2017 SAFILM Fest set to arrive at the Tobin
A great film can come in many forms. Adam Rocha is striving to find them all.
The executive director of the San Antonio Film Festival has been on a mission to make the Alamo City a hub for filmmakers looking for new frontiers aside from the celluloid bastion of Austin, Texas.
During the 23 year run of the festival, Rocha has overseen the growth of the once fledgling event. Now it encompasses projects from across the country and the world and even includes a children’s festival all starting August 1-6 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The Children’s Film Festival, taking place from August 2-5, will take place at the Pearl. With many similar festivals often out of financial reach for many would-be patrons, SAFILM Fest is a surprisingly affordable.
For a festival that has screened Academy Award nominated features like last year’s “Hell or High Water,” the $10.00-$15.00 price for a badge is unheard of in the film industry. With badges already on sale, the number of moviegoers are only skyrocketing.
March Magazine caught up with Rocha to discuss the evolution of the festival and the film scene in San Antonio.
LULAC revs up for 88th Annual National Convention
National chapters and leadership from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will make a stop in the Alamo City for its 88th Annual National Convention.
Among the items on a growing national agenda includes the legal challenge to Texas’ anti-sanctuary city law, SB4. Also drawing ire from the organization is the proposed wall along the Mexican border and the expanded jurisdiction of ICE and the Department of Homeland Security.
On the education front, roll-backs to policies like the DREAM Act for students who are children of undocumented immigrants are the focus of workshops and letter campaigns. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows those who were minors when they entered the country illegally to receive a two year period of deferred action from legal proceeding.
March Magazine spoke with Brad Veloz, the 2017 Chair for the Texas LULAC Civil Rights Committee to discuss the comprehensive itinerary at this year’s agenda.
Hotel Valencia takes $10M step into world-class luxury
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, located at 150 E Houston St., has just completed a dramatic transformation with the first major renovation in the boutique hotel’s 14-year history recently, appearing to feel almost European.
The resulting design concept is a blend of Spanish Colonial and Modern Mediterranean styles. The Spanish Colonial influence represents a nod to San Antonio’s Spanish Colonial heritage dating back to the time the Missions were built, while the Modern Mediterranean flair reflects the building’s Tuscan-style architecture and the hotel’s namesake, Valencia, Spain.
The Hotel also wanted to transform amenities inside the hotel including the entrance, the reception area and even the Argentinian Restaurant Dorrego, formerly known as Citrus. Stacy Seaborn, director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Valencia discussed to March Magazine the importance of this new renovation and how it will make an impact in San Antonio’s hospitality scene.
Humble beginnings to heights of success
When San Antonio author Priscilla Kohutek began writing the story of Olivia Garza, the process was as much about her youth as it was about the impending research of her second book.
What followed was Olivia, a biography that chronicles the life of San Antonio’s first power couple in Gilbert and Olivia Garza. Despite his humble beginnings, Gilbert would become one of the city’s leading architects even designing the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio’s historic downtown.
Amid his professional success, civic involvement always seemed to be in the cards for the dynamic couple. For him, involvement in city politics allowed him to rise to the ranks of Mayor Pro Tem. Olivia was already making her way onto community boards and was not shy about political involvement. Following Gilbert’s untimely passing in 1972, his widowed bride took up the mantle of community and political activism–all while raising two children.
While it may be easy to regard this as only a highlight of Hispanic history, it is a far-reaching tale of patriotism, ambition and the arduous journey from San Antonio to the highest halls of power in the nation. Olivia is available now on Amazon, Kindle, and Barnes and Noble.
Kohutek spoke to March Magazine about writing about her mentor and process to tell the comprehensive story of a trailblazing couple.
The Spice of Life
One of the highlights of the Alamo City’s social calendar is the San Antonio Cocktail Conference (SACC) and it is not hard to see why.
In a city quickly becoming a hub of industry, technology, culture and entertainment, it seems fitting that it also celebrate high-end drinks. The SACC is a week’s worth of parties across exquisite locales that show off the best in cocktails and culinary creations.
Among the rare opportunities patrons have is to taste the cutting edge ingredients by mixologists from across the world. Even meeting with the national ambassadors is a thrill as one is sure to get a taste of the newest trends on the booze horizon.
Thus was the case with Camille “La Loba” Austin, the ambassador for Montelobos Mezcal and Ancho Reyes products. Calling Ancho Reyes Verde a fledgling brand does not do it justice. With it already garnering loyal followers in New York, Texas will serve as its first official market outside their home distributing base. Ancho Reyes and Ancho Reyes Verde are like brothers. One is sweet and familiar while the other is spicy and more adventurous.
While they satisfy different palates, their pedigree is beyond reproach and will quickly become a staple in the cocktails in the Lone Star State.
The “she-wolf” herself spoke with March Magazine to talk about the exhaustive process to produce Ancho Reyes and Ancho Reyes Verde. Like any good story, it all started with a family recipe and an idea so good, it was bound to catch on and become a success. And like any great story, it was a product of hard work and imagination.