Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

Join us as we celebrate by highlighting some of our favorite hispanic filmmakers, music makers, writers, animators and more!

Each week, we’ll be adding a section to the blog to showcase a different industry.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of hispanic people making the movies and shows that you love. You can even stop by the library and check out some of the scripts and videos we have that were helmed by hispanic creatives!

Browse through the tabs to see what titles we have in our collection!

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist) and worked on making his own short films. At the age of 21, del Toro executive produced his first feature, Dona Herlinda and Her Son. Del Toro spent almost 10 years as a makeup supervisor, and formed his own company, Necropia in the early 1980s. He also produced and directed Mexican television programs at this time, and taught film. – via IMDB

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. – via IMDB

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006), the second one being Carlos Reygadas in 2012. His six feature films, ‘Amores Perros’ (2000), ’21 Grams’ (2003), ‘Babel’ (2006), ‘Biutiful’ (2010), ‘Birdman’ (2014) and ‘The Revenant’ (2015), have gained critical acclaim world-wide including two Academy Award nominations. Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City. – via IMDB

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn’t study filmmaking because he didn’t have the money to afford it. Besides, the filmmaking schools were closed in early 70s by Franco’s government. Instead, he found a job in the Spanish phone company and saved his salary to buy a Super 8 camera. From 1972 to 1978, he devoted himself to make short films with the help of of his friends. The “premieres” of those early films were famous in the rapidly growing world of the Spanish counter-culture. In few years, Almodóvar became a star of “La Movida”, the pop cultural movement of late 70s Madrid. His first feature film, Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom, was made in 16 mm and blown-up to 35 mm for public release. In 1987, he and his brother Agustín Almodóvar established their own production company: El Deseo, S. A. The “Almodóvar phenomenon” has reached all over the world, making his films very popular in many countries. – via IMDB

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca. – via IMDB

Born in 1974, Sebastián Lelio is one of the leading figures (along with Pablo Larraín, Andrés Wood and a few others) of the post-dictatorship Chilean cinema. After graduating from the “Escuela de Cine de Chile” in Santiago, Lelio started by making shorts (he made five from 1995 to 2003, as well as a documentary). From 2005 on, he directed four remarkable feature films, the first three very dark, the fourth one somewhat lighter, which all garnered awards in the festival circuit. The Sacred Family is kind of Chilean version of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema. It was followed by Navidad, a drama of uncommon intensity focusing on three teenagers alienated from their families and The Year of the Tiger, recounting the escape of an inmate during Chile’s 2010 earthquake. Coming after this taught triptych, Gloria surprises by its peaceful tone. The amorous adventures of Gloria, a sixty-year-old office worker in Santiago, although not without tensions and bitterness, are less upsetting than what Lelio had filmed before. But whether dark or rosy, Lelio’s cinema explores the Chilean society of today with the same acuteness. – via IMDB

Guillermo Arriaga is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. Self-defined as “a hunter who works as a writer,” he is best known for his Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay nominations for Babel and his screenplay for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which received the 2005 Cannes Best Screenplay Award. – via Wikipedia

Javier “Javi” Grillo-Marxuach, born October 28, 1969 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a television screenwriter and producer, and podcaster, known for his work as writer and producer on the first two seasons of the ABC television series Lost, as well as other series including Charmed and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. – via Wikipedia

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is an American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer best known for his work for Marvel Comics and for the television series Glee, Big Love, Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. He is Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of the senior Nicaraguan World Bank official turned Nicaraguan Ambassador to the US (1997-2000) and later Foreign Minister (2000-2002). Francisco Javier Aguirre Sacasa and Maria de los Angeles Sacasa Arguello y Gomez Arguello, both Nicaraguan nationals. Aguirre-Sacasa received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and later a Masters Degree in English literature from McGill University; he then graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2003.

Pablo Larraín was born in Santiago, Chile. He is a director, writer and producer, known for Spencer (2021), Jackie (2016), El Club (2015), NO (2012), among others. Together with his brother Juan de Dios Larraín, they founded Fabula in 2004, one of the most prolific production companies in Latin America. – via IMDB

Juan Antonio García Bayona is a Spanish film director. He directed the 2007 horror film The Orphanage, the 2012 drama film The Impossible, and the 2016 fantasy drama film A Monster Calls. Bayona’s latest film is the 2018 science fiction adventure film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series. He has also directed television commercials and music videos. He will direct the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. – via IMDB

Damián Szifron is an Argentine film and television director and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the TV series Los Simuladores, the most successful TV series in the history of Argentina, and writer-director of Wild Tales, the most successful film in the history of Argentina. – via Wikipedia

Juan José Campanella is an Argentine television and film director, writer and producer. He achieved worldwide attention with the release of The Secret in Their Eyes, for which he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. – via Wikipedia

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis. His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide. It was remade in Hollywood by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz (also the star of the original version) and Cameron Diaz. The Others is Amenábar’s first English language film. – via IMDB

Charise Castro Smith is an American playwright, actress, screenwriter, producer, and co-director. Castro Smith is from Miami, Florida, where she was raised in a Cuban American family. She attended Brown University as an undergraduate student and later the Yale School of Drama, where she earned her MFA in acting. Previous to graduate school, she was a city schoolteacher. She lives in LA and is married to actor Joby Earle, whom she met at Yale. – via Wikipedia

Hailing from The Bronx, Steven Canals is a 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program. He began his writing career as a Research Assistant at Hungry Jackal Productions for Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Steven served as the Staff Writer on Freeform’s Dead of Summer, the same year his short film, Afuera, premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival. He is Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of Pose (2018). Canals is openly queer. He is of African American and Puerto Rican heritage. – via IMDB and Wikipedia

Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer. He is best known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Babel (2006), Argo (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Silence (2016). He also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Biutiful (2010). Pietro was nominated for two Academy Award for Best Cinematography, first in Brokeback Mountain and later in Silence. – via IMDB

Luisa Leschin (born Louisa Josefina Gomez) is an American television producer, actress, and voice-over artist. She currently serves as co-executive producer for the Amazon Studios TV series Just Add Magic. In 2019, she won a Norman Lear Writer’s Award at the 34th annual Imagen Awards. Leschin was born in Hollywood and grew up in Guatemala, where Spanish was her native tongue. Leschin’s mother was a concert pianist and her father was a former President of El Salvador. At age five, she made her debut as a dancer, and at the age of eight, she left Guatemala to spend her teenage years in Europe, where she learned to speak French and Italian. After her return to America, she studied at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, where she majored in ballet. – via Wikipedia

What’s a celebration without any music? Check out the playlist we made. It’s full of our favorite Hispanic artists from around the world!

Everyone loves cartoons! And I’ll bet you didn’t know that some of your childhood favorites had Hispanic and Latino artists working on the creative team behind them. Below, we’ve highlighted some fantastic Hispanic and Latino artists next to the animated features they’re attached to.

Labor Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity to get in some last minute Summer excitement! If you’re in need of some suggestions, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few events we found online. Let us know what your Labor Day Weekend plans are!

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards (2)

The first day of Fall is fast approaching! That time of year for gloomy skies, falling leaves and your favorite sweater. The kids go back to school, and the summer heat finally begins to let up. It’s our signal that the end of the year is soon to come and a reminder of how precious time truly is. 

To many people in the United States, Autumn is an opportunity to acknowledge everything we have to be grateful for. It’s the season of harvest and abundance – the season of reflection and new beginnings.

This year, the first day of Fall is September 22nd. So mark your calendars and cozy up with your loved ones. We’ve taken the liberty of creating a September Songs playlist, and a September Watchlist to make getting into the Autumn spirit as easy as pumpkin pie. 

Grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte, a warm blanket and relax with our September Songs Playlist.

September Blog 2022

As we prepare to usher in the new season, join us at the LAFS Library in our efforts to capture the cozy autumn spirit!
We’ve got a few things up our sleeves, as well as some tips to keep the end of summer fun and eventful.

The library team has been working hard to shake things up on campus!

Labor Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity to get in some last minute Summer excitement! If you’re in need of some suggestions, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few events we found online. Let us know what your Labor Day Weekend plans are!

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards (2)

The first day of Fall is fast approaching! That time of year for gloomy skies, falling leaves and your favorite sweater. The kids go back to school, and the summer heat finally begins to let up. It’s our signal that the end of the year is soon to come and a reminder of how precious time truly is. 

To many people in the United States, Autumn is an opportunity to acknowledge everything we have to be grateful for. It’s the season of harvest and abundance – the season of reflection and new beginnings.

This year, the first day of Fall is September 22nd. So mark your calendars and cozy up with your loved ones. We’ve taken the liberty of creating a September Songs playlist, and a September Watchlist to make getting into the Autumn spirit as easy as pumpkin pie. 

Grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte, a warm blanket and relax with our September Songs Playlist.

Summer Madness 2022

It’s summertime at The LAFS Library, and we’re determined to help you make the most of it! We’ll be working hard all season long to help you reach your summer goals!

From relaxing activities, to free goodies, to keeping you up to date on all the great events going on around Los Angeles, the LAFS Library is dedicated to making this your best summer ever!

Work load got you stressed? Sometimes it can feel like we have too much on our plates. Take a moment to decompress and remind yourself that you’re doing your best and that you are allowed to feel overwhelmed. We’ve put together a few fun and relaxing activities for when you need some time to clear your mind. Try your hand at an origami tutorial, or see how long it takes you to finish a Sodoku puzzle. We even have some coloring pages and crayons for those of you who just want to turn your brain off for a bit. We plan to expand upon our Creation Station or “Maker Space” in the future, so if you have any suggestions for fun activities we could feature let us know!

You never know what treasures await you at the library. This season, we’re showcasing items in our collections that reflect our love of summer, the beach and all things aquatic! Come check out our display and let us know what your favorite summer-themed media are!

Summer time is the perfect opportunity to create and achieve some goals! Make use of this sunny season and challenge yourself to go for more walks, drink more water, eat more greens, join a club and read more books! We’ll be sharing some of our library staff goals throughout the summer. Let us know what your plans are!

We put together some Hot Summer Playlists to keep you cool all summer long! Got any favorite summer jams? Let us know and we’ll add ’em!

Be sure to check out some of the awesome events happening this summer! From movie screenings, to pop ups, to festivals & concerts! There’s never a shortage of things to do in this city! Be sure to wear your sunblock!

Cinespia 2022

Cinespia is a Los Angeles based organization that brings movie magic to life with screenings of classic films throughout the year to an audience of hundreds of thousands from all around the world, including some of Hollywood’s most famous faces. With over 30 events per year, Cinespia hosts dazzling screenings under the stars at iconic venues including The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, The Greek Theatre, and Los Angeles Historic Park.

Hollywood Bowl 2022

Since its opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the premier destination for live music in Southern California, hosting everyone from Billie Holiday to The Beatles to Yo-Yo Ma under the iconic silhouette of its concentric-arched band shell.

LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022

Matthew Castillo
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It’s Pride Month again! That time of year for rainbow flags, extravagant parades and a plethora of queer slogans plastered around your local Target®. But how do you, as a cis-het* person, fit in to the celebration? If you’ve ever found yourself asking how you can be a better ally to the LGBTQ+ community, then this post is for you.

*cis-het = cisgender + heterosexual; a term used to describe those who do not identify with the queer community in anyway other than as an ally.

The past ten years have been a huge step forward for representation of marginalized communities in mainstream media. From CODA and Love On The Spectrum to Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Everything Everywhere All At Once– we’re seeing just how hungry people are for diversity in story-telling. We all want to see ourselves represented in the media we consume, and we all want to feel like our voices are being heard. The LGBTQ+ community is no exception, which brings me to my first point: a great and easy way to be a good ally is to support queer voices. Support us when we’re sharing our lived experiences, our perspectives and our talents with the world. That means watching our movies, listening to our music and reading what we write. It also means incorporating those stories into your discussions about media and entertainment with your friends, family and colleagues (even when it’s uncomfortable to do so). One of the easiest ways to hurt our community is to leave us out of the conversation; to pretend we don’t exist. But not to worry! I’ve put together a few lists of different queer media to get you started.

Believed to be the first pro-gay film in history, “Different From the Others” is a German film that was first released in 1919. Richard Oswald and Magnus Hirschfeld made the film as a criticism of the criminalization of homosexuality.

For the most part, queer movies tend to fly under the radar. But that isn’t to say they’re not worth watching. In fact, I would argue that they’re integral to one’s film education. Queer movies have been around almost as long as cinema has been around, and though we’ve been censored in various ways throughout history, we’ve fought to maintain a presence. As a gift to you, here are some of my favorite queer movies.

Legacy Movies

There will always be those movies– the ones everyone has seen, and if you haven’t what the hell is wrong with you?? Right? Movies like Titanic, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now and The Wizard of Oz. But in the Queer World, our list of legacy movies is a little different. So here’s a crash course on important queer movies that you absolutely must watch.

Coming of Age

Coming of Age movies are a staple in cinematic history. Everyone has at least one in their list of favorite films. And there definitely are some classics: Goonies, Stand By Me, Now and Then. They helped us to feel seen and understood when we were at our most vulnerable, and sometimes they even taught us some valuable life lessons. Unfortunately, queer kids aren’t quite so fortunate to have as many coming of age movies dedicated to their experiences. But there are definitely some treasures to be found! So if you’re interested in coming of age films and how they intersect with the queer experience, I’ve got a list for you.

Television has played an enormous role in helping to shape American culture. Where would be be today if not for the life lessons courtesy of The Facts of Life or The Brady Bunch? And American television is no stranger to queerness. Of course, sometimes we have to move in stealth mode. But no matter what, we always find a way to be seen and to be heard. Here are some of my favorite queer television shows!

The critically acclaimed television show Orange is the New Black (2013) helped to push the boundaries of what kinds of stories can find mainstream success. Winner of four Primetime Emmy Awards, one GLAAD Media Award and countless other accolades, Orange is the New Black cemented itself in Queer Television History.

Queer Eye

Before the series was rebooted in 2018 for Netflix, Queer Eye was an Emmy Award Winning series on Bravo that featured five gay men using their expertise in fashion, decor, grooming, cooking and pop culture to help the world find their inner slay.

The L Word

Debuting in 2004 to critical acclaim, The L Word was monumental in the portrayal of queer women in the mainstream. It's success later spawned a reality show, a documentary and a reboot!

Queer As Folk

Based on a British television show of the same name, Queer As Folk proved to be an enormous success for the tv network Showtime. It ran for five seasons and left an undeniable impact on queer pop culture.

POSE

Queer media is not only still going strong, it now sometimes dominates the airwaves. POSE is an outstanding example of that feat. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk (creators of Glee and American Horror Story) and Steven Canals, POSE explores the drag ball scene of the 80s/90s in New York City. Be sure to check this Emmy Award nominated series!

Lil Nas X has shaken the music industry with his brazen persona and his unabashed openness about his sexuality. The two-time Grammy Award winner is breaking boundaries and changing the world’s perspective of what “gay music” is and can be.

If you were wondering when we’d get to the tunes, then wait no longer. Gay culture is rich with great music by great artists. From House to Rap to Disco to Rock; queer musicians have always been there. To help you get yourself immersed, we’ve made some playlists for you! 

Who doesn’t love cartoons? Some may think that at a certain age you become too old for ’em. Others say to heck with that! Regardless of how you may feel, it’s undeniable that cartoons play a big role in our lives as we grow and learn. They teach us life lessons by way of colorful palettes, funny voices and lovable characters. They show us that it’s okay to be human and to have flaws. They can even have the power to make us feel like we belong. It’s so important for young queer people to see themselves represented in the shows that are made specifically for children. It’s equally important for young straight children to see the diversity of the real world represented in the shows they watch. With that, here are some amazing cartoons that have broken boundaries with their representation of queer characters.

Haruka and Michiru are iconic symbols of queer love for fans of anime. The strength of their relationship is portrayed throughout season three of Sailor Moon, although they are never explicitly shown to be intimate. Even so, their relationship is confirmed to be canon in both the manga and the television show.

AAPI Heritage Month 2022

For the entire month of May, let’s celebrate the ways that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have contributed to the entertainment industry. From film, to music, to animation, to literature – there is no shortage of influence and achievement to explore.

Check Out Our Collection

Block the Hate Community Rally

Block the Hate presented by Compassion in SGV is the most anticipated AAPI Heritage Month event of the San Gabriel Valley!

TRADITIONS - 2nd Annual AAPI Group Show

TRADITIONS: 2nd Annual AAPI Group Show weaves a story of the AAPI experience. TRADITIONS honors the experience of melting multiple cultural traditions mixed in with our own familial traditions that shaped our individual but collective experience in modern America.

Pacific Islander Festival

Everyone is invited to join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its nineteenth annual Pacific Islander Festival.

KAPWA : Communal Spirit

ASIA PHOTO REVIEW x MATA ART GALLERY are proud to present KAPWA: COMMUNAL SPIRIT, a visual art exhibition in partnership with Avenue 50 Studio. Please join us for this community building event and opening reception to kick off AAPI Heritage Month in May!

AAPI Heritage Month 2022 at The Chinese American Museum

CAM invites you to join us in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We will be hosting a series of in-person and virtual programming to honor the diversity within our community. Events will be held between May 4th – June 4th, registration opens April 26th.

38th Los Angeles API Film Festival at The Japanese American National Museum

JANM is excited to be hosting some of the LAAPFF screenings again from Tuesday, May 10 - Friday, May 13.

Women’s History Month 2022

Let's shine the spotlight on the women who have been helping to shape the world of entertainment.

Check out these movies that were crafted by female directors, producers, editors & cinematographers!

Across the Universe

Directed by Julie Taymor. Co-Produced by Jennifer and Suzanne Todd. Edited by Françoise Bonnot.
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Lawrence of Arabia

Edited by Anne V. Coates.
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American Psycho

Directed by Mary Harron.
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Moonlight

Co-produced by Dede Gardner & Adele Romanski. Edited by Joi McMillon.
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Creed

Cinematography by Maryse Alberti. Edited by Claudia Castello.
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A Quiet Place

Cinematography by Charlotte Bruus Christensen.
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The Farewell

Directed and co-produced by Lulu Wang. Co-produced by Anita Gou, Daniele Tate Melia & Jane Zheng. Cinematography by Anna Franquesa Solano.
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These amazing screenplays were written by women! You can check the scripts out from our collection.

Big

Screenplay co-written by Anne Spielberg.
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Clueless

Screenplay written by Amy Heckerling.
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Booksmart

Screenplay written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel & Katie Silberman.
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Lost in Translation

Screenplay written by Sofia Coppola.
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The Babadook

Screenplay written by Jennifer Kent.
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E.T.

Screenplay written by Melissa Mathison.
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Halloween

Screenplay co-written by Debra Hill.
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Let the ladies show you how they rock out with these playlists we created for the occasion!

Celebrate the achievements and legacies of women all month long!

Top Library February Picks 2022

Top February Picks

February, along with being Black History Month (if you haven’t seen our blog post, you can find here! ) is the month of love! Here are some movies, scripts and playlists that we at the library just LOVE. 

The LAFS has Reopened to a limited capacity. Check out our website to see our temporary hours and come by to see us!

TOP MOVIE PICKS

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the “true” story of her ancestor.

When Harry Met Sally

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

The Princess Bride

While homesick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

TOP MOVIE SCRIPTS

The Big Sick

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.

My Bloody Valentine

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he’s innocent.

27 Dresses

After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister’s side as her sibling marries the man she’s secretly in love with.

TOP SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS

We do not own the movie trailers or movie posters posted here. 

Black History Month 2022

Join us this month to celebrate the many amazing contributions to the entertainment industry made by Black filmmakers, writers, composers and performers. We’ve put together a few examples of what we have in our catalog along with some other great resources that we hope you will enjoy.

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Check Out Our Black History Month Spotify Playlist

Best known for his works with director Jordon Peele, such as: Get Out (2017) and Us (2019).

Notable works include: BlacKkKlansman (2018), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Da 5 Bloods (2020).

Composed for films such as: Clemency (2019), Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019), Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021), Women of the Movement (2022).

Known for his work on: Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021), Bridgerton (2020), When They See Us (2019), and Respect (2021).

An up and coming film composer known for her works on: Dreamland: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street and A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Brooklyn-born composer known for her works on: Mudbound (2017), The Assistant (2019) and Shirley (2020).

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ongoing Tours & Activities

Big Objects, Big Stories





Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Freedom Struggles

Thursday, February 17, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests.

Community + Conversation, Making A Way

Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests.

Movie Night

Here Are a Few Ways You Can Enjoy Movies by Black Filmmakers

Within Our Gates by Oscar Micheaux

Within Our Gates was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux in 1919. He is considered to be the first African-American director of feature films and this is the first such film still in existence.
I found the plot difficult to follow, and he does not give full play to the “money” scenes at the conclusion but it is certainly of historic interest.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words.

Events

Black History Celebration Drive-In Movie in Pasadena

FRO FEST at USC

Black Com!x Day in San Diego

National Black Movie Day

*We do not own the movie trailers or movie posters posted here.

Library Newly Added Scripts Golden Globes 2022

new Golden Globes scripts

Each year the Golden Globes Awards Ceremony honors some of the most notable works in film. Here are some of the screenplays for this year’s nominees and winners.

 Use your LAFS Gmail account to access our collection of scripts.

Highlighted Scripts

West Side Story

Winner of Best Picture - Musical/Comedy

An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

Belfast

Winner of Best Screenplay Motion Picture

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.

 

Encanto

Winner of Best Picture - Animated

A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers.

 


Dune

Winner of Best Score Motion Picture

Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

No Time to Die

Winner of Best Song Motion Picture

James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

*We do not own the movie trailers or movie posters posted here.

Library Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022

Here are some amazing resources to help celebrate the life and work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take a moment to explore our curation of media dedicated to the memory of the iconic civil rights activist.

Video Footage from The Internet Archive Moving Image Collection

Martin Luther King Clip Reel

 

Nine short stories on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stories include: King Holiday; MLK Wreath-Laying; Jackson/MLK; King/Civil Rights; Reagan/Kids; MLK Bust/Capitol; Andy Young Reflects; MLK Celebration/Atlanta; MLK Celebration/Washington, D.C.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech

 

A clip of the last speech that MLK ever gave.

The March on Washington

 

Scenes from Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., August 1963. Speakers including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Women at podium singing We Shall Overcome. Crowd swaying, singing, holding hands.

Speeches from The Internet Archive Audio Collection

1957 How To Love Your Enemies

I Have a Dream / Anti-War Demonstration / Artists Concerned with Vietnam

...Free At Last

Video Footage from EBSCO

Dr. Martin Luther King accepts 1964 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

The Reverend Martin Luther King is in St. Augustine Florida helping with anti-segregationist protests.

The Reverend Martin Luther King has been arrested in St. Augustine, Florida, while taking part in a demonstration against segregation in the resort, specifically the Monson Motor Lodge. Reverend Ralph Abernathy was also arrested.

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King has been released from Alabama jail

The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 10 Locations from Google Arts & Culture