Puro Pinche’s Guide to #CineFestival

Puro Pinche’s Guide to #CineFestival

The LONGEST Latino Film Festival in the country is right HERE en San Antonio.

We’re letting you know which films are a MUST see and how to party at this 8-day Film Fest the #PuroPinche way.

Luckily for all of us, tickets to each film at #CineFestival only costs around $8-12. You can also JUST shmooze with the filmmakers and crew in the VIP lounge that includes complimentary food & drinks every night for only $10.

Purchase a whole festival pass for all 8 days INCLUDING access to the VIP lounge for only $75!

Single tickets, festival passes, and VIP Lounge passes available here.

Puro Pinche has hand-picked the hippest flicks for you to check out (and we’ve even told you which type of friends to bring along) so you can tweet, Instagram and Facebook the coolest Latino Film Fest to all your friends nationwide. Ladies and Gents, the 36th Annual #CineFestival!
Don’t forget to #keepitpuro while you’re there!


Saturday, February 22nd – Opening Night

Opening Night: Documentary – Cesar’s Last Fast

(The only CineFestival Film to also be screened at Sundance 2014)



Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee, USA, 2014, 100 min

In 1988 United Farm Worker activist Cesar Chavez began a 36-day fast to call attention to toxic pesticide use on crops, a dubious practice that threatened the environment, the food itself, and the lives of the field workers. Growers disputed the connection; unexplained cancer clusters argued otherwise. The fast drew national attention, especially during its closing days, when the very health of Chavez hung dangerously in the balance. Using never-seen-before archival footage detailing an insider’s view of Cesar’s fast, directors Richard Perez and Lorena Parlee combine the powerful footage with interviews and historical photographs to tell the life story of the famed UFW co-founder, and his importance to American history. Featuring you-are-their first-person testimonies by UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, writer/director Luis Valdez, Martin Sheen and many others.

This will be the first screening of the film after its triumphant 2014 Sundance Film Festival World Premiere.

Q&A with Director after the screening.



Sunday, February 23

Roll with your homies…

12 p.m.

Documentary:  Everything Comes From The Street



Alberto López Pulido, USA, 2013, 56 min.

Everything Comes From the Streets captures the early history of lowriding over three decades between the 1950s and 1980s in San Diego, California, and the surrounding borderlands. The documentary features the women and men who shaped and influenced the unique car customizing scene in the Chicano community, defined by self-expression and cultural ingenuity. Everything Comes From the Streets is a history that traverses politics, self-preservation and resilience, the emergence of critical spaces such as historic Chicano Park, the Chicano Rights Movement and the U.S.- Mexico border. Our story rejects the belief that lowriding is tied to ‘gang-banging’ and violence -and instead shows lowrider car clubs as an extension of families that affirm and build communities in the colorful and complex fabric of the borderlands of the American Southwest.




Tuesday, February 25

Girls Night Out!

6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Screening.

Co-sponsored by the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center.

Documentary:  Rebel

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Maria Agui Carter, USA, 2013, 75 min.  Director’s Cut.

Loreta Velazquez was a Cuban-born woman who passed herself off as a man to fight for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War. Or so she claims in her 600 page memoir. For over a century, critics have dismissed Velazquez as a hoax. But there is plenty of evidence that proves Velazquez right. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she was erased from history? Based on Loreta’s controversial memoir, actors and historians bring this fascinating story to life in a hybrid documentary weaving drama, animation, historical and recreated archival material to unravel the mystery of Loreta Velazquez, soldier, spy, immigrant, and witness. Rebel is a detective story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.

CineFestival will be showing the Director’s Cut and the filmmaker will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.


9:00 p.m. – Documentary:  Las Marthas

WINNER SPECIAL JURY AWARD 2014 San Antonio CineFestival


Cristina Ibarra, USA, 2014, 69 min.  Director’s Cut.  

The elite, invitation-only, Colonial Ball hosted annually by Laredo’s Society of Martha Washington, is the culminating event of the city’s month-long George Washington celebrations. Society daughters, most of them Mexican-American, debut in elaborate colonial gowns ranging in prices up to $30,000, nearly the median family income of this economically challenged border town. Las Marthas follows two of the young debutantes — one a prominent member of Laredo society and the other a newcomer from Mexico — as they prepare for this rite of passage. Visually stunning images of spectacle, dresses, pageantry, and cultural contrasts highlight this fascinating documentary of two young women as they encounter class consciousness, history, tradition, and the demands of school work and how to make the perfect debutante bow without falling over. An exploration of what it means to be “elite” and American in the complex melting-pot of the present-day U.S.

CineFestival will be showing the Director’s Cut and the filmmaker will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

Wednesday, February 26

9:00 p.m. – Chipster’s Paradise (Chicano Hipsters)

Feature: Rezeta

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Fernando Frías, Mexico, 2012.  Winner Best Narrative Feature 2014 Slamdance Festival

A beautiful Albanian model arrives in Mexico City and quickly meets a charming punk rock musician. Their platonic friendship grows at a leisurely pace into an unlikely and freewheeling romance of two opposites, where boy meets girl, they ride about in hipster 10-speeds, and bond over a mutual love of tattoos. The film succeeds wonderfully with an improvised freshness and deceptively causal visual style, all the while deliberately uninterested in the ho-hum conventions of on-screen romances. A promising debut film by first-time director Fernando Frías and some captivating on-screen chemistry between the two non-actor leads — a real-life Albanian model and a real-life Mexican punk rocker.

Unrated but contains nudity, strong language, and sexual situations.

Q&A with Director after the screening.

Friday, February 28

Rockeros Unite!

9:00 p.m.

Documentary:  Los Wild Ones

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Elise Salomon, USA, 2013, 78 min.

Irish ex-pat Reb Kennedy runs the scrappy L.A.- based indie record label Wild Records out of his living room floor. The music is old school rockabilly. The bands mostly Mexican-American. His format strictly vinyl. And while the doc features an insider’s glimpse into the dynamic Latino Rockabilly scene of Southern California and its fascinating throwback details of pompadours, hollow body guitars, and amazing live musical performances that will make you want to dance — Los Wild Ones really tells the poignant story of an unconventional but tight-knit family. In between jubilant gigs, ranging from the neighborhood bar to stadium size music festivals in Europe, the shared and intimately filmed experiences of lost jobs, funerals, alcoholism, and making the month’s rent bond Reb and his beloved bands for life. A true, realistic and contemporary portrait of the joys and struggles of an artist’s life.

Q&A with Director after the screening.

Concert performed by The Rhythm Shakers to follow screening. 


Saturday, March 1

Blogueros, Journalists… This one’s for you!

1:00 p.m.

Documentary:  Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY 2014 San Antonio CineFestival

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Phillip Rodriguez, USA, 2014, 57 min.

A one-hour documentary that examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, middle of the road reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the more radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a white law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to the Latino community, which had sometimes criticized his reporting during his lifetime. Adding to the Salazar mystique is that the details of his killing have been obscured in the ensuing four decades since his death. Directed by the maker of acclaimed documentaries such as Race 2012 and Los Angeles NowRuben Salazar: Man in the Middle features material from recently released files obtained by the filmmaker.

Director will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

Feature:  La Jaula de Oro – BEST FEATURE

8:30 p.m.

WINNER BEST NARRATIVE FILM 2014 San Antonio CineFestival


Diego Quemada-Díez, Mexico, 2013, 108 min.  Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious A Certain Regard Award

Three young Guatemalan teens set off alone to seek a better life in the United States, picking up along the way a Tzotzil indian boy their own age. Facing bandits, corrupt police, kidnappings, and possible death, the travelers hop on a train for their dangerous thousand mile plus journey north. For U.S. audiences used to pat endings, road trips where lessons are learned, and conventional Hollywood storytelling, La Jaula de Oro instead tells an unsettling story of the consequences faced by the migrants we see here everyday. This is naturalistic, raw, and powerfully unsentimental filmmaking from one of Mexico’s group of rising new young directors. Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious A Certain Regard Award, the film features an accomplished ensemble performance from the four young actors.

Unrated but contains brief nudity.

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February 22nd, 2014