museum, City of Santa Ana, OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Green Parrot Villa, Arts OC, Stay Connected OC, Pocharte, Cervantes Publishing Company/Miniondas Farandula USA, OC Gente, United Artists of Santa Ana, Ollin Consulting, The Robbins Nest Restaurant and Wine Bar, Casa Mexico Tequila, Monte Xanic Bodega Vinícola and Leona Enterprises.

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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