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Blu-ray Release: La Bamba

27 August 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Lou Diamond Phillips is Ritchie Valens in La Bamba

The 1987 music-filled biographical drama La Bamba tells the brief, ultimately tragic, but uplifting story of pioneering rock star Ritchie Valens, born Ricardo Valenzuela in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley.

Portrayed in the movie by Lou Diamond Phillips, Valens would have three hit songs before dying at the shockingly young age of 17 in the infamous plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson. Valens’ short life—particularly with family and friends in a vibrant Mexican-American community—and obsessive love of music are the focus in La Bamba, directed with warmth by Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit). Valens’ music is performed with crackling energy by the sensational Los Lobos.

Twilight Time’s edition of the film, its Blu-ray debut, contains the following features:

Special Features:

-Isolated Score »

- Laurence

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LatinoBuzz: Cine Latino at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2014

11 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off today June 11th at the Regal Cinemas in Downtown's L.A. Live. Among the the world class selection of films that includes several World Premiers and special screenings of highly-anticipated films such as "Snowpiercer" and "Jersey Boys", there are also several Latino-produced and Latino-theme features in the program. 

Here is all the information you need to catch these Latino films at Laff running from June 11th-19th.

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Club Sandwich by Fernando Eimbcke

(Mexico, 2013, 82 min)

International Showcase

Sat, Jun 14th 9:30pm

Wed, Jun 18th 4:00pm

On their summer vacation, single mom Paloma and her teenage son Hector’s unique friendship is tested when Jazmin, a young stranger, vies for Hector’s affections. In his hilarious and touching third feature, acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke explores the growing pains of parenthood and adolescence.

La Bamba by Luis Valdez

(USA, 1987, 108 min)

Free Screenings

Fri, Jun 13th 7:30pm

Union Station

This musical biopic recounts the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens, who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

Lake Los Angeles by Mike Ott – World Premiere 

(USA, 2014, 85 min)

Narrative Competition

Sat, Jun 14th 7:30pm

Thu, Jun 19th 4:30pm

Abandoned after crossing the U.S. border, young Cecilia’s only salvation is her vivid imagination and Francisco, a lonely Cuban immigrant. Writer/director Mike Ott returns to the Los Angeles Film Festival with a gorgeous tale of two strangers brought together in the barren Southern California desert.

The Liberator by Alberto Arvelo

(Venezuela, Spain, 2013, 119 min)

International Showcase

Sun, Jun 15th 7:30pm

Wed, Jun 18th 1:30pm

Édgar Ramírez plays the legendary South American liberator Simón Bolívar in this gorgeously produced epic that traces his transformation from dashing 19th century aristocrat to charismatic, embattled revolutionary.

Los Angeles by Damian John Harper - International Premiere

(Germany, Mexico, 2014, 97 min)

La Muse

Sat, Jun 14th 3:45pm

In a Zapotec village in southern Mexico, journeying north to the City of Angels is a rite of passage into manhood. But when 17-year old Mateo betrays a local gang leader, he risks his future on both sides of the border.

Man From Reno by Dave Boyle – World Premiere 

(Japan, USA, 2014, 111 min)

Narrative Competition

Sun, Jun 15th 6:40pm

Wed, Jun 18th 9:00pm

A Japanese crime novelist and a small town sheriff are lured into the same strange murder mystery in this idiosyncratic and engrossing neo-noir. Unfolding on the backstreets and outskirts of San Francisco, "Man from Reno"is sinister and seductive by turns.

Natural Sciences by Matías Lucchesi

(Argentina, France, 2014, 71 min)

International Showcase

Sun, Jun 15th 11:00am

Tue, Jun 17th 9:00pm

In the dead of winter, 12-year-old Lila tries to escape from her remote Argentinian boarding school on horseback. Her teacher stops her, but Lila's determination wins her over, and together, they set out on a journey to track down the father Lila never knew.

Recommended By Enrique by Rania Attieh  & Daniel Garcia – World Premiere

(USA, Argentina, France, 2014, 87 min)

Narrative Competition

Fri, Jun 13th 7:25pm

Tue, Jun 17th 4:10pm

An aspiring Hollywood actress and a mysterious cowboy find themselves trapped in a small Texas border town where time seems to stand still. Based on a bizarre true story that they delight in elaborating on, filmmakers Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia weave a mesmerizing, witty fable about dreams and reality.

Stray Dog by Debra Granik - World Premiere

(USA, 2014, 105 min)

Documentary Competition

Fri, Jun 13th 7:00pm

Sun, Jun 15th 12:30pm

At first glance, Ron "Stray Dog" Hall seems like one scary biker, but "Winter's Bone" director Debra Granik's powerful, stereotype-shattering documentary debut reveals the big, wounded heart of this Vietnam vet in all its ragged glory. »

- Sydney Levine

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La Film Fest unveils free screenings

22 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced several free community screenings to take place in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the festival.

Screenings include including Amy Heckerling’s Clueless (pictured), Luis Valdez’s La Bamba, Dave Lamattina and Chad Walker’s I Am Big Bird, Buster Keaton’s Cops and Sherlock Jr. and Thomas Miller‘s Limited Partnership.

The festival is set to run from June 11-19. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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