In its inaugural debut, The Latinx House will officially be hosting events and programming during the first weekend of Sundance Film Festival! Taking place from January 24th to January 26th, The Latinx House will be celebrating Latinx excellence in film and entertainment with a full slate throughout the weekend.
Co-founded by civil rights advocate and activist Mónica Ramírez, filmmaker and activist Alexandra Martinez Kondracke, and producer, entrepreneur, activist Olga Segura, The Latinx House, is an initiative aimed at creating gathering spaces to celebrate the best in Latinx culture and bring important societal issues to the forefront.
For this year’s Festival lineup 121 feature-length films were announced, representing 27 countries. Of the 65 directors in all four competition categories, comprising 56 films, 38% are people of color. There are many talented Latinx storytellers who are finally gaining the recognition they deserve. The Latinx House wants to ensure that the stories and contributions of the Latinx community are no longer erased, limited or defined by others, but encouraged, supported and recognized.
Check out their programming for the weekend:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
10:00am – 12:00pm // Claiming Our Narrative: Ensuring the Accurate Portrayal of the Latinx Community through Art and Advocacy
The Latinx community is comprised of more than 60 million people. We are native-born and immigrants, culturally rich, geographically dispersed and have unique lived experiences. Filmmaker María Agui Carter will be joined by Latinx advocacy organization representatives and artist Favianna Rodriguez to explore how we can be accurately portrayed through art and entertainment.
1:00pm – 2:00pm // #MeToo Voter: Centering Survivors’ Political Power
Listen to founders and national leaders of major social movements Ai-jen Poo, Tarana Burke, Fatima Goss Graves, and Mónica Ramírez in conversation with actress and activist Rosanna Arquette on the importance of centering the electoral power of survivors of sexual violence in the wake of grassroots movements for a panel supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women.
2:30pm – 3:30pm // Latinas Leading in Cinema
Latinas are rising in every realm ‒ film and media are no exception. Latina influence and leadership are making their mark from the writers’ room to the screen. Hear from writer and director Patricia Cardoso; director Patricia Riggen; and producer and The Latinx House co-founder Olga Segura.
10:00pm – 12:00am // A Nightcap at The Latinx House!
End your Friday festivities with conversations over a drink and special live performance with other artists, organizers, thought leaders, and supporters!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
9:00am – 10:30am // LA Collab: Advancing Latinx Access and Representation in Entertainment Through Collective Impact
Join the co-founders of LA Collab to learn how they are working with partners and allies to double Latinx representation in Hollywood by 2030. Hear from LA Collab’s Beatriz Acevedo and Ivette Rodriguez; Axel Caballero of WarnerMedia’s 150; and Sol Trujillo and Ana Valdez of Latino Donor Collaborative as they unveil a new report on Latinx representation, including over-the-top platforms, for a session hosted by The Latinx House and Annenberg Foundation’s PledgeLA.
11:00am – 12:00pm // A Fireside Chat with America Ferrera
Join us for a fireside chat with America Ferrera and about honing her craft and expanding her footprint in the industry—from acting to directing and pushing for change within the industry and beyond. Supported by Netflix’s upcoming Latinx series, GENTEFIED.
12:30pm – 1:30pm // Inclusion in Film Festivals: A Call to Action to Change the Narrative (TIME’S UP and USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative)
The Latinx House hosts partner TIME’S UP as they announce the findings of a groundbreaking new report with USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Filmmaker Angela Robinson will be joined by actress, director, and activist Eva Longoria, the Sundance Institute’s Dilcia Barrera, and USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s Dr. Stacy Smith for a session sponsored by WarnerMedia.
3:00pm – 4:00pm // Reproductive Justice through Entertainment
Join Planned Parenthood and The Latinx House to explore how culture shift on issues like sexual health is possible through film and series content ‒ in conversation with Planned Parenthood’s Rachel Moreno and Mishel Prada of Starz’s VIDA.
5:00pm – 7:00pm // The Immigration Story in Film
A panel and reception honoring Sundance NEXT selection I CARRY YOU WITH ME with the cast and filmmakers, including director Heidi Ewing, co-stars Armando Espitia and Christian Vázquez, co-writer Alan Page Arriaga, co-producer Gabriela Maire, and moderated by executive producer Brent Miller.
Private event to Celebrate SIEMPRE, LUIS.
10:30 pm // Fiesta O’Clock at the Latinx House!
Celebration of the film premiere of SIEMPRE, LUIS and Latinx Leaders.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
10:00am – 11:30am // Latinx Unity Breakfast and Panel
Join Latinx leaders from across entertainment and advocacy organizations for a breakfast and panel, “New Platforms and Possibilities for Content Creation within the Latinx Community,” highlighting how the use of non-traditional platforms can spark community building – with special remarks by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro. Presented by Hispanics in Philanthropy.
12:00pm – 1:00pm // The Future of Work and Film as a Catalyst for Change
A session hosted by the Ford Foundation that will spotlight the potential of film as one of the important tactics for addressing worker rights’ issues, particularly for low-paid workers. Join director of Oscar-nominated AMERICAN FACTORY Steven Bognar, national domestic worker leader June Barrett, Mexican domestic worker leader Marcelina Bautista, Participant’s Holly Gordon, and Ford Foundation’s Sarita Gupta.
1:30pm – 2:30pm // Building Latinx Unity Through Film
Activist powerhouse Luis A. Miranda Jr. joins co-founder of The Latinx House Mónica Ramírez to speak about the potential that exists behind films when they are representative of true Latinx experiences—especially as advocates fight for stronger protections and policies for the Latinx Community.
3:00pm – 4:00pm // The Latinx List: Providing a Platform for Latinx Writers
Hollywood’s diversity crisis is often covered and debated, but the issues endemic to the industry remain. In fact, the most recent Oscar nominations featured only one person of color in top acting categories ‒ one. The Black List’s Franklin Leonard joins Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab Fellow Danya Jimenez, who is on The Latinx List, to discuss efforts underway to diversify all aspects of the industry, and the potential that exists when writers of diverse backgrounds are provided a platform to share their work.
4:30pm – 5:30pm // LGBTQ Representation: Advocating for Greater Visibility in Hollywood
The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman hosts a conversation alongside SCAD’s Dean of the School of Entertainment Arts Andra Reeve-Raab about empowering LGBTQ voices in Hollywood. Patricia Vidal Delgado (Sundance NEXT selection “La Leyenda Negra”) and Frankie Rodriguez (Disney’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”) join!
Private Event with MACRO, with support from Pop Culture Collaborative
9:30pm // Celebrate Latinx Excellence at The Latinx House’s Sunday Night Party
The Latinx community is making history at Sundance 2020 with more films than ever in the competition. Join the Latinx House for its closing fiesta, sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, in honor of Latinx contributions to the arts.
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