Señorita Cinema is the Lone Star State's first all Latina film festival. In the past the role of the Latina woman in film, for the most part, was left to the imaginations of others with very typical Hollywood results. Señorita Cinema turns the screen over to the rising wave of Latina women who are sharing their stories and visions by making movies and video art. The festival's aim is to show the rich tapestry of different voices, styles, ideas, unique to the Latina experience.
Schedule of events
- November 1 (7 pm): Our Quinceañera - A high school principal in a small town in Texas hosts a yearly Quinceañera for students that can't afford it. The event started with four girls and it is now a celebration for 80 girls. The entire border town of San Benito gets together to teach these girls that with the power of community any dream can come true. Filmmaker Fanny Veliz Grande will be in attendance with special guests. (Rice Cinema)
- November 1 (10:30 pm): Locas, a late night variety program hosted by La Llorona, will feature theater, spoken word, film, and a live video and vinyl set by special guest Dada Western of Chulita’s Vinyl Club Austin Chapter.
- November 2: Señorita Cinema Super Shorts - The short film showcase features Latina filmmakers from all over. This year’s “Super Shorts” program includes the Houston premieres of films Changeling by Helena Martin, Triste Alegria by Danila Cervantes, Preludes by Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez, and many others. There will be a reception with food provided by Taco Lady and beverages provided by Saint Arnold Brewery, and more.
- November 3: La Concha Community Screening - A Girl's Band. Una Banda de Chicas (A Girl’s Band) is a documentary about the Riot Grrl movement. "I changed the bass for the camera,” says Marilina Giménez, who until 2013 and for six years played in the band Yilet with two girlfriends. That is the framework in which her autobiographical and choral documentary film was conceived. Its gender perspective confronts several dilemmas: Which is the women’s role in the current music scene? What happens when women make the music they choose?