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A festival celebrating Latin cinema returns to New York next week.
From September 14-20, the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) will return with in-car / in-person experiences as well as virtual options. Originally founded in 1999, NYLFF was formed to build an audience for Latin cinema, support the film community, and foster relationships with Latino talent.
“Inspired by the resilience of the Latin American community, NYLFF is proud to return with a new format featuring our very first drive-in experiences! Said Calixto Chinchilla, founder of NYLFF. “We are proud to serve as an important platform for Latino creatives to share culturally relevant stories about intersectionality, diversity and experiences in this country. Thank you to our sponsors for continuing to support our community of content creators and moviegoers. While there is a lot learned this year, one thing we can all agree on, the culture continues!
The festival kicks off with the 21st edition with Habla Now, the fifteenth installment of HBO Latino’s award-winning series Habla by director and series creator Alberto Ferreras. The series shares personal stories of Latin American figures such as Amara La Negra, Dominican singer / actress / activist; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Mexican-American, environmental activist; Laurie Hernandez, Puerto Rican, Olympian; Diane Guerrero, Colombian, actress; among others.
Festival highlights include the New York premiere of “Charm City Kings,” directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written by Sherman Payne, with a story by Chris Boyd & Kirk Sullivan and Oscar winner Barry Jenkins. The film follows fourteen-year-old Mouse, who
desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous Baltimore biker group who rule the summer streets.
John Leguizamo’s “Critical Thinking” will also premiere in New York at the festival, the true story of five Latino and black teens from Miami Jackson Senior High School, located in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods, breaking through a path in the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspiring teacher.
Tickets for the festival are available online. Drive-in tickets are free and parking is available on a first come, first served basis. For those aged 21 and over, a limited number of VIP tickets for the drive-through movies are available for $ 25 and provide access to the VIP lounge, free personalized cocktails, free aperitifs, networking and social opportunities. Pictures. Tickets for the virtual screenings are $ 8.