Fest fetes Latino pix, honors Julia, Moreno

Event kicks off Oct. 2 for 10-day run

The second annual Los Angeles Latino Intl. Film Festival kicks off Oct. 2 for a 10-day run at Universal Studios, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and other venues.

More than 60 films from Latin America, Spain, the Caribbean and the United States will be shown. Panels, seminars and workshops will be held throughout.

During an awards gala Oct. 10, the Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award will be given posthumously to Raul Julia. That same evening, the Tribute Award will go to Rita Moreno, the only performer to have won the four most prestigious accolades in the entertainment industry — the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy.

Cultural mission

“The purpose of the festival is to create a greater understanding of Latin American culture, while assisting the under-represented Latino filmmaker in Hollywood,” said actor Edward James Olmos, exec director and co-founder of the fest. “We provide the means for people to experience and enjoy Latin culture through the artistry of cinema.”

Co-founder Marlene Dermer said the fest’s goal is to “do for Latino films what Sundance did for independents.”

In a related event, the Hollywood Entertainment Museum will launch “Salute to Latino Hollywood,” a monthlong exhibi-tion beginning Sept. 16. The exhibit, designed to celebrate the contributions of Latinos to the industry, will feature memorabilia, movie posters, costumes, props, storyboards, awards and other items from personal collections.

The museum, at 7021 Hollywood Blvd., is working with festival organizers to present a series of programs for children and adults that will focus on Latino Hollywood.

For information about the festival, call (323) 469-9066. For the Hollywood Entertainment Museum, call (323) 465-7900.

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