Long-Running Latino Film Festival Starts Tonight

Tonight the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center hosts CineFestival 2011, the longest running celebration of Chicano/Latino/Indigenous film projects in the United States. The three-day event will take place at the historic Guadalupe Theatre on San Antonio's westside.

This year's festival features films ranging from low-budget, historic films like Run, Tecato, Run (1979), by the first Chicano feature director, Efrain Gutierrez, to comparatively big-bidget productions like Eva Longoria's Latinos Living the American Dream, which is sponsored by Pepsi. Also featured are several new local films like Emileigh Potter's We March, and Cartoneo y Nopalitos by Pablo Veliz, as well as an early short film by Robert Rodriguez, director of the popular Mariachi Trilogy (El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico).

This is the 33rd annual CineFestival, furthering the Guadalupe Cultural Art's center's ongoing mission to preserve, promote and develop the arts and culture of Latino, Chicano and Native American peoples.

CineFestival 2011 starts tonight at 8 and runs through Sunday.

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