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Lourdes Portillo’s Selena Films

Presented in Partnership with Aurora Picture Show

with Lourdes Portillo, Margarita De La Vega Hurtado, Candice D'Meza, and Alyssa Knoles

Nov 15, 2020, 05:00 PM Eventive Virtual Platform $10.00 Get Tickets

Presented in Partnership with Aurora Picture Show. Followed by a Q&A with Director Lourdes Portillo, Margarita De La Vega Hurtado, Candice D'Meza, and Alyssa Knoles, moderated by HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green.

Special Guests

Lourdes Portillo

Mexico-born and Chicana identified, Lourdes Portillo is a writer / director / producer of films focused on the search for Latino identity. She has worked in a richly varied range of forms, from television documentary to satirical video-film collage.

Candice D'Meza

Candice D’Meza (B.A. Black Studies; MPA) is an actor, playwright, multi-disciplinary artist and mother of two based in Houston, Texas. A proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, she has been called one of the “Seven Young Houston Theater Actors To Watch” and awarded the 2018 Best Utility Player Award by the Houston Press. Social practice in nature, her projects manifest as participatory theatre performance, workshops, and audio-visual installation. Her artistry aims to activate the public space for the reclamation and repatriation of self through song, dance, theatrical performance, audio-visual installation, diary/memoir, and film. Her work explores themes related to identity, African spiritual technologies of connection, land and water. One such project currently in development ,“Fatherland: A Recursive Memoir Mythology Play”, grant funded by the City of Houston, is an audiovisual immersive performance that serves as a community grief ritual for all those who have lost an emotional or physical homeland—by force or by fate.

Currently, her creative writing work explores the uses of fantasy and imagination as a radical liberatory practice. Her ongoing series of liberatory micro-plays, “30 Ways To Get Free”, uses speculative fiction, sci-fi, and afro-futurism to imagine liberated Blackness across the expanse of time. Some of these microplays have been published by The Acentos Review, and are to be filmed and streamed as a part of Catastrophic Theater’s 2020-2021 theater season.

Alyssa Knoles

Alyssa Knoles is a Houston based filmmaker, editor, and content creator. A recent college graduate with a B.A. in Television-Radio from Ithaca College. A Chicana born and raised in Houston’s East End. She is currently a Non-Linear Editor at ABC13 Houston, and previously interned with the Houston Cinema Arts Society as a Video Intern. With a wide range of experience from filmmaking, editing, and public relations her goal is to create content that inspires, educates, and uplifts others.

Corpus: A Home Movie For Selena

Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena explores the mass adulation and explosive posthumous recognition of Selena Quintanilla, the Tejano singer murdered by the president of her fan club in 1995. Pushing beyond the mainstream media’s fascination with her violent death, Portillo interviews Selena’s family and friends as well as the devoted fans that pilgrimage to Selena’s grave in Corpus Christi, Texas, to pay homage to the slain star. Moving and provocative, this humble investigative portrait explores Selena’s cultural significance as a pop icon and shines a light on the hopes, fantasies, fears, and realities of young Latinas today.

This film can be viewed globally.

Country, Year United States, 1999
DirectorLourdes Portillo
LanguageEnglish, English Subtitles, Spanish
Runtime46 MINS, SECS
Event TypeCompilation, Film

A Conversation with Academics About Selena

A Conversation with Academics about Selena is an examination of the life and mythology of Selena through an academic lens. Five prominent feminist scholars, Sandra Cisneros, Ruby Rich, Cherríe Moraga, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, and Rosa-Linda Fregoso engage in a lively cultural analysis of Selena, the Tejana pop star who was killed in 1995 by a friend who was the president of her fan club. As the academics try to separate the mythology of Selena from the young woman pressured by her father into a singing career, they confront their own cultural ideology and familial influences.

This program can be viewed globally.

Country, Year United States, 1999
DirectorLourdes Portillo
ProducerLourdes Portillo
Runtime59 MINS, SECS
GenreDocumentary, Short
Event TypeCompilation, Film