Cosecha Latina/Latin Harvest is a periodic showcase of new work by Chicana/o, Latina/o and Latin American media artists based in the United States in a variety of genres and formats—from narrative feature-length films, to documentary, to experimental film and video and digital art. Combining evening screenings with Q & A sessions with directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, performers, and artist producers, the series is designed to recognize and support the talent and ideas of these artists, while opening the opportunity for the campus community to engage with Latina/o visions as they emerge, like California flora, in any season.
La Lupe, by New York-based screenwriter, director, and producer Ela Troyano, was chosen to launch this year’s series because it skillfully combines archival footage with live interviews, a varied musical soundtrack, and a poetic approach to human portraiture and Latina/o urban geographies, in order to recapture the life and struggles of a recording artist who had a profound impact on Latin musicians and audiences. Hence, it is expressive of the media flexibility, range of techniques, aesthetic innovation, and socially aware connection to diverse communities that we wish to present in “Latin Harvest.”
—Curator Catherine Benamou,
Associate Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies
Thursday, November 13
Reception 6:30pm / Screening 7pm
La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul
Director Ela Troyano to appear in person for a reception prior to the screening at 6:30pm, and a Q & A Session after the screening.
A documentary chronicle of the life and career of transnational radio star and salsa icon Lupe Yoli, popularly known as “La Lupe” or “La YiYi,” from her origins in Santiago, Cuba, to nightclubs in Havana and New York, to her activity as a “born-again” evangelist in the Bronx (New York). For this in-depth and affectionate portrait, Troyano weaves rare archival footage from Cuba with interviews with family members and close associates in the music and entertainment worlds, including Afro-Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria and TV host Dick Cavett. Replete with original recordings of classic hits, such as “Que Te Pedí” (What Did I Ask of You), recorded with the “king of salsa” Tito Puente.
Ela Troyano is an award winning Cuban-born filmmaker. Her half-hour ITVS short, Carmelita Tropicana, won the coveted Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as the Audience and Critics Award at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
Directed by Ela Troyano
2008, USA • 60 minutes • DVD
Cosecha Latina will continue in the Winter 2009 Quarter program