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‘Indie Saturday’ to celebrate films with an SCV tie

Posted: March 4, 2014 4:51 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2014 4:51 p.m.
 

College of the Canyons’ Humanities Department on Saturday will host a celebration of independent films that have ties to the Santa Clarita Valley.

“We are very excited to share these films with the community, especially since they all have some sort of connection to the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Jennifer Brezina, division dean of humanities. “This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the work of both rising and established local filmmakers.”

Besides the screening of films created by COC students and K-12 students, “Indie Saturday” will also screen Ramon Hamilton’s film “Smuggled” and Sheila Sofian’s animated documentary “Truth Has Fallen.”

“Smuggled” tells the tale of 9-year-old Miguel Rodriguez and his mother as they journey into the U.S. with hope for a better life while smuggled on a bus. Portraying an experience shared by many Latino-Americans, “Smuggled” also captures the relationship between mother and son during the ordeal.

The low-budget film was screened at the 2012 San Francisco Film Festival and has won numerous awards including Best Dramatic Feature at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival.

“Making ‘Smuggled’ involved a lot of love, care and passion for telling a compelling and engaging story,” said Hamilton, who wrote, shot, directed and edited the mostly-Spanish-language film. “Most of the filming took place in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

Animator Sheila Sofian, former chairwoman of the college’s animation department, will share her documentary “Truth Has Fallen,” which was made with painting-on-glass animation and took 10 years to create.

“Truth Has Fallen,” with combined live action and animation, focuses on the work of James McCloskey, founder of Centurion Ministries, an organization whose mission is to free prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted of murder.

Screenings and discussions during “Indie Saturday” will go on from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Hasley Hall, Room 101, on the college’s Valencia campus, Admission is free. “Smuggled” is due to be screened at 2 p.m. and “Truth Has Fallen” will screen at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Jennifer Brezina at (661) 362-5919 or Jennifer.brezina@canyons.edu.

 

 

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