2015, Magnolia Pictures, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sean Baker

Famously shot on iPhones with prototype anamorphic lenses, this decidedly modern holiday tale bursts off the screen with energy and style, defying expectations at every turn. It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone) hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the sex worker and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. “An indie tour de force. … TANGERINE jumps off the screen and wows you like nobody's business.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

2016, Gashouse Films, 73 min, USA, Dir: Daniel Maldonado

The place the characters of this involving drama call home is New York City, whose subways and multi-ethnic enclaves may seem disconnected but can inspire surprisingly meaningful encounters despite the communication barriers. Daniel Maldonado’s poetic feature debut is comprised of two interconnected stories; the first, inspired by true events, follows a young man with Asperger’s syndrome (Jeremy Ray Valdez) exploring New York’s underground labyrinth, while in the second, an Ecuadorian driver (Jesús Ochoa) offers a ride to a stranded Chinese mother (Angela Lin) desperate to get home to her sick child. Nominated for Best U.S. Latino Film at the 2017 Cinema Tropical Awards.

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