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Third Film Screening of COD Latino Film Festival at Marks Art Center and Mecca/Thermal Campus, Dec. 5 and 6

"Tanto Tiempo" ("So Much Time," 1992, 26 min.) will be screening on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at 5 p.m. at the Marks Art Center, COD Palm Desert campus, and on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at COD's Mecca/Thermal campus.

"Tanto Tiempo," winner of MCA/Universal's Hispanic Film Project, tells the story of a young Mexican-American woman in search of her roots, and is being featured as part of a celebration of female icons in anticipation of the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12) and the Winter Solstice (December 21). There will be a panel discussion after the film with Cheryl Quintana Leader--writer, director, and producer of "Tanto Tiempo," and founder and president of IndiVision 2000 Productions, which is dedicated to creating educational media in English and Spanish for the Latino community--and COD alumna Felicitas M. Nunez, who will also be discussing the symbolism of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a powerful indigenous female icon.

Both events are free and open to the public, but seating inside is limited and will be first-come, first-served; refreshment sales (tamales, champurrado) will support Latino student clubs, including Ballet Folklorico, the Latina Leadership Network, and Alas Con Futuro. 

The Marks Art Center will also be hosting its last Cup of Happy Open Mic of the semester from 7-9:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 5, so it will be a full evening of celebration, creativity, and expression before we head into the final exam period and the whirlwind of the holidays! 

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.

Information: Marks Art Center, 760-776-7278, www.facebook.com/marks.artcenter.