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Vanessa Erazo

Vanessa Erazo is the Film Editor at and the co-creator of LatinoBuzz, a weekly column on Indiewire that covers Latino indie films. Together with Sarah Bingham Miller, she created Cinelandia USA to provide a place for audiences to find out when Latino films are playing in their city.

Entries by Vanessa Erazo

Mexico's Biggest Movie Star Asks For Help: "We Cannot Keep on Going Like This"

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 5:01 PM

For the past two weeks, Gael García Bernal has been making the rounds on TV -- late night shows, morning shows, news programs, and even fake news programs -- to promote his newest film, the Jon Stewart-directed drama Rosewater. After talking with Seth Meyers and

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Nicolas Entel on Getting Pablo Escobar's Son to Agree to Sins of My Father Documentary

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Almost 20 years after his death, Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia, is still infamous. Back in the '80s Escobar acquired massive amounts of wealth, controlled 80 percent of the world's cocaine supply, ordered the murders of hundreds of people, and at one point was...

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Pedro Almodovar's Airplane-Set I'm So Excited Is an Orgy in the Sky

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 7:08 PM

I am pretty sure the first time I saw one of Pedro Almodóvar's movies was in my high school Spanish class. I was completely entranced, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was unlike anything I had ever seen before. And hence began my long love affair with his...

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Devious Maids Is Not as Bad as We Thought

(24) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Social media has been a game changer for everyone but especially for the Latino community. Being that we are normally excluded from mainstream media, Web 2.0 has allowed us to have a voice -- a loud one. Recently, it was announced that Disney was attempting to trademark Dia de los...

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Pamela Yates on Her New Documentary Used in Guatemalan Dictator Genocide Trial

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 12:47 PM

UPDATE: This interview was done on May 19, 2013 shortly after Efraín Ríos Montt had been convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. In a recent development on May 20, 2013, Guatemala's highest court overturned the genocide conviction of the former dictator and ordered that all trial proceedings...

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Aurora Guerrero on Making Mosquita y Mari & Challenging Hollywood's Lack of Diverse Stories

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Determined to challenge Hollywood's lack of diverse stories, Aurora Guerrero set out to make a film that reflected her own identity as a queer woman of color. The result is Mosquita y Mari a sensitive, bold, and thoughtful portrait of two teenage Chicanas whose budding friendship begins to slowly become...

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Edward James Olmos on Stand and Deliver's 25th Anniversary & the Release of Filly Brown

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 6:33 PM

In the late eighties, a month after the release of La Bamba -- at the time the biggest Latino box office hit ever -- Newsweek magazine proclaimed that it was the era of the "Hispanic Hollywood." That same summer came the release of the Chicano classic Born in East L.A....

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Programming Documentaries for the New York International Latino Film Festival

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 5:59 PM

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Programming Documentaries for a Film Festival Can Sometimes Feel Like You're In a Telenovela

I spent the earlier part of this year watching lots and lots of documentaries, about a hundred of them. Since the New York International Latino Film Festival puts out a yearly Call...

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