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The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) Opens Its 13th Edition With FILLY BROWN, Starring Sundance Sensation Gina Rodriguez, and Closes With LEMON, the Gripping Story of Spoken Word Artist Lemon Andersen

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NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 07/25/12 -- The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), the premier Latino film festival in the country, opens its 13th edition with FILLY BROWN, starring breakout actress Gina Rodriguez (GO FOR IT, OUR FAMILY WEDDING), and closes with LEMON, the raw story of three-time felon and one-time Tony Award-winner, spoken word artist Lemon Andersen. The NYILFF is presented by HBO®. Schedule information and tickets will be available online and at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas box office beginning July 27: nylatinofilm.com.

NYILFF kicks off on Monday, August 13 with a 15th anniversary presentation of SELENA at Cinema Under The Stars, a free outdoor screening presented by HBO® at St. Nicholas Park on St. Nicholas Avenue and 135th Street in Manhattan. Opening Night on Tuesday, August 14, through Closing Night on Saturday, August 18, panel discussions and other festival activities will take place at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street, NYC 10011. The 2012 NYILFF Awards presentation will take place on Sunday, August 19.

NYILFF also presents a World Premiere exclusive screening of THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE, a special presentation attended by stars Wilmer Valderrama and Columbus Short, and will include a Q&A. The film will be distributed theatrically by RCR Media Group. In addition, the heartwarming ELLIOTT LOVES, winner of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Audience Award for Best Picture, will headline the festival's Dominican Night.

"HBO has been the proud presenting sponsor of the NYILFF since its inception in 1999," said Lucinda Martinez, vice president, Domestic Network Distribution & Multicultural Marketing at HBO. "We commend the festival on its success and ongoing efforts to raise the profile of Latino films and take special pride in our HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition partnership which offers new Latino talent a chance to produce a winning script to film."

"In thirteen years, NYILFF has grown in prestige and stature around the country and internationally," explained Calixto Chinchilla, founder and co-executive director. "We continually strive to provide a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work to New York's diverse audiences."

"On behalf of everyone involved with NYILFF, we would like to thank our sponsors whose consistent support has allowed NYILFF to become an internationally renowned Latino film festival in the U.S. We pride ourselves on providing our sponsors, filmmakers and audience with an elevated film-going experience," says Elizabeth Gardner, co-executive director.

HBO®/NYILFF SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The 2012 HBO®/NYILFF Short Film Competition winner is Carmen Peláez for her script THE ACTING LESSON. The film will be co-directed by Nicolas Calzada. Held earlier this year, the competition awards the writer of the winning script $15,000 in HBO funding to produce and direct the script and present it at NYILFF. In addition, HBO provides an executive to mentor the winner and her production team through the completion of the project. Jointly created in 2004, the competition seeks to foster films by Latino filmmakers and/or about the Latino experience.

RED CARPET EVENTS

OPENING NIGHT - Co-Presented by Latina Magazine
Tuesday, August 14 - 7 pm - Chelsea Clearview Cinemas
FILLY BROWN (NY Premiere)
Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos
Writer: Youssef Delara
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos, Chrissie Fit, Lou Diamond Phillips
Logline: Maria Jose "Majo" Tonorio is a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. She's an aspiring rap artist, while being a good daughter and older sister. Majo's life becomes a roller coaster when she tries to get her mother out of jail. FILLY BROWN will be distributed theatrically by Indomina Releasing.

DOMINICAN NIGHT - Presented by Heineken. Sponsored by HBO® and the Dominican American Professional Alliance
Thursday, August 16 - 7 pm - Columbia University Medical Center Alumni Auditorium
630 West 168
th St. at Ft. Washington Ave., NYC 10032
ELLIOTT LOVES (NY Premiere)
Writer/Director: Terracino
Cast: Elena Goode, Tillman Norsworthy and Robin de Jesus
Logline: Two stages of a Dominican-American's life: first as a boy trying to bond with his young mother, and then a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City.

CLOSING NIGHT - Presented by Pepsi
Saturday, August 18 - 7 pm - Chelsea Clearview Cinemas
LEMON
Directors: Laura Brownson, Beth Levison
Performed by: Lemon Andersen
Logline: A feature-length documentary film depicting Lemon Andersen's struggle to free his family from poverty and pain as he exposes his most shocking secrets on the NY Stage. LEMON is a Russell Simmons presentation in association with Impact Partners.

WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION
Saturday, August 18 - 8:45 pm - Chelsea Clearview Cinemas
THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE
Director: Julius Onah
Co-Written by: Julius Onah and Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Cast: Columbus Short, Wilmer Valderrama, Alicja Bachleda and Jesse Spencer
Logline: From executive producer Spike Lee comes the thriller "The Girl Is In Trouble," a Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm.

NYILFF will also present in competition domestic and international features, documentaries and shorts, plus On The Edge, a showcase of non-traditional film genres and NYILFF Spectrum, which showcases global urban films, not limited to the Latino perspective. NYILFF also includes industry panels, red carpet premieres and celebrity appearances.

NYILFF 2012 FILM PROGRAMMING

DOMESTIC FEATURES
186 DOLLARS TO FREEDOM
DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
LOVE, CONCORD
MARIACHI GRINGO
SUNSET STORIES
TONY TANGO
UNDER MY NAILS

INTERNATIONAL FEATURES
180 SEGUNDOS (180 Seconds) (Colombia)
A NOVELA DAS 8 (Prime Time Soap) (Brazil)
EL RUMOR DE LAS PIEDRAS (The Rumble of the Stones) (Venezuela)
JAQUE MATE (Check Mate) (Dominican Republic)
LA BRUJULA LA LLEVA EL MUERTO (The Compass Is Carried By The Dead Man) (Mexico)
LA LUCHA DE ANA (Ana's Struggle) (Dominican Republic)
LA MUJER DE IVÁN (Ivan's Woman) (Chile)
LA ÚLTIMA ISLA (The Last Island) (Spain)
SANGRE DE FAMILIA (Family Blood) (Mexico)
UNA NOCHE (Cuba)
ZOOLÓGICO (Zoo) (Chile)

DOCUMENTARIES
BUSCANDO A LARISA (Looking for Larisa) (Mexico)
EL MÉDICO: THE CUBATÓN STORY (Cuba/Sweden)
ESPERANDO A LOS BITLES (Waiting For The Beatles) (Mexico)
HIJA (Daughter) (Chile)

SPECTRUM
WOLF

ON THE EDGE
LOS CHIDOS (Mexico)
EL HOYO DEL DIABLO (The Devil's Hole) (Dominican Republic)

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NYILFF 2012 SPONSORS
The 2012 NYILFF is presented by HBO® and HBO Latino® and made possible with the additional support of American Airlines, Daily News/Viva, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47, 103.5 KTU, Z100, Power 105.1 and Wing Advertising. The NYILFF is also proud to have Aquafina, Barefoot Wine, Café Bustelo, General Motors, Heineken, Macy's and Pepsi as Benefactors. Media partners consist of El Diario, El Especial/El Especialito Newspaper, Hispanic PRBlog, Hispanicize, HOMBRE Magazine, HuffPost LatinoVoices, Latina Media Ventures, LatinTRENDS, The Village Voice and Marketwire, as the exclusive wire partner. Venue partners include Clearview Chelsea Cinemas 9, Columbia University Medical Center's Office of Government & Community Affairs, Imagenation Cinema Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital. The Industry partner is SAG-AFTRA. Technology and Creative partners include Analog Digital, Click3x, Eleet Tech, Heard City and spoon+fork. Special Thanks to the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, the New York Latin Media and Entertainment Commission and Reyes Entertainment.

ABOUT NYILFF
Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) is now the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. The NYILFF's mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO. The NYILFF is the only film event to have had the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Latin Media and Entertainment Commission since its formation in 2003.

NYILFF Web Site: www.nylatinofilm.com
Find NYILFF on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NYLatinoFilm
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