The New York Latino Film Festival Is Back With Drive-In Experiences and Virtual Programming

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The new festival season begins, this time with a touch of improvisation and resilience. 

Given the need to put in place safety and social distancing protocols, The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), the nation’s premier Latino film festival, will open its 2020 edition on September 20, implementing new resources and guarantee audience’s participation and safety.

According to the organization, this year, the screenings will be done through drive-in/in-person experiences and virtual programming.

The Festival will open with Habla Now, the fifteenth installment of HBO Latino’s award-winning Habla series, which this time will share personal stories from Latinx such as Amara La Negra, Xiuhtezcatl Martínez, Laurie Hernández, Diane Guerrero, and others.

“Inspired by the resilience of the Latino community, NYLFF is proud to return with a fresh format featuring our first-ever drive-in experiences! We are proud to serve as an important platform for Latino creatives to share culturally relevant stories about intersectionality, diversity, and lived experiences in this country. Gracias to our sponsors for continuing to support our community of content creators and movie-goers. While there’s much learned this year, one thing we can all agree, the culture continues!” said Calixto Chinchilla, Founder of NYLFF.

Other releases include Charm City Kings, directed by Angel Manuel Soto and written by Sherman Payne, a film inspired by the documentary 12 O’Clock Boys that follows the journey of young Mouse, who desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous Baltimore cycling group. Similarly,  John Leguizamo’s Critical Thinking, the true story of five black and Latino teenagers from Miami Jackson Senior High School, will have its NYC premiere.

“We are so proud to support NYLFF for another year and to share the latest edition of our beloved Habla series,” said Jackie Gagne, SVP Multicultural Marketing, WarnerMedia. “We remain committed to providing opportunities for Latinx voices of all perspectives and backgrounds, and we look forward to celebrating and elevating this year’s filmmakers through this new format.”

 “As a world capital of film that’s home to more than 2.5 million Latinos, New York City is proud to support NYLFF,” said the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo. “Each year, we see the strength, creativity, and diversity of New Yorkers reflected in the array of stories and storytellers presented at this amazing festival. Felicidades!”