2019 Watsonville Film Festival || STORIES MATTER
VIP Pass for ALL film screenings and special events during the 7th Annual Watsonville Film Festival at the Watsonville Youth Center, March 28-31.
Includes opening night reception & film, Saturday night film & concert, and closing film event. A $15 savings!
NOTE: If you can’t make every film screening, no problem, the VIP pass is transferable to another film lover in your life. You will also get priority seating. Pass Holder must arrive 15 minutes prior to screening, or seat may be given up at rush.
Monterey Bay Premiere! Audience Award Winner at San Diego Latino Film Festival
Special Guest: Director Paul Espinosa direct from San Diego!
6:30PM • Music by Noé Yaocoatl from El Teatro Campesino. Film begins 7:00PM. Post film conversation with the Director.
SINGING OUR WAY TO FREEDOM is a powerful & engaging portrait of Ramón “Chunky” Sánchez – musician, composer and community activist from San Diego.
This inspiring film examines how Chunky’s career as a musician is interwoven with the broader history of the Chicano Movement. From the Movement’s early days alongside César Chávez, to today’s immigrants’ rights protests, Chunky’s music has energized our political imagination in the struggle for social justice.
90 min. All Ages
Prepare to be wowed by the creative imaginations of local & international short filmmakers in this powerful collection of narrative fiction films. FULL DETAILS HERE.
Service With A Smile • Dir. Andres Mercado (Digital NEST) World Premiere!
Sunflower Soup • Dir. Marissa A. Martinez (CSUMB)
Rosario • Dir. Marlén Ríos-Farjat (CCC, Mexico)
#ttyl • Dir. Allyson Wegner (CSUMB)
Forty-Seven • Dir. Sarah Mondragón (CSUMB)
To Infinity • Dir. Gabriel Savodivker (Los Angeles)
Hacia el sol / Towards the Sun • Dir. Monica Santis (London Film School)
Stupidly Happy • Dir. Johnny Rome (CSUMB)
95 min. Recommended ages 10+
LA HABITACIÓN || TALES OF MEXICO is a powerful journey of Mexico’s transformation throughout the last 100 years, told through the eyes of the tenants who have lived in the same room in a colonial-style house in Mexico City.
Shown through the lenses of eight of Mexico’s leading directors, the viewer travels with the Mexican people through life-changing historic and personal events, on an emotional journey of dreams, hopes, disappointments & destinies.
Directed by Carlos Carrera, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carlos Bolado, Patricia Arriaga-Jordán, Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, Alejandro Valle, Iván Ávila Dueñas & Natalia Beristain.
120 min. Recommended Ages 13+. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Share in the struggles and triumphs of Latinx Lives in California. A mix of documentary, testimonial and fiction short films guaranteed to inspire. FULL DETAILS HERE.
Futbolistas 4 Life • Dir. Jun Stinson (Oakland)
Con o Sin Papeles • Dir. Aria Zapata (UCSC)
Mia’s Wish • Dir. Maria Cano (Art Institute of Sacramento)
Crisanto Street • Dir. Paloma Martinez (Stanford University)
Roxana’s Story / Maestra Roxana • Dir. Soquel High School Multicultural Club 2018 (CHISPA/Sanctuary Santa Cruz.)
Sharing Stories: Jessica Sierra • Dir. Eugenia Renteria (Watsonville)
Sharing Stories: Dr. Ernesto Vela - Dir. Eugenia Renteria (Watsonville)
Generation Z - Dir. Rosie Ceja (Watsonville High Video Academy)
90 min. All Ages
Special Guest: Actor Alejandra Herrera from Mexico City will be in attendance for a post-film conversation!
TIEMPO DE LLUVIA is a beautiful and intimate film about tradition, migration and healing from an indigenous perspective.
Soledad, a curandera (traditional healer), lives with her grandson José in a pueblo in Oaxaca, Mexico. Soledad's daughter, Adela, moved to Mexico City for work and now wants José to join her, but Soledad believes her grandson is better off in the village.
90 min. Recommended Ages 13+. In Spanish & Mixteco with English subtitles.
This illuminating documentary film follows the Latin American icon Rubén Blades who was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970's.
His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood films, earned a law degree from Harvard and even ran for President of his native Panama!
In RUBÉN BLADES (IS NOT MY NAME) Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a musical and personal journey through Rubén's 50-year career. The film is a celebration of this living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.
85 min. All Ages. In Spanish & English, w English subtitles.
NOTE: This ticket includes film screening, a short salsa dance performance, and dance concert with local favorites Flor de Caña. Join us for a great evening of film and Afro-Caribbean music!
Youth/ Student Ticket (under 21) for Rubén Blades Film + Dance Concert with Flor de Caña. Must show valid ID at the door.
For all other youth/student tickets, see the Youth Tix icon in the main schedule.
Monterey Bay Premiere! Audience Award Winner at the Mill Valley International Film Festival.
Collisions producer Vincent Cortez in attendance. Vincent is also the director of the short film Dad.
COLLISIONS shows the devastating impact of the current administration crackdown on immigration for one Bay Area family. When 12-year-old Itan Bautista’s mother is taken by ICE, she and her little brother Neto are forced to rely on their distant uncle as they embark on a journey to find her whereabouts.
"San Francisco director Richard Levien “has strong story to tell and is able to draw out impressive performances from his cast.” —San Francisco Chronicle.
California’s Napa Valley is one of the premier wine growing regions in the world. Yet, many of the vineyard workers and the small producers with roots in the fields are rarely credited for the valley's famed bounty.
Filmed over the course of one agricultural year, HARVEST SEASON follows the triumphs and tragedies of two Latino winemaking families and the Mexican farm laborers who help bring the wines to your table.
82 min. All Ages