Edward James Olmos to visit Indiana University for annual Latino Film Festival and Conference

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Award-winning actor and filmmaker Edward James Olmos will speak on the Bloomington campus next month as part of Indiana University’s annual Latino Film Festival and Conference April 3 to 5.

Olmos will deliver a Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture at 3 p.m. April 4 at IU Cinema. No tickets are necessary for the free lecture. Olmos will also introduce his 2001 film “In the Time of Butterflies,” screened at 9:30 p.m. April 4; but he will not be present for the screening of his latest film, “Go for Sisters,” at 7 p.m. April 3, as previously planned.

Edward James Olmos as William Adama

Edward James Olmos as William Adama

Perhaps best known for his role in “Stand and Deliver,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best actor, Olmos is both an activist and artist, making 150 personal appearances each year to speak to at-risk youth.

The conference is expected to bring together a number of prominent filmmakers and scholars from the U.S. and abroad, while film screenings will include a mix of documentaries, shorts and dramatic films that depict the transnational lives of Latinas and Latinos. Speakers include UCLA film scholar Chon Noriega, who will deliver the conference’s keynote address, and Tanya Valette, former director of the International Film School in Cuba, who curated and will present a selection of Dominican film shorts.

“Numbering more than 53 million, U.S. Latinos are transforming the communities in which they settle, work and raise families,” said John Nieto-Phillips, an associate professor in IU’s Department of History and director of the Latino Studies program. “While their national backgrounds and personal histories vary widely, their lives are both quintessentially American and increasingly global, with links to Latin America through family connections and the shared dream of a better life. This film festival and conference is intended to showcase the transnational lives that define Latina and Latino experiences in the United States mainland and beyond.”


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