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Scene from "Sleep Dealer"

CineFestival opens April 10 at Guadalupe Theater

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(April 10, 2008)--Film aficionados can support 30 years of groundbreaking Latino cinema at CineFestival, which opens at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 10 at the historic Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio, 78207. Alex Rivera's Sundance award-winning sensation, "Sleep Dealer," is the festival opener. Filmmaker Rivera will attend the screening, which will be followed by a gala opening night celebration. The festival runs April 10-13.

CineFestival en San Antonio is the longest-running Latino film festival in the United States. The event will feature more than 50 of the best features, shorts and documentaries from the United States, Mexico, Latin America and Spain with stars, directors, workshops, a student film showcase, two gala celebrations and a family film day. The theme for this year's festival is "Digital Revolutionaries: 30 Years of Chicano Film and Video."

Admission is $6-$8 for individual screenings or $30-$40 for a four-day festival pass. Special "Five-Tickets-for-$25" packs also are available. For more information or to order tickets, call (210) 271-3151 or visit the CineFestival Passes Web site.

For the film schedule and descriptions, visit the CineFestival Web site. For more information, e-mail Dan Gonzalez or call (210) 271-3151

CineFestival en San Antonio is organized by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, one of the nation's premier Latino arts institutions and is sponsored by the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Film San Antonio/The San Antonio Film Commission, Texas Commission on the Arts, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Instituto Cultural de Mexico en San Antonio, Southwest Airlines, Time Warner Cable, San Antonio Express-News, Univision Radio, La Prensa and Univision.

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CineFestival highlights

Thursday, April 10: "Sleep Dealer," director Alex Rivera's Sundance Film Festival award-winner starring Leonor Varela and Jacob Vargas, is set in the future where sleep has become a precious commodity. The film is a cross between "Blade Runner" and "El Norte."

Friday, April 11: "Padre Nuestro" is a Sundance grand jury prizewinner about a Mexican boy who smuggles himself to Brooklyn to meet his long-lost father.

Saturday, April 12: "Searchers 2.0," a comedy by Alex Cox ("Repo Man"), stars Del Zamora and Ed Pansullo as two out-of-work actors bent on taking revenge on a screenwriter.

Sunday, April 13: "Barrio Tales: Tops, Kites and Marbles" is a family film from Efrain Gutierrez, one of the godfathers of Chicano cinema.

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