The non-profit initiative co-founded by activist Monica Ramirez, The Latinx House, will return to the Sundance Film Festival this year, its co-founders announced.
Despite obstacles imposed by the COVID pandemic, The Latinx House, Sundance Institute’s first official Latinx partner, will return to the festival this year with a full schedule of virtual programming.
Why are we at @sundancefest? As #TheLatinxHouse co-founder @olguitasegura explains, Latinx voices belong anywhere stories are being told. Stay tuned for our incredible lineup of films and conversations! #Sundance pic.twitter.com/CXzMjrsClb
— The Latinx House (@thelatinxhouse) January 16, 2022
Co-founded by activist Monica Ramirez, filmmaker Alex Martinez Kondracke, and entrepreneur Olga Segura, The Latinx House is a non-profit initiative that aims to change the image of the Latinx community in the U.S. by elevating and amplifying the voices and content of Latino artists, entertainers, policy experts, and grassroots organizers.
“Over the last couple of years, The Latinx House has been able to showcase the unique experiences and perspectives of Latinx filmmakers and creators while creating a space where our community and allies can uplift and support amazing, not to mention, thought-provoking work,” Segura said in a statement. “Now more than ever, we must continue to build on our presence here at Sundance to share the diverse and unique stories of the Latinx community.”
In 2020, The Latinx House featured Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, and Netflix in virtual programming that sought to elevate Latinx voices in the industry.
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, this year’s programming will return to virtual and will feature panels with the casts and crews of “The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future” and “Dos Estaciones.”
Programming events will seek to energize the conversation around creativity through the newly created Latinx Learning Lab and in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.
“We are pleased to return to the festival this year to celebrate Latinx excellence in film. We are grateful to the festival leadership for responding so quickly to the rapidly changing circumstances related to COVID-19,” says Ramírez. “While we were eager to join this vibrant community again in person, our priority is maintaining our collective health and safety. This is particularly important to alleviate the burdens on the many essential workers, including the Latinx workers, who would have been called upon to staff an in-person festival. We applaud Sundance for its decision to create an opportunity for virtual engagement.”