Hispanicize 2014 Film Showcase Kicks off with “Cesar Chavez”


Water & Power, Sleeping With the Fishes The House That Jack Built & Avenues Also Screen and the Short Film Program

Miami, FL – Hispanicize 2014 will kick off its Latino film showcase April 1st with a one-of-a-kind film screening reception and red carpet for Cesar Chavez, featuring the family of American Latino civil rights leader, Cesar Chavez.  The other films that have been chosen to screen this year at Hispanicize include Richard Montoya’s Water & Power, Nicole Gomez Fisher’s Sleeping With the Fishes; Henry Barrial’s The House That Jack Built & and Aaref Rodriguez’s Avenues will also screen along with a Short Film Program 

The Cesar Chavez screen is sponsored by AARP’s Movies for Grownups, myLINGO, and hosted by Regal Cinemas, and will be shown at the Regal Cinemas South Beach Stadium 18, located at: 1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL.

Cesar Chavez’ granddaughters, Julie Chavez-Rodriguez, White House Office of Public Engagement and Christine Chavez, U.S. Department of Agriculture will attend the program. As part of the program, they will discuss the legacy of their great namesake and how they are leveraging the film and their own talents to build on Cesar Chavez’s footprint in history.

The exclusive film reception is available on a first-come, first-serve basis to Hispanicize 2014 badge holders, members of AARP and the general public.

“Hispanicize is proud to showcase this important film with some of the most influential Latinos in the nation and, most importantly, with the people that meant the most to Cesar Chavez personally: his own family,” said Calixto Chinchilla, Hispanicize film program manager. “This program and film is going to be a cultural treasure of this year’s event.” 

Following is the complete Hispanicize Film Showcase                                                                                      

Tuesday April 1st 8PM

Opening Night

Chavez: a special “entre familia” screening

Directed by: Diego Luna

Trailer: (http://tinyurl.com/kcph7sf) 

Cesar Chavez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the system.

Wednesday April 2nd 7PM 

W&P_1SHT_06_10x150Water and Power

Directed by: Richard Montoya

Trailer:  (http://tinyurl.com/kamhjaq)

Edward James Olmos and lead actor Nicolas Gonzalez will be presenting.

Twin brothers nicknamed “Water” and “Power” find themselves on opposite sides of the law in East Los Angeles. One is a decorated cop, the other a corrupt senator, but both are forced to reconcile their differences when a violence threatens their futures. Based on his own play, director Richard Montoya (a member of Culture Clash) pays homage to the classic film noir with this modern tale of regret, fatality, and betrayal. Narrated by Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy) and co-starring the late Lupe Ontiveras.


GINARodriguez.Sleeping.FishesSleeping With the Fishes

Directed by: Nicole Gomez-Fisher

Trailer: (http://tinyurl.com/kcdcga9)
Sleeping with the Fishes is the story of a woman who finds herself stuck. After the death of her philandering husband, Alexis is both broke and broken-hearted. But it’s not until she is called back to Brooklyn for a distant relative’s funeral that she realizes what she thought was her rock bottom, clearly wasn’t… going home is. Sleeping with the Fishes is the story of one woman’s comedic journey back to where it all went wrong, to face her dysfunctional cross-cultural family and admit that the perfect life with the perfect man wasn’t so perfect after all.

 Friday April 4th at 7PM

THTJB_poster-jpegThe House That Jack Built

Directed by: Henry Barrial

Trailer (http://tinyurl.com/n3gdtbt)

Hot-blooded and ambitious, Jack is the kind of guy who takes care of his own. He sets his extended family up in a single Bronx apartment complex and then expects them to play by his rules. But his parents still bicker non-stop, his brother can barely keep it together, and his sister continues to entertain lady lovers. Tensions rise, and his dream unravels into an uncontrollable hot mess.

With a script written nearly twenty years ago by Joseph Vasquez, who tragically passed away shortly after his 1991 indie hit Hangin’ With the Homeboys. His riveting story about the strength and limitations of family bonds is brought to life with crisp dialogue, sharp direction by Henry Barrial and a dynamic Caribbean-Latino ensemble led by E.J. Bonilla and Melissa Fumero.

Friday April 4th at 9PM


Directed by ; Aaref Rodriguez

Trailer: (http://tinyurl.com/mde9b8f)

Saul Sanchez returns home to the rough Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, also known as The Avenues, after serving a decade-long prison sentence. Once back, Saul seeks a reunion with his estranged young daughter. Guided by a sympathetic parole officer, who discovers his hidden illiteracy, Saul begins writing a letter to his daughter and begins a journey of self-discovery amid pressure from his gangland Avenidas familia. As Saul separates himself from old friends, he mentors a troubled teenage neighbor following an all-too-familiar gang path. Based on a true story, “Avenues” tells a deeply personal story of fatherhood and the isolation felt by former convicts.

 Hispanicize 2014 Film Showcase Short Film Selections

reasonsyimsingle1Reasons Y I’m Single

Directed by: Elaine del Valle

Written and directed by Elaine del Valle, Reasons Why I’m Single is a Comedy Web Series about being Single, Over 35 and Under Fabulous. Episodes featured are: “I Tweet Jay-Z”and  “The Latina Date”.



Missing Grandma

Directed by: Adel L. Morales

A 60-year-old grandmother, Mita, who doesn’t hesitate to throw a slipper at you, is in the early stages of dementia, as she tries to impress upon her 16-year-old granddaughter, Tammi, the need to act like a lady. The generational gap widens and bonds are nearly broken after Mita finds an open box of condoms in Tammi’s room. Harsh words are spoken and feelings are hurt. Later as the smell of sofrito hangs in the air, Mita puts away her Rosary and gives Tammi awkward but valuable advice on sex.


j-1Directed by: Geoffery Guerrero

Every Summer young college students from Eastern Europe and Russia come to America through the J-1 Visa Program issued by the U.S. State Department. Inspired by a true story, when Oksana meets her J-1 Sponsor in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn she soon learns her initial job offer no longer exists and she is forced to dance at a strip club for little to no pay.

Tender Love

Tender-LoveDirected by Peter Alton & Benjamin Byron Davis

A love story unlike anything you’ve seen… a tale of love and loss, between a man and his shorty from around the way, his TiVo remote control.



Stereotypically Me

StereotypicalDirected by: Linda Nieves-Powell

Perception in our world is everything. It is what our eyes determine on the surface. To be good, bad, right, wrong, intelligent, average, pretty, or ugly. These perceptions are informed by our experiences, worldview, education or lack thereof, and what we accept as truth delivered to us via our media. Meet Lydia, a writer who has muses to get rid of, in an effort to write her truth against a world full of stereotypes.

The Price We Pay

poster-tpwpDirected by: Jesse Garcia

A film about a scarred soldier, suffering from PTSD, who comes home from war to find his relationship with his neighborhood, best friend and wife, not how he left it. But, is what he’s seeing, real?

All the screening will take place at  Regal South Beach, Stadium 18, 1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL


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