Our 5 Favorite Films from the New York International Latino Film Festival
By Amaris Castillo | 08/25/2011 - 10:45

The 12th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) just wrapped up and we learned so much about our vibrant Latin culture from the entertaining and diverse movies that were screened from all over the U.S. and Latin America. From animated Cuban lovers united by music to Pitbull sharing his fondest childhood memory, there was something for everyone.

Here are our highlights:

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Introducing EJ Bonilla
Introducing E.J. Bonilla
By Amaris Castillo | 08/15/2011 - 12:00

E.J. Bonilla has a busy week ahead!  The Puerto Rican actor stars in three films premiering at the New York International Latino Film Festival, running from August 15-21st. 22-year-old Bonilla seems humbled by all of the attention. Bonilla spoke to Latina.com recently about being the star of the film festival.  “It’s really exciting and it’s a little weird,” he said. Bonilla is starring in Musical Chairs (screening Aug. 17), Mamitas (premiering Aug.

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Racial Stereotypes in Advertising are Alive and Well
Racial Stereotypes in Advertising are Alive and Well
By Grace Bastidas | 08/03/2011 - 16:00

A new ad campaign for the New York International Latino Film Festival makes fun of Latino stereotypes in an effort to draw attention to the many clichés about Latinos in the movies. One ad features a chart with the varying roles Latinas have played in films, with “maid” beating out such categories as surgeon and judge.

But while the film fest is attempting to create dialogue about these tired Latino depictions, other companies just keep on propagating them. Here’s a sampling:

Summer’s Eve Says Latinas are Easy

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Ana Ortiz: "Enrique Iglesias is a Total, Juicy Hunk"
By Mariela Rosario | 07/29/2010 - 16:00

We caught up with Ana Ortiz on the red carpet for the New York International Latino Film Festival, where she supported her Ugly Betty bestie America Ferrera's new film, The Dry Land.

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America Ferrera Opens Up about Working with Her New Fiance
By Verky Arcos | 07/29/2010 - 12:00

We caught up with America Ferrera and her fiancé, Ryan Piers William, yesterday at the New York Latino Film Festival as they promoted the film The Dry Land. The film depicts a US soldier returning home from war and shows his struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas. 

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Independent Filmmakers Shine at the Latino Film Festival
By Verky Arcos | 07/14/2010 - 14:30

We are so excited that the 11th annual New York International Latino Film Festival is just a couple of weeks away!  The festival kicks off on Tuesday, July 27th with films featuring established actors like America Ferrera (starring in The Dry Land) and Michelle Rodriguez (starring in Tropico De Sangre). Taking place until Sunday, August 1st at New York's Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 (260 W.

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NYILFF Review: "Don’t Let Me Drown"
By Angie Romero | 07/31/2009 - 11:14

When first-time director Cruz Angeles’s film Don’t Let Me Drown premiered at Sundance earlier this year, it created a fair amount of
buzz. It was even nominated for a Grand Jury Prize and later won an Audience
Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Spotlight: NYILFF Filmmaker Jose Ricardo Garcia
By Lee Hernandez | 07/30/2009 - 18:00

Over 100 films are being shown this week as part of the New York Latino International Film Festival, and we sat down with one filmmaker in particular: New York City director, Jose Ricardo Garcia, 26. His experimental short film HEE is premiering tonight. Garcia, who was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, moved to New York to study at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts film school, and in the process left behind his family and friends in pursuit of his dreams. Mission accomplished!

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