Central American film fest in Hollywood

The third annual Central American International Film Festival takes place in Hollywood Nov. 3 through 5. Created to showcase works about Central American struggles, history, culture, and talent, the CAIFF will feature nearly 30 films in various categories such as full features, shorts, documentaries, student works and a specific division for U.S. Latino works. It will also feature performances, art exhibits, workshops and...

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Tomorrow’s filmmakers are here…

The directors, screenwriters, producers and actors of tomorrow are here. They are part of The Cinema Project and some are as young as nine years of age and attend fourth grades in Southern California schools, including some in inner city neighborhoods like Hooper Elementary in South Los Angeles. Recently hundreds of students from The Cinema Project in schools in L.A. and Orange County attended the screening of a teen adventure drama,...

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Americans urged to help fight hunger

As starvation threatens the lives of more than 20 million people in Africa, a new coalition of U.S.-based humanitarian organizations has launched a campaign to mobilize Americans in hopes to prevent the worst. Actor George Clooney is lending his voice to the effort. The Global Emergency Response Coalition has launched the Hunger Relief Fund to encourage people to immediately lend a helping hand and save millions of lives. The campaign...

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Children’s musical sensation on the road

The pop phenomenon called Kidz Bop, an act that performs the biggest hits with lyrics cleaned up and adapted for kids, is now touring the US. The “Best Time Ever Tour” is scheduled to stop at more than 50 American cities that might include your hometown. Launched in 2001, Kidz Bop consists of compilation albums with pop hits performed by talented youths. The CDs have been hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and radio stations...

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Film ‘Gook’ delves into L.A. riots

Twenty-five years ago Los Angeles was hit by a major social disturbance with race at its core. This summer the City of Angels itself serves a the launching pad for the nationwide release of a movie about the 1992 L.A. Civil Unrest. “Gook,” an award winner at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, dares to delve into race relations, a hot and sensitive topic since the political rise of Donald Trump. But the film does it through...

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