OLA Film Festival Coming September 25-27 to Parrish Art Museum

"Venecia" by director Kiki Alvarez
Venecia by director Kiki Alvarez

The 12th annual OLA Film Festival, co-founded by Isabel Sepulveda-de Scanlon and co-presented by the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill and the Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island (OLA), will take place September 25 through 27 at the Parrish, which has hosted the event for seven years.

This year, in addition to the showcase of award-winning recent Latino cinema for a broad audience, the weekend includes a day of family activities open to the public, including dance performances and instruction, art projects, and poetry readings. Tickets for each film, screened in the Museum’s Lichtenstein Theater, are $10 for general admission and free for members, students and children. A live performance on Friday evening by Mambo Loco and all family activities on Sunday are free with museum admission.

“We are thrilled to partner once again with OLA, and delighted to expand this important cultural event with family activities for all,” said Parrish Art Museum Director Terrie Sultan. “As a center for cultural engagement, the Parrish is committed to serving the East End community with outreach efforts and programming that support and reflect the region’s diverse cultural heritage.”

According to Sepulveda-de Scanlon, “The festival serves as a way to build bridges and reach a broad cross section of the public. As we celebrate our 12th year of OLA Film Festival, we are proud to continue to bring independent, award-winning, Spanish language film to the East End Community.”

The festival opens on Friday with La Once (2014, Dir. Maite Alberdi, 80 minutes, Chile,) the story of five women who have gathered for tea once a month for 60 years. As they reminisce about their common past, their lives are revealed through stories colored by the radical historical changes they’ve experienced. Following the screening on Friday, Mambo Loco will perform its blend of classic Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music on the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, September 26, a Spanish language tour of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions is offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Short films screened at 4 p.m. include Melody (2015, Dir. Marialy Rivas, 8 minutes, Chile), a documentary about students in a youth orchestra program in Chile who pursue their love of music to escape poverty. Nana (2015, Dir. Diego Luna, 5 minutes, Mexico), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015, reveals an intimate portrait of nannies working in Mexico. Las Ventanas/The Windows (2014, Dir. Maryulis Alfonso, 21 minutes, Cuba) tells the story of Lucía, a craftswoman who manufactures clay dolls and dreams on her 40th birthday about what she might have done with her life. And lastly, Danzak (2008, Gabriela Yepes, 18 minutes, Peru) focuses on 10-year-old Nina, whose father, a master dancer, asks her to fulfill his last wish. The film is inspired by the short story Agony of Rasu Niti, by the acclaimed Peruvian writer José María Arguedas.

Sunday, September 27, is family day, with activities on the Terrace from 1 to 3 p.m. The Herencia Caleña Latin Dance Company will perform Salsa, Mambo, and Bachata at 1 and 2 p.m. After each performance, the instructors will teach the dance steps while DJ Chile spins popular music selections.

Throughout the afternoon, families can participate in Latin American-inspired art projects including a Mapping Art Workshop with East End artist Darlene Charneco, among others. Poetry readings are scheduled in the Theater at 2 p.m., featuring NYC-based poet Yesenia Montilla and local students.

The festival ends with a 4 p.m. screening of Venecia (2014, Dir. Kiki Alvarez, 74 minutes, Cuba), about three friends from Havana who work at a hair salon who have a night out on payday, and dream of Venice at dawn. The film, which presents an unfiltered, tough version of the lives of working-class Cuban women, was screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

On view throughout the weekend, identity collages created by East Hampton High School students will be exhibited in the Museum’s Lynne and Richard Pasculano Studio. The portraits evoke the students’ home countries of Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico through use of elements such as landscapes, monuments, flora, crafts, and artifacts of the indigenous populations.

Friday, September 25

5:30 p.m.: La Once (2014, Dir. Maite Alberdi, 80 minutes, Chile)
7–8:30 p.m.: Mambo Loco performance. Guests are invited to bring chairs or blankets and to enjoy food and drink from the Golden Pear Café at the Museum.

Saturday, September 26

3–4 p.m.: Spanish language tour of the Museum
4 p.m.: Screening of short films

Sunday, September 27

1 and 3 p.m.: Family activities/art projects
1 and 2 p.m.: Herencia Calena Latin Dance Company; music by DJ Chile
2 p.m.: Poetry readings with Yesenia Montilla and local students
4 p.m.: Venecia (2014, Dir. Kiki Alvarez, 74 minutes, Cuba),

Throughout the Weekend

Identity collages by East Hampton High School students on view

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