"Cowboys & Aliens" will be the Closing Night film for 2011 LALIFF


LALIFF’s Closing Night Gala Celebration will take place on Monday July 25 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California

COWBOYS & ALIENS’ star-studded cast includes Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Walton Goggins, Abigail Spencer and Ana de la Reguera

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 12, 2011) – The 15th annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) announced today that one of this summer’s most anticipated films, Cowboys & Aliens, will be shown at the festival’s Closing Night Gala Presentation on Monday, July 25, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Directed by blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the action-thriller was co-written and co-produced by Mexican-born Roberto Orci. The evening will serve as the closing event of the nine-day festival that celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2011. See www.Latinofilm.org for more information.

Roberto Orci, a talented writer and producer, is one half of one of the leading writing/producing teams working in film and television today. He has worked for over 18 years with Alex Kurtzman. Together, they began their career writing for the popular television series Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess, where they quickly became head writers at the age of 23. In 2005, the duo made their feature film debut with Michael Bay’s sci-fi thriller The Island, followed by The Legend of Zorro. In 2006, they reteamed with Abrams to write the third installment of Mission: Impossible, which was embraced by critics for adding depth and humanity to the series and grossed more than $397 million worldwide. In 2007, the pair wrote Transformers. Through their production company, K/O Paper Products, Kurtzman and Orci continue to produce a growing slate of movies and television shows.

“Roberto Orci is an example of excellence to which all filmmakers should aspire. By showcasing Cowboys & Aliens, we celebrate the accomplishments of our talent. Roberto has been able to reinvent his career and overcome limitations; in the process, he has become one of the most influential Latinos in Hollywood today. He embodies the next generation of Latino talent,” said Marlene Dermer, LALIFF executive director, programmer and co-founder.

Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—Favreau brings an all-new action-thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. www.cowboysandaliensmovie.com
A limited number of tickets for LALIFF’s Closing Night Gala on July 25 will be available for sale at the price of $75 at www.Latinofilm.org. The admission ticket includes: the Awards Ceremony, Special Film Screening and the Celebration. Admission tickets to regular screenings are also available online at $12 with a $2 discount to LALIFF members. Metro riders may purchase general admission tickets with a $1 discount at the festival’s box office. For more information, to purchase tickets and to see the list of films and countries represented, please visit www.Latinofilm.org.

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About LALIFF: The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) was founded in 1997 by producer, director, actor and activist Edward James Olmos and independent producer Marlene Dermer. LALIFF is a non-profit 501c (3) organization with the mission to support the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers. To serve as a springboard and catalyst for the promotion of Latin films and filmmakers in the industry locally, nationally & internationally. To develop audiences for such films and in the process bring awareness of the richness and diversity of Latin cultures, artistry and countries through film, the most powerful medium in the world.

A competitive festival with prizes, LALIFF serves as a venue where Latino filmmakers come together with industry buyers and distributors. LALIFF also offers industry workshops, panels, labs, networking receptions, educational programs, and hosts some of the best Galas in tinsel town

The 15th Anniversary of LALIFF is brought to you by:

Premier Sponsors: Los Angeles Times / Hoy Newspaper.

Presenting Media Sponsor: Univision Radio: KLOVE 107.5FM, KTNQ 1020AM,

La Nueva 101.9FM, Recuerdo 103.9FM,

Official Sponsors: City of Los Angeles, EGEDA & Filmotech

Gala Opening Night Presenter: The Coca-Cola Company

Closing Night Gala Sponsor: AT&T

Official Airline: American Airlines

Educational Youth Program: Goya Foods & Los Altos Foods

Youth Program Supporting Sponsor: Fry’s Electronics

Award Sponsors: Show Biz Software, Movie Magic, Final Draft, Fuji Film

Official Beer Sponsor: Stella Artois

Official Wine & Bubbly Sponsor: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Opening Night Spirit Sponsor: Casa Noble Tequila

Closing Night Spirit Sponsor: Patron Spirits Company

Industry Office Sponsor: CAA

Supporting Sponsors: ITEX LA, HONDA, The Walt Disney Company

Film Festival Sponsors: Maya Entertainment, Sony Pictures, HBO,

Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, NBC Universal, Panavision, Harley-Davidson ,Union Bank,Titra, Universidad de Guadalajara,

Festival de Cine Internacional de Guadalajara, So Cal Self Storage

Seminar Sponsors: Writers Guild of America West, DGA-Directors Guild of America, SAG Indie, Community Redevelopment Agency

Official Water: Kabazon Premium Waters

Collaborators: American Cinematheque, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The National Council of La Raza, Consulado General de México en Los Angeles,

MTA (Metro Transportation Authority),

BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts),

Molaa (Museum of Latin America Art), Global Film Initiative

Media Partners: Latino Weekly Review,Vanidades, W Radio 690AM, KLCS, Creative Handbook, Tr3s, La Prensa Colombiana, LATV, In Hollywood Magazine, Bazuca Magazine, Quinceañeras Magazine, Al Borde/El Clasificado