The historic Midwest Theater announces the 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Film Festival with a weekend of three different film screenings Sept. 20-22. The lineup includes “The 33,” “Mariachi Gringo,” and the on-tour New York International Children’s Film Festival “Viva Kid Flicks.” All three films have free admission, and will include door prize drawings.
Movie Synopsis: Disaster strikes on Aug. 5, 2010, as a mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit.
Runtime: 2h 7min
Friday, September 20 7:30pm
Summary: A stifled, small-town man stuck in a dead end life, runs away to Mexico to be a mariachi singer. MARIACHI GRINGO is a musical tour-de-force exploring the reality of “following your dreams” across cultural, personal, social and geographical borders. “Mexico, Guadalajara in particular, is the film’s real star: warm, diverse and, thanks mostly to all the food on screen, sensual.” –New York Times review
Director Q&A: talk with film director Tom Gustafson after the screening
Runtime: 1h 47 min
Saturday, September 21 7:30pm
NYICFF Viva Kid Flicks:
Summary: NYICFF Viva Kid Flicks celebrates Spanish-language and Latino-themed stories in shorts from around the globe. Can a fabled stone offer another path for Matilde’s life on her Mexican rancho? The choices we make at mealtime sometimes have a very big impact, especially for a seemingly picky eater with a lot more on his mind in the drama from Spain, Fish. The universal language of wizards bridges cultures from the UK to Cuba in the imaginative doc Spelliasmous. You’ll experience moving stories and hear how around the world, Spanish stories have their own distinctive flair.
The short films, which are in Spanish with English subtitles or no dialogue, are: SPELLIASMOUS, Cuba, Documentary; GINA, Mexico, Animation; STARDUST, Mexico, Live Action; HORSE’S STONE, Mexico, Live Action; JESSZILLA, USA, Documentary; MI ABUELITA, Guatemala, Animation; and FISH, Spain, Live Action. Audience members can vote for the winning film.
Rating: for age 8 and up
Runtime: 65 min
Sunday, September 22 1:30pm