Rooftop Films and El Museo Del Barrio present
CIELO ABIERTO: MORELIA FILM FESTIVAL
you must RSVP to attend. Instructions below.
Life in modern Mexico, as seen in short films
from The Morelia International Film Festival,
Mexico’s premiere showcase of new and
emerging Mexican filmmaking talent.
8:30: Music by Rana
9:00: Short Films
11:00: Reception in the courtyard with FREE Martin Miller's
(and beer for sale).
Admission: FREE, but you must
RSVP to attend. To
RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org and
put "Morelia" in the subject line and the names of ALL attending
body. Seating on the roof is limited and will be given out to
those who RSVP first. Later RSVPs will be seated outdoors in the lovely courtyard
Venue: On the roof and in the courtyard of El Museo Del
Address: 1230 Fifth Avenue (@ 104th Street), New York 10029.
Rain: In the event of rain, show will be indoors at the same
Call 718.417.7362 for additional information.
Presented in partnership with El Museo Del Barrio, IFC.com,
and New York magazine.
Selections from the Morelia Film Festival
Rooftop Films is proud to present selections from the Morelia International Film
Festival, Mexico’s premiere showcase of new and emerging Mexican filmmaking
talent. From its location in Morelia, one of the country’s most beautiful
and vibrant colonial cities, the festival (now in its fifth year) serves as a
unique point of intersection between Mexican and international filmmakers, audiences,
film professionals and members of the press. It also introduces visitors to the
cultural riches and natural splendor of the State of Michoacán, famed
for its musical, literary, theatrical, artisanal and culinary traditions, and
now an emergent center of world film culture. The festival’s competitive
sections of Mexican short films, documentaries, short films from Michoacán
and for the first time in 2007, Mexican features, combine with foreign film premieres,
curated programs, tributes to Mexican film pioneers, and retrospectives of major
world cinema artists to offer an experience of Mexican cinema in a rare, international
Independent and student films from Mexico City and other urban
centers, and independent videos from points as varied as Tijuana,
Merida, Guerrero and Oaxaca, render a comprehensive portrait of
media culture, social life, and artistic imagination within Mexico.
These works explore such varied themes as transnational identities,
globalization, and indigenous lives, in formats ranging from fiction
to documentary to animated film and video. Supported by the City
of Morelia, the State of Michoacán, and Cinepolis, Latin
America’s largest theater chain, among other corporate sponsors,
the Morelia International Film Festival strives to contribute to
Mexico’s growth and progress as a contributor to world cinema,
to establish Michoacán and its capital, Morelia, as vibrant
focal points of world cinema culture, and to promote the talents
and expand the opportunities of the country’s most promising
artists in film and independent media.
Ver Llover (Elisa Miller Encinas | Mexico |
Winner of the Best Fiction Short, 2006 Morelia
International Film Festival.
In this evocative romantic drama, two teenagers
in a small town struggle with the decision of whether to stay or
Al Final Del Surco (Miguel Salgado | Mexico | 11:00)
A father and son live in a community where
the fields are rotting and people are being murdered. On the day
they decide to sell their maize, a terrible incident also occurs:
The Aguas Blancas Slaughter. This fascinating mix of fiction and
documentary highlights the ongoing significance of this unsolved
Venus (Jose Alvarez | Mexico | 22:00)
Honorary Mention for Documentary Short, 2006
Morelia Film Festival.
A gorgeous experimental film which puts the
audience in the place of Mary Magdalene, letting us in on the faith
of her devotees as they wait their turn to commune with her privately,
with the certainty that their petitions will reach God.
La Palomilla Salvaje (Daniel Castro | Mexico | 55:00)
Winner of Best Mexican Documentary, 2006 Morelia
A touching and startling documentary about
José Alfredo Jiménez, a cab driver, and his friend
Reinaldo Cruz, a shoeshiner, who decide to change their lives and
follow their dream of getting together a group of amateur rodeo
cowboys to challenge the pros. For this, they must rely on the help
of “The Bandit.”
The Music: Rana Santacruz
Rana Santacruz started out in Mexican band
La Catrina, with its happy and drunk alternative
folk sound and its sui generis line up, which
included accordion, banjo, violin and trumpet.
La Catrina grasped the attention of the Mexican
music industry, landing the band a record deal
with Warner Music Mexico in 1999.The band traveled
to Madrid and Miami to record its first and
only record under the production of Juan Ignacio
Cuadrado, Alejo Stivel and Oscar Lopez. Between
2000 and 2002 La Catrina appeared on different
radio and TV channels (MTV, Telehit, Televisa,
TV Azteca, Canal 11) and tours around Mexico.
In 2002, Santacruz headed to New York City.
His current music could be considered “first
cousins” to La Catrina. His music has
been labeled as “Irish Mariachi”.
He is still influenced by folk music and in
particular in artists that take folk music
and transform it into something else, like
The Pogues and Tom Waits. Rana Santacruz is
still quite fond of acoustic instrumentation
and for his current project has chosen accordions,
guitars, guitarrones, jarana, harps, banjos,
mandolins, violins, etc. His songs generally
tell short tales and adventures, and resemble
short films. You can hear
his original music and read more about him
on his MySpace