Esai Morales will be honored with the 2015 ARPA Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th Annual event beginning this Friday, November 13. The film festival runs over the weekend till November 15 and showcases a diverse array of films from all over the world.
Actor Esai Morales, known for his advocacy work on education and the environment, was selected by the Arpa Foundation to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award because of his impact as an actor and role model. Moreover, his ideals align themselves with those of the Foundation and his exemplary body of work spans over 3 decades. Morales made his feature film debut in Bad Boys in 1983 alongside Sean Penn but it was his breakthrough role in La Bamba that made him a star, contributing to making the film the most commercially successful Latino-themed rock biopic of all time. To this day, his role as Bob Morales continues to captivate audiences and can be seen across a variety of media platforms. In 1997, Morales co-founded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, created to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. The NHFA has since provided scholarships to hundreds of Hispanic students in excess of one million dollars.
The Arpa Foundation for Film Music & Art proudly announces the 2015 Arpa International Film Festival selection including over 45 films from 22 countries, showcasing a global range of artistic vision and thematic concerns. Â This year’s line-up of films includes documentaries, shorts and feature film programs and highlights films from the Balkans.Â Celebrating its 18th year, the Arpa International Film Festival continues to grow, focusing on films that address international humanitarian issues such as genocide, the holocaust, human freedom, women’s rights, homelessness and more.
For more information about the Arpa International Film Festival and ticket information, please visit www.arpafilmfestival.com.