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Allied Arts announces new Latino Cultural Film Series format

YAKIMA - Allied Arts of Yakima Valley this week announced that, for the first time in the seven-year history of the Latino Cultural Film Series, the public will be given the opportunity to select the films presented.

The series began in 2008 as a way to showcase contemporary films from Latin America, and films made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or rest of the world, and it is currently the largest festival of its kind in Central Washington.

Trailers from all 10 finalists can be viewed online at facebook.com/latinofilmseries prior to Sunday, Feb. 16, for those wishing to cast a vote.

Allied Arts Executive Director Robb Wasielewski said the 2014 Latino Cultural Film Series was tailored to coincide with the organization’s new focus.

“Allied Arts’ new mission is to champion community and economic vitality through engagement with public art. By giving the public the opportunity to ‘curate’ the films presented – and to see them free of charge, we intend to make the process as accessible and ‘public’ as possible,” he said.

One of each of the top three selections will be shown at The Seasons Performance Hall beginning on Thursday, March 13, and continuing on March 20 and March 27. Doors will open for refreshments and drinks at 6 p.m. each evening.

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