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La Mirada Invisible

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Set in Argentina, 1982, as the rigid military dictatorship declines in power, the inner conflicts of Maria Elena, a 23-year-old teacher’s assistant at a prestigious college, unfolds in this dramatic fiction. Marita embodies the educational institution’s ethic: clean cut, introverted, obedient, repressed. However, loneliness and hormones take over.

Using surveillance as her excuse, she obsesses over a student, spending time in the boy’s restroom in order to get a glimpse of him. When her sexual desires are awakened by curiosity, jealousy, and plain biological behaviors, she purchases the boy’s cologne and even sniffs his underwear during his swim class.

Beautifully crafted, this film presents a moving personal story about a repressed girl struggling with the meaning of personal freedom, paralleled with the crumbling military dictatorship in the background. The end of blind obedience, and the end of the dictatorship, brings a free but dangerous world to fruition. Those who take control of their own lives will be successful, but those trained under the “invisible eye” lack the skills and mindset to do so.

The creation of this film was an international effort, with credit to Argentina, Spain, and France. The story is adapted from Martin Kohan’s prize-winning novel “Moral Sciences” (2006). The film has been featured in several renowned film festivals around the world.

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La Mirada Invisible

Courtesy of latinofilm.org

Set in Argentina, 1982, as the rigid military dictatorship declines in power, the inner conflicts of Maria Elena, a 23-year-old teacher’s assistant at a prestigious college, unfolds in this dramatic fiction. Marita embodies the educational institution’s ethic: clean cut, introverted, obedient, repressed. However, loneliness and hormones take over.

Using surveillance as her excuse, she obsesses over a student, spending time in the boy’s restroom in order to get a glimpse of him. When her sexual desires are awakened by curiosity, jealousy, and plain biological behaviors, she purchases the boy’s cologne and even sniffs his underwear during his swim class.

Beautifully crafted, this film presents a moving personal story about a repressed girl struggling with the meaning of personal freedom, paralleled with the crumbling military dictatorship in the background. The end of blind obedience, and the end of the dictatorship, brings a free but dangerous world to fruition. Those who take control of their own lives will be successful, but those trained under the “invisible eye” lack the skills and mindset to do so.

The creation of this film was an international effort, with credit to Argentina, Spain, and France. The story is adapted from Martin Kohan’s prize-winning novel “Moral Sciences” (2006). The film has been featured in several renowned film festivals around the world.

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The Business of Entertainment, Breaking In and Succeeding

The Creative Artists Agency (CAA) hosted a panel on July 18 about how agencies work and the ways to get involved in CAA at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). The panel was composed of seven CAA representatives from different departments.

Diversity was the message at this discussion. The representatives joked that the ethnic composition at CAA was displayed on the panel with only one white male. The talent they represent is equally as diverse, in backgrounds and forms of entertainment. With the changes that technology and communications has brought to the industry, CAA has expanded from film and TV to include sports, products, and online content.

“We all have to try and advance us,” Edward James Olmos, co-director of LALIFF said, “especially females and minorities.”

By having more minority representation in talent agencies, we can have more representation of talent from our communities. This in turn can bring major change to the entertainment industry, changing the faces we see in film and television.

The panel concluded with this advice: Getting a job at an agency calls for dedication and persistence. You have to work your way from bottom, and even some experienced people come in and start in the mailroom, but the payoff is invaluable. Spending a year or two interning at an agency is like earning a Master’s in entertainment.

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15th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

Nos Invitan a la Quinceañera!

Today marks the official commencement for the 15th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The exclusive opening night gala will feature the film “Aqui Entre Nos (Between Us)” by Mexican director Patricia Martinez de Velasco.

The festival will run through Monday, July 25, featuring dozens of films by new and established talent from the USA, Latin American and Spain.

The festival also includes panels such as “The Business of Entertainment, Breaking In and Succeeding” and “New Modes and Old Distribution for Latino Films.”

Patrons can participate through the series “Café Con…,” featuring Sandra Pedlow, Executive Director LPB, Pan’s Labyrinth photographer, Guillermo Navarro.

You can check out LALIFF’s website for a full list of screenings and events, more information about the festival, and on how to become a member of this non-profit organization.


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I Am Fragments of Borges

For the mirrors and the rivers
For the sunsets and the generations
For Shakespeare and Schopenhauer and the universe
For everything and nothing
God has created nights well-populated with dreams
Maybe God needs them as a warning to carry out His plan of
infinite creation

I think of the mirror
I think of the universe
I have dreamed of Jorge Luis Borges
Jew, gentile or simply a man
In this world, beauty is all of us
It is also like the river with no end

The rabbi would explain:
“There they are, the gardens
There they are, the rivers and the mirrors
Scattered in scattered labyrinths
Seek for pleasure of seeking, not of finding
God moves the player, and this player, the piece”

Perhaps God has condemned me to time in this world
I am and I am not
Perhaps I am the river with no end
Perhaps I am the mirror with no end
Borges and I, I don’t know which of us two wrote this page
And I know the answer all too well

-Ivan Smason

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Soy Fragmentos de Borges

Por los espejos y los ríos
Por los panientes y la generaciones
Por Shakespeare y Schopenhauer y el universazo
Por muchos y nadie
Dios ha creado las noches que se arman de sueños
Quiza Dios las necesita para la ejecución de Su infinita obra

Pienso en el espejo
Pienso en el universazo
He soñado a Jorge Luis Borges
Judio o gentil o simplemente un hombre
En este mundo, la belleza es común
También es como el río interminable

El rabi le explicaba—
“Ahí estain los jardines
Ahí estain los rios y los espejos
Disperos en disperas laberintos
Busca por el agrado de buscar, no por el de econtrar
Dios mueve al jugador, y éste jugador, la pieza”

Acaso Dios me ha condenado el tiempo en este mundo
Soy y no soy
Acaso soy el rio interminable
Acaso soy el espejo interminable
Borges y yo, no sé cuál de los dos escribe esta página
Y sé demasiado bien la repuesta

-Ivan Smason