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Festival brings Latin film showing to Tacoma

October 9, 2013


Oct. 09--Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population. But you wouldn't know it by watching prime time TV or going to the movies where their numbers are underrepresented, according to the National Latino Media Council.

This week the Seattle Latino Film Festival aims to correct a bit of that imbalance with about 30 Latin American films.

Now in its fifth year, the festival is branching out to Tacoma on Thursday night with a screening of the 2006 feature "El Cantante" with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez at the Washington History Museum. Director Leon Ichaso will attend for a post-screening Q-and-A.

In the biopic, Anthony plays salsa superstar Hector Lavoe, who started the U.S. continental salsa movement in 1975. Lopez (who was married to Anthony at the time of filming) plays Lavoe's wife Puchi. The film follows the singer from his early days as a Puerto Rican teen singer to his later time in New York City, where he popularized salsa. It also documents his struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.

In addition to "El Cantante" Ichaso will discuss his latest film at the Q-and-A. The Cuban-born director is known for cinematic works including "Pinero," "Azcar Amarga" and "Sugar Hill" as well as many TV productions.

An after-party at Encore Boutique Nightclub, 1025 Pacific Ave., will follow the screening.

"We're doing it Hollywood style with a DJ, dancing and red carpet," said the festival's spokeswoman Melinda Raebyne.

Those just wishing to see the film can do so at a reduced cost.

The festival will continue in Seattle through Sunday. 'El Cantante'

Who: Seattle Latino Film Festival, director Leon Ichaso.

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.

Tickets: $15 adult; $8 students, seniors.


Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541


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