“Las Marthas” Preview Screenings in January

Laura Garza Hovel's family portrait Credit: Edwin Martinez

Laura Garza Hovel’s family portrait
Credit: Edwin Martinez

LAS MARTHAS

a film by Cristina Ibarra

Dating from the aftermath of the U.S.-Mexico War, the annual colonial-inspired Martha Washington Society debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other. These young women are fitted, dressed, and presented in glittering colonial style ball gowns that weigh 50 pounds or more.

Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration. Produced and directed by Cristina Ibarra, Las Marthas premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, February 17, 2014 (George Washington’s birthday), 10 PM ET on PBS (check local listings.) Three preview screenings are scheduled for Community Cinema [DC] starting January 7 (Hill Center). See full schedule below or click on the links in the side bar.

Tuesday, January 7 at 7 PM, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE)
Sunday, January 12 at 3 PM, Washington DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW) – filmmaker Cristina Ibarra will join the Q&A by audio phone
Sunday, January 26 at 5 PM, Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street, NW)

Meet Our Guest Speakers: “The State of Arizona” – Nov. 24 (Busboys and Poets)

Sunday, November 24 at 5 PM, ITVS Community Cinema [DC] will host its final November screening of “The State of Arizona.” Filmmaker Catherine Tambini will join us again for Community Cinema at Busboys and Poets for a Q&A joining Manuel Pérez-Rocha from the Institute for Policy Studies (community partner). Make your reservation in Eventbrite, or call 202-939-0794.

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Manuel Pérez-Rocha

photo courtesy of IPS

photo courtesy of IPS

Manuel Pérez-Rocha helps to coordinate the Networking for Justice on Global Investment project, as part of the IPS Global Economy Project. In this role, he works together with allies at the Democracy Center in Bolivia and organizations in several countries. Prior to that, he directed “The NAFTA Plus and the SPP Advocacy Project,” as part of the Global Economy Project. He is a Mexican national who has led tri-national efforts to promote just and sustainable alternative approaches to North American economic integration for more than a decade.
Prior to moving to Washington, DC in 2006, he worked for many years with the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC) and continues to be a member of that coalition’s executive committee. For the past several years, he has also contributed to the Alternative Regionalisms project of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, and worked as a consultant to Oxfam International on trade issues in the Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean region.

Manuel studied International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and holds a M.A. on Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague, Netherlands.

Catherine Tambini

farm_filmmakersCatherine Tambini (co-Producer/co-Director) “The State of Arizona” is Ms.Tambini’s second collaboration with Carlos Sandoval (pictured right), having previously directed and produced the highly acclaimed “Farmingville.” The film won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and aired on PBS’s P.O.V.
With renowned filmmaker Anne Belle, Ms. Tambini co-produced the Academy Award nominated documentary “Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse”. She field produced and shot portions of MTV’s “I’m From Rolling Stone” and TLC’s “Pageant Perfect”. She also assisted in the production design of many well-known Hollywood films including “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” “Steel Magnolias,” “True Colors” and “The Secret of My Success”.

Ms. Tambini’s work has earned grants from the Sundance Institute and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

“The State of Arizona” filmmakers extend their DC visit to the Hill Center (November 13)

Filmmakers Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval drove down to DC from NYC to answer questions following yesterday’s ITVS Community Cinema preview of THE STATE OF ARIZONA at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. A few members of the film’s crew also attended the screening.

Catherine and Carlos are extending their visit to answer questions at the next ITVS Community Cinema screening of THE STATE OF ARIZONA Wednesday, November 13 at 7 PM at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE). There’s no admission fee to attend an ITVS Community Cinema event. It’s FREE because it’s important to engage as many people as possible in a community dialogue. You’ll find THE STATE OF ARIZONA has varying points of view represented on the subject of illegal immigration. Share your thoughts, stories, and ideas at the upcoming events this Wednesday, and Sunday, November 24 at Busboys and Poets.

Meet Filmmakers Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval – “The State of Arizona” (Nov. 10)

farm_filmmakersFilmmakers Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval will answer your questions following the ITVS Community Cinema [DC] presentation of THE STATE OF ARIZONA, Sunday, November 10 at 3 PM at the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036).  This event is FREE with reservation.

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THE STATE OF ARIZONA captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Following Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070, dubbed the “show me your papers” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue from ground zero of the nation’s immigration debate.

View a trailer from this link.

Catherine Tambini (Co-Producer/Co-Director) “The State of Arizona” is Ms.Tambini’s second collaboration with Carlos Sandoval, having previously directed and produced the highly acclaimed “Farmingville.” The film won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and aired on PBS’s P.O.V.

With renowned filmmaker Anne Belle, Ms. Tambini co-produced the Academy Award nominated documentary “Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse”. She field produced and shot portions of MTV’s “I’m From Rolling Stone” and TLC’s “Pageant Perfect”. She also assisted in the production design of many well-known Hollywood films including “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” “Steel Magnolias,” “True Colors” and “The Secret of My Success”.

Ms. Tambini’s work has earned grants from the Sundance Institute and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Carlos Sandoval (Co-Producer/Co-Director) “The State of Arizona” is Sandoval’s second collaboration with Catherine Tambini, having previously directed and produced the highly acclaimed “Farmingville” about a small suburban town in the wake of the hate-based attempted murder of two Mexican day laborers. The film won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and aired on PBS’s P.O.V.

With acclaimed filmmaker Peter Miler, Sandoval also co-produced and co-directed the award-winning “A Class Apart” about a little-known landmark Supreme Court case. The film won the Imagen Award for Best Television Documentary and aired on PBS’s American Experience. The film has been optioned by Eva Longoria’s unbeliEVAble Entertainment and is soon to be a major motion picture.

Sandoval’s writing has appeared in The New York Times and been included in anthologies. He holds a law degree from The University of Chicago; his practice areas included telecommunications and complex litigation. Prior to attending law school, Sandoval worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, and as a program officer for The Century Foundation. He has participated on public television funding and programming panels, as well as on film festival juries. Of Mexican American and Puerto Rican descent, Sandoval grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of Harvard College.