While at the Arclight last Friday for the screening of Clerks II (fantastic) and the Kevin Smith Q-and-A (see Sean’s post) I saw the trailer for Quincea√±era. Apparently, even though a true movie fan, I hadn’t heard about this film even though it was the 2006 Sundance Jury and Audience prize winner and in was filmed in my neighborhood! The film is described as:
Quincea√±era is a look at what happens when teenage sexuality, age-old rituals, and real estate prices collide. It is a story fueled by the racial, class, and sexual tensions of a Latino neighborhood in transition.
The Latino neighborhood is Echo Park. With familiar sites in the trailer of my neighborhood and surrounding area (a school down my street, the view of the hills, the gritty buildings) and a teaching of the Echo Park hand-sign, Quincea√±era not only looks beautiful (as I think east LA tends to) but also a relevant story people in Los Angeles of all races can relate to. It comes out on August 4th and I can’t wait to see it.