Inaugural Slate of Events on Jan. 24 – 26 Will Celebrate Latinx Excellence in Film & Entertainment
THE LATINX HOUSE TO OFFICIALLY LAUNCH AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
PARK CITY, UT, JANUARY 15, 2020 — The Latinx Housetoday announced that it will officially launch at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. Co-founded by civil rights advocate and activist Mónica Ramírez, filmmaker and activist Alexandra Martinez Kondracke, and producer, entrepreneur, activist Olga Segura, The Latinx House, is an initiative aimed at creating gathering spaces to celebrate the best in Latinx culture and bring important societal issues to the forefront. It is also the first Latinx initiative to become an official Sundance Institute associate partner and will serve as the home for the Latinx community and their allies in the heart of downtown Park City from January 24 – 26, 2020.
The Sundance Film Festival is the ultimate gathering place for filmmakers, storytellers, and audiences seeking new voices andfresh perspectives. It’s the perfect place to officially open the doors to The Latinx House.
“In August 2019, my co-founders and I, along with America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and Diane Guerrero, galvanized over 200 Latinx leaders to show compassion, empathy and overall support for our community following the devastating Mississippi ICE raids and El Paso shooting,” said Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of The Latinx House. “What transpired over the course of 48 hours was an incredible unification. Despite of all our different backgrounds, we were speaking with one voice. Our ultimate goal in creating The Latinx House is to change the perception and position of the Latinx community in this country, and we believe that sparking conversation in culturally relevant places, like Sundance, will help us get there.”
“As a longtime filmmaker and activist, I understand the power of storytelling and unfortunately for the Latinx community, we’ve been misrepresented time and time again. This is why we decided to have a presence at Sundance Film Festival — to be able to drive the conversation surrounding Latinx narratives,” said filmmaker and activist Alex Martinez Kondracke, co-founder of The Latinx House.
Producer and entrepreneur Olga Segura added: “The Latinx community is complex. In order to change the cultural narrative, we need better representation in all sectors of the media to better convey who we really are and shed the destructive stereotypes we face. But by coming together and understanding our differences, we can build unity. I am excited to open our doors to my peers and to take a deeper look at the critical issues affecting our community.”
The Latinx House is a gathering place for the Latinx community in places of cultural and political significance. Sundance is only the first stop. Afterwards, The Latinx House will open its doors at South by Southwest, and both national political conventions. The goal is to unite the Latinx community by providing the space for Latinx artists, content creators, grassroots organizers, thought leaders and supporters to address the issues that impact the Latinx community and create narratives that will ultimately shift culture.
For this year’s Festival lineup 121 feature-length films were announced, representing 27 countries. Of the 65 directors in all four competition categories, comprising 56 films, 38% are people of color. There are many talented Latinx storytellers who are finally gaining the recognition they deserve. The Latinx House wants to ensure that the stories and contributions of the Latinx community are no longer erased, limited or defined by others, but encouraged, supported and recognized.
For more about The Latinx House, please visit:https://www.thelatinxhouse.org . For more about The Sundance Film Festival, please visit:https://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival . To inquire about attending specific events at The Latinx House, please reach out to LatinxHosueRSVP@sunshinesachs.com.