"Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire" (feature doc) FREE SCREENING
5604 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA
RED CARPET 7p-8p
Humanitarian Award: Directly before the screening, we will presented to the 2021 HPIFF Humanitarian Award to JUAN ESCOBEDO
Juan Escobedo uses film and photography to portray issues in society such as domestic violence, HIV prevention, and human trafficking. With the support of many nonprofits in Boyle Heights, East LA and Watts, he creates films depicting characters and communities affected by these issues.
Juan studied film at Los Angeles City College, photography at East LA College and theater arts at Cal State LA. After graduating from college with a Theater Arts Degree with an emphasis on Directing, Juan used theater skits to raise awareness on HIV, drugs and teen pregnancy prevention at schools in Los Angeles county. Later on, he started teaching film and photography to youth and as a result he founded the East LA Society of Film & Arts (TELASOFA). Three years later he started the East LA Film Festival (ELAFF) where youth could show case their films alongside Hollywood professionals. After 14 years, ELAFF has grown with the help of the East LA community screening films from Australia, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Mexico, USA and his beloved East LA.
Juan’s film Marisol has received many awards. It was based on a true story about a little girl from East LA who dreams of the perfect quinceañera dress when her life takes a drastic turn after and incident with domestic violence. The awards include the “Arts and Culture Award” from the East LA Women’s Center, Hollywood Reel Independent Festival “Best Drama” and was also Oscar qualified in 2018. The script is now in the OSCARS ACADEMY Margaret Herrick Library available for research to filmmakers and public.
Juan continues to work with young adults with a grant from Eastside Arts Initiative to provide internships on many projects produced by TELASOFA. One of his next projects is BLAXICAN, about an aged out foster youth dealing with generational trauma. He is also in pre-production for CRY LADY, CRY! A film about professional mourners called moirologists. Other films that he is working on is SPARKLING NIPPLES and LA CRUCIFORME.
“CARLOS ALMARAZ: PLAYING WITH FIRE" feature doc - Dir. Elsa Flores Almaraz & Richard J. Montoya (82 mins)
Explores the life of Carlos Almaraz, a Chicano activist, sexual outlaw, and visionary painter of some of the most unforgettable images of Southern California.
Followed by a Q&A.
General Admission - FREE