July 19, 2019

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the nation’s premier and most diverse Latino film festival, and a touchstone of the nation’s thriving multicultural cinematic movement, kicks off its16th edition on Monday, August 12th. The festival will feature more than 83 films representing 10 countries, spanning all genres including features, shorts, documentaries, web series and experimental films starring, about and for the U.S. Latino community.

This year, the festival will open with the New York premiere of the film Princess of the Row from director Van MaximilianCarlson and starring Martin Sheen, Edi Gathegi, Ana Ortiz, Tayler Buck, Jacob Vargas, among others. Unflinching and emotional, Princess of the Rowis the inspiring tale of a runaway foster child who will stop at nothing to live with the only family she knows: her father... a homeless, mentally ill-veteran fighting to survive on the streets of LA’sskid row.FILM FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTSAugust 12 -18, 2019 | Dates and Times Vary | Tickets available at nylatinofilmfestival.com

The Festival returns with a star-studded line-up of screenings, including a special showcase of the beloved Bronx-set classicI Like It Like That. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the screening will be joined by the film’s cast —fully reunited for the first time since its premiere in 1994. The debut of writer/director Darnell Martin, and the first-ever major studio release to be written and directed by an African-American woman, is a charming, funny, and realistic account of a young Latina mother trying to contend with life in the Bronx.In honor of the late Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton, NYLFF is honored to presentNYLFF Summer Cinema, an outdoor screening of Poetic Justice, with a special appearance by his daughter Justice Singleton. Starring music superstars Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, and peppered with the poetry of Maya Angelou, the film follows the story ofJustice (Janet Jackson), who still grieving after the murder of her boyfriend, writes poetry to deal with the pain of her loss. After an unexpected turn of events, she meets Lucky (Tupac Shakur). But is she ready to open her heart again? Closing the Festival, NYLFF presents El Proyeccionista (The Projectionist), the first Dominican film to ever close the festival. The acclaimed film is the latest feature from prolific, young Dominican writer-director José María Cabral-whose last film, Woodpeckers (Los Carpinteros), was the first Dominican film to screen at Sundance-serves up some fluorescent Dominican noir in a riveting, genre-bending homage to the power of pre-digital cinema as seen through the lens of an old-style traveling cinema owner


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