Second Film Screening of COD Latino Film Festival at Marks Art Center and Mecca/Thermal Campus, Nov. 14 & 15, 2012
The Marks Art Center will be hosting a film screening on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 6 p.m., as the second in what we hope will become an annual COD Latino Film Festival.
"Waterberry Tears"/"Uva Mala" is a locally directed and produced feature-length film that won the 2011 Silver Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival. Its writer, Jaime Soria, and director, Adrian Aldaz, grew up and attended school here in the Coachella Valley, and actors in the film include COD staff member Marisol Reyes and COD alumnus Daniel Lugo. The film, says Soria, who is also a local high school guidance counselor, "is about a tightly knit, traditional Mexican immigrant family...dealing with the fact that their only son, Goyo, is gay;" it also screened recently as part of "Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival." The film is not rated, but parental discretion is advised. Jaime Soria, Marisol Reyes, and Daniel Lugo will be attending Wednesday's film screening, and will be available afterwards for Q&A.
The film will be screened again on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at COD's Mecca/Thermal Campus, with Soria and director Adrian Aldaz in attendance.
Both events are free and open to the public, but seating inside is limited and will be first-come, first-served. On Wednesday, the film will also be screened outside in the courtyard of the Marks Art Center, and the event will be accompanied by refreshment sales to support Latino student clubs, including Ballet Folklorico.
The COD Latino Film Festival is a collaborative project, initiated by English instructor Jay Lewenstein and his COD Friends of the Earth group, with additional support from the Marks Art Center, COD’s Diversity Council, and the Office of Student Life.