Quinceañera

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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:

Quinceañera 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.

trailer and Quinceañera website.

3 Replies to “Quincea√±era”

  1. Hi Caryn, I saw the movie at the Atlanta Film Festival. It was the opening movie. I thought it was good but, had a few sections that could have been re-worked. But, all in all, I enjoyed it! My buddy Jesse Garcia plays one of the lead roles. He’s fantastic. I hope you enjoy it. It got good reviews here and I enjoyed learning about the Quincea√±era tradition. Steve. (atlanta.metblogs).

  2. They also filmed “Echo Park” up in the Sunset Junction area. I know it was them because I filed a complaint after I found their crew filming on my front porch with no permit.

  3. I have mixed feelings on quincea√±eras. The feminist and higher education nerd in me thinks it’s just a holdover from colonial times when young women had to be presented to society as eligible for marriage. I also think way too much money is spent on the parties and preparation for quincea√±eras and some of that should go toward her college fund (yeah, I know Latinas have very low college-going rateS).

    But I also love tradition, had a quincea√±era myself and don’t look down on any cousins/friends who choose to celebrate their daughter’s 15th birthday with a huge party.

    I’ve been looking forward to this film for six months, too bad I’ll be in Mexico when it opens.

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