Opening Night Film:  You're Killing Me Susana / Me estás matando Susana
Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Opening Night Film: You're Killing Me Susana / Me estás matando Susana

Ticket includes pre-film reception with Screenwriter Luis Cámara

Dir. Roberto Sneider / Screenwriter Luis Cámara attending

One morning Eligio (Golden Globe Award-winning actor Gael García Bernal) wakes up to discover that his wife Susana has left him without a word. When he finally discovers where she is, Eligio embarks on a quest from Mexico City to Iowa to reunite with her. Eligio tries to charm his way back into her heart, but her determination, and the foreign culture he finds himself in, will force him to face his own demons and contradictions. A funny, painful and romantic journey of late growth based on a novel by the prominent Mexican author José Agustin.  [100 min. Spanish & English w English subtitles. Ages 17+]

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Tesoros / Treasures
Oct
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tesoros / Treasures

FREE Family Film in the Park!  Bring Blankets & Chairs!

Co-Sponsored by City of Watsonville • Parks & Community Services Dept.

Dir. María Novaro

In the town of Barra de Potosí, a small fishing community on the Mexican Pacific coast, a group of children are certain that together - and with the right map - they will find a pirate's treasure that has been hiding nearby for centuries. But what they are about to find is something far more valuable than a treasure. A film for children, their parents and their grandparents. [95 min. Spanish w/ English subtitles. All ages.]

¡Película GRATIS para toda la familia en el parque!  Traigan sus sillas y colchas!

En el pueblo de Barra de Potosí, una comunidad de pescadores en la costa de Guerrero, en México, un grupo de niños está seguros que juntos —y con el mapa adecuado— encontrarán el tesoro del pirata que ha estado oculto por siglos. Pero lo que van a encontrar es algo mucho más valioso que un tesoro. Una película para niños, sus papás y sus abuelos. [95 min. En español con subtítulos en inglés. Para todas las edades.]

Opening Short: Disposable Plastic Blues, Dir. Ben Miller. Featuring Jennifer Gill's students from Watsonville Charter School of the Arts.

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War of the Limelight
Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

War of the Limelight

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World Premiere! HARA Founders/Producers Michael & Brittney Buffo and Youth Cast in attendance

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Dir. Eric Hinwood
A love story across cultures amidst a racist cyber bullying war between two rival high schools. Will it go too far, or will both schools rise above to save an innocent student from deportation?

Starring students from Everett Alvarez, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Millennium Charter, and Carmel High Schools who enrolled in the HARA Motion Picture Conservatory, an after-school filmmaking program hosted at the Carmel Youth Center. Together they worked alongside film industry mentors to produce this film to inspire youth to become leaders of inclusion and empathy for all races and cultures in the U.S. [100 min.]

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Mele Murals
Oct
7
5:00pm 5:00pm

Mele Murals

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WFF 2017 Inspirational Filmmaker Award to Director Tadashi Nakamura

Co-Sponsored by Watsonville Japanese American Citizens League & UCSC Alumni Association

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Mele Murals documents the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - along with a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.

Director Tadashi Nakamura receives the 2017 WFF Inspirational Filmmaker Award for his growing body of powerful documentarywork focusing on the Hawaiian & Japanese-American communities. His films include Jake Shimakuburo: Life on Four Strings, A Song for Ourselves, Pilgrimage, and his newest, Mele Murals. Tadashi is a multi award-winning documentary filmmaker, named one of CNN’s Young People Who Rock for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and his films have been broadcast nationally by PBS. He is a graduate of the UCSC Social Documentation MFA Program.

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Chavela
Oct
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Chavela

Monterey Bay Premiere!

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Directors: Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of the rebellious and free-spirited Grammy-winning artist Chavela Vargas. Guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and including never before-seen interviews the film weaves an arresting portrait of the diva who dared to dress, speak, sing, anddream her unique life into being. [90 min. Spanish & English w/ English subtitles.]


Chavela lleva al público a un viaje evocador a través de la vida transgresora de la rebelde Chavela Vargas, artista icónica ganadora del Premio Grammy. Guiada por las historias de las canciones de Chavela e incluyendo entrevistas nunca antes vistas, la película entreteje un llamativo retrato de la div[a que se atrevió a vestir, hablar, cantar y soñar su vida de manera única. [90 min. En español e inglés con subtítulos en inglés.]

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Raising Zoey
Oct
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Raising Zoey

Monterey Bay Premiere!

Dir. Dante Alencastre - Director attending

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Thirteen-old trans activist Zoey Luna wants nothing more than to go to school, receive an education, and have fun with her friends in Downey, CA. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made it easy for her. With the help of her mother Ofelia, her older sister Leticia, and the ACLU, Zoey fights school officials for her right to self-identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from school officials and students, Zoey continues to live her life and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives. [54 min. English. All ages]

Opening Short: I Was Born in Mexico, But...   

Dir. Corey Ohama - Director attending
Creative portrait of a young woman who thought she was American, but finds out as a teen that she is undocumented. Because she doesn’t want to appear on camera, found foot-age from American culture illuminates her voice as she struggles with her new identity and the reality of not being able to legally drive, work or reside in the U.S. [10 min. English. All ages]

Raising Zoey Trailer

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