2018 Programs

1st Annual Cine Nepantla

3 November 2018

Vincent Price Art Museum

The Rise And Fall of the Brown Buffalo Poster

The Rise And Fall of the Brown Buffalo Poster

LACLA is proud to have celebrated its 1st Annual Cine Nepantla program featuring the screening of the documentary, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, directed by Phillip Rodriguez, performances by San Cha, Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna, Féi Hernandez, and a  discussion moderated by Dr. Gilbert Cadena with producer Ricardo Lopez.

About Cine Nepantla:

The concept of Nepantla refers to the experience of living in-between two or more cultures. Nepantla originated in the sixteenth century from Nahuatl, an Uto-Aztecan language, to describe the “in-between-ness” Mexicas (Aztecs) felt under Spanish colonization. The concept was further developed by Chicana theorists, most notably Gloria Anzaldúa who described Nepantla as a site of transformation where multiple and different perspectives come into contact. According to Anzaldúa, it is through the exchange of ideas, tenets, and identities that actual change in the world has the potential to occur. Building from this concept, Cine Nepantla aims to create a space in which meaningful dialogue among audiences of different socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and religions can take place and effect change.

Film Synopsis (Courtesy of PBS):

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo is a documentary film about the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta — the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," written by his friend, legendary journalist-provocateur Hunter S. Thompson. Channeling the spirit of the psychedelic sixties and the joyful irreverence of “Gonzo” journalism, the film shows Acosta’s personal and creative evolution play out against the backdrop of a society in turmoil. Actors Jesse Celedon and Jeff Harms portray Oscar Zeta Acosta and Hunter S. Thompson, while an ensemble of performers inhabit a collection of friends, foes, and fellow travelers in a series of playful recreations that go beyond a mere presentation of facts and point us toward a deeper truth.

Director/Producer/Writer: Phillip Rodriguez. Cinematographer/Editor/Animator: Claudio Rocha. Writer: David Ventura. Executive Producer: Benicio Del Toro. Producer: Alison Sotomayor. Associate Producer: Ricardo Lopez. Original music by Alejandro Cohen and Aaron Drake. Cast: Jesse Celedon and Jeff Harms.


Cine Nepantla SAN CHA

Cine Nepantla Féi Hernadez


Cine Nepantla Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna

Q & A- Brown Buffalo


Check out photos from the event on Flickr

Cine Sin Fronteras: Shifting Ground

15 September 2018

Vincent Price Art Museum

On behalf of LACLA, we'd like to thank all those who participated in the 8th Annual Cine Sin Fronteras Program. This year's program featured three experimental films from México, including Relato Familar, Coyolxauhqui, and El Sonido que vemos: CDMX. The films are provided courtesy of their filmmakers. 


Relato Familar by Sumie Garcia

Coyolxauhqui by Colectivo Los Ingrávidos

Film courtesy of Colectivo Los Ingrávidos


El sonido que vemos: CDMX by the Echo Park Film Center

Film courtesy of the Echo Park Film Center

Watch El Rio perform at the Vincent Price Art Museum


Watch audience Q&A with Echo Park Film Center's Paolo Davanzo


Check out photos from the event on Flickr.

Last Remaining Seats

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Co-Presentation with Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats

9 June 2018

Million Dollar Theater


This year's program featured the Brazilian-American drama, Kiss of the Spider Woman [1985], directed by Brazilian director Héctor Babenco.


Film Synopsis (Courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive):

An instant classic, director Hector Babenco’s remarkable film was a sophisticated and high-profile queer triumph in the midst of the conservative 1980s.  In an unspecified Latin American country, two men share a prison cell: one (Raul Julia) incarcerated for his leftist militant activism, the other (William Hurt, in an Oscar-winning performance) for his dalliance with an underage boy.  In close quarters the two slowly find common ground.  Seeking spiritual escape, Hurt’s character enacts scenes from a favorite film, actually a Nazi propaganda piece, evoking the eponymous “spider woman” (fantastically enacted by Sonia Braga) who comes to personify and propel the intensity of the passions that have brought the men to this hellish existence.

Producer: David Weisman.  Director: Hector Babenco.  Screenwriter: Leonard Schrader.  Based on a novel by Manuel Puig.  Cinematographer: Rodolfo Sanchez.  Editor: Mauro Alice.  Cast: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy, Milton Gonçalves.  35mm, color, 119 min.

Read exclusive Program Notes by María Elena de las Carreras, PhD.

There was a pre-screening discussion with the Oscar-nominated producer of the film, David Weisman. Weisman is also known for the films Naked Tango, Shogun Assassin, and Ciao! Manhattan.

You can view photos from the event on our Flickr Page.

Thank you to everyone who participated in LACLA's 11th Annual Student Film Festival in May 2018!


LACLA hosted its 11th Annual Student Film Festival at the Japanese American National Museum's Tateuchi Democracy Forum 111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


6 MAY 2018  

LACLA provided each student in the program with a commemorative t-shirt, a $25.00 stipend to directors, and a free one-time admission to the Japanese American National Museum. A light lunch and refreshments were provided during the program’s intermission.


Melissa del Toro: Saddle Up - Best Documentary

Juan Sandoval: Typed - Best Fiction Film

Molly Palko: Chupacabra - Most Creative


View Photographs of the Event Below:


Check out the photo recaps of all the events on our Flickr page!


Registration and College Fair: 12pm-1pm

Screening Sessions: 1pm-5:30pm

Free and open to the public



Three students were each be awarded with a Panasonic HMC150 camcorder donated by the Media Studies Department at Pitzer College and a $150 gift card to Samy’s Camera for the categories of Best Fiction Film, Best Documentary Film, and Most Creative Film.




Lucas Benitez

I'm a filmmaker and I'm from LA. I started making movies in high school and immediately ran with it because it was the coolest thing I had ever done. Not too long after that, I realized how important and how impactful filmmaking is to us all and decided to hone the craft to spread my own messages, thoughts, and world views.


Jon Webb

Director/Writer from North Carolina. Residing in Los Angeles. My passions truly lie in creating thought provoking and unique films, commercials, and music videos. Composing striking, engaging images, and molding worlds that allow the viewer to be excited to explore their own.


Lorena Salazar Zermeño

Lorena Salazar Zermeño, M.A., enjoys Program Development for Film/Art/Sound projects. In 2018, she worked alongside the 10 hour Bach Marathon at Union Station expansion efforts to include the Moby Arts Bach Pop Up! She Co-produced, a three night concert series for Studio Sessions Live with Travel Tips for Aztlan at Civic Center Studios. Previously spent 18 months rebranding a Los Angeles Film Festival, that included a second festival in the Mission District, San Francisco. 




Akhil Gopal

Akhil Gopal is a composer for film & TV based in Los Angeles. He currently composes, orchestrates, and edits music for "Pokemon the Series: Sun & Moon" on Disney XD, among other projects, including an upcoming PBS documentary and several short films in the festival circuit. He is passionate about jazz, languages, justice, and bringing stories to life with music.


Ann Kanek

Independent filmmaker Ann Kaneko is known for her personal films that weave her intimate aesthetic with the complex intricacies of political reality. Kaneko poetically probes the intersection where power impacts the personal, and her films include A Flicker in Eternity; Against the Grain: An Artist’s Survival Guide to Perú; Overstay and 100% Human Hair. She graduated with an MFA in film directing from UCLA and currently teaches Media Studies at Pitzer College.


Penelope Uribe-Abee

Penelope Uribe-Abee is from Los Angeles is a recent graduate of UCLA's undergraduate art program. She is an art worker/educator and makes videos and films. She has worked at a number of art institutions across the city, including: Plaza de la Raza,  MOCA, The Fowler Museum and the Echo Park Film Center. 


Jon Webb

Director/Writer from North Carolina. Residing in Los Angeles. My passions truly lie in creating thought provoking and unique films, commercials, and music videos. Composing striking, engaging images, and molding worlds that allow the viewer to be excited to explore their own.



CSU, Northridge

American Film Institute

Golden Eagle Productions, CSU LA

California State Summer School of the Arts

This program is made possible in part with funds from

Ainsley-Hicks Family Foundation