Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles and the UCLA Film & Television Archive present DRÁCULA

Featuring a special pre-recorded message,made specifically for the screening by Eva Longoria Spanish Drácula finds new blood, more than 90 years after its release … NPR (2022)

LOS ANGELESOct. 17, 2022PRLog — The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) and the UCLA Film & Television Archive proudly co-present the special virtual screening of classic film Drácula, the long-lost film shot on the same set as the Bella Lagossi classic, considered by many critics to be the better of the two films.

The in person free screening of Drácula featuring a specially created taped introduction by Eva Longoria will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at The Billy Wilder Theater located inside the Hammer Museum on 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. Register here (

During the transition from silent films to sound production, Hollywood studios faced a dilemma: How to export English-language films to lucrative non-English speaking foreign markets. Some studios, such as Universal, chose to make multiple versions of the same film featuring the same story told with different actors speaking their native languages. The most famous example of this approach is the Spanish-language version of Drácula in 1931, not only because it survives intact after being thought lost for decades, but also because it arguably rivals—some would say exceeds—the artistry of its counterpart, the 1931 Bela Lugosi film of the same name.

Drácula en Español starred Carlos Villarías ( as the caped vampire out for blood and Lupita Tovar as Eva, the object of Drácula‘s infernal desire.

The late Tovar reminisced about working the graveyard shift. “We shot all night long till next morning because we used exactly the same sets. As matter of fact, we had the same marks the English cast got; we stepped in the same place. The difference though was that director George Melford and Villarías would watch scenes shot during the day and make small improvements. They were able to set up better camera angles and add more exciting elements.”

Following the same basic plot as the English-language version, Melford brings more creepy webs and more ominous minions to proceedings leading to a longer runtime by about 30 minutes, but even so, he moves the terror along at a quicker pace. More than a historical curio, Drácula stands on its own as an atmospheric horror classic.

While Lupita Tovar (Mexican born Guadalupe Natalia Tovar) had already starred in such films as La Voluntad del Muerto ( oposite Antonio Moreno, and the Cat Creeps, it was this 1931 Spanish language version of Dracula which brought her even more success as she went on to star in such movies as East of Borneo and the 1932 film Santa, the first film to have synchronized sound and image on the same celluloid strip. In 2006 Santa was shown in a celebratory screening by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ( called “A Salute to Lupita Tovar” that featured a conversation between Tovar and film historian Bob Dickson. The event was in honor of Tovar. Drácula also brought Tovar love as this is where she met her husband, the film’s producer Paul Kohner.

More than just a Spanish language version of a classic horror film, Drácula, starring Carlos Villarías ( and Lupita Tovar, is symbolic of the immigrant struggle. It is a tale of cast and crew that had to work tougher hours, with less support, yet with equal expectations as the “day crew” and instead of simply delivering an acceptable product they over deliver and create an historic work of art.

DCP, b&w, 103 min. Director: George Melford. Screenwriter: Garrett Fort, B. Fernández Cué (Spanish-language adaptation). With: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton.

Special thanks to Guido Segal, program manager, Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles.

This program is made possible with funds from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the many contributors of LACLA’s programs.

About the UCLA Film & Television Archive

A division of UCLA Library, the Archive is internationally renowned for rescuing, preserving and showcasing moving image media and is dedicated to ensuring that the visual achievements of our time are available for information, education and enjoyment. The Archive has over 450,000 film and television holdings conserved in a state-of-the-art facility at the Packard Humanities Institute Stoa in Santa Clarita, California, that is designed to hold materials ranging from nitrate film to digital video at all preservation standards. Many of the Archive’s projects are screened at prestigious film events around the globe.


Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange through film by screening classic and contemporary films from Latin America and by USA Latinas and Latinos. LACLA also supports the film and media efforts of Los Angeles inner-city middle and high school students with its annual student film festival.

American Challenge – Lessons from 9/11 Sponsored by the Veterans Memorial & Support Foundation

 Earlier this year, U.S. Air Force Veteran Mark Lindquist who was running for Congress in his home state gave up his Congressional campaign when the conflict with the Ukraine broke out. Today, he serves 15 miles behind the line in the Ukraine. Mark plans to travel across the globe and, along with other prominent individuals, is making the trip to Los Gatos California, on Sunday, September 11th, to celebrate the lives of those who voluntarily take on selfless acts of courage larger than themselves. The event known as “American Challenge – Lessons from 9/11,” will be hosted at The Flame of Liberty Memorial located upon the Los Gatos Civic Center lawn, 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos California. Musical entertainment will commence at 4:30 PM; formal program launches at 5:00 PM. Information can be found at

What if you knew that this was the last hour of your life? How would you spend it? Where would you be? Who would you be with? How would you want to be remembered?

On 9/11, there were three individuals who didn’t have the luxury to think that through – Mark Bingham, Todd Beamer and Welles Remy Crowther. Instead, they acted on instinct, based upon a foundation of values built over the course of their relatively young lives. Mark Bingham and Todd Beamer were Los Gatos High School alumni. Welles Remy Crowther was a young 24-year-old from Nyack New York who held a blossoming career on Wall Street. Each of the three only had time to react. And their reaction was to take on acts larger than themselves.

Mark Bingham and Todd Beamer were aboard United Airlines Flight 93 departing from Newark NJ and headed to San Francisco on September 11, 2001. Their plane departed the airport with terrorist hijackers on board whose plan was to transform the jet into a missile intended to take out the U.S. Capitol Building. Hijackers had already attempted to decimate America’s Wall Street financial hub and the U.S. defense system with plane crashes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The terrorists planned to use UA 93 to cripple America’s government. Mark and Todd along with two other passengers breached the cockpit to take back control. Their plane crashed into an empty field in Shanksville Pennsylvania rather than the Capitol Building. Todd’s and Mark’s actions thwarted the terrorists’ mission. In the end, thousands of Washingtonian lives were saved. Our hometown heroes – Todd Beamer and Mark Bingham, took on the first civilian counterattack to terrorist actions on 9/11. Our country’s government was preserved and intact at the expense of their own lives.

Did you know that only 18 from higher than the crash zones in the Towers survived?

They did largely due to the Man in the Red Bandana.

Back east, Welles Remy Crowther, who worked as an equity trader on the 104th floor of the South Tower in the World Trade Center, was fighting for his life. As a young boy, Welles accompanied his father and grandfather who were both volunteer firefighters to the firehouse. As a teen, Welles attended firefighting training. On 9/11 Welles put his firefighter skills to work to escape being personally trapped on the 104th floor of the South Tower. After UA Flight 175 struck the South Tower between floors 77 and 85, through flames, the thick haze of smoke, smell of airline fuel, darkness and chaos, Crowther located the one remaining passable stairway to escape. He found survivors on the 78th Sky Lobby that he escorted to safety. Then he risked his own life to go back upstairs on two more rescue missions to the 78th floor sky lobby to locate more survivors that he escorted to safety. He used a red bandana, something he carried in his back pocket from the day his father gave it to him at the age of six, to cover his mouth and nose to protect himself against smoke inhalation. He saved the only 18 survivors located higher than the crash sites from both fallen Towers at the World Trade Center, at the ultimate loss of that of his own life. The red bandana, the Welles Remy Crowther icon, became the element that identified Welles as the survivors’ rescuer months later when his remains were recovered in the rubble and company of the remains of NYFD firefighters just 65 feet from the door to personal safety.

The stories and lives of Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Welles Remy Crowther, the first responders and those in America’s military who voluntarily answered the call in the aftermath of 9/11 will be celebrated at the “American Challenge – Lessons From 9/11” event. Distinguished guests include Francis J Harvey, 19th Secretary of the US Army, Brigadier General “Bucky” Steven J. Butow – Commander, California Air National Guard, Fire Chief Suwanna Kerdkaew- Santa Clara County Fire Department, Town of Los Gatos Mayor Rob Rennie, and Captain Doug Beck, U.S. Navy Reserve, Afghanistan & Iraq Veteran and Apple Executive. Air Force Veteran Mark Lindquist, who will be traveling to Los Gatos from behind the lines in the Ukraine, will share thoughts on lessons from 9/11 and why September 12th may have been the best day in America. The event is an outside venue, open to all and free.

The Veterans Foundation of Los Gatos is a 501(c) 3 non-profit local enterprise now in its tenth year, staffed 100% by volunteers who desire to honor, express gratitude and support those who support America’s freedom, educate the public on the sacrifices borne by those who serve, and improve the lives of veterans. Donations are accepted at

Veterans Memorial & Support Foundation

Ellen Manzo, Volunteer Board Director


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The Heart of the Flame of Liberty Memorial covets The Soldiers Cross reminding viewers that the sacrifices of a few provide the liberty enjoyed by many. Memorial is designed by U.S. Mint Master Designer Frank Kocian Morris and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial & Support Foundation

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Welles Remy Crowther, “The Man in the Red Bandana,” was posthumously designated an honorary FDNY firefighter for his life saving efforts of survivors located higher than the crash site in the South Tower. Welles Remy Crowther is remembered at the National 9/11 Memorial at NYC’s World Trade Center.

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Los Gatos H.S. Alum Todd Beamer, prayed with the GTE Operator on the phone and was overheard saying “Let’s Roll” to the team of passengers that ultimately saved the U.S. Capitol Building from annihilation on 911.

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Welles Remy Crowther, “The Man in the Red Bandana,” a 24-year old equities trader was located on the World Trade Center’s 104th floor of the South Tower on 9/11. His selfless acts of courage and firefighter training skills resulting in saving lives of workers located higher than the crash zone. QR code_qr1659649130629


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Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles proudly presents the streaming of the film Ceniza Negra

As part of the Cine Nepantla program, this year it showcases a Latin narrative from Afro-Latino Caribbean Cultures in Central America ( Costa Rica)

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LOS ANGELESSept. 1, 2022PRLog — Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is pleased to present its  Cine Nepantla program with the streaming of the Costa Rican film,Ceniza Negra. Ceniza Negra is a heartwarming coming-of-age story, written and directed by Sofia Quiros Ubeda and starring an all Afro-Latino cast, with breakthrough performances by Smashleen Gutierrez, Humberto Samuels and Hortensia Smith. This film is part of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

Ceniza Negra premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and led the way for female-directed Costa Rican films.

Ceniza Negra will be available for streaming September 22-26, 2022 at The streaming includes an interview with the director.

Cine Nepantla is curated by Guido Segal, a screenwriter and LACLA program manager. Segal is world- known for his film critiques, screenwriting and teaching..

For 25 years, the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) has been championing and screening feature and short films by LatinX filmmakers from all over the Americas.

About Ceniza Negra

Selva (13) lives in a coastal town in the Caribbean. After the sudden disappearance of her only motherly figure, she is left to take care of her grandfather who does not want to live. Between shadows and wild games, she must decide if she will help her grandfather die, even though that means going through her last moments of childhood alone. Selva discovers that when we die, we just shed our skin. We can turn into wolves, goats, shadows, or anything as long as your imagination allows it.

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This program is made possible with funds from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the many contributors of LACLA’s programs. Thank you to our media sponsors Vida Salsera, KPFK 90.7 Travel Tips For Aztlan, Living Outloud LA.

Nepantla is a Nahuatl word which describes the state of living in-between different cultures. It can also refer to

living in the borderlands or being at a literal or metaphorical crossroads. In line with this concept, Cine

Nepantla aims to create a space in which meaningful dialogue among audiences of different socio-economic

backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and religions can take place and effect change.


Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange through film by screening classic and contemporary films from         America and by USA Latinas and Latinos. LACLA also supports the film and media efforts of Los Angeles inner-city middle and high school students with its annual student film festival.

Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express: Get Cash Back for Online Shopping, Gas, Food & Entertainment


According to a recent study* from American Express, 90% of consumers surveyed say that now more than ever they want a credit card that provides cash back for their everyday purchases.

To give consumers more value when they spend, American Express updated the Blue Cash Everyday® Card so Card Members can now access a new category for earning cash back on U.S. online retail purchases, a higher percentage of cash back at U.S. gas stations, along with two new statement credit benefits for online purchases at Home Chef and an eligible Disney Bundle subscription.**

Consumers from the study also reported that their time spent shopping online has increased. 64% say that they have shopped more online than in-person in the past year. With the recent enhancements, Blue Cash Everyday Card Members can now earn 3% cash back on U.S. online retail purchases, on up to $6,000 in purchases per year.**

In the same study,* American Express looked at how consumers are prioritizing their time to better understand their changing spending habits. For example, 67% of consumers surveyed say that their favorite way to spend ’me’ time is streaming movies or shows. With the refreshed Blue Cash Everyday Card, Card Members can enroll and earn a $7 monthly statement credit after spending $13.99 or more each month on an eligible subscription to The Disney Bundle**, which offers premium entertainment and sports programming from Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ – including access to explore popular shows like ‘Andor’ and ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ (coming soon), ‘The Kardashians’, ‘Only Murders in the Building’, and the ‘PGA TOUR LIVE’.

Additionally, 82% of consumers surveyed said it’s important that they have time to cook meals at home during the week. With the enhanced Card, enrolled Blue Cash Everyday Card Members can earn monthly statement credits of up to $15 back on online purchases at Home Chef,** an online meal solutions company, through which they can prepare dishes like Firecracker Turkey Meatballs, Neapolitan-Style Pizza Margherita, or Sweet and Spicy Sriracha BBQ Brisket.

“At Home Chef, we’re glad to be able to bring convenience and ease to cooking at home for Amex Card Members. Whether cooking for oneself or for family and friends, there’s nothing like the comfort of a home-cooked meal,” said Shira Schwarz, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Home Chef.

For more information about the American Express Blue Cash Everyday Card, please visit here.


*This Morning Consult survey was conducted from June 4 – June. 7, 2022, among a sample of 2,001 Adults that have a household income greater than $70K. Within this audience, the Gen Z/Millennial demographic group is defined as respondents who were born between the following years: 1981-2004. The Older Millennials & GenXers demographic group is defined as respondents who are between the ages of 36 and 57. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Hosts Annual In-Person SAAM Arcade 2022

Free Public Event Highlights Connections Between Art and Video Games Through “Color, Line and Form”


The Smithsonian American Art Museum invites visitors to its ninth annual “SAAM Arcade” to explore how video games act as a medium for expanding the way Americans tell and experience stories. This free, in-person public event returns to the Kogod Courtyard in the museum’s main building Saturday, July 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET. 

The theme of this year’s Arcade is “Color, Line and Form,” exploring the essential elements of visual expression. Armenian American artist Arshile Gorky said, “Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.” When individuals break something down into its most basic features, innovation and creativity emerge in new and unexpected ways. Game developers use these same essential elements to create an interactive experience for players, relying on color, line and form to tell complex narratives and engage broad audiences. SAAM Arcade is part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to the study and interpretation of video games as part of the national visual culture. 

A variety of games will be available to play in the Kogod Courtyard, and the centerpiece of the program is the Indie Developer Showcase, which features eight games that embody the idea of color, line and form to create unique experiences for developers, players and observers. The museum will display offerings such as “Cai Cai Balão,” highlighting dazzling Brazilian hot air balloons, while “Chicory: A Colorful Tale” encourages players to create art with their own paintbrushes, emphasizing the importance of color. Clean lines and shapes are the focus of “Space Hole 2020,” while “Manifold Garden” builds upon various forms of architecture and “If Found” brings players back to basic black and white drawings. The importance of form can be found in “Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield” and “Treachery in Beatdown City,” games that showcase the agility and acrobatic movement of the human form. Finally, “The Zium Gallery” links art and video games by incorporating different museums’ collections into their submission.

More than 20 games were considered within the theme of “Color, Line and Form” and the final selections were chosen by Saisha Grayson, time-based media curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Chris Totten, assistant professor of the Modeling, Animation, and Game Creation program at Kent State University and founder of Pie for Breakfast Studios; and museum staff. 

Attendees will also be able to play classic arcade and console games from MAGFest and there will also be a special Art Quest that connects video games to items in the museum’s collection at the information table. Detailed event information and a full list of the featured games are available on the museum’s website. Additional commentary about this year’s theme is published on the museum’s blog, Eye Level, by Lauren Kolodkin, the program coordinator for SAAM Arcade. 

The museum is hosting the second annual Game Jam, an open online event where anyone of any skill set can submit their own game. Participants may work alone or in groups; there are no size restrictions for Arcade 2022 Game Jam. Participants do not need to pre-register and are able to join the jam by simply creating an account and uploading their game to the SAAM Arcade 2022 Game Jam page. In addition to this year’s SAAM Arcade theme, the museum also encourages participants to draw inspiration from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and to look to the extraordinary creativity and diversity of American voices as they create games for this jam. Rules, guidelines and FAQs about the jam are available on the museum’s page and website. The game jam takes place from Thursday, July 28, to Monday, Aug. 1, when aspiring developers and artists create brand-new video and tabletop games centered around the theme of community and individuality. On Monday, Aug. 1, all games submitted to the SAAM Arcade 2022 Game Jam will be available for the public to discover and play free of charge, indefinitely, on

The museum is partnering with IGDA DC, the local Washington, D.C., chapter of the Independent Game Developers Association, to host and moderate a dedicated Discord server throughout the run of the jam. Discord is one of the most popular ways for gamers to communicate online. It allows friends, teammates, colleagues and individuals to connect with other SAAM Arcade participants directly via voice, video or text. IGDA DC will offer technical assistance to participants and help the long-standing SAAM Arcade community come together virtually to develop new and innovative games.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is a leader in exploring the impact and artistry of video games and was one of the first art museums in the United States to acquire video games as part of its permanent collection. Video games create compelling participatory and social spaces, imagined by artists and designers and activated by players whose individual interactions are uniquely required to complete the experience. SAAM Arcade emphasizes this aspect of video game appreciation by encouraging hands-on engagement and in-person exchanges among independent developers, gamers and new audiences. 


SAAM Arcade is made possible by the generous support of Events DC. Media sponsorship provided by Washington City Paper

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station, and is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Timed-entry passes are required to visit both locations. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: