La Identidad

By Vanessa Moreno

 

 

My first short “La Identidad” is based on my experience as an immigrant and victim of displacement. I want to showcase this film to aid the lack of recognition women of color have in the filmmaking industry and media. This would benefit many women of color who may face some kind of immigrant daughter guilt like I have, where our own parents do not fully agree on our vision to work in the arts. As a young teenage girl, I want this film to speak to people in any way, and relate to those who have suffered the same as I have.

 

Vanessa Moreno was born in Bolivia and raised in Virginia. She identifies as Boliviana, and immigrant. She moved to the U.S when i was 5 years old and grew up here and has dealt with generational gaps and cultural differences with my own parents and by living here in America. Her goal is to get into the film industry when she get out of college. She is interested in all types of mediums in cinema. Always eager to learn more and more about the film-making world and the experiences from female identifying filmmakers/women of color in specific. She enjoys spending my time watching films on Netflix, always finding herself clicking on the “Latin American” genre of foreign movies. She also adores taking pictures on my free time with my Pentax film camera. Taurus sun, pisces moon, and gemini rising. Twitter. Instagram. Website.

Sala Del Sol

By Melissa Díaz

PERSONAJES: Marisol, Madre, Hija

Una sala del sol adornada con todo tipo de plantas y flores. Hay una pared de vidrio que divide el escenario rectangular en un diagonal. MARISOL, una mujer mayor con un collarín está sentada en una silla de ruedas situada justo en frente de la pared diagonal mirando hacia ‘afuera,’ o la esquina atrás. A su lado hay una mesa vieja, unas sillas, y una puerta. Afuera, es otoño, hay hojas de color naranja y café tiradas en el suelo.

MARISOL – Mija, quieta no traigas nada.

HIJA – (Desde adentro) Pero madre…

MARISOL – Pero nada, lo único que necesito es tu carita aquí para que te vea.

HIJA – (Sale y se pone a arreglar las sillas y la mesa) Si si, pero el doctor…

MARISOL – Nada nada, aquí siéntate aquí (Señala con la mano a la silla al lado de ella sin mover la cabeza del collarín)

HIJA – (Se sienta y disimuladamente mira a su reloj de pulsera)

MARISOL – (Mirando hacia fuera) Tienes prisa?

HIJA – (Confundida)  Como…no, no es nada.

MARISOL – No tienes calor, hija? Este sol es hermoso, pero abrazador. Me quitas la manta y la bufanda? (Señala al collarín)

HIJA: No te puedo quitar eso, pero pondré la manta aquí en la mesita si la necesitas. (Pausa para doblar la manta)

MARISOL – (Mirando fijamente afuera) Mira a todos los niños intentando recoger la fruta de ese árbol, como se ríen!

HIJA – Pero mamá, esos no son niños, son casi de la edad de mi tío. Mira ese es Don Pedro el de la cantina.

MARISOL – Mira como brincan! Es como un juego. Que bonito el atardecer, que luz tan roja roja.

HIJA—(Incómoda) Quieres un poco de agua, mamá?

MARISOL – Te acuerdas cuando tu padre quebró esa vieja cuna?

HIJA – (Preocupada) Que?

MARISOL – Ay sí, yo la quería mucho, ahí dormías tú, y tu hermana, y yo, y mi madre. Pero ya se estaba cayendo. Si alguien más se durmiera allí, se quebraría sola! (Se ríe calladamente). Has visto a tu padre?

HIJA – (Despacio) Mamá, Padre ya no está aquí.

MARISOL – Ay hija no digas esas cosas. Ándale, dime a que hora llega tu padre, le tengo que preparar la comida porque ya sabes como se pone si…   

HIJA – (Levantando la voz) Y cómo harías eso? Ya madre tranquila no te preocupes. No te va a pasar nada, él ya no está aquí. (Toma la mano de su madre)

MARISOL – (Trae la mano de su hija hacia su cara para observarla). Que manos tan bonitas…sacaste a la familia de tu padre, sabes?

HIJA – (Mira hacia abajo y empieza a arreglar la mesa)

MARISOL – Mira, los niños intentan otra vez, ay se cayó uno, pobrecito. Mira, ese niñito que inteligente, trajo un palo para bajar la fruta.

HIJA – Amá ya te dije que no son niños.

MARISOL – Mira hija ya le quitaron muchas hojas al árbol con el palo. Finalmente se ve la fruta, que color tan lindo.

HIJA – No creo que…(Para de hablar y se fija cuidadosamente por el vidrio hacia fuera)

MARISOL – Porque la dejaron caer al piso? Ah mira lo están repartiendo con ese palo que trajeron. Que bruscos son, van a aplastar la fruta con ese palo.

HIJA – (Desesperada) Madre es un pajarito, uno de esos amarillos! No es fruta, lo están matando!

MARISOL – (Con ternura) No digas eso hija, es una fruta, a lo mejor tuvo unos cuantos insectitos y necesitaban quitárselos de la fruta.

HIJA – Ay no (Va hacia el vidrio y se voltea hacia su madre) Pero mamá tienes los ojos cerrados.

MARISOL – Es que el sol del atardecer se siente tan bonito hija, lo quiero disfrutar.

 

Endless Summer Movie List

By Paola Martell

Summer’s coming to its close, and whether you’re going back to school, starting an internship, or just going back to work, you just wanna continue doing stuff at your own time with your friends. These movies might influence you to drop out of your overly priced art school or quit or job.. or maybe they’ll make you think otherwise. Either way, these are pretty great runaway-themed films.

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BUFFALO ’66 (1998, Vincent Gallo)
Okay yeah, I know Vincent Gallo is a Coppola-hating douchebag to a lot of people, but Buffalo ’66 is still cringing-ly nice to watch. It makes you feel like being kidnapped by a ex-convict who forces you to visit his parents with him and makes you be his fake girlfriend. You watch as him and his family argue while staring at NFL memorabilia and their washed-out 80’s carpet. A cringing and stale romance filled with old high school friend encounters, crappy motels, bowling alleys, diners, and a tall skinny beardy guy with tightly fitted clothes , what more do you want?
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Almost Famous (2000, Cameron Crowe)
If you went to too many concerts this summer and don’t wanna go back to boring reality – Almost Famous is the perfect film for you. It’ll leave you in a musical bliss. It’ll make you wanna pack your bags and move to California to start a band. It’ll make you download Tiny Dancer by Elton John. It tells the story of William, a high school boy who goes on the road with a band to write a synopsis of them for Rolling Stone and so much more. Drugs, bell bottom jeans. and hotel rooms have never seemed so appealing. And come on, who doesn’t wanna be Penny Lane?
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Sommaren med Monika (Summer with Monika) (1953, Ingmar Bergman)
Feeling a black and white aesthetic? Then Sommaren med Monika will satisfy your new wave crave. It might not have a delightful ending, but throughout the movie we see a young love blossom as these two teenagers run away together to seclusion. It’s personally my favorite Ingmar Bergman film, but I’m just a sucker for summer romance and stealing roast beefs.
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Badlands (1973. Terrence Malick)
This dark, action romance is about Holly, a studious and well-behaved teen who’s just moved to Nowheresville, South Dakota. She meets rebellious Kit, and of course, her father hates his guts. So they runaway together, and as they love grows, so does Kit’s appetite for crime and violence. It’s somewhat like Bonnie and Clyde but without all the Hollywood glamour. Badlands is much grittier and rugged. Also, Charlie Sheen’s dad plays Kit, and he’s a mega babe with tight denim pants, so that’s a bonus.
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012, Wes Anderson)
Well DUH, of course I was gonna include this one. This film shows prepubescent love at its finest. It tells the story of Sam Shakusky, a khaki scout who’s in love with Suzy Bishop, a quiet girl who’s intelligent and fond of records. She’s only 12, but she’ll intimidate you and make you wish you were as cool as her. As all the other films I’ve listed, they run away together. But this film’s cooler because they’re preteens and don’t even think about the consequences. Every person in a relationship should love like 12 year olds and dance to Francoise Hardy in their underwear. Also, “What kind of bird are you?” is the best pick up line.
Films to also check out: Paris, Texas (1984), Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Uptown Girls (2003)

The Magic of Selena

By Paola Martell

Summer Movie Guide

By Illyana Bocanegra 
I don’t condone staying home all day especially during the summer watching nonstop Netflix if you’re able to go outside and visit a park or a record shop or something local-however, I’ve compiled a list of summer flicks that I think are worth watching this Summer 2k14.
1. WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
Basically the Wet-Hot-American-Summer-Poster.jpgbest comedic summer movie ever in my opinion.
*ALL STAR CAST*
– Amy Pohler
– Janeane Garofalo
– Michael Ian Back
– Bradly Cooper
– Paul Rudd
– Elizabeth Banks
– Molly Shannon
– Michael Showalter
and more.
It’s hilarious and ridiculous. I watched it alone and found myself laughing out loud. (IRL LOLing)
2. ALMOST FAMOUS
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If you’ve always felt like you belonged in the 60s and 70s~*~ then you’ll probably really enjoy this film. It’s about a kid who wants very badly to be taken seriously as a music journalist and finds himself touring with a popular band. The vibe is *vintage* and it’s dreamy.
3. BEGINNERS
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Beautiful. Easily in my top 5 films that I love and that turned me on to wanting to make films. Great cast. Incredible story. I love everything about this movie. Every cut, every line of dialogue, every thing. You just need to watch it.
Vague reasons why you need to watch it:
  • Mike Mills
  • Miranda July
  • Velveteen Rabbit
  • piano music
  • french accents
  • equality
  • fireworks
  • colors
  • creativity

4. FRANCES HA

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Not often are there great films that depict a female best friendship that seems genuine and authentic like in this film. I bought it for my best friend for her birthday and it reminded us so much of ourselves when we watched it. Throughout the film we looked at each other and smiled. It’s a comedy but it’s dark if you think about it in the context of “wow this is fucking life and sometimes these are the ways that life turns out. It’s not good. It’s not bad. It’s just life.”
5. BLACKTINO
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My friend Austin starred in this SXSW film pick. It’s a really good story and you can watch the whole thing on youtube or vimeo. It’s about a half black-half latino-full nerd teen in high school with an opportunity to direct a school play. He faces different types of adversity like his skin color, ethnicity, and family problems with his father, popular kids at the school being assholes, and overall being an outcast.
6. THE PARENT TRAP
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Soooooo cute. Cute lil Lindsay Lohan as a pre-teen away at summer camp where she meets her twin. This film has a potential for ~*girly*~ night. Just get yourself some peanut butter and oreos w/ yr best girl (and boy) friends and relax.
7. MY SUMMER OF LOVE
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Kind of a creepy and surreal movie (starring young Emily Blunt) in which two girls develop a romantic summer fling. Don’t want to give too much away but there’s heavy themes of religion, manipulation, insecurity, and desire.
8. TREE OF LIFE
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I can describe this film as soulful and powerful. Brad Pitt plays an aggressive father and Jessica Chastain plays a graceful mother. It provides incredible imagery and follows the oldest son’s experience as he struggles to answer questions he has that have to do with both the meaning of life and the existence of faith. Watch this film on a night with someone you want to have a cliche experience with where you stay up very late and talk about your own interpretation and impressions of life and all its meanings. 
9. GHOST WORLD
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Dark Comedy. Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch play two high school graduates who spend the summer heckling a man played by Steve Buscemi. It’s based on a comic book and it’s really interesting in terms of fashion and dialogue. When I first watched it I didn’t expect what happens in the film but it’s so relatable as a young adult experiencing what it’s like to try and figure out the next step and what bridges to cross while trying to remain friends with someone and trying on different kinds of “suits” to see what fits you best.
10. SOMEWHERE
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Has a summer vibe to it. It’s a Sophia Coppola movie so it can feel really slow at times but then you realize it’s for a reason (or at least I felt like it was a major component of the film) because of the character’s life and his own pacing and attempt at balancing fatherhood and being a famous film star. Has a great scene with the Julian Casablancas song I’ll Try Anything Once.
11. ADVENTURELAND 
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A sweet indie rom-com about a dude (Jesse Eisenberg) who ends up working at a theme park during the summer and meets a cute girl (Kristen Stewart). I was most interested in the movie soundtrack. I’m a Lou Reed fan and there are some beautiful moments with the song Pale Blue Eyes. Sometimes I feel so happy/Sometimes I feel so sad/Sometimes I feel so happy/But mostly you just make me mad/Baby you just make me mad/Linger on, your pale blue eyes.