Official Latino’s Film Festival

Sometimes we’re blessed at last minute. It’s either take it all in, or pass up the opportunity. I am not the one to ignore a good fortune, especially when it means showcasing new work. The marvelous Edgar Zorrilla, invited me to display 2 pieces at Official Latino‘s Film Festival that was being held in Spanish Harlem. How perfectly fitting.
Since everything was happening so quickly, I had no time to get myself together. I rushed out of work to put some last minute touches on paintings that I had been working on. Luckily for me, they were almost finished, I added some varnish and let them dry off. The smell is so intoxicating, I love that smell. I rushed to the space where Edgar was busting his butt setting up, the show was tomorrow and he was going to make it work, and that he did.

Come “tomorrow”, and the place was looking great. I was happy to see Socky Chop‘s work in person. I’ve been a fan of his style since the highschool days. I also got to see catch up with Tanya, who was also displaying work, and who I haven’t seen in quite some time. My date Oli and I made a friend and snuck our way into the actual screening of the festival, since it was being shown at a different end of the gallery. We made it right on time to the beginning of the Horror panel. I loved how these short film were all directed, produced and even casted by latinos. At the end of the big screen, the film makers went up on stage and explained their experiences in non-latino dominated business. How much it means to them, to create something will inspire us to do better, something we can all relate to.

The audience even had a chance to vote for their favorite film, I actually ended up voting for Christian Alexander Morán‘s “Let’s Play Dead Girl” which is based on true events. Check out the trailer below:

After the films, Oli and I headed to a new Mexican spot around the corner. We were in the need for food, and actually I was in the mood for a beer. Edgar, Manny, Tanya and some others met us after in that beer journey. I ordered some fish tacos,which were delicious, and now it was only time to figure out what to do next.

Dancing of course!

Oh, I so needed this. I needed to move my body, I know we all had a great time. Let’s do it again soon guys. oh, and stay posted, I’ll post some closeup shots of my new pieces soon enough.

love, minxinx