HIDDEN MOON (LUNA ESCONDIDA)
September 11, 2014, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Universal Pictures International
invite you and a guest to a special screening of
Hidden Moon (Luna Escondida)
Directed by SCA Alumnus Pepe Bojórquez
Followed by a Q&A with Pepe Bojórquez, Antonio Ruiz, SCA Faculty Christopher Chomyn (Director of Photography) and Actor Wes Bentley.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
About Hidden Moon (Luna Escondida)
The son (Wes Bentley) of a wealthy man whose funeral is disrupted by the presence of a mysterious Latin American woman (Ana Serradilla), sets out to salvage his family's reputation by figuring out the exact nature of the woman's relationship with his deceased father. His search brings him all the way down to Mexico, where he's shocked to find that while uncovering her identity, he has also fallen in love with a woman who belongs to someone else.
Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures International. Not Rated. Running time: 118 minutes.
Visit the Official Website: http://www.hiddenmoonthemovie.com
Visit the Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LEscondida
Visit the Facebook Pages:
- In Spanish: https://www.facebook.com/LunaEscondida2012
- In English: https://www.facebook.com/hiddenmoonthemovie
Press notes about Hidden Moon
Hidden Moon is a very visual, passionate and unique modern-day romance about love, ambition and perception, which collide unexpectedly when a young woman chases her life-long dream. The film is an international co-production between USA and Mexico directed, produced and co-written by USC alumnus Pepe Bojorquez with a renowned cast led by the actor of the Oscar award-winning film for best picture American Beauty and nominated to the BAFTA award for best actor, Wes Bentley, sharing the lead with award winner Mexican actress Ana Serradilla and the international debut of Osvaldo de León. Joined by the two-time Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Linda Gray, Latin American super star Angélica María, Alejandra Ambrosi and Johnathon Schaech. Cinematography by USC faculty Christopher Chomyn. Music by the Oscar winner for Il Postino composer Luis Bacalov and the love theme is performed by the Italian singers IL VOLO.
Distributed in Mexico by Universal Pictures International, Hidden Moon received much critical acclaim cited by the critics as "…everything in it is worthy of applause." and "A poem made into film…" The film was nominated to 8 Silver Goddess Awards given by the Mexican Film Press including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (won), Best Actor, Best Song (won) and also won the Bravo Awards in Mexico for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Actor. Moreover, Hidden Moon won Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Cinegear Film Series - Paramount Pictures 2014.
Reviews of Hidden Moon
“I confess that I enjoyed the movie like I haven't had for a long time with another film directed by a Mexican director. Almost everything in it is worthy of applause. Hidden Moon is a film that, no doubt, will become the benchmark in the national cinema. I raise my bet: a classic”. Excelsior Newspaper (Mexico).
“A poem made into film... And I'm not exaggerating. Hidden Moon is a film done with heart and great sensitivity, to the extent of overwhelming joy for the eyes and ears, with a great love story very well-written and directed... I do not know Pepe Bojorquez, but my intuition tells me that he is in the right track. There are many ways to tell a story, not always with that magic and simplicity”. Reforma Newspaper (Mexico).
“An endearing love history in the setting of the Mexico that we all want to see”. Lucero Solorzano / Film Critic.
“Hidden Moon... more than a love story! Filmmaker Pepe Bojorquez gives us a love story in this his second feature, loaded with passion, drama, but mostly magic, that surrealism that gives in his stories ...". Organización Editorial Mexicana.
“Hidden Moon, a film which encourages thinking intangible dreams, those that humans have forgotten because the power groups establish that economic success and fame are the only things that are worthy”. Proceso Magazine.
About the Guests
Pepe Bojórquez (Director, Writer, Producer, SCA Alumnus)
Pepe holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, a degree in marketing from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
His latest feature film “Hidden Moon” is a binational production between USA and Mexico, distributed by Universal Pictures International, where Pepe directs, writes and produces. The film assembles a cast from Hollywood and Mexico that includes the BAFTA nominee and Oscar Winner for Best Film for “American Beauty”, Wes Bentley. Along with Mexican stars Ana Serradilla, Osvaldo de Leon, Alejandra Ambrosi, Hector Jimenez, and US Actors Johnathon Schaech and Linda Gray. The original score was composed by Luis Bacalov, Academy Award winner for the Italian film “IL Postino”, and the love theme of the film was performed by the Italian singers “IL VOLO”.
“Hidden Moon” was nominated to 8 Silver Goddess Awards given by the Mexican Film Press including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (won), Best Actor, Best Song (won), Best Supporting Actress, and also won the Bravo Awards in Mexico for Best Picture of the Year, Best Actress and Best Actor. Moreover, Hidden Moon won Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Cinegear Film Series -Paramount Pictures 2014.
“Sea of Dreams” represents Pepe's feature-film debut as a director, writer and producer. A Mexican- American production in English that assembles an international cast which includes the three time Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA nominee Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, Academy Award nominee Seymour Cassel, Johnathon Schaech, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mexican sweetheart Angelica Maria and Israeli actress Sendi Bar. Once again, Pepe makes a team with famous composer Luis Bacalov.
Independently distributed in Mexico, “Sea of Dreams” received much critical acclaim, earning Pepe the 2006 Silver Goddess award from the Mexican Film Press, Journalists & Critics (PECIME) and it was listed as one of the top ten films of the year by Cinemania Magazine. His perspective, which fuses the Latin and American experience, was honored in a gallery presentation at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, showcasing “Sea of Dreams” as part of “The Legacy of Mexican Cinema” exhibition. The film is being distributed internationally in more than 50 countries and it had its US theatrical release Fall 2007, cited by VARIETY as “... a rare treasure.”
His numerous awards include the Directors Guild of America Student Film Award for directing, the Kodak Award, the Barbara Corday Award, the USC Faculty 546 directing Award, and a Cinema Circulus Award for academic excellence. Additionally, he was recognized with a grant from Columbia TriStar as a promising new talent, and for three consecutive years, the directing award given by the Mexican National Endowment for Culture and the Arts.
Pepe lives in Los Angeles and he is currently in post-production of his latest film titled “Legends” and working on his next films “Count Me The Stars” and “P of the Heart.”
Christopher Chomyn (Director of Photography, SCA Faculty)
His most recent credits include the feature films "Legends", "Levitated Mass", “Hidden Moon”, “Flying By”, “Mr. Sadman”, “American Primitive”, “Sea of Dreams”, “Lockdown”, “Picture Bride”, Phantasm III y IV”, y “Taxi Dancer”. Born in New York, Chris moved to California in 1985. His work includes from feature films to Television shows including commercials, music videos, documentaries and interactive projects.
Chris obtained his master degree at UCLA. He has presented seminars for: Walt Disney Feature Animation, Eastman Kodak, International Cinematographer’s Guild, UCLA Extension, Loyola Marymount University, Film independent, The International Film and Video Workshops en Rockport, Maine. He is an active member of the faculty of Film at USC School of Cinematic Arts where he has taught Cinematography and visual communication since 1997.
Antonio Ruiz (Producer)
After a successful Marketing career at CBS Outdoor where he was recognized by the prestigious Merca 2.0 magazine as one of the top 25 Marketing Directors in Mexico, Antonio Ruiz became an Associate producer for the film “Sea of Dreams".
His most recent participation as producer was in the films “Legends” and in “Hidden Moon, U.S. – Mexico Coproduction, where he had the opportunity to work with a multi awarded Hollywood cast, with the Skywalker Sound Team, Multi awarded composer and Academy award winner Luis Bacalov. He is now working in the development of the feature film “Count Me The Stars”.
Antonio has an Industrial and Systems Enginereeing degree ar ITESM and has a master degree in Marketing and Business from the same institution. He has held important positions in International Marketing and Commercial fields at CYDSA, AT&T, CBS Outdoor and Nextel.
About the SCA Alumni Screening Series
The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout the Summer 2014 semester. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening. Many screenings will be overbooked to ensure that capacity is met in the theater. Some screenings will be run from digital sources.
Check-In & Reservations
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.
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