Organizing Committee

The MSU Latinx Film Festival (LxFF) is a biennial, curated film festival serving the greater Lansing community and mid-Michigan region that is free and open to the public. LxFF celebrated its inaugural edition February 1-4, 2018, showcasing short and feature films, both documentary and fiction, from the United States, México, Perú, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain. The second edition of the festival is scheduled for February 2020.

The mission of the MSU Latinx Film Festival is to create a space for the celebration and promotion of independent latinx cinema, which we conceive of inclusively as Spanish, English and Portuguese language films from Latin America, the United States and the Iberian Peninsula. We promote films that are not readily available in the U.S. that challenge audiences to see the world differently. We seek to serve as a venue for public debates about the social, cultural and political questions raised by latinx cinema through post-screening discussions, director Q&As and special events, in addition to the informal interactions organically generated by the festival. We love latinx cinema and want to share it with the Michigan State, greater Lansing and mid-Michigan communities.

A committee of MSU faculty and graduate students from the Department of Romance & Classical Studies (www.rcs.msu.edu) has been organizing the inaugural edition of LxFF for over a year with initial support coming from RCS, the Film Studies Program and the Global Studies in the Arts & the Humanities Program, all housed within the College of Arts & Letters (www.cal.msu.edu). In addition to securing co-sponsorship from across the university, the festival also received a significant Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from the MSU Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (www.inclusion.msu.edu) that allowed the committee to realize the ambitious vision it has for LxFF. Working as a team, the LxFF organizing committee selected the festival films, designed the LxFF logo, website and promotional materials, established relationships with community collaborators, assembled panelists of faculty, graduate students, local filmmakers and community leaders and raised funds to make the festival a success. We hope you enjoy it!


Organizing Committee 2

LxFF Director

Scott Boehm
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Global Studies
Department of Romance & Classical Studies

LxFF Advisory Board

Oscar Castañeda
Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force Chair
Action of Greater Lansing
Peter Johnston
Filmmaker & Film Studies Program Digital Media/Film Production Manager
Michigan State University
Theresa Rosado
Journalist, Artist & Owner of Casa de Rosado
John Valadez
Filmmaker, WKAR Producer & Professor of the Practice
School of Journalism & Film Studies Program
Michigan State University

LxFF Organizing Committee

José Adrián Badillo Carlos
Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic and Cultural Studies
Department of Romance & Classical Studies

Claudia Berrios-Campos
Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic and Cultural Studies
Department of Romance & Classical Studies

Miguel A. Cabañas
Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Romance & Classical Studies

Kiana González-Cedeno
Ph.D. Student in English
Department of English

Kailey Henderson
M.A. Student in Hispanic Literatures
Department of Romance & Classical Studies

Alexandra Hidalgo
Filmmaker & Director of Sabana Grande Productions
Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Michigan State University

Ricardo Lorenz
Professor and Area Chair of Composition
College of Music at Michigan State University

Alejandra Márquez Guajardo
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Romance & Classical Studies

Rael Mora
Founder & Director, Wayka.pe
Staff, International Student Programs
Staff, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Laura Romero
Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic and Cultural Studies
Department of Romance & Classical Studies

María Serrato
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Founder & Director, Capital Area Latina Youth (CALY)
Education Technology Program Assistant

Isaac Veysey-White
Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic and Cultural Studies
Department of Romance & Classical Studies