The Seattle Latino Film Festival Educational Outreach Program, in partnership with the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, will present a special night with Leon Ichaso at the Washington State History Museum on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Ichaso will show his production of "El Cantante" starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, follow by a Q&A session and after party at Encore Night Club in Tacoma. The biographical drama has Anthony as salsa superstar Hector Lavoe, who started the salsa movement in 1975. This biopic, told from the point of view of his wife and muse, Puchi, (Lopez) follows the singer from his early success as a Puerto Rican teen sensation to his later status as the New York City Latin idol, who brings salsa to the United States, while also documenting his ongoing struggle against drug and alcohol addiction.
Cuban-born Leon Ichaso started making films in 1967. He directed the films El Super, Sugar Hill, Crossover Dreams, Bitter Sugar, Piñero, El Cantante, and Paraiso. Initially recognized for his focus on individuals pursuing life-changing dreams, Ichaso’s work has since expanded to include the broader American experience. He has won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, Chamizal Independent Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, and Montreal World Film Festival.
people can purchase tickets at www.slff.org. There's also an exclusive after party at Encore.