With their all-Latina film festival, “Senorita Cinema” approaching this summer, La Chicana Laundry Pictures celebrates a second grant for the event. This latest grant comes from The Idea Fund and follows a grant given to the group last fall by Neighborhood Centers‘ ”Seeds for Change” initiative. Both organizations aim to promote culture and creative projects in the Houston community. Each group awards less than a dozen artists or artist groups per year.
La Chicana Laundry Pictures founder Stephanie Saint Sanchez founded Senorita Cinema in order to allow Latinas to take control of their own filmmaking vision instead of allowing it to be restricted to Hollywood stereotypes. While held in Houston, Senorita Cinema also includes artists’ stories and visions from locations such as Austin, Los Angeles, Arizona, New York, Chicago, and Baltimore.
Featured screenings for this year will include Senorita Cinema alumni Iris Almaraz and Fanny Veliz. In addition to the upcoming festival, the group’s work is available for viewing on websites such as Houston’s Voice. Saint Sanchez describes the event as “dynamite” and promises that this year will be the biggest and best year yet. “There’s so much new stuff, my mind is blown!” says Saint Sanchez. “Thanks to the Idea Fund and Seeds for Change for making this all possible.”
The Senorita Cinema festival will take place at various Houston locations from Jun. 7 to Jun. 9. This year will also include a community open market featuring organizations and artisans on site for its “Shorts Program,” as well as an after party with live music and refreshments. In addition, organizers will host a video poetry workshop and a meet and greet lunch with the filmmakers. Submissions for the Shorts Program are still being accepted. To purchase tickets or learn more about the festival, visit www.senoritacinema.com.
About La Chicana Laundry Pictures
La Chicana Laundry Pictures features creative short films, video installations and documentaries from Southeast Texas artists. To see its latest works, visit www.lachicanalaundrypictures.com. La Chicana Laundry Pictures’ Houston’s Voice channel can be view here.
About Houston’s Voice
Houston’s Voice is a community driven video and interactive media network dedicated to supporting the creative efforts of the personalities, businesses and organizations that make Houston great. Houston’s Voice is part of Project Open Voice (POV), a pilot program from Comcast that brings organizations together across the web, mobile, social media and cable television outlets. From a desk top or mobile device, viewers may access and interact with original content specific to Houston in the categories of education, business, faith, leisure, youth, arts, sports, food and beverage, and community. For more information or to become a Content Partner, visit www.houstonsvoice.com.
Andre Tucker, MWH Public Relations