Tue. May 21st, 2024

5th OC Film Fiesta

WEEK 2 OF THE OC FILM FIESTA CONTINUES WITH GREAT FREE FILMS AT THE FRIDA

The 5th OC Film Fiesta continues this weekend with student films, youth robotics doc, award-winning science fiction and steampunk! Don’t miss these great FREE screenings at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27

12 pm Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) Student Showcase
1 pm Underwater Dreams – Inspiring documentary about youth robotics tournee
3 pm Sleep Dealer – Alex Rivera’s modern Sci Fi classic. Q&A with Director

SUNDAY, SEPT. 28

2 pm Around The World in 80 Days – 1956 Cantinflas and David Niven classic

Launched in 2010, the OC Film Fiesta activates Santa Ana’s cultural vitality, promotes community involvement and presents collaborative screenings with local cultural groups, businesses, colleges and the film industry. This year we unite the City of Santa Ana from North to South with screenings in UpTown (The Bowers), DownTown (The Frida Cinema) & SouthTown/SoMa (OC Roller Girls).

All screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ocfilmfiesta.org, email info@ocfilmfiesta.org or call 888-906-0340.

See below for full schedule and film descriptions.

The 2014 OC Film Fiesta is presented by the City of Santa Ana, PRCSA and Produced by Pocharte with support from the Bowers Museum, The James Irvine Foundation, The Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, Santa Ana Business Council, Arts OC, OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Orange County School of the Arts, OCGente.com, Aztec Gold TV, the Frida Cinema, Cervantes Publishing Company, Miniondas Farandula USA, Stay Connected OC, American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, South Coast Rep, Dialogos en Santa Ana, Cafe Con Leche, Teresa’s Jewelers, Para Todos Magazine, Custom Auto Service, SAMU Thai Coconut Water, Diego’s Restaurant, Mega Furniture, United Artists of Santa Ana, OC Roller Girls, Abrazo Productions, Latino Health Access and the Green Heart Families Park and Community Center. Graphics by AztecGold. E-mail: info@ocfilmfiesta.org.

2014 OC FILM FIESTA, WEEK 2 SCHEDULE AND FILM DESCRIPTIONS

Sat., Sept. 27
The Frida Cinema
305 E. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
www.thefridacinema.com

12:00 PM – OCSA Student Film Showcase
Dir. By: OCSA Film & Television Conservancy
2013, 60 min., USA

Join us for a selection of some of the best short films from the Orange County School of the Arts Film & Television Conservancy. Presented in association with the Orange County School of the Arts.

Website: www.ocsarts.net

1:00 PM – Underwater Dreams
Dir. By: Mary Mazzio
2014, 86 min., USA

Underwater Dreams is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. This is how it happened! Two energetic high school science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school, a Title I school where most of the students live in poverty, into a sophisticated underwater robotics competition sponsored by the NASA and the Office of Naval Research, among others. Only four boys signed up for the competition, but this rag-tag high school team of undocumented Mexican boys achieved what no one thought possible. Presented in association with the Santa Ana Business Council.

Website: www.underwaterdreamsfilm.com
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FqCO5clKR0

3:00 PM – Sleep Dealer

Dir. By: Alex Rivera
2008, 90 min., USA

Sleep Dealer is an award-winning sci-fi thriller packed with stunning visuals and strong social and political themes. Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrant workers cannot cross this new world border – it’s been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America. Memo’s search for a better future leads him to love, loss, and a confrontation with a mysterious figure from his past.

Website: www.sleepdealer.com
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8oSRSzS7M

Sun., Sept. 28
The Frida Cinema
305 E. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
www.thefridacinema.com

2:00 PM Around the World in 80 Days
Dir. By: Michael Todd
1956, 182 min., USA

Fans of Mexican comedy legend Cantinflas won’t want to miss this classic 1957 blockbuster on the big screen. This Academy Award winner for Best Picture stars David Niven, Cantinflas and Shirley MacLaine in a star-studded, globe-circling, romantic adventure based on Jules Verne’s classic novel. When adventurous Englishman Phileas Fogg (Niven) makes an incredible wager that he can circle the globe in eighty days, he embarks on a fantastic journey with his valet (Cantinflas) and encounters high adventure, romance, unending obstacles and daring escapes amidst wondrous and breathtaking scenic beauty. Presented in association with the Santa Ana Business Council.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIcRwUCVeOU

WEEK 3

Sun., Oct. 5

Two Locations!

The Frida Cinema
305 E. 4th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
www.thefridacinema.com

10:30 AM – Television Comedy Workshop with Rick Najera

Join comedian, author and Director of the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, Rick Najera, for a special workshop on how to break into television comedy. Najera, co-creator of the seminal comedy group Latins Anonymous and the long-running Broadway sensation Latinologues, has worked with such top Latino comedy talent as Eugenio Derbez, Sofia Vergara, Gabriel Iglesias and others. Najera is also author of the new book Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood. Learn what it takes to make it in television comedy today from one of the most important Latinos in Hollywood.

Website: www.ricknajera.com

OC Roller Girls Derby Rink
1947 S. Main
Santa Ana, CA 92706
www.ocrollergirls.com

12:00 – 4:00 PM – Flat Track Around the World

Dir. By: Cynthia Lopez
2013, 20 min., USA

Special Sneak Peek of Flat Track Around The World, a documentary series exploring the transformational power of the world’s fastest-growing sport: women’s roller derby. In only seven years, derby has exploded from a handful of leagues in the U.S. to 1300 leagues in 40 countries. Women the world over are choosing to defy traditional institutions and buck convention to play derby, and many are finding it to be profoundly life-changing. This series, co-produced by derby player Juvie Hall and filmmaker Cynthia J. Lopez, takes viewers on an epic world-wide roller derby adventure to several diverse countries to explore the heart of this global movement. Presented in association with OC Roller Girls and the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association.

Website: www.flattrackaroundtheworld.com
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/45729546

2014 OC Film Fiesta Sponsors

The 2014 OC Film Fiesta is presented by the City of Santa Ana, PRCSA and Produced by Pocharte with support from the Bowers Museum, The James Irvine Foundation, The Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, Santa Ana Business Council, Arts OC, OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Orange County School of the Arts, OCGente.com, Aztec Gold TV, the Frida Cinema, Cervantes Publishing Company, Miniondas Farandula USA, Stay Connected OC, American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, South Coast Rep, Dialogos en Santa Ana, Cafe Con Leche, Teresa’s Jewelers, Para Todos Magazine, Custom Auto Service, SAMU Thai Coconut Water, Diego’s Restaurant, Mega Furniture, United Artists of Santa Ana, OC Roller Girls, Abrazo Productions, Latino Health Access and the Green Heart Families Park and Community Center. Graphics by AztecGoldTV. E-mail: info@ocfilmfiesta.org.

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