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Today's the last day of the 2012 New York International Latino Film Festival in New York City and the festival is going out in style, with two more shorts programs ('Use Your Illusion' and 'The Anatomy of Melancholy'), as well as the closing night feature documentary -- Lemon -- and the requisite after party where Latino indie film movers, shakers and fans will all celebrate the great state of this art form.

We hope you're able to catch as many of the films, documentaries and shorts premiered throughout the festival at home, in your local theaters or in other festivals, because they all deserve a chance to be seen by the communities they represent.

Some of today's highlights are:

Lemon (Closing Night Feature)
Puerto Rican slam poetry artist (and three-time convicted felon) Lemon struggles to hold on to his creative dream of mounting a solo show.

Mariachi Gringo
The awe-A young man from the Midwest falls in love with the mariachi lifestyle, and travels to Guadalajara to prove that anything is possible. Stars Shawn Ashmore ("Iceman" in X-Men films) and Adriana Barraza. inspiring story of a man who is willing to do absolutely anything to follow his dreams. Mariachi Gringo tells the story of Edward (Shawn Ashmore), a young man living in the middle of nowhere in the U.S., who falls completely in love with a different culture and a most beautiful and sublime style of music.

Under My Nails
Solimar a Puerto Rican woman who works in a nail salon, becomes intrigued by the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, Roberto and Perpetuel. When Perpetuel returns home to the DR, Solimar goes from voyeur to participant in Roberto's games of sex and power.

Jaque Mate (Check Mate)
David Hernandez is the host of the hit TV game show, "Check Mate." In his phone call segment with the viewers, a man calls, claiming to have David's wife and son hostage. Now, on live television, David must play the game according to the kidnapper's rules - or else his family will be killed.

El Rumor De Las Piedras (The Rumble of Stones)
Single mother Delia struggles to raise her sons, William and Santiago, in a shantytown of Caracas, but it seems that everyday they slip farther away from her and closer to a life of crime and delinquency.


CHECK OUT THE TRAILERS OF THESE FILMS AND MORE FROM NYILFF 2012:

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  • Lemon - Closing Night Feature Film

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/lemon_laurabrownson_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: Saturday, August 18</a> Puerto Rican slam poetry artist (and three-time convicted felon) Lemon struggles to hold on to his creative dream of mounting a solo show.

  • Mariachi Gringo

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/mariachigringo_tomgustafson_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: August 18, Saturday</a> The awe-A young man from the Midwest falls in love with the mariachi lifestyle, and travels to Guadalajara to prove that anything is possible. Stars Shawn Ashmore ("Iceman" in X-Men films) and Adriana Barraza. inspiring story of a man who is willing to do absolutely anything to follow his dreams. Mariachi Gringo tells the story of Edward (Shawn Ashmore), a young man living in the middle of nowhere in the U.S., who falls completely in love with a different culture and a most beautiful and sublime style of music. Edward learns the craft of the Mariachis from Alberto (Fernando Becerril). It becomes clear that he must travel to Mexico, specifically to Guadalajara, to become one with the music's tradition and lifestyle. Once in Mexico, the young man makes friends with traditional Mexican singer Sophia (Lila Downs), who helps him experience the true passion that being a Mariachi evokes. Director Tom Gustafson shares a number of qualities with his leading character. They are both into discovering new cultural territories and they both welcome the notion of doing it while making their dreams come true. Mariachi Gringo is a story that knows no borders, allowing its characters to realize the marvels of social differences and the extraordinary constructive consequences that embracing diversity has upon people. ¡Orale, Mariachi! - Andres Castillo

  • Under My Nails

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/undermynails_na_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: August 18, Saturday</a> Solimar a Puerto Rican woman who works in a nail salon, becomes intrigued by the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, Roberto and Perpetuel. When Perpetuel returns home to the DR, Solimar goes from voyeur to participant in Roberto's games of sex and power.

  • Jaque Mate (Check Mate)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/jaquematecheckmate_josemariacabral_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: August 18, Saturday</a> David Hernandez is the host of the hit TV game show, "Check Mate." In his phone call segment with the viewers, a man calls, claiming to have David's wife and son hostage. Now, on live television, David must play the game according to the kidnapper's rules - or else his family will be killed.

  • El Rumor De Las Piedras (The Rumble of Stones)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/elrumordelaspiedrastherumbleofthestones_alejandrobellamepalacios_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: August 18, Saturday</a> Single mother Delia struggles to raise her sons, William and Santiago, in a shantytown of Caracas, but it seems that everyday they slip farther away from her and closer to a life of crime and delinquency.

  • Filly Brown (NYILFF 2012 Opening Night Feature)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/fillybrown_youssefdelara_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 14, Tuesday</a> "Majo" Tonorio, a.k.a. Filly Brown, is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits from the heart. When a sleazy record producer offers her a crack at rap stardom, Majo faces some daunting choices. With an incarcerated mother, a record contract could be the ticket out for her struggling family. But taking the deal means selling out her talent and the true friends who helped her to the cusp of success. A portrait of an artist forced to discover her authentic voice, Filly Brown percolates with the raw energy of hope sprung from desperation. Directed with tenacious grit by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos, propelled by an exceptional cast, and fused with a fierce hip-hop score, Filly Brown heralds the arrival of Gina Rodriguez in the title role. A dazzling new star, Rodriguez not only lights up the screen, but she could conquer the airwaves as well.

  • Zoológico (Zoo)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/zoolgicozoo_rodrigomarin_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> In a posh suburb of Santiago de Chile, a group of Americanized teenagers are obsessed with the world that the Internet offers. As they become absorbed with sex, drugs and the promise of fame, they slowly become disassociated from their family, their culture and even morality.

  • Buscando A Larisa (Looking For Larisa)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/buscandoalarisalookingforlarisa_andrspardo_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> One day filmmaker Andres Pardo stumbles across 2,000 feet of Super 8 footage at a flea market. Home movies shot during the 1970s, at their center is a lovely young blond-haired girl, Larisa. Teaming up with a photographer friend, Pardon decides to investigate, uncovering the fascinating story behind the footage.

  • El Médico: The Cubatón Story

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/elmdicothecubatnstory_danielfridell_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> High up in the Sierra Maestra mountains, where Castro's revolution began, "El Medico", a doctor and musician, serves the cause. When a Swedish music producer sees "El Medico" as the next big thing, Communist ideals collide with capitalist dreams, with the magic and beauty of Cuba and her music as backdrop.

  • Delusions Of Grandeur

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/delusionsofgrandeur_irisalmaraz_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> Lucy, an overmedicated, emotionally unstable girl, decides to go off her Prozac and start a new life in the crazy, wonderful, gender-bending city of San Francisco. With the transgendered Illusion as her sidekick, she goes in search of her mother -- and herself.

  • Sangre De Familia (Family Blood)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/sangredefamiliafamilyblood_eduardorosoff_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 15, Wednesday</a> When Alejandro delves into the secret of his father's mysterious death, he comes across a family that seemingly lives forever and a beautiful young lady whom he may know from a past life.

  • La Mujer De Iván (Ivan's Woman)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/lamujerdeivnivanswoman_franciscasilva_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> Young Natalia has lived as a prisoner in Ivan's house. Despite the disturbing situation, a strange familial connection has developed between the two, which is challenged when Natalia experiences a sexual awakening that gives her unprecedented power she's never felt before.

  • Elliot Loves

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/elliotloves_terracino_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> The story of Dominican-American Elliot Ayende at two stages of his life: as a 9-year-old who is side-kick and confidant to his barely-keeping-it-together single mom; and as a 21-year-old looking for love in New York City. A comedy-drama that shows you can survive anything life throws at you -just "keep it cute, papi."

  • Love, Concord

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/loveconcord_gustavoguardado_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> Caught between his Latino culture and the challenges of American suburbia, Gerry, a typical high school class clown, attempts to climb the social ladder at the expense of his future. But when Melinda, the school bookworm, agrees to a date with him, his world is turned upside down.

  • A Novela Das 8 (Prime Time Soap)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/anoveladas8primetimesoap_odilonrocha_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> Brazil. 1978. Dora, a high-class prostitute, her best friend Amanda, Vicente, a revolutionary, his brother Pedro and Caio, a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality, are caught up in disco fever and the fantasy of the prime time soap, "Dancin Days." Before long, their lives will collide.

  • El Hoyo Del Diablo (The Devil's Hole)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/elhoyodeldiablothedevilshole_yinnadelacruz_nylatinoff2012#screenings" target="_hplink">Screening: August 16, Thursday</a> After the death of her father, young Sofia is tormented by a witch who demands that she embark on a journey to a remote and deserted house to solve the mystery of her father's death.

  • Esperando A Los Bitles (Waiting For The Beatles)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/esperandoalosbitleswaitingforthebeatles_diegograue_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: August 17, Friday</a> Beatlemania is alive and well...in Mexico, where a fervent following pays continuous tribute to the groundbreaking Liverpool quartet. This hilarious and touching documentary shows that the genius of the Beatles transcends decades, continents, language and culture.

  • La Lucha De Ana (Ana's Struggle)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/laluchadeanaanasstruggle_bladimirabud_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: August 17, Friday</a> Ana sells flowers at the local market. When her beloved son is murdered by a rich, entitled young man in a drug deal gone awry, Ana will have to take on a corrupt judicial system - and a complacent society - to seek justice.

  • 180 Segundos (180 Seconds)

    <a href="http://nylatinoff.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/180segundos180seconds_alexandergiraldo_nylatinoff2012" target="_hplink">Screening: August 17, Friday</a> Zico leads a successful crime operation in Colombia, working with his sister, Angelica. Desiring a better and safer life abroad, they decide to pull off one last hit, planning every detail to the last second. In 180 seconds, a mere three minutes, their financial future could be solved forever.

The 13th New York International Latino Film Festival 2012 (NYILFF12) presented by HBO runs August 13-19 in New York City. The festival is presenting 29 feature length films and 33 short films, alongside panel discussions and related events. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.nylatinofilm.com.