In its fifth year, The Panamanian International Film Festival in Los Angeles (PIFF/LA) brings PANAFEST 2019, a celebration of cinema, culture and community, to The Downtown Independent Theater Los Angeles on October 18, 19, and 20.
PIFF/LA’s non-traditional approach to PANAFEST is reflected in our initial slate of dynamic features and feature-length docs.
“The Latino community is under attack and the creative community is striking back against stereotypes and marginalization,” said Carlos Carrasco, PIFF/LA’s Artistic Director. “PANAFEST 2019 will share the work of a vibrant group of innovative storytellers whose fresh voices and perspectives illuminate things that matter to us all.”
Inspiring themes like immigration, profiling, diversity, and identity are brought to life in new ways in films that range from heartwarming comedy, to a technologically sophisticated thriller, to a horror film based on a Panamanian folk tale.
The films include:
Edgar Soberón Torchia’s Panama Radio (a US premiere) which is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of a Panama City record store run by women. Its focus on music and the 60’s and 70’s social scene is not just a trip down memory
lane but a celebration of groundbreaking musicians and moments of importance to Panama and far beyond.
Turnover, an Audience Award and Best Family Film winner at the Idyllwild Film Festival. This film brings together a diverse cast and shines a light on the power of that diversity. Starring CSI’s Paul Guilfoyle and co-starring Festival Director Carlos Carrasco, Turnover is directed by multiple-award-winner Linda Palmer Cardone and features American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer, also known for her advocacy in support of actors with Down Syndrome as well as Hollywood veterans Donna Mills and Beverly Todd.
A U.S. Premiere, El Diablo Rojo, is Panama’s first official horror feature. Named for Panama’s vibrant painted buses, El Diablo Rojo takes audiences on a nail biting ride by putting a modern spin on the story of La Tulivieja, Panama’s equivalent to La Llorona.
“Inspired by today’s news,” is the opening title on the film Intolerance No More. Emmy Award winner Sergio Guerrero Garzafox (A Day Without A Mexican) has directed a thriller that leverages the power of new media and technology to comment on police brutality, profiling, privacy, and other themes of our hyper-connected yet hyper-divided times.
The immigrant journey is captured in Andrea Victoria Calderon’s powerful Panamanian documentary Darien Vienen O Van, winner of the Festival de Cine Pobre de Panalandia for best documentary and production. PIFF/LA’s alliance with several independent film festivals in Panama has created a bridge between both creative communities and facilitated an exchange of select films to share with audiences in both countries.
The closing night film on Sunday, October 20th is also a documentary. Our Quinceañera, directed by Fanny Veliz Grande. This heartwarming story of Gilbert Galvan, principal for San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, follows his mission to make sure every girl who wants a Quince has one. The documentary won the Audience Award at the prestigious Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Geena Davis.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT!
Tickets on sale now for the 5th annual #PANAFEST by PIFF/LA (October 18 – 20, 2019).
Get an All-Weekend or Day-Pass. Or attend one or more film blocks!
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Check our schedule here: piffla.com/films-2019