San Diego Latino Film Festival Starts Thursday

The annual film festival will include more than 150 short and feature films and documentaries. One short film that will be shown Saturday is about Imperial Beach.

An artist who paints the border fence between Imperial Beach and Tijuana, an all-woman's lowrider club in San Diego, a teenage boy claims divine miracles in 1980s Chile, and yes, zombies.

The San Diego Film Festival will take place from March 7-17 and include more than 150 films that journey from Southern California to Mexico to other parts of Latin America and the world.

Among more than 150 films are short stories, feature classics like City of God, Selena, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Amores Perros and new hits like Elefante Blanco, Filly Brown and As Luck Would Have It, starring Selma Hayek.

An 8-minute film by young filmmakers titled Environmental Justice in Imperial Beach will be shown as part of the Youth Visions showcase at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

In 2011 filmmaker Eren McGinnis, who was raised in Imperial Beach, received an Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary and a Best Documentary Feature Special Mention for her documentary Precious Knowledge.

Films will primarily be shown at the Digiplex Mission Valley but also at the Full Moon Drive-In in Pacific Beach and the Media Arts Center of San Diego in North Park.

Now in its 20th year, the film festival is hosted by the Media Arts Center San Diego, which seeks to empower people with an interest in media to tell their stories.

Catch a few trailers of films here and see a full list of films at the film festival's website.


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