CSU Los Angeles -- October 6, 2003
State L.A. Receives Gift from Hollywood Foreign Press Association to
Support Inaugural Luckman U.S. Latino Film/Video Festival
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has awarded California State
University, Los Angeles a $10,000 gift to support the first-ever U.S.
Latino Film/Video Festival, to be held at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex
on the Cal State L.A. campus, April 15-18, 2004.
The Luckman U.S. Latino Film/Video Festival will showcase approximately
30 new independent U.S. Latino-produced films and videos from across
the nation. Together with guest filmmaker presentations, panels, and
workshops, the Festival will provide a unique West Coast celebration
of films by, for, and about U.S. Latino communities and experiences.
“The Luckman U.S. Latino Film/Video Festival at Cal State L.A.
is organized to build bridges/puentes between East and West Los Angeles,
between community and the University, and between U.S. Latino independents
and the Hollywood Industry,” explains Festival co-director Richard
Rodriguez, Cal State L.A. assistant professor of Chicano Studies. “By
linking the U.S. Latino Film community, the University’s academic
programs, and a diverse audience from communities across from Los Angeles,
the Festival will present a distinct forum, capable of developing and
showcasing new talents. At the same time, students interested in all
aspects of the film industry will be exposed to exciting new learning
According to Festival co-director John Ramirez, Cal State L.A. professor
of broadcasting, the Festival is especially designed to involve the
University’s neighboring communities of East Los Angeles, and
to bring a broad base of grassroots, professional and academic community
members together with U.S. Latino film and video independents and industry
representatives. This is the only festival of its kind dedicated to
U.S. Latino films and videos.
Clifford Harper, executive director of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex,
adds, “The Luckman is uniquely equipped and located to celebrate
independent films of the U.S. Latino community. We are very proud to
be part of this landmark festival.”
For more information on the Luckman U.S. Latino Film/Video Festival,
call John Ramirez at (323) 343-4207 or Richard Rodriguez at (323) 343-2198.
Media Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director,
Cal State L.A., (323) 343-3044
OR Adele Field, Marketing Director, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, (323)