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OLA’s 17th Annual Latino Film Festival Of The Hamptons To Feature Trio Of Feature-Length Films And Duo Of Student Shorts

Nicole Barylski

Virus Tropical - Still 35 is screening at Sag Harbor Cinema. (Courtesy Photo)

The OLA 17th Annual Latino Film Festival of the Hamptons will span two days, with the opportunity to enjoy the featured films in person and online. The films will be offered in Spanish with English subtitles.

"It was very important to us that we not cancel this film festival as it has grown to represent the shared experiences of our community members, regardless of background or language. We need cultural bridges now more than ever," noted Minerva Perez, Executive Director of OLA (Organización Latino Americana). "The virtual platform was tricky to navigate, but our venue partners took the technological heavy lift for us, allowing us to focus on the film choices, the interviews, and the OLA Media Lab premiere of new student films."

The Festival will open on Friday, November 13 with a screening of award-winning Chilean director Pablo Larraín's NO at the Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill). It will also be available to view online. Admission is $20 onsite, $15 online, and $10 members of Parrish Art Museum. For tickets, visit parrishart.org.

"I am delighted to continue our partnership with OLA with this timely film, and to be able to welcome our Spanish-speaking community into the Museum," said Corinne Erni, Parrish Art Museum Curator of Special Projects. "It is particularly important in trying times like these to be a trusted center for cultural engagement and to celebrate our region's diverse cultural heritage."

NO, a historical drama, explores the advertising strategies utilized in the political campaigns for the 1988 Chile plebiscite, when citizens decided whether or not to permit a dictator to stay in power.

On Saturday, November 14, Guild Hall will present a free virtual screening of Walt Disney Studios' Inside Out at 12:00 p.m. To register, visit www.guildhall.org.

"Guild Hall is dedicated to serving all members of our community and our ongoing, multi-year programming partnership with OLA is a proud testament to this service. We strive to create accessible cultural opportunities showcasing the rich diversity of the East End, and we welcome all who enjoy the arts," Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director, The John Drew Theater, shared. "Our doors are always open to the Latino population of the East End, both literally and virtually - and our presentation of OLA's 17th Annual Latino Film Festival is just one of many ongoing efforts we share in striving towards inclusivity, with fun and high spirits for all."

Inside Out follows Riley, an 11-year-old dealing with an emotional roller coaster as a major life-changing moment occurs.

Also on Saturday, November 14, Sag Harbor Cinema (90 Main Street, Sag Harbor) will host one of their first public screenings since the venue's renovation following a devastating fire nearly two years ago. Virus Tropical will screen at 7:00 p.m. It will also be available to view online. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults. For tickets, visit www.sagharborcinema.org.

"We are delighted to partner with the 17th OLA Latino Film Festival of Long Island and very excited about this particular film, a highly original coming of age story, designed by a beloved Colombian/Ecuadorian artist and beautifully animated by Santiago Caicedo," noted SHC's Artistic Director Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan. "We see this as the first of many collaborations with OLA Latino Film Festival and the beginning of a rich vein of programs inspired by the wealth of Latin American cinema."

The animated film is based on the work of graphic novelist Power Paola. Virus Tropical tells the story of Paola, a teenager who grows up in Ecuador and Colombia, and her not-so-conventional family.

The evening will commence with screenings of Solo and Rocco, a duo of short films created by Riverhead high school students that took part in the OLA Media Lab filmmaking and story-telling workshop series earlier this year. Led by filmmaker and educator Maria Maciak, the free workshop is presented yearly to local school districts. The gathering will wrap up with a conversation featuring Perez and D'Agnolo Vallan.

There is limited seating to the screenings at the Parrish Art Museum and Sag Harbor Cinema, however all three films will be screened online too.

For more information about OLA, visit www.olaofeasternlongisland.org.


Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski




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