CineFestival: Opening Night
Richard C. Miller
James Dean on location for the film Giant in Marfa, Texas in 1955.
CineFestival, the nation’s longest-running Latino film festival, makes its annual return to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center February 21-28. The eight-day festival kicks off with the world premiere of the 2015 film Childern of the Giant
. Returning to the director’s chair after six years, Hector Galán transports audiences back into cinematic history with a documentary about the making of the Academy Award-winning film Giant
, which was shot in Marfa, Texas during the summer of 1955. Through archive footage and interviews with authors, journalists and the like, Galán conveys the story effectively with a particular focus on how Giant
became a social-issue hot button during that time. The doc is especially interesting when Galán turns the camera on the Mexican-American residents, who were cast as extras in the film as kids. Read our full CineFestival here
. $15, 7pm Sat, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., 271-3151, cine.guadalupeculturalarts.org. — Kiko Martinez