San Antonio CineFestival - Juanito Castillo

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Starting from July 7 through July 11, the return of the San Antonio CineFestival to the Guadalupe theater brings a wave of delight for movie lovers. The festival will have a substantial number of Texas filmmakers and will feature 80 films, with 60 percent from the Lone Star State. It is supported by the San Antonio Film Commission, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Besides, this year, the National Endowment for the Arts has granted $25,000 to the festival.

Key Highlights of the San Antonio CineFestival

  • 11 feature films made in or closely associated with Texas
  • Seven out of the 11, closely related to San Antonio
  • 42 short films made in or associated with Texas
  • 23 out of the 42, closely related to San Antonio
  • Fiction, and documentary shorts made by emerging, established filmmakers and artists aged 18 or less.
  • Inclusion of US Latinx and Mexican feature films relevant to Texas
Guadalupe CineFestival

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Opening and Closing Movies

The festival will open and close with two noteworthy movies, including Juanito’s Lab and Love and Baseball, respectively.

  • Juanito’s Lab: A 110-minute documentary film exploring the life of the 32-year-old musician Juanito Castillo, who is blind by birth and a native of San Antonio’s Westside. Juanito is proficient in 14 instruments and widely considered as the heir to Esteban Jordan, “the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion.” The movie screens on Wednesday, July 7 at 7 PM at the Guadalupe Theater.
  • Love and Baseball: Love and Baseball is an 87-minute story of Will and Michele who meet and fall in love magically. With life getting in the way, the story turns even more intriguing with the need for the couple to figure out if their love is real or not. The story is told through three meetings over four years, wherein we see love, like a baseball game, is a story, and every date and pitch are its lines. The movie screens on Sunday, July 11 at 7 PM at the Guadalupe Theater.

About CineFestival

CineFestival is the country’s original and longest-running film festival. This year it returns with its 42nd edition and will be presented by the Guadalupe Arts Center. All screenings at the festival are in-person, with a capacity of 200 seats. Buying tickets and passes in advance is highly recommended. To know more, click here.

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