CAM is pleased to partner with the annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival to present films that explore the world of contemporary art through a cinematic lens. This special program of short films celebrates the power of creative expression to shape representations of Latinx communities. As a complement to Ruta Madre, Justin Favela’s large-scale mural at CAM, these films also critique cultural stereotypes and public memory in order to create meaningful dialogue around what it means to be Latinx in the US. In particular, these films use a range of formats—including comedy, magical realism, and documentary styles—to amplify how Latinx artists and directors help us to see and shape the world in which we live.
This event is free and open to the public and includes complimentary popcorn and refreshments for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Click here to register.
In Tow (2023), directed by Sharon Arteaga. 20 min.
A self-involved teen and her overworked single mom confront their differences as their mobile home is towed away…with them inside of it!
Bertie The Brilliant (2023), directed by Gabriela Garcia Medina. 24 min.
A young boy takes on chores and small jobs around his neighborhood to raise money for a ticket to a magic show; but when his grandmother loses her job, he is faced with a difficult decision.
The Eye Begins in the Hand (2023), directed by Yehuda Sharim. 15 min.
The Eye Begins in the Hand (“El Ojo Comienza En La Mano”) is a tribute to campesino histories in rural California through the artwork of Ruben A. Sanchez, an artist largely absent from critical conversations on Chicanx art. The film offers an unsentimental reckoning with the fate of many cultural workers that struggle between paying rent and/or creative endeavors.
The Great Wall of Los Angeles (1978), directed by Donna Deitch. 9 min.
Documentary short by Donna Deitch about the painting of the Great Wall of Los Angeles, a cultural landmark and the longest mural in the world at 2,754 feet. It is located in the San Fernando Valley and was produced under the direction of Professor Judith Baca, co-founder of the Social Public Art and Resource Center (SPARC), along with Deitch and Christina Schlesinger. Justin Favela’s exhibition at CAM, Ruta Madre, references portions of The Great Wall of Los Angeles.