OUR MISSION

 

In honor of Latin America’s countless contributions to the silver screen, a group of local actors, producers and film scholars has formed to put together the  annual Festival de Cine Latino Americano.  Dozens of films from all over the world, from Texas to South America, and everywhere in between are being screened to bring attendees the best of the best from short films to documentaries to feature-length pieces.

 

This event is FREE!

Individuals, groups and companies interested in sponsoring FDCLA can get sponsorship info on the Festival’s webpage as well.

See you at the Cine!

 

FDCLA is a non -profit group formed by members of the Latin American film community in the DFW Metroplex whose mission is to increase awareness, exposure and participation in the Latin American film and arts.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

GABRIEL DURAN

     I'm proud to be Mexican American. I was born In Wichita Falls TX and moved to DFW in 2004. I started my college career as a business major but found my niche in film and video soon after. I am an award winning filmmaker with a masters in film from UTA. Currently I teach film and video as an adjunct at Texas A&M Commerce, Art Institute in Dallas and in the past I have taught intro to film at UTA as a graduate teaching assistant.

     As a writer and director my films have won several awards and have screened on more than 40 different occasions all over the United States and London including a television showing on PBS (KERA). I am currently working on a highly anticipated experimental feature film called Streets of a Scion that is soon to be out this year. I also teach at school for acting and film production that I help co-found called the C.T.C Cinema Group. As a successful filmmaker I have been invited to be a judge on several film festivals such as Dallas Videofest, Fort Worth Independent Film Showcase and the Denton based Granatum.

     My goal as the director of the Festival De Cine Latino Americano is to bring the independent filmmakers of Latin America into the spotlight. I strongly feel that not only do these filmmakers need a place screen their work but they also need an audience to listen. This is why my partners and I have come together to bring DFW the compelete Latin American film experience.

VICENTE MOCTEZUMA

After several years of successfully running his own business Executive Producer Vincent Moctezuma decided he wanted to follow a longtime passion of his: acting.

     Vincent received his formal education at Dallas’ KD Studio’s Actor’s Conservatory in 2005.  After graduating he found success in small roles, but found himself increasingly fascinated with the work required to put together large scale film productions.  Learning the ropes, Vincent’s first full scale Producer role was on the film Ghost of Goodnight Lane starring Billy Zane and Lacey Chabert.  Most recently Vincent made his directorial debut with the zombie thriller “Ghede Origins”

ALEX GARCIA TOPETE

Alex has had extensive experience writing, directing, and producing film, television, radio, and other media since 2005, both in the U.S. And his native Mexico. Alex is also an advocate for promoting the arts and the film industry in particular, which led him to be a part of the programming team of the Dallas International Film Festival since 2007, from which he has derived his expertise regarding the film festival circuit. Alex hopes that FCDLA will become a prime platform for Latino filmmakers to showcase their talents and raise the prominence of Latino arts worldwide.

MARIELENA CARPANZANO

Born and raised in South Texas, Marielena Carpanzano (MEHR-ee-uh-LAY-nuh  KAR-puhn-ZAH-noh) made her way to Denton in 1997 and became a part of the University of North Texas staff.

     She was part of UNT’s Survey Research for 15 years as Program Research Assistant and Spanish translator. Her work experience there included quantitative research and population research. Carpanzano helped conduct numerous research endeavors for industry, local governments, state agencies, and needs assessment projects.

She joined UNT’s Department of Media Arts office staff in July 2010 and began sharing her zest for life in several areas. In 2011, she became the coordinator of our Media Arts Ambassadors – these are students who serve as university representatives and tour guides for the Media Arts department.

     Then in 2013, she replaced a departing staff member as the mentor for the Media Arts Living and Learning Community. The LLC is a university initiative the houses incoming students together in a wing of the Kerr Hall dorm so they can meet similar souls and begin taking part in Media Arts learning opportunities before they are actual majors in our department. This allows the students to begin friendships with their classmates and take part in their own film projects (we’ve got equipment just for them to get them started), go on tours of broadcast and film environments, and get together for Friday night film screenings – there’s even popcorn included! She’s done such a great job working with these students that she received a Student Success Award from the university.

Carpanzano also serves as the Media Arts social media coordinator and event coordinator. As if her plate wasn’t already completely full, she is a fundraiser coordinator for the annual Thin Line Fest, a board member of UNT’s Feral Cat Rescue Group, and volunteer coordinator of Friend with Benefits.

     AND, she’s got a couple dogs and one cat at home that she takes care of along with her husband, Michael, who is also part of the UNT community.

LANCE DE LOS SANTOS

     Lance is a film actor born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.  He has studied under the guidance of R.E.A.C.T., The Michele Condrey Studio, and Don Shook Acting.  He prides himself on working with the surrounding colleges and art institutes because of his belief in supporting the talented up and coming student film makers.

     His credits include being a cast member of the award winning cast of 2013's, Coyote.  He worked along side Carlos Gomez (Desperado, Fools Rush In), Carlos Pratts (FX's The Bridge, MCFarland, USA), Anthony Dilio (NCIS: Los Angeles, Day of Our Lives) and Fernanda Romeo.  Coyote grabbed The 2013 Grand Jury Award/Feature at The Dances with Films Festival  in Los Angeles, CA.  It was also nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.

     He has earned personal honors by winning The Best Actor Award at the 2014 UTA Underexposed Film Festival.  In 2015, Lance was a supporting cast member in the 2015 Lake Charles Film Festival's Best Feature, Calamity.  Also in 2015, he co-starred in the All American High School Film Festival's Best Comedy, The Surgeon of Seoul.

Lance also had the lead role in the Kaela Sinclair music video, Original Sin,  which was nominated for BEST MUSIC VIDEO by the 2015 Dallas Observer Awards.  He can now been seen in the award winning short, 1917, which is  currently in several film festivals around the country.

     He co-stars in the upcoming feature film, Apocalypse Road II: Female Robbery, due out next year by the award winning director, Brett Bentman.

ROSY DURAN

      Rosy  is successful business owner and professional event planner since 2012. Her strong connection to the Latino community has really made Rosy Duran’s a highly sought-after event planner. She is the owner of Vivid Vita Events and is also FDCLA’s events planner. With her focus on the Latino community Rosy is making strides in connecting the beautiful Latino cultural to a world around us. Rosy looks forward to making each and every FDCLA’s event a most memorable one.

CONTACT

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University of North Texas

RTFV Building

1155 Union Cir.

Denton, Texas 76203

United States

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FDCLAfestival@gmail.com

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+1 214.929.3447

ROSY DURAN

      Rosy  is successful business owner and professional event planner since 2012. Her strong connection to the Latino community has really made Rosy Duran’s a highly sought-after event planner. She is the owner of Vivid Vita Events and is also FDCLA’s events planner. With her focus on the Latino community Rosy is making strides in connecting the beautiful Latino cultural to a world around us. Rosy looks forward to making each and every FDCLA’s event a most memorable one.

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In honor of Latin America’s countless contributions to the silver screen, a group of local actors, producers and film scholars has formed to put together the  annual Festival de Cine Latino Americano.

 

Dozens of films from all over the world, from Texas to South America, and everywhere in between are being screened to bring attendees the best of the best from short films to documentaries to feature-length pieces.

 

This event is FREE!

Individuals, groups and companies interested in sponsoring FDCLA can get sponsorship info on the Festival’s webpage as well.

See you at the Cine!

 

FDCLA is a non -profit group formed by members of the Latin American film community in the DFW Metroplex whose mission is to increase awareness, exposure and participation in the Latin American film and arts.

 

ROSY

DURAN

      Rosy  is successful business owner and professional event planner since 2012. Her strong connection to the Latino community has really made Rosy Duran’s a highly sought-after event planner. She is the owner of Vivid Vita Events and is also FDCLA’s events planner. With her focus on the Latino community Rosy is making strides in connecting the beautiful Latino cultural to a world around us. Rosy looks forward to making each and every FDCLA’s event a most memorable one.

In honor of Latin America’s countless contributions to the silver screen, a group of local actors, producers and film scholars has formed to put together the  annual Festival de Cine Latino Americano.

 

Dozens of films from all over the world, from Texas to South America, and everywhere in between are being screened to bring attendees the best of the best from short films to documentaries to feature-length pieces.

 

This event is FREE!

Individuals, groups and companies interested in sponsoring FDCLA can get sponsorship info on the Festival’s webpage as well.

See you at the Cine!

 

FDCLA is a non -profit group formed by members of the Latin American film community in the DFW Metroplex whose mission is to increase awareness, exposure and participation in the Latin American film and arts.

 

ROSY

DURAN

      Rosy  is successful business owner and professional event planner since 2012. Her strong connection to the Latino community has really made Rosy Duran’s a highly sought-after event planner. She is the owner of Vivid Vita Events and is also FDCLA’s events planner. With her focus on the Latino community Rosy is making strides in connecting the beautiful Latino cultural to a world around us. Rosy looks forward to making each and every FDCLA’s event a most memorable one.

LANCE

DE LOS SANTOS

     Lance is a film actor born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.  He has studied under the guidance of R.E.A.C.T., The Michele Condrey Studio, and Don Shook Acting.  He prides himself on working with the surrounding colleges and art institutes because of his belief in supporting the talented up and coming student film makers.

     His credits include being a cast member of the award winning cast of 2013's, Coyote.  He worked along side Carlos Gomez (Desperado, Fools Rush In), Carlos Pratts (FX's The Bridge, MCFarland, USA), Anthony Dilio (NCIS: Los Angeles, Day of Our Lives) and Fernanda Romeo.  Coyote grabbed The 2013 Grand Jury Award/Feature at The Dances with Films Festival  in Los Angeles, CA.  It was also nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.

     He has earned personal honors by winning The Best Actor Award at the 2014 UTA Underexposed Film Festival.  In 2015, Lance was a supporting cast member in the 2015 Lake Charles Film Festival's Best Feature, Calamity.  Also in 2015, he co-starred in the All American High School Film Festival's Best Comedy, The Surgeon of Seoul.

Lance also had the lead role in the Kaela Sinclair music video, Original Sin,  which was nominated for BEST MUSIC VIDEO by the 2015 Dallas Observer Awards.  He can now been seen in the award winning short, 1917, which is  currently in several film festivals around the country.

     He is currently working on projects with graduate students at The University of Texas Arlington and also working on two Texas based indie films.

ROSY

DURAN

      Rosy  is successful business owner and professional event planner since 2012. Her strong connection to the Latino community has really made Rosy Duran’s a highly sought-after event planner. She is the owner of Vivid Vita Events and is also FDCLA’s events planner. With her focus on the Latino community Rosy is making strides in connecting the beautiful Latino cultural to a world around us. Rosy looks forward to making each and every FDCLA’s event a most memorable one.