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LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LALIFF CONNECT

Animated Shorts (3

“Ailin on the Moon” – Vilma is a 40-year-old mother overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín just wants to play, until one day she causes the emotional outbreak of her mother. Directed by Claudia Ruiz. (ARGENTINA)

“Borrachero”After a job goes wrong, a woman flees to her hometown in southern Colombia. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious figure, which might be the embodied spirit of an ancient plant. Directed by Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea. (CANADA)

“Miguel” Miguel must overcome the feeling of being an outcast on his first day of school in a new country. Directed by Armando Sepulveda Mendoza. (USA)

Masterclasses 

Nightlife Curation in the LatinX World: Masterclass with Cumbaitón’s Dj Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Caramelo

Cumbiatón is an integral cultural movement which utilizes music and art as a vessel to heal and uplift oppressed hood communities. Join Cumbiatón as they share their collective experiences, inspirations, and what it takes to create dynamic events unlike any other for our community. We will dive into the influence behind these talented musicians, artists, and activists and how their unique lenses have shaped their nightlife curation in the Latinx world. Speakers: DJ Sizzle Fantastic and Funky Caramelo

LatinX in Animation: A Masterclass 

Join LatinX in Animation as we host Latinx Creators, Artists, and Producers of diverse animated projects that highlights Latinx voices, representation, and diversity. Moderated by Carlos Aguilar, we will discuss the influences behind these talented artists, writers, producers, and creators, and how their unique perspectives have influenced their projects. Moderator: Carlos Aguilar (Film Critic & Writer) Speakers: Guillermo Martinez, Head of Story, Connected, Sony Pictures Animation, Yvett Merino, Co-Producer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Miguel Puga,Creative Producer, The Casagrandes, Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Music Composition Masterclass

Join LALIFF Connect as we host Music Composers, Producers, and Songwriters currently working in the Film and TV landscape. This panel will discuss the influence behind these talented musicians and artists and how their unique perspectives have influenced their music and projects. We will cover their inspirations and music creation process, and how they work closely with productions to craft unique sounds that supports the storytelling. Moderator: Alexis de la Rocha (Managing Director LALIFF, LALIFF Music, Musician) Speakers: Elik Álvarez, Composer, Tony Morales, Composer, Carl Thiel, Composer & Producer, Maria Vertiz, Composer & Producer

Sound Design Masterclass

Join LALIFF as Emmy Award winning and Academy Award Nominated Paola Magrans dives into the world of Sound Design and shares her philosophy, technique and approach to creating phenomenal soundscapes to our favorite stories. She will discuss her experiences as the Sound Editor of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and as Sound Designer of THE LAST RAFTER, as well as her approach, concept and challenges of working within a large or small budget. Speaker: Paola Magrans, Sound Designer, The Last Rafter

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.

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