Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival 2013

ICS trivia: All of our Producers and Field Team are of Latin American decent (including me!), representing Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico!]

With so many events going on this weekend, here’s one we don’t want you to forget about – OLA FEST!

“The Orlando Latin American Film & Heritage Festival (OLA FEST) is dedicated to presenting independent and new Latin American cinema, socially relevant and challenging films not readily offered in Central Florida. Part celebration and part education, OLA FEST is a community-building initiative–not just a showcase of movies– promoting an open space for passion, dialogue, conviviality, and usefulness.”

OLA FEST 2013 features a short film by local Columbian filmmaker and Full Sail graduate, Fabian Morales-Botero (Azabache Filmes), Producer Johnathan Lozano and DP Jack Barbour. His film is called “Take Me Home: Documenting the Humane Hearts.” Synopsis via Fabian’s Facebook event page for Take Me Home summarizes, “Beth Davalos a social worker featured on 60 Minutes, Arielle Metzger 16 year old featured on several TV shows and many other homeless people take Fabian Director on a journey that changes his life and introduces the viewer to the invisible homeless no one really hears about. This documentary was galvanized by a simple idea to use the cinematic arts in an attempt to raise awareness and change people‚Äôs perception of who the homeless really are. For one year and a half we follow these people as they share their life experiences being homeless on the streets. This documentary is about stories not statistics, about people not numbers, about love not hate, about life not politics, about feelings, fears & hope.”


Below is the remaining schedule for OLAFEST:

Films shown at Premiere Cinemas 14 in Fashion Square $5 per movie (except where noted *)

Previously Screened:

  • “Gods” (Peru)
    “My Time Will Come” (Ecuador)
    “Nothing More” (Cuba)
  • “The Sacred Family” (Chile)
    “Whiskey” (Uruguay)
    “The Field of Stars” (Spain)

Saturday, February 16:

2:00 pm “Margarette’s Feast” (Brazil)
4:00 pm “Craft” (Brazil)

6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception/Take Me Home w/Fabian Morales & Friends
* The $10 for this film covers reception, screening with $5 of the ticket going to Second Harvest Food Bank.

7:00 – 9:00 pm Screening/Awards Presentation/Q&A with director

9:30 pm “Bald, Fat, Short Man” (Colombia)

Sunday, February 17:

2:00 pm “The Finger” (Argentina)
4:00 pm “Today and Tomorrow” (Argentina)
6:00 pm “The Spirit of the Beehive” (Spain)

Related links:

OLA FEST Facebook Group

Take5 with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

OLA FEST on vivaflorida.org


About jenvargas

Multimedia Producer. Social Media Advocate. Filmmaker. Volunteer. I am the Producer and Host of the monthly Florida filmmaker screening series, FilmSlam at Enzian Theater, and Managing Editor of one of Central Florida's oldest, most trusted websites, the award-winning CentralFloridaTop5.com! I am also a proud committee member of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a member of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer's Florida State Advisory Committee, Orlando Tech Association Marketing Committee, Valencia College's Digital Media Advisory Board, as well as on several Film Florida committees. Additionally, I am a Google #GlassExplorer, techie, purple lover and #caregiver. View all posts by jenvargas

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