New in 2018: GRLAFF for Kids

New in 2018: GRLAFF for Kids

On Saturday, April 7, for the first time the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival will offer special programming for kids and their families. At 1:30 pm there will be live puppet shows in Spanish, followed by a screening of Anina, an animated film from Uruguay, at 2 pm, followed by a another puppet show, “The Fabulous Johnny Frog,” in English at 4 pm.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Location: Wealthy Street Theatre Micro-Cinema.

Filmmakers from Colombia and Venezuela headed to Grand Rapids to participate in 8th GRLAFF

Filmmakers from Colombia and Venezuela headed to Grand Rapids to participate in 8th GRLAFF

This spring, Colombian director Catalina Mesa will be coming to Grand Rapids to discuss her documentary, Jericó: El Infinito Vuelo de los Días (Jericó: The Infinite Flight of Days), on Friday, April 6 after the film is screened at 8 pm at Wealthy Theatre. The documentary weaves together the everyday encounters and conversations of women of different ages and backgrounds living in a small Colombian town called Jericó, revealing their wisdom, personal tragedies, and comedic take on life.

Another guest director at the festival will be Gustavo Rondón, from Venezuela, who will be sharing his perspective after the showing of his first feature film, La Familia (The Family), on Saturday, April 7 at 8 pm. The film is about Andrés and his son Pedro who live in the outskirts of Caracas but who hardly see each other, until one day Pedro gets into serious trouble and father and son must flee their home in a journey that brings them closer in ways they could not have imagined. Rondón will also be speaking about another Venezuelan film that he edited, El Amparo, after that film’s screening on Saturday, April 7 at 5 pm.

A number of other films will also be followed by panel discussions with special guests. See the festival schedule for details.

Winner of 2018 Festival Poster Design Contest Announced

Winner of 2018 Festival Poster Design Contest Announced

GRLAFF is proud to announce the winner of the 2018 Festival poster design contest. Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) student Tylan Davis is the winner!

The contest was open to all KCAD students and design teams. Entries were required to demonstrate a link to the GRLAFF mission: to foster a nuanced understanding of Latin American and Latino experiences through the art of film, to provide opportunities for constructive dialogue across cultures, and to enrich the social fabric of our community.

Tylan wrote this statement about his artwork: “For this design, I wanted to create a symbol that was both inviting and dynamic. I created this artwork to resemble three things: a spinning dress, a sun, and a flower. The color scheme was chosen to represent the warmth of the region, and the dust on the background was used to add an old-film feel to it.”

Congratulations to Tylan, and thank you to all the students that participated the contest.

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