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CHARM CITY KINGS: A BORICUA’S ODE TO BALTIMORE by Kristal Sotomayor, AL DÍA NEWS Media
Charm City Kings, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, follows young Mouse as he struggles to process the recent death of his brother Stro. He’s drawn to the Midnight Clique, a group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders led by Blax (played by Meek Mill). Mouse must choose between following the example of his police mentor Detective Rivers or join the Midnight Clique dealing drugs. MORE→

 

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EL AGENTE TOPO: THE STORY OF THE ELDERLY SPY THAT INFILTRATES A RETIREMENT HOME by Kristal Sotomayor, AL DÍA NEWS Media
El agente topo (The Mole Agent), directed by Maite Alberdi, follows 83-year-old Sergio, who is hired by private investigator Detective Romulo to infiltrate and report on a Chilean senior citizen home. Alberdi brings film noir stylizations to documentary filmmaking, using sharp shadow contrasts from windows, casting the iconic noir visual effect. MORE→

 

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LA LEYENDA NEGRA: A LATINX COMING-OF-AGE STORY by Kristal Sotomayor, AL DÍA NEWS Media
La Leyenda Negra, directed by Patricia Vidal Delgado, tells the story of young, head-strong Salvadorian Aleteia, played by Monica Betancourt. News of the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) puts both her life and education at risk. Aleteia navigates her anger towards the systems affecting her immigration status by joining an anarchist group that spray paints and burns buildings. La Leyenda Negra provides a pointed social commentary to the issues affecting teens and immigrants in the United States. MORE→

 

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THE ONE-CHILD POLICY LEGACY ON WOMEN AND RELATIONSHIPS IN CHINA by Kristal Sotomayor, ITVS
The One-Child Policy was introduced to China in 1979, written into the national constitution in 1982, and subsequently ended in 2015. Over the 36 years of the policy, entire generations have been marked by the effects of the state’s control on women’s reproductive rights. The films One Child Nation and Leftover Women both reflect and examine the policy and its legacy from different perspectives. MORE→

 

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THE REAL-LIFE ROMANCE OF IVAN AND GERARDO ON THE SILVER SCREEN by Kristal Sotomayor, AL DÍA NEWS Media
Te llevo conmigo (I Carry You With Me), directed by Heidi Ewing, is a nuanced look into the intersections of immigration, queerness, and acceptance. The film tells the real-life love story of Iván, a young aspiring chef, and Gerardo, an openly gay teacher, in the streets of Puebla, Mexico… At a time when there are so many stereotypical portrayals of undocumented immigrants, Te llevo conmigo is a refreshing new take on the queer immigrant story. MORE→

 

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MEET THE CREATORS OF THE FILM PRODUCED WITH ‘MUCHO MUCHO AMOR’ by Kristal Sotomayor, AL DÍA NEWS Media
Everyday, Walter Mercado would grace the screens of Latinx homes across the globe. Mucho Mucho Amor, directed by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch and produced by Alex Fumero, traces Mercado’s legacy and documents his final moments. The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and will be available soon to stream on Netflix. MORE→

 

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FROM FASHION TO FOOD AND BEYOND: BILLY LUTHER BRINGS NATIVE STORIES TO THE FOREFRONT by Kristal Sotomayor, ITVS
Filmmaker and producer Billy Luther’s first feature documentary Miss Navajo, which follows a young woman competing in the Miss Navajo beauty pageant, aired nationally on Independent Lens after premiering in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Luther has collaborated with Independent Lens on the alter-NATIVE series highlighting the experiences of contemporary indigenous artists and their culture. MORE→

 

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5 TIPS FOR PRESS ATTENDING THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL by Kristal Sotomayor, Submittable
For aspiring film critics, gaining press credentials to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is like winning the lottery. This festival is one of the largest and most prestigious in the country. At Sundance, the famous, the up-and-coming, and everyone in between mingle with each other. Getting credentials to this exclusive event can help writers, filmmakers, and media professionals at all career levels gain new opportunities and connections. For those lucky enough to obtain credentials, here are five tips for press attending the Sundance Film Festival. MORE→

 

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VISUALIZING THE MODERN DIGITAL AGE by Kristal Sotomayor, ITVS
In People’s Republic of Desire, director Hao Wu documents China’s live-streaming community, one akin to YouTube’s cult-like culture. The film investigates how online video chat platforms affect the lived experiences of internet personalities, such as icons Shen Man and Big Li, as well as both wealthy and low-income fans. MORE→

 

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4 WAYS TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING YOUR PASSION FOR FILM by Kristal Sotomayor, Submittable
Let’s say you’re a few years out of film school like I am. While in college, we dreamed of being free of the institution, spending our lives making films. But how can anyone balance paying rent with continuing to support a passion for filmmaking? MORE→ 

 

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RACISTS TEACH HERE by Kristal Sotomayor, WHYY
“I’m not sure you’re capable of taking that class,” said my high school English teacher. She was a middle-aged white woman. I had approached her after class to sign a form allowing me to take the more advanced AP English class the following year. My first year of high school, I was placed in the advanced courses in science and math but not in English. MORE→

 

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FILMMAKING AFTER FILM SCHOOL by Kristal Sotomayor, Submittable
Congratulations on that nice, shiny film school diploma. Now what? Like many of my film school peers, I’ve directed a few shorts that received recognition on the undergrad film festival circuit. I’ve got festival laurels to my name. So, where’s the dream job? Where are the grants to make my own films? MORE→

 

 

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